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The Ultimate Driving Machine
By New Lease on Life on 04/04/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Loved my 2000 Mercedes C230 Kompressor (recently turned in at lease end). However, this BMW puts it to shame. Comments ranged from "yeah, they're nice but so overpriced (actually well priced!)" to "you're stepping down to a BMW?". After the first month, I'm still high (no, it's not just the new car scent!). Solid and yet extremely comfortable ride, reeeeeeealy quiet, excellent braking, awesome sound system (steering wheel controls big +), leather seats like living room furniture, controls logical & easy to use, xlnt a/c system, rain sensing windshield wipers much more of a plus than anticipated. By far the best of all 10 of my previous vehicles!
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Awesome
By snagiel on 03/27/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

"Ultimate Driving Machine" is more than a marketing tagline, it's the true philosophy behind this car. That it manages to be so comfortable and refined as well is not only a great benefit, but it practically boggles the mind how they were able to accomplish both these seemingly polar characteristics. The car is always composed, even when making maneuvers that would outwit some sports cars, let alone luxury sedans. The interior is quiet and refined, yet revving the engine is sweet music. The precision and linearity of the brakes, throttle, and steering are simply amazing.
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Excellent, but not perfect
By tliebman on 03/26/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

This is my first BMW, and it's reputation is well founded. It is a blast to drive, both in town and especially on long trips. Shouldn't a $45,000 car have an in dash CD changer? The interior is beautiful, but not very functional. There is no storage in the console, the cupholders are a joke. The climate controls are illogical, but work well. The gas pedal is too vertical-only my toes touch the pedal. Why can the US and Japanese make brakes that don't dust, and the Europeans can't?
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BMW 5 Series
By mrm on 03/23/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Nothing drives or performs like a BMW.
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don't buy the sport package with conti's
By wackowacko on 03/22/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

The tires that come with the sport package are the worst I have ever seen. Contintial Sport contacts replaced at 7500 miles. In addition from day one there has been a vibration in the steering. 5 rotations 2 alignments later it is still there. Dealer says it is a known problem on sport models.....
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A Great Transition
By euroman540i on 03/21/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I traded in a Porsche Carrera for my 2003 540iA three weeks ago and it has been a joy! I had owned a BMW 3 and less muscular 5 series in the '80s and was amazed at the brand's tremendous qualitative evolution over the past 13 years. The 540iA is simply the best car I've ever owned - bar none. With its world-class performance, safety features and elegant design, I would ethusiastically recommend this outstanding car to anyone who appreciates combining true value with a great motoring experience.
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A True Sport Wagon
By Eric D. Koster on 03/21/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Having traded in my Porsche, I found the 540i wagon with the sport package to be the perfect vehicle for my current needs. It holds my family, as much sailing gear as I reasonably need, cruises comfortably on the highway, handles secondary roads well enough (although the ride is too harsh with the 45 series tires), and, despite BMW's disavowal, hauls a trailer with ease.
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Refined Excellence
By d.j. on 03/20/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I bought the 2003 530i auto with comfort seats, heated steering wheel, xenon, and DSP stereo option. I commute 100 miles to work each day and the heated comfort seats and steering wheel keep my aching, middle-class, white collar bones feeling great. The Digital Sound Processing option for the stereo is nothing more than glorified reverb and definitely not worth the money. Performance, engineering, design, fit and finish are truly wonderful. In the last year of production, there does not appear to be a single bug in the car. This car is a keeper.
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this car rocks
By chassypoof on 03/08/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I am so in love with this car. had Lexus, Had Acura. Neither comes close to the quality. Forget the high price, buy one now or be a loser!!!!
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The Shy Sports Car
By skikid787 on 03/02/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

The BMW 540iA Sport is a wonderful veichle to drive. The sport seats provide more than enough support, the steptronic transmition shifts precisely, and the accelleration is exhilerating. It is a true driver's car for the family man who has no room for a Porsche and needs an automatic for daily commuting.
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