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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Wondering which way to go???
By Mark Shaw on 08/31/09 16:02 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I've owned my BMW for 4 years now - grey with sport pkg. Love the drive as I used to own a 1988 535i. After the mechanic called me today with a radiator/fan bearing replacement bill, I almost went out to trade it in. I have had a series of small issues with the car: dash pixels, xenon light failure, oil leaks, rubber dipstick boot oil leak, and more...I have 102K miles on the car but wondering if I should cut my losses and move on to newer...positive is that it has ALWAYS started like a charm...maybe I've replaced most of the parts that can wear over time...
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Fun car
By Me on 08/16/09 08:49 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought this car with the six speed manual and it is fun to drive. She'll go 140 before you know it. On road trips I can break 30 mpg on the highway but city is closer to 15 mpg. However BMW quality is gone. I've had replace the water pump, radiator, a few parts in the drivers seat, sunroof, and lately the battery keeps dying and no one can figure out why.
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My last BMW
By Jordan on 07/21/09 16:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Great experience up to the time the warranty ran out. Purchased my car new in October of 2002. After the warranty expired at 50K it was in the shop about every month and each trip was about $700, after my $200 sympathy discount. I by-passed the $1200 front passenger seat dual motor replacement and had them just lock the seat and disconnect the motors. It was one thing after another. The only way I would ever have another BMW is on a 3 year lease and get rid of it as soon as it is over 50,000 miles. Otherwise I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
My 1st and probably last BMW
By Steve on 05/16/09 23:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I bought my silver beauty (All German cars should be silver) "Certified Used" it had 36000 miles on the clock (Let me think for a sec... Hey! Itís a lease return) Came with full warranty to 50K. All I've had done to it is regularly scheduled maintenance; it looks, runs, and feels brand new. I said it's my last BMW because I'm 63 and it'll probably outlive me... LOL.
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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 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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Don't make 'em like this any more :)
By K Johnstone on 03/24/09 21:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Every once in a while things come together and result in a special product. The BMW E39 is an example of such. - The 540iA Sport Package is a near ideal blend of sports sedan and luxury cruiser. Build quality is superior to modern BMW's with thicker body work metal and orange peel free paint. Hoping that the new F60 will match it - somehow I doubt it. The E39 is I think that special.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Don't sweat the cup holders!
By Ross on 03/17/09 17:12 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Bought the car new and have never regretted the decision. Every option and they all continue to work for going on 8 years. I service it only at BMW and though pricey, it pays to work with the best. Fun to drive in all weather and runs like it is on rails. Great not to have the I drive and all components work like the car is new. I'd get another one but at this rate the current BMW will last another 10 years. The extra money was worth it in every way. I've added sat radio, and now it's perfect.
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Excellent after all these years!
By codysd on 01/08/09 20:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 BMW 5 Series 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 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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Over all happy with my BMW
By me and my bimmer on 09/06/08 07:17 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

When I first bought my beamer and sat inside it, immediately I was consumed by the quality and durability of the design. As I drove it for the first time around my town, the way it handled was very impressive. Tight steering and the way it handles bumpy roads was extremely well. Engine performance is there when you need it with smoothness and power.This is the first German vehicle I have owned and I would have to grade it with and A+.
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