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2003 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Reviews

2003 BMW 5 Series

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540i
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By jamesgallo
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Vehicle

2003 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)


Review

this car is too much fun to drive.
power, handling, brakes are all top
shelf. powertrain is amazing as it
pulls in any gear at any speed: from
idle to redline. gas mileage is
reasonable on highway (mid 20s), but
abismal if pushed hard (which is hard
to do without losing one's license).
v8 is a little rougher than the i6 i
had, but sounds great.


Best Features

engine, engine, engine M5 looks wheels interior heater when engine is off (saves gas at idle)


Worst Features

heating system gets loud on hot days


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An Awesome car beats the 2004 model 5
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By charlieF
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Vehicle

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


Review

This car is nothing short of amazing,
the ride makes you literally feel like
you floating in a leer jet. The build
quality doesn't get any better than
this, I mean there is hardly any
plastic used in this car whats so ever
it's all high quality vinyl. The
leather is so buttery soft makes me
never want to exit the car. I had
previously owned a Mercedes before
this, this 5 Series compared to the
Mercedes is like night and day.
Mercedes needs to learn what quality
and reliability is then they will have
more customers, like BMW..


Best Features

Build Quality, Ride, Handling, Performance, Reliability, Safety Features, an awesome Manumatic tranny, huge trunk.


Worst Features

Other than the cupholders, this car is perfect.


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1St BMW? Skip the power
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By enjoymibimmer
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Vehicle

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


Review

This is my first BMW. I was intent on
the 530 but couldn't find exactly what
I was looking for. The dealer gave me
a 525 Sport for 3 days. SOLD. Still
after 6 months, I'm impressed with the
giddup-and -go! My next BMW (2006)
will be a 530 and I'm sure I'll have a
renewed excitement but this 2.5 is
more than fine.

Caution: you will have to learn to
drive all over again. Super tight
handling can throw you a loop when
avoiding road debris, etc.

Don't worry about the cupholders. I
now only allow bottled water in my
car. They're low and a bit flimsey but
available on eBay cheap. 6 mos. no
problems and no messes; front or back.


Best Features

Auto everything - lights, wiper speed, temp. VERY tight and quiet. Just unbelievable!


Worst Features

Cabin storage, limited enclosed bins.


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5 Series Excellence
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Oscar Laud
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Vehicle

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


Review

The 5 Series 2003 model is the apex of
design and build excellence. The six
cylinder (an engine BMW has perfected)
is smooth, quick and dependable.

The sport package (with rims and M
steering wheel) is well worth the
price. Buying this vehicle in 2003,
before the new controversial style, was
the smartest auto purchase I've ever
made.

The 2004 has considerable shoes to
fill. Keep in mind that this version of
the 5 series scored the highest rating
ever in Consumer Reports. Ever.


Best Features

Automatic rear window sun screen. Brushed steel, wide spoke rims. Leg extenders on both front seats. Style and elegance. Removable glove compartment light. Keyless entry buttons directly on key.


Worst Features

Consider cup holders. Consider 7 series type key or flip out key like VW.


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530i's are awesome!
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Comfort
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By dave0mary
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Vehicle

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


Review

I see what EVERYBODY is raving about!
If ever a slogan was true ... BMW --
the Ultimate Driving Machine ! !


Best Features

One needs only to drive this car for a few days in all traffic situations. A joy to drive.


Worst Features

Germans don't like cupholders!


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