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2003 BMW 5 Series

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BMW 530 past 60,000 miles
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By TonyH
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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

The 530 corners as if it is on rails and it accelerates very quickly and smoothly. I also own a E350 Benz and the BMW kills it in terms of performance (and the Benz is no slouch). The difference with the Benz is that the quality of the interior is hugely superior to the 530 - indeed the 530 is pretty basic in comparison. The BIG problem with the Beemer is reliability. Since hitting about 60k it's been own thing after another. First the door locks stopped working, then the doors started leaking, then the AC started acting up, then the alternator died, then, then.....the dollars just keep flowing out the door. For a car that is competing in the luxury space this is just BAD


Favorite Features

Performance - quick and corners superbly


Suggested Improvements

Reliability. Probably best not to keep it after 55-70k miles as it is going to cost you big time unless you become an expert in BMW DIY


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BMW 525i Response
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Sanjay Ganju
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2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I have a 525i sports trim for the last 4 years. First there is constant problem with the dashboard electronics. Some pixels keep missing. Also there are chronic issues with alternator and additional electronics in the car. It is like dying a death by 1000 cuts. This car stalled on me twice on the highway. Somehow I came out one piece. Each time a repair is conducted results in 500-1000USD tab and if you go to their dealer then God help you. BMW is a sleek and sporty car but sell it as soon as the manufacturer warranty is over.


Favorite Features

Good speakers etc. Excellent acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

Can't afford premium fuel. Lousy reliability of electronics. Most of the electronic sensors start dying after 5 years. Chronic problems with alternator etc. Very low clearance results in front hood damage at curbs due to very low clearance. Overall a lousy car and not worth it.


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Not another BMW
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By ymmot
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2003 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Avoid buying this car. Have had nothing but trouble since the day we bought it. Headlight system has had to be replaced twice.


Favorite Features

None


Suggested Improvements

None


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Wonderful at its best
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By roy
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2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This car changes driving from a chore to a pleasure even ruffle your composure. the sound system is great, the insulation keeps out road noise, the seat is comfortable, and the luxury inlay is beautiful. The moonroof is fun, and the remote control key system makes you feel like a spoiled rich man. Unfortunately it has been to the dealer for repairs 10 times in under 2 years, and some of the problems, like water leaking through the back door are serious. After initially being totally in love with this car, I have begun to wonder if I would be foolish ever to buy another one.


Favorite Features

Brakes, crash safety, front visibility, comfort, beauty, highway cruising smooth and effortless even at high speeds.


Suggested Improvements

A $40,000 car should not leak persistently, nor have sudden battery failure. It has poor rear visibility due to head rests, and of course everyone who owns one knows bmw owners are expected to smoke in their cars but not to drink coffee.


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Solid and Nimble
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By davethewave
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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Very good build quality and performance. 93K and still no rattles, but rotors and heater are sounding worn out. Had computer chip go out under warranty, so reliability is not as good as expected for car at this price level. Dealer service was inconvenient. I have no regrets, but I would probably not buy another one new - mainly because I live too far from a dealer, and I don't like the new 5-series styling and high price.


Favorite Features

Engine response, steering and handling - the German driving feel is addicting. Gas mileage of 28 mpg is great for this class of car.


Suggested Improvements

Increase number of qualified service centers to perform warranty work. Reduce the road noise during normal driving.


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