2003 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Solid performer

2003 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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530i Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Solid performer
By SC owner on


2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Wonderful car with a strong luxury feel. I've owned the car about a year and driven it about 7,000 miles. I did have to replace the thermostat since I kept getting a service engine light. Another problem is missing pixels in my instrument display and radio display. This required replacing the instrument cluster and the MID display. Electronic parts are very expensive ($1600). Since the car was out of warranty, I wrote to BMW to see if they would assist with the repairs and they said they would. Put me in the BMW good will program and agreed to pay for the parts if I paid the labor. Good deal for me, nearly $2000 worth of repairs for less than $175.

Best Features

Engine, smooth shifting transmission. Amazing acceleration for a sedan when you pull out to pass traffic. Ride is comfortable over rough roads, despite having the sport package. Automatic rain sensing windshield wipers are nice.

Worst Features

Decent cup holders. Be nice to have a center console storage compartment.
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