2001 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: BMW 540 with sport options clo

2001 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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

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BMW 540 with sport options close to M5
By IL_Tim on


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


I commute a lot and needed an auto transmission, therefore no M5. This was as close as I could get and no disappointment. ALWAYS get the 540 with the sport option, otherwise stay with the V6. Fine, fine car, best of sport tuning and luxury.

Best Features

Drives like an enthusiast's dream, flat cornering, easy handling at 120 mph. Example of fine engineering: the temperature gauge is rock steady whether outside is -10 deg or 105 deg. Cruise control varies only +/- 1 mph on hills.

Worst Features

Long term reliability -- good overall, but after 5 yrs had to replace radiator and 10% of the digital dashboard dots failed leaving incomplete characters on the display. Amazing tire life on ZR1s. Speedometer reads the wrong speed (+4 mph). Cupholders and nav system poor.
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