2004 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Not as Great As Expected

2004 BMW 5 Series Sedan - Consumer Review

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By chgomo on


2004 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


While I love the styling of the new
design and it's overall road handling
prowess, the performance of the 525i is
less than expected. Not much guts in
the low end of each gear, but once it
ramps up it's fine. I can only imagine
how poorly it must perform with an
automatic transmission; good enough
for little old ladies on a Sunday
afternoon, I suppose.
Cup holders are of very poor quality
and the i-drive system had to be
replaced in the first 3 months of

Best Features

Body style and handling are excellent; very solid in the turns. Unexpected bonus in the gas mileage, 29.4 mpg on the road, 27 mpg city.

Worst Features

Increase horsepower on 525i to at least match its competitors or lower the price. Better quality materials for cup holders. (A minor detail but it is important in a 1-2 hour daily commute). BMW needs to deliver the Bluetooth technology, it was promised 7 months ago.
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