2003 BMW M5 Consumer Review: Fast, Comfortable, Safe

2003 BMW M5 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (4.9L V8 6-speed Manual)

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Fast, Comfortable, Safe
By Goody4 on


2003 BMW M5 4dr Sedan (4.9L 8cyl 6M)


It's amazing how vault-like the M5
feels when you get inside and close the
door. The interior feels great, the
seats are the best I've ever had. I
find the dash--with its silver aluminum
trim and black padding--a litte too
Teutonic for my tastes. It's a (dark)
look I'm slowly getting used to, but
not really warming up to.

Surprisingly, the car is quiet under
all conditions, even full throttle is a
bit subdued. It's absolutely
effortless to drive.

It doesn't handle as well as my M3, but
with 800 more pounds, I guess it isn't
meant to. Still, it's no slouch going
into the twisties. It feels so
composed under all conditions.

Best Features

DVD Navigation is remarkable. It shows every snake path and logging trail around. The front and back ultrasonic park aid is the best feature. Two seperate audible tones are used to alert the driver how close an object is.

Worst Features

The message center in the instrument cluster AND the board computer in the nav screen are unnecessarily redundant. The worst-designed and worst-positioned cupholders ever. The misplaced coin holder in the driver's door.
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