Used 2004 BMW 5 Series Sedan Review

A controversial new look and continued use of the confounding iDrive system are the only blemishes on this otherwise outstanding luxury sport sedan.




what's new

The 5 Series has been completely redesigned for 2004. Along with a new V8 and the iDrive vehicle management system, buyers can expect even greater handling from this premier midsize sedan than before.

vehicle overview

With stiff competition from Mercedes' E Class and Audi's A6, BMW is readying a fully redesigned version of its midsize 5 Series sedans and wagons. Styling is likely to be similar to many of themes introduced on the 2002 7 Series.

Both six- and eight-cylinder engines will be offered, with the possibility of a V10 for the top-of-the-line M5 model. The controversial iDrive control system introduced on the '02 7 Series will also make its way into the midsize 5, although it will likely be reprogrammed for easier operation.

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