2003 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Great car but get extended war

2003 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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525i Wagon (2.5L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great car but get extended warranty
By dcdriver on


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


We bought our 2002 525 wagon new at the end of 2001, and it has been a great experience on the whole. The car is a joy to drive. It has also turned out to be practical for a family with young kids and a dog, and there is little that you can fit in an SUV that can't be coaxed into the back of this wagon. Our only complaint is that some of the electronics and interior fittings are not wearing well. Both of the front power seats have already failed, the stereo has had to be replaced, and numerous plastic fittings have fallen off. Our dealer told us that power seat failures are very common and a design flaw. Very expensive repair off warranty (which we are not yet).

Best Features

Terrific seats, handling, ride comfort, overall tactile quality of the interior. Surprisingly great highway mileage: mid 30s!

Worst Features

The quality of the BMW service experience is not at Toyota (let alone Lexus) levels. We have tried several different dealers and all have been mediocre at best.
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