2003 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Electronic Gremlins

2003 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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

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Electronic Gremlins
By veinr on


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


I bought this car a little over a year ago and have spent approx. 2K in repairs. The radiator is plastic as is the water pump impeller motor. It had several oil and hydraulic leaks which I had repaired. The rear tires wear on the inside quite rapidly due to camber settings with the independent suspension. The battery burned a hole in itself and I've had several turn signal issues, lights burning out, shorts etc. Right now I'm getting a low oil pressure light at idle even after replacing the sending unit. The cupholders and interior buttons are very cheap. Other than that, this is a really fun car to drive. The motor is bullet proof. I got 23mpg on a recent trip with 3 bikes on the roof rack.

Best Features

Looks, handling. Tiptronic transmission. Steering feel.

Worst Features

Reliability needs major improvements. Sound system is average for this expensive of a car. No bluetooth, no satellite radio. Going back to Honda.
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