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Money pit
By happyharps on 01/20/12 10:30 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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Awesome ride without a beverage
By db on 04/13/10 04:03 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Overall an awesome ride that sacrifices comfort for performance. If you want to sit on a couch while driving get a 7 series! I love this car, and it moves pretty fast! I thought gas consumption would be worse than it actually is with the 4.4 v8, but not too bad I guess? I love the lines of the car, and get many compliments from people as well. I feel safe in the car, as I have kids, many great safety features to reassure the feeling. This car is very durable and fast (2nd mention), I forget I'm driving a family station wagon at times!
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One year anniversary
By 3sons66 on 02/08/10 11:02 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

One word to describe this car: FUN One word to describe reliability: STINKS BMW for the past year has meant "Bring More Wrenches" in my case...but there is something about this car I absolutely love. Incredible handling and power. Replaced in the last twelve months: Water pump, radiator, pulleys, belts, valve cover gaskets, plugs all total about $1500 plus. Do research on forums to reduce annual maintenance costs..MANY DIY's for items replaced. I am amazed that a $65000 car needs this much attention only after 70K short miles. Looks like rear air suspension will be on the list for 2010. Easy fix though. Would I buy again? Probably not. Hope the new ones rank a little higher.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Awesome Car!!
By 3sons66 on 05/13/09 07:02 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Although I've only had this car for 3 months and 5K miles..so far so good. Weak spots are definitely the cooling system (water pump, pullies) and leaking valve covers. Although if you can turn a wrench...fairly easy to DIY and numerous forums that cover DIY's. Car absolutely hauls...one of the fastest "family" cars I've ever owned. Purchased for $12200 with 50,XXX miles on the odometer. Overall, very happy with this car. As for fuel mileage, I expected much worse since I can't keep my right foot off the floor board. City / Town is 19.9 average and recently got 24.6 on a 300 mile trip with the set at 80 mph. Nice surprise since most were claiming much lower figures. Stereo stinks.
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Excellent after all these years!
By codysd on 01/08/09 20:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

We have had ours over 3 years, purchased CPO. We have had several very high end cars, a new BMW 530 sedan now, etc., but this 2002 wagon is the one we will always keep. It is virtually perfect in every way, looks very sporty, drives like a rocket, is incredibly reliable and we NEVER get tired of driving it. It is a keeper!
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Fun to Drive Expensive to Own
By Dick Bange on 12/21/08 17:21 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Love to drive this vehicle bought new. However, have spent over $12,000 repairing everything from A/C, water pump, CD player, starter and thermostat several times. Won't buy another one.
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Excellent
By Exper. Car Consumer on 06/03/08 19:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Have owned for almost two years - should have bought a new one years ago when I had the chance. Excellent reliability, mileage, fun, sport driving, beautiful race car wagon. Feels like it is carved out of one solid piece of metal, I have never owned a car so solid before and I have owned most all high end luxury cars.
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Wagons are Back
By Kelly on 02/25/08 20:35 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Love driving the 525 wagon. It has the utility of an SUV with better gas mileage, lower insurance rates, and great handling & performance. Always have sufficient power when needed. Originally bought the wagon for our dog (in our 20s, no kids), but now wouldn't go without a BMW wagon! Would have never expected strangers to stop us on the street complimenting a wagon, but this happens frequently. We're already planning an upgrade to the '08 535xi Sports Wagon!
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Disappointing
By Anonymous on 02/05/06 01:08 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Given the uniformly positive reviews on the e39 body 5-series, I was prepared to love this car. But it has been so disappointing that I'm considering selling it after five months of ownership. The problem is simple -- and no it's not the cupholders, which I agree are flimsy but they don't bother me. It's the constant and apparently unfixable creaks, squeaks, and rattles from the doors, the rear hatch, the seats, etc. (I've had it in at the dealer several times.) Also disappointing is the junky sound of the doors when slammed closed. Of the about 10 cars I've owned, this is one of the biggest bucket of bolts of the lot. If I could go back in time, I would NOT have bought this car.
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2002 525i Wagon
By Bobby Jo Pinardi on 12/28/04 13:00 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

A car built for a driver. Corners beautifully, comfortable on trips and in town.
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