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2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon

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Awesome ride without a beverage
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By db
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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!


Favorite Features

Performance! All disguised in a station wagon! I have kept up on repairs although a bit spendy, the experience to me is well worth the money!


Suggested Improvements

others mentioned spaces accessible to the driver such as storage around/in the console, glove box, and even in the door cubbyholes. Yeah, I've busted the crappy cup holder and replaced it once so far as they are flimsy and poorly designed.


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One year anniversary
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By 3sons66
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2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

POWER...POWER and POWER Cargo Room (awesome) Ease of changing my own oil (filter located up top) Multiple bimmer forums to fix things myself. Handling Quality materials inside.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability Why do I have to replace 1/2 of the major engine components after 70,000 miles? Rear gate struts. Auto adjustable headlights (break)


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Awesome Car!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By 3sons66
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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.


Favorite Features

Size of cargo area. Absolute "hold on your hat" acceleration. Smooth shifting transmission. Exterior profile (awesome). Compliments and head turns from people that look at it. :) Memory Seats.


Suggested Improvements

I'm sure most complaints have been addressed since 2002. Stereo reception LUMBAR SUPPORT FOR SPORT SEATS!! Standard Bluetooth ($700 for the bluetooth kit???) Sliding cargo floor should be standard.


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Fun to Drive Expensive to Own
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By Dick Bange
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2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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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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Great Vehicle
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By kaja222
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2002 BMW 5 Series Wagon 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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Outstanding car experience all around. Of course the cup holders suck, and the middle arm rest is ridiculous, and they put the horn in the front bumper so it gets smacked easily, and it's a guzzler. BUT: it is simply amazing to drive in every respect.


Favorite Features

Motor, transmission, suspension, brakes, steering, seat comfort, nav system, headlights, wipers, growling sound...


Suggested Improvements

wings, landing gear


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