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By Jeff on
2001 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Found a 2001 530i Sport for the same price as a used Accord. After driving primarily American and Japanese front wheel drive vehicles for 15 years, the no compromise engineering that goes into BMW was like attending a driving revival. RWD, I-6, trunk located battery, 50/50 weight distribution, aluminum 4 wheel independent suspension, etc make this vehicle drive like lawyers don't exist at BMW. Some cars will turn and accelerate well when you ask them to, this car begs you to turn and accelerate at every chance. It accelerates quicker than a 3.0L should; it handles better than any 3500 Lb vehicle should. Balanced, focused, no compromise performance. The Ultimate Driving Machine.
Feel the road handling, comfortable sporty interior for 4, styling, highway fuel economy is 29+ at 75 mph. Sport package is a great value and the wheels are to die for.
Headlight adjusters are broken, common problem. Can fix my self for $175 or new ones for $2000! Low front bumper is great looking, but not high enough to clear most parking stops, ouch! Cup holders are a joke. Center console next to the shifter is an odd place for the lock/unlock button.