Every vehicle in the 5 Series lineup is a wonderful car. If you can afford to buy one, we recommend that you do. Sure, there are other great cars out there in this price range; we just think this is one of the best.
by happyharps on Jan 20, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
This car is really fun to drive, when it will drive. It has been a money pit. We have had many electrical problems. We have had the dealership repair it, just to have more electrical problems. The interior design is poor as far as convinience goes (lack of a good drink holder), tiny seats in the back, not a lot of space on passenger side for legs and knees, etc. It has great pick up, the transmission is smooth, you can drive 120 mph and feel like your going 65mph. This car really is fun to drive, but it has so many machanical and electrical problems. Wish I hadn't purchased this car.
by lisa112 on Jan 8, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I've owned my BWM for 6 years and have been disappointed with the reliability and the quality of the interior.
The cupholders broke early on because they are cheap plastic.
There are controls on the panel that are falling apart.
The LCD panel is almost completely burned out and I can't see what radio station or time it is.
Even the odometer and gas mileage readout is starting to burn out.
BMW told me it would be about $2000 to fix it.
I am so surprised that a $50,000 car doesn't have better quality materials.
I have also been disappointed with the reliability.
Last year I spent about $4,000 on repairs.
I won't buy another BWM.
by Robert on Nov 15, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
Bought the car with 19K on it. within a week it had a complete electronic failure and lost all systems. Fortunately it was under warranty. Since then, have has several expensive repairs, expansion tank, radiator, Alternator, secondary cooling fan, and miscellaneous other repairs. Always over $500 per visit. Nice car but always something breaking.
This year a standard CD player, climate control and power seats. The 4.4-liter V8 of the 540 now makes 290 horsepower, up 8 from last year. Rear side-impact airbags are now a no-charge option, rather than standard.