1999 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: A blast to drive, expensive up

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan - Consumer Review

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A blast to drive, expensive upkeep
By Mark on


1999 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


Bought this car as a CPO in 2002 when it had <20k mi on it, replacing my 93 325i. Pluses: A joy to drive, no question. Can be thrown into corners almost with impunity. Great touring car, can drive all day w/no fatigue. Excellent sound system. Classy exterior design. Power out the wazoo. Legendary braking. Downsides: Eats tires even with proper inflation (stagger prevents rotation) - typ. 15-20k on rear, 30k front (all-seasons). Expensive routine mx. Expensive non-routine mx. Cupholders are for decoration only - go aftermarket or avoid drinks. CD changer not bump tolerant.

Best Features

V8 engine.

Worst Features

Proper cupholders or no cupholders - you're always tempted to use them and always regret it.
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