by nickafan on May 9, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 BMW 5 Series 545i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)
The only thing this car has going for it is looks. The car is a worthless piece of crap in my opinion. I bought it with 70,000 miles and a month later, the car died. It needed a new battery and had $3,000 worth of oil leaks. My mechanic told me the oil leaks are standard maintenance on this BMW. A week later the car wouldn't start again & threw a check engine light. It needed a new thermostat, coolant, and MAF sensor. Two weeks later I discovered another oil leak at the oil pressure sensor! This is ridiculous. I've owned a 2006 Toyota from 0 miles all the way to 140,000+ miles and it never needed a new battery, never had oil leaks, never a check engine light, and it never left me stranded.
by RRand on Jan 10, 2005 Vehicle: 2004 BMW 5 Series 545i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)
I obtained this, my third BMW, with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the car was a lemon from an electrical standpoint with multiple problems from the start. The worst were that the heated seat burned through the seat leather and burned through my clothes and into my wallet which was all that saved me. Now the seat is under recall. Next the assisted steering system failed on the freeway. I have returned the car most unsatisfied!!
by pathmd on Oct 29, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 BMW 5 Series 545i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)
Have owned my 545i for 2 weeks. Have
Z3 and X5 as well. This car is a
monster on the road. Zero to 60 in 5
seconds is no exaggeration. The car is
tight, assisted steering is superb.
Plenty of heads turn when the car
passes. Found i-drive to be no
problem - basic controls are still on
the dash board. Mileage overall 19.4
mpg after 800 miles. Recommend buyers
get the largest engine you can afford.
Nothing about this car will disappoint
you. Watch your speed. Esy to hit 85-
90 mph without noticing.