Used 2003 BMW 5 Series Wagon

2003 BMW 5 Series

2003 Highlights

This is your last chance to get a traditionally styled 5 Series -- next year, its styling becomes more closely aligned with the controversial 7 Series. For now, BMW will offer a DVD-based navigation system for the existing 5 Series -- but alas, you must still give up an in-dash CD player if you opt for the nav system. Besides that, rear head protection airbags (optional last year) are now standard across the line. Additionally, all six-cylinder models get a standard moonroof. Standard on the manual-shift 540i (and optional with the automatic) is a new sport package that includes 18-inch wheels, a revised sport suspension, front and rear spoilers, visible exhaust outlets, black side molding, a black headliner, titanium-ringed gauges and an M footrest for the driver. Finally, the 525i gets a new alloy wheel design, and its premium package now includes rain-sensing wipers.


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


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

Used 2003 BMW 5 Series Wagon for Sale

BMW 5 Series 2003 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M) Orient Blue Metallic 125,599 miles
Used 2003BMW 5 Series530i
Est.Loan: $92/mo
4.8 mi away
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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) Jet Black 85,150 miles
Used 2003BMW 5 Series530i
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2003 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A) Orient Blue Metallic Sand79,441 miles
Used 2003BMW 5 Series540i
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Sterling Gray Metallic Gray98,467 miles
Used 2003BMW 5 Series530i
Est.Loan: $113/mo
37.9 mi away

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.

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Features & Specs

525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower184 hp @ 6000 rpm290 hp @ 5400 rpm


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
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Electronic Gremlins
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.
This isn't your mothers wagon!
While it is true the sport suspension gives you precise feedback, I find the handling and roadfeel to be one of the best characteristics of the car. For those who are looking for a true perfomance car with the practicality of a wagon look no further. Put four snow tires on the car and winter is no issue. For those seeking to drive your living room this is not the car for you. The BMW 540ia wagon sets the standard for fit and finish among it's rivals, and passes them in so other many characteristics and qualities. This is a car I can drive for 8 hours continually arriving without an ache.
good but not perfect
The BMW 540i is fun to drive but lacks interior comfort. Why can't they build a car with the comfort of a Lexus or Mercedes on the interior with the good looks of a BMW on the outside. I have owned three Mercedes and ejoyed their interiors and comfort but always thought the drive was not spunky or exciting. The 540i delivers a thrilling ride and wonderful handling, but I miss the comfort. Am I too old for this car?
Used 2003 BMW 5 Series Wagon Overview

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

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