2003 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Great car, if you ignore relia

2003 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Great car, if you ignore reliability
By Mike12345 on


2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


I love the handling, the ride, & the fuel efficiency. The engine power is only slightly lacking. However, a car must also be reliable. This car requires repairs every 8 to 12 weeks (seriously). Thank god for the extended warranty. I fear the day the extended warranty expires & I still owe monthly payments. I love this car&hate its ongoing issues: new radiator; new plastic radiator reservoir; washer fluid pump failure (3 times); pcv valve failure ($700 to repair) & my personal favorite is when the seat warmer caught fire. The car is awesome to drive and looks like poetry in motion but my 30 year old Ford truck has been more reliable. German efficiency does not seem to include reliability

Best Features

Handling is smooth with agile cornering. Fuel efficiency is near 30 mpg highway at 80 MPH - surprising for such a large and heavy vehicle. The design is timeless and beautiful (much better than the later 5 series).

Worst Features

A luxury car must be reliable. My BMW is not. BMW practically begged the Japanese & American luxury car companies to take market share with the BMW lack of long term reliability. It looks like a BMW is made to last about 60K before breaking down. This is my second & LAST BMW. BMW = bring my wallet
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By bimmer247
on 06/23/12 17:34 PM (PDT)

$700 for PCV repair ??? The part itself is about $45. Replacing it takes about 1 hour of work ... Are you SURE it was $700 ???

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