Used 2003 BMW 5 Series

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2003 BMW 5 Series
List price range
$4,490 - $6,995

Pros

  • Thrilling to drive, superb ride quality, upscale interiors, wide range of trim levels, clean exterior styling.

Cons

  • Some confusing interior controls, demanding manual transmission, high-end models are pricey.

Used 2003 BMW 5 Series for Sale

BMW 5 Series 2003 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
125,599 miles
Used 2003
BMW 5 Series
530i
(1)
AUTO WISE
4.8 mi away
List$4,490
Est.Loan: $92/mo
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Dealer Notes
530i Sport Package, Heated Seats, Chrome Rims, Tan Interior Leather Seats, Wood Trim All Around, Runs Great, Looks Great, 15 Service Records, VA Inspected, Financing Available - Call Now Some of the cars are at a satellite storage place. PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMING - in order to have the car ready for you. Call or text 703-206-8570 for more info or set up an appointment !
BMW 5 Series 2003 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
85,150 miles
Used 2003
BMW 5 Series
530i
Auto Expo
17 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
Fair Deal!
Fair Deal!
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BMW 5 Series 2003 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
127,831 miles
Used 2003
BMW 5 Series
540i
Bareford Buick GMC
83.7 mi away
List$4,999
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Dealer Notes
LEV certified %284.4L engine/5-speed auto trans%29|City 17/hwy 21 %284.4L engine/5-speed auto trans%29|Rear window wiper/washer|Heated driver door lock cylinder|Pwr tilt/slide moonroof w/1-touch open/close,�_< sliding sunshade|Variable intermittent wipers-inc%3A vehicle-speed sensitive wiping interval,�_< single-wipe control,�_< heated washer jets|Soft-close tailgate|Xenon headlights w/automatic headlight control|White indicator lenses|Halogen free-form fog lights|Daytime running lights|Dual body-color pwr heated mirrors w/reverse gear activated passenger mirror auto-tilt-down|Rain sensing windshield wipers|Roof rails|Pre-wiring for CD changer/cellular phone|Exterior temp display w/audio freeze warning|Rear window defroster|Seatback storage compartments|Auto-dimming rearview mirror|Cruise control|Anti-theft AM/FM stereo w/compact disc player-inc%3A %2810%29 speakers,�_< Radio Data System %28RDS%29,�_< auto-store,�_< cassette function,�_< 4-channel FM diversity antenna|Glovebox w/rechargeable take-out flashlight|Service interval indicator w/miles-to-service readout|Front map/rear reading lights|Montana leather upholstery/door trim|Leather-wrapped hand brake boot/grip & shift boot|Vehicle & key memory|Burr walnut wood trim|Split fold-down rear seat|10-way pwr front bucket seats w/pwr headrests|3-memory settings for driver seat position,�_< safety belt height,�_< steering wheel & exterior mirrors|Remote keyless entry w/remote tailgate/rear door release,�_< panic alarm button|Coded driveaway protection %28prevents engine from starting without proper key%29|Fully carpeted cargo area w/luggage straps|Universal garage door opener|Front dual zone automatic climate control w/micro-filter-inc%3A automatic recirculation,�_< residual/rest heat features & max A/C button|Multi-function steering wheel w/audio/cruise/air recirculation controls & pwr tilt telescoping w/auto-tilt-up|Central locking system w/center console button & double-lock anti-theft system %28leaves gas filler door unlocked%29|Courtesy lights w/theater-dimming feature|Instrumentation-inc%3A elect analog speedometer,�_< tachometer,�_< digital main & trip odometer|Dual front cup holders & coin holders|Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors|Pwr windows-inc%3A 1-touch open/close,�_< anti-trapping pinch protection & retained accessory pwr|Multi information display-inc%3A audio/accessory phone controls,�_< upgraded on- board computer & Check Control vehicle monitoring system|Front/rear door storage compartments|Retractable luggage net|4.4L %28268%29 DOHC 32-valve V8 engine w/variable valve timing|3.15 performance rear axle ratio & torque converter|16 x 7.0 radial-spoke alloy wheels|All-season traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control %28DSC%29|Self-leveling rear suspension|One-touch starting|Double-pivot strut-type front suspension w/coil springs,�_< aluminum lower arms|Engine-speed-sensitive pwr steering|Front/rear stabilizer bars|Adaptive transmission control|Digital Motor Electronics System %28DME%29|4-link integral rear suspension|5-speed automatic transmission w/OD-inc%3A sport mode,�_< StepTronic clutchless manual shift control|Direct ignition system|Full-size spare tire w/alloy wheel|Drop-down tool kit in trunk|Twin-tube gas pressure shock absorbers|4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/Dynamic Brake Control|P225/55R16 all-season SBR tires|Rear wheel drive|4-wheel anti-lock brake system %28ABS%29|Front door-mounted side-impact airbags|3-point safety belts w/front automatic height adjusters,�_< front tensioners & force limiters|Front seat side-impact Head Protection System %28HPS%29|Crash sensor %28automatically turns on hazard/interior lights & unlocks doors%29|Side-impact interlocking door anchoring system|Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system %28SRS%29 w/dual stage,�_< dual-threshold deployment sensors|Child safety rear door locks|Automatic locking safety belt device for child seat w/tether anchor restraint|Battery safety terminal|All-season traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control %28DSC%29|Automatic fuel cut-off %28triggered by airbag deployment%29|4-wheel anti-lock brake system %28ABS%29|Daytime running lights
BMW 5 Series 2003 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
117,272 miles
Used 2003
BMW 5 Series
530i
List$6,000
Fair Deal!
Fair Deal!
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Dealer Notes
Recent Arrival%2521Oxford Green Metallic 2003 BMW 5 Series 530i RWD 5-Speed Automatic Electronic with Overdrive 3.0L I6 DOHC SMPIOdometer is 1975 miles below market average%2521 27/19 Highway/City MPG Front Bucket Seats,Leatherette Upholstery,AM/FM Stereo w/CD/10 Speakers,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Air Conditioning,Electronic Stability Control,Front Center Armrest,Front Cupholders,Leather Shift Knob,Tachometer,ABS brakes,AM/FM radio,Alloy wheels,Auto tilt-away steering wheel,Automatic temperature control,Bodyside moldings,Brake assist,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Delay-off headlights,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front dual zone A/C,Front fog lights,Front reading lights,Head restraints memory,Heated door mirrors,Illuminated entry,Leather steering wheel,MP3 decoder,Memory seat,Occupant sensing airbag,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Panic alarm,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power adjustable front head restraints,Power door mirrors,Power driver seat,Power moonroof,Power passenger seat,Power steering,Power windows,Radio data system,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear reading lights,Rear seat center armrest,Rear window defroster,Remote keyless entry,Seatbelt memory,Security system,Speed control,Speed-sensing steering,Steering wheel memory,Steering wheel mounted A/C controls,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Variably intermittent wipers,10 Speakers,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Door mirrors%3A body-color

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Upcoming redesign notwithstanding, the 5 Series is an excellent midsize luxury car, whether you choose the high-performance 540i or a comparatively basic 525i wagon. If you can afford one, we'd highly recommend it.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 BMW 5 Series.

They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore
DMan, 8/20/2010
Purchased from a private party with 25K on the odometer. Currently have about 99.4K miles on it. This has been far the most reliable car we've ever owned - Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Mazda. When you do basic maintenance yourself, ownership costs are somewhat comparable to many other brands. Just have to keep an eye out on the cooling system, heard that this was/is the weakest part of the E39's (so far no problems with mine). Average MPG during summer months: 24-27
Das Auto!!
T Embich, 3/15/2016
Purchased our 2003 530i a little over a year ago. Got it for $5K and at 130K miles. I do most of my own repairs and I've never seen such awesome engineering on a car. It's a pleasure to work on if you are into car repair. Driving it is a real thrill that never gets old. We've taken it on several long trips and it just loves the open road. Seats are amazingly comfortable. Usually back seats are a weak point in most sedans but this BMW has very comfortable rear seats. Gas mileage on a combined city/highway commute is about 25 mpg. For a 24 valve 6 cylinder that is very good mileage. Hope to keep this beauty for the foreseeable future.
168K and still going strong!
papatago, 6/27/2014
This car is amazing! Bought it in '05 with 7K on it and now I have 168K and still solid, well built and reliable! If you can DIY some things, you can save a grip of $$$ and still have one of best cars built, period! Heavy car and going through tires is going to be an issue but nothing beats this car on the open road! I drive from northern CA to southern CA twice a month 700+ miles and 30+MPG can compare with a lot of hybrids out there...but no hybrid is as fun to drive. It truly is the Ultimate Driving Machine!
164K and still a true road car!
Corey Stark, 3/4/2016
I just bought my 525i a couple of weeks ago. I have owned a couple in the past---328xi and an X5. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about buying a car with so many miles on it but I was really up against the wall. WIth 4 kids in college, my funds were limited. But I just loved the ride. I am 6'2" and 240lbs and an ex football player. Needless to say, I need my comfort. This car handles me just fine. I bought it and decided to take it on a road trip with my sweetheart. We went from MPLS, MN to Albuquerque, NM and back...then went to Lewistown MT!! No issues at all. Speed limits were 80 mph! This vehicle just loves the open road. Comfortable---even at the gas pumps. Considering my speed we still managed over 26.6 mpg overall for our 5k trip. Performance is totally acceptable, quiet cockpit, and the handling---oh my, the handling. There is simply nothing like a BMW on the road---it is happiest there! Now just after purchase I did get stuck with a crank ventilation valve issue. $1043.00 at the dealer. and the ABS system is on the bug. But I am pretty old school and never liked ABS anyway. Dealer said it wont hurt the car not to fix ($1700.00 plus $400 for reprograming) so I am running it as is. The one previous owner took good care of this vehicle. So as far as a recommendation goes for this car, I would have to say that I recommend it highly. CHeck it out thoroughly when you come across one with higher miles on the clock. Then take it to a BMW dealer and have it scoped--about $150.00. Trust me---get this done! Then you can be very comfortable with your purchase.
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
225 hp @ 5900 rpm
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
184 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 5400 rpm
MPG
14 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
290 hp @ 5400 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2003 BMW 5 Series
Used 2003 BMW 5 Series Overview

The Used 2003 BMW 5 Series is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M), 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A), 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M), and 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 BMW 5 Series?

Price comparisons for Used 2003 BMW 5 Series trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 BMW 5 Series 530i is priced between $4,490 and$6,995 with odometer readings between 85150 and125599 miles.
  • The Used 2003 BMW 5 Series 540i is priced between $4,999 and$4,999 with odometer readings between 127831 and127831 miles.

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