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2004 BMW 5 Series Sedan

 
 

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BMW 5 Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 325 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2004 BMW 5 Series

  • A controversial new look and continued use of the confounding iDrive system are the only blemishes on this otherwise outstanding luxury sport sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Available V8 power, handles more like a sports car than a sedan, luxurious yet sporty cabin.

  • Cons

    New styling may not appeal to 5 Series' loyalists, iDrive system can still be more hassle than it's worth.

  • What's New for 2004

    The 5 Series has been completely redesigned for 2004. Along with a new V8 and the iDrive vehicle management system, buyers can expect…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (31 total reviews)

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

Worst car i've ever owned.

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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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A dangerous lemon

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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!!




The best i have owned

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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.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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Full 2004 BMW 5 Series Review

What's New for 2004

The 5 Series has been completely redesigned for 2004. Along with a new V8 and the iDrive vehicle management system, buyers can expect even greater handling from this premier midsize sedan than before.

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