2001 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: BMW 530IA Sport Package

2001 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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525i Sedan (2.5L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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BMW 530IA Sport Package
By Todd Baker on


2001 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


The BMW 530IA is one of the best cars on the road. It is extremely reliable as far as making sure you get to and from your appointment. Many times, even the car is having issues.. the parts are so 'tough' that they will even get you to the dealership in a 'reasonable' amount of time w/o a tow. Of course.. there have been no 'major' failures thus far. The car handles like a race car.. but you can put your parents in the back seat for those trips to and from the airport. Lots of space where it is needed.. but gives most Corvettes a real run for the money off the line and at high end speeds. The car is at home around 90mph on the freeway. You hardly notice when you pass 120. NICE CAR.

Best Features

Safety systems make sense. Well engineered. Car is well balanced. Its like driving an accurate throwing knife. Car accelerates well.. and high end pickup and ride is exceptional. Xenon headlights are good. Sport Package is worth the extra money. Heated seats are excellent.

Worst Features

Service costs are a little bit high. I recommend the 100,000 warranty at time of sale. More if you can get it. The stuff that fails isn't typically 'nuclear' and you can tell that the engineering overall is exceptional. Parts might 'get sick' well before they 'fail' which is a nice safety assurance.
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