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2001 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Great car under 70k mi
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By Maddog
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2001 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)


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Awesome car right up to 75k miles, when the car started having many coolant sys problems. Long term reliability not acceptable for people like me who like to keep their cars.


Favorite Features

interior fit and finish, nice stereo (DSP), nav is very good.


Suggested Improvements

V-8 reliability.


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Wish they still made this style
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By Discriminating Taste
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2001 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I understand why this 530i was Consumer Reports highest rated car ever in 2001. I got a Mercedes after my first BMW, but after experiencing this 530i, I may be a BMW loyalist into my 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and if I need a personal driver by the time I reach 100 years old, he/she/(or it if robots can drive by then) will be behind the wheel of a BMW. BMW, keep up the good work!


Favorite Features

Body design, sport package, traction control, wheel design, anthracite metallic color, automatic rear sun shade, comfortable front seats, steering wheel, steptronic transmission shifting


Suggested Improvements

Better drink holders, a rear camera to assist parallel parking, night vision enhancement on front windscreen, project speedometer on front windscreen. BMW is well on its way to these improvements, but they need to bring back the 2001 body design and make the iControl more intuitive and user-friendly


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Beautiful and Reliable
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By SunnySoCal
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2001 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Very few maintenance needs, even up to 130K miles, when it was totaled in an accident. Interior and exterior still looked like new in 2007. In a severe accident, the car was incredible, and protected the front and rear passengers completely. I am going to purchase another one :-)


Favorite Features

Comfortable luxurious leather seats with the sport package. Perfect proportions and size.


Suggested Improvements

None to recommend. It had everything a luxury car owner could want.


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Numerous Mechanical issues
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By Unsatisfied
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2001 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I have heard that these cars were very reliable. Mine was extremely fun to drive, but had numerous mechanical issues. Maybe I just got a bad one. Had to replace the drive shaft in the first year, drive belt tensioner "exploded" causing loss of power steering and cut hose resulted in overheat. Right front suspension replacement required before 50k miles... not driven very hard, numerous other issues final stage unit caused air conditioning to fail, replaced twice during time I owned, etc.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability. After-warranty service is a rip off, was charged $350 to replace a gas cap, system reflected "catostrophic failure in fuel system" according to rep. Gas cap $20 the rest was for the "inspection".


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Executive Ride
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By Chris
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2001 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Found myself wanting a sporty, high-end sedan and the 2001 530 with Sport and Premium is most definitely it. Took some time to find a manual, and silver wasn't my first color choice but found one with less that 50K miles. Car is beautiful inside and out, will enjoy for a long time. Sport suspension makes you really feel the road yet nothing jarring, acceleration is surprising with a relatively big car with a six cylinder, and the engine is incredibly quiet. Time will tell re reliability, disappointed that a week after purchase the alternator went out on me. Rec - don't take to dealer, find a good indie mechanic and get to know him.


Favorite Features

Two piece alloy rims. Sport package. Xenons. Beautiful interior. Incredibly solid feel on road. DSP stereo system impressive, esp. since not usually a strength of BMW's.


Suggested Improvements

No power for passenger seat with Premium package is strange. Pixel issue already starting to affect radio display. Just a little more HP would have been nice. Shift throws are a bit long, could be tighter.


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