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2004 BMW 5 Series

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It's a trap!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Collin B
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2004 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I owned a 2004 530i that I purchased in 2013 for a year and six months and 20,000 miles. In those 20,000 miles the vehicle needed more than $5,000 in maintenance and repair items, and this was a clean 1 owner example that had been meticulously maintained. It needed 4 new brake pads and rotors for $2200, 4 new tires for $1200, all new PCV hoses for $850, Spark Plugs for $300, transmission fluid and filter exchange for $900, water pump and coolant for $75 (DIY), $200 for a sunroof leak and the subwoofer it took out (DIY), and $300 in oil and filter changes. I cringe when I think about how much I spent on this car, only to have it totaled in a flood. However, it was the most solid driving, comfortable and beautiful car I have ever owned. All of the features it had worked from the heated steering wheel, to the complex iDrive system, even after 11 years and 120,000 miles. The engine still purred like a kitten, could bounce off the rev limiter, and the car would still hit 155mph and pull 0.90g in the bends just like when it was new. It never broke down, nor had any problems. All of the items listed above are either wear items, or were replaced preventatively. I can't imagine owning another BMW of this age, as the rubbers and plastics used simply don't hold up over time, however I'd definitely consider owning another newer one. This car is not for the faint of heart, and if you just need a cheap luxury car to drive everyday, I'd go for a Lexus. On the other hand, if you like to work on cars yourself, or want a fun daily driver and are willing to pay for it, the BMW is the best you'll find.


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I hate that I love this car so much!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Jeff Allen
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2004 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I purchased my 2004 BMW 525 used with 28K miles in 2010 to be used as my commuter car. I can not stand the iDrive that BMW uses in this model year. The cup holders are officially the 10th level of hell. Tires and brakes are three times as expensive as a "normal" sedan. Repairs, though few and far between so far, are costly.

Every few months I will shop around hoping to replace it, refusing to look at another BMW. Every couple of months I go test drive another round of models and makes that I cant bring myself to buy. I love my BMW! Nothing handles like it. Nothing performs like it! Nothing captivates the true essence of the drive like a BMW! Until i can find something better...


Best Features

Handling, Performance, Agility, Design, Overall Engineering.


Worst Features

Cupholders for actual cups. iDrive that works.


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Buy the manual
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By djlarroc
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2004 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Felt compelled to add my review since it is positive and most people complain. This is my 4th BMW (3rd 5 series). All have been manual. This is another great sedan. Has been very reliable. 3 years and 25k miles. Have only had to replace a coolant sensor (cheap/easy fix). The car gets amazin HWY MPG (34ish) City 20ish. Accelerates and handles amazing. RWD, and have been caught in a few CO snow storms, and got me home. It's also a very safe car. About the only cons, is the I-drive has scared me a few times where it did not turn on, then all of a sudden turned on. But as far as mechanically, another excellent BMW sedan.

4-15-16: Still own this car. Still love this car. Still recommend the manual.


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Luxury!
1 of 26 people found this review helpful
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By hand77
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2004 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

interior, headlights, styling, luxury


Worst Features

performance, radio


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Unload it before the warranty expires !
10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By junkyard2
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2004 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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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 !


Best Features

Handling, I-Drive, Fuel Economy, Body Lines


Worst Features

Cup holders in the front stink, Make more reliable ! Lower prices on genuine BMW parts would be nice


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