2004 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: E60 aka "Dire Wolf"

2004 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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

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E60 aka "Dire Wolf"
By SK Davis on


2004 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


My first BMW, but not my last. I bought this car with 66k miles. Tight like a drum--no rattles, no issues, just a clean used car. Says something about design AND previous owner. The 5 is the touchstone of sports sedans. Responsive, tight, and the 3.0 is quick, but not impressively fast (nor is it meant to be). Sports package brings it all together. And the iDrive? Get over it, iDrive is convenient, easy, and keeps the dash layout clean and elegant. I recently did a 1000 mile trip with my wife, 3 kids, and a full trunk. 29 mpg @ 82 mph. Not bad. Could be better 'round town, though. Oh, and the color? Copper Metallic. Very cool.

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The drive. The Drive. THE Drive. I always heard about BMW's 'driving experience' but it never sunk in until I owned one. iDrive, fit & finish, color, and the lines. Oh, and you can't beat the diagram on how to fit 4 golf bags in the trunk. I rarely golf, either.
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