by hand77 on Dec 14, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6M)
This is the first of many BMW's that I will own! This car's interior is amazing for a 2004! Heated everything, power everything! The iDrive wasn't too hard to figure out after a few weeks of owning. It doesn't save my presets to my radio, but that's fine I use my phone. There is no performance to this car, it is VERY slow, but the luxury makes up for it.
by junkyard2 on Oct 21, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I bought my 530i automatic with around 100K miles.
First off DO NOT believe BMW that the Auto Trans fluid is "lifetime" fluid (mine was black in color) Theres no such thing. I used to do 100% of my maintenance until I bought this car. Had to have a shop do the trans ($840) I did the front brakes ($540) At around 115K it was one issue after another. At 117K at 75 mph the trans downshifts into 4th gear. The i-drive states that there is a trans malfunction code. Had the codes checked and the car was diagnosed with a bad trans.
$4200 for a used one ! I loved driving the car and the mpg but WAY to expensive to maintain after warranty is out. I lost $4500 in the 7 months that I owned it !
by flcarfanatic on Jun 3, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 BMW 5 Series 545i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)
This is one amazing vehicle!
Everyone that complains about this car obviously does not or can not afford to do regular maintenance. If this is your case maybe you should go buy a KIA or Hyundai.
I have owned many performance vehicles from many different car brands but the quality can not compare to my 2004 BMW 545i.
Acura GSR coupe - 1997
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 - 2006
Chevrolet Tahoe - 2007
Honda Civic SI coupe - 2008
My car now has 118,000 miles and I drive it every single day. I do not push the car hard to its performance limits, I just simply put a lot of miles on it and it takes care of me.
BMW's and this 545i is truly the ultimate driving machine.