1999 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

1999 BMW 5 Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 13 reviews
"power" 10 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"high maintenance" 5 reviews

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1999 BMW 5 Series 528i Wagon Review
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Beautiful exterior, comfortable interior, and a ton of cargo space.

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It's no Toyota as far as maintenance, but DEFINITELY no Mercedes or Land Rover.

apbimmer98
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Very Close To Perfect. — There isn't much about this car that I can say I don't like. The E39, in my opinion, is one of the best cars ever made. It has good looks, plenty of power, even in the 193-hp 6-cylinder, and is pretty reliable. Don't let people fool you, the maintenance cost really isn't that bad. If you can handle simple automotive repairs, you should have no problem. You'd probably have more trouble with a newer model BMW. Overall, the build quality is spectacular. I know from experience that this car holds up very well in an accident, and I would have no worries putting my kids in the back. Another thing I really like about the car is visibility. The dash sits flat, so you can see everything very easily. The A-pillars are thin enough that they aren't blind spots, yet BMW didn't sacrifice visibility for durability, unlike a lot of manufacturers do with new cars.

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Look, Ride, Comfort, MPG

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Repairs,

bimmerfan22
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I Love My E39 — Overall Very great car, quick and reliable. Moderately fuel efficient great for daily driving as well as commuting. Would upgrade to a M5 over a 540I if you are looking for more power. Definitely a car to satisfy any BMW Fanatic though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Another big, heavy, luxo-cruiser from Germany.  Had every option available in 1999 and probably a few I hadn't found.  These cars are simply amazing.  Don't forget to use premium fuel.

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Expensive to buy, own, and maintain.  Do your maintenance because you don't want to break down in the middle of nowhere.  Not every mechanic knows how to work on these and you can really mess things up if you don't know what you are doing.

toofast69
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Solid German Quality At A Premium Price. — These big BMWs are really a joy to drive. You can go 500 miles in one and feel relaxed and refreshed when you get there. And you'll get there quickly because they cruise fast all day long. And it's a first class flight all the way. The 5 is no way as nimble as my old 1986 325 but as far as luxury, it is in a whole different league. Oh, and as far as styling...I prefer the older 5s over today's version. In fact, I hate to say it but I am not a big fan of a lot of the newer BMWs when it comes to the way they look. That's a personal matter of taste and it does not reflect on how excellent these cars are. All in all, I am proud to have owned one of these big cruisers.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Performance & Looks

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Maintenance, Gas (Must be PREMIUM at all time) & Its a Rear-Wheel Drive

Anonymous10027
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Great ! — When I first bought this car, I absolutely loved it ! Had this car for 2 years now and everyday my daughter is getting bigger and older and we need space when we're traveling or commuting. But everytime we travel from here and there, It felt like I burn so much gas and its sensitive too. The Gas cap has to be tightly sealed at all time or else the Check Engine light is on and cant put regular gas neither. BMW is ALWAYS gonna be a GREAT product, But as far as for the maintence, Its killing me here...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1999 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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the looks the power, handling

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gas mileage

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Cool Car If You Can Afford The Petrol — the 4.4 ltr v8 has all the power you need its close to 300 bhp would hit the limited 155 mph easy the massive 265 rear tires had trouble with grip even in the dry without the tc on acceleration was relentless all the way up past a 100 the gearbox was a dream you just put it in drive around town then change it to sport mode on duel carriageways or if you really want some fun put in semi auto to get the most out of that v8 motor . i did need to do a few repairs to it brake disks and front shockers which i was told is a common problem i think its the weight of the v8 . the car is well put together inside and out loved the overall color and look of the car the wheels i think just set it off .the price of the car wasnt that bad it was about 600 pounds more than say a 525 at the time the insurance was ok only because i had full no claims bonus and i was over 30 when i had it petrol was another matter though around town i would be lucky to get 18 mpg on a run was a bit better as long as i kept it to 70 mph i would get about 30 35 mpg according to the trip computer. but it was so much fun to drive could really get your heart pumping

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1999 BMW 5 Series 528i Wagon Review
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Wrth fixing one up to be a daily driver.

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The seats do wear.

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Fun For The Soccer Mom's. — This is a great car. I have close to 220,000 miles on the car now and now signs of the car slowing down any time soon. I have had to do some bigger jobs but it wasn't anything that wasnt time to be done, on a 10 year old car with 220k miles on it, over all this has been a great car with loads of opptions that work after 10 years.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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the car responds so well and hugs the road

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the fuel economy

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Bmw For Life — overally its a beautiful ride, the only thing i got against it is that it costs a bit to run it. At the moment city driving im averaging 7.5km per litre of petrol, the spares do not come cheap at all but you got to pay to drive the best

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the drive

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TAX

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It Rocks — coolIntroduced in Europe in 1995, the complete vehicle redesign draws heavily from the E38 7 Series in body construction and electronic technology. The mid-level BMW saloon showed evolutionary styling changes rather than a dramatic redesign. Initially offered only as a saloon, the wheelbase grew by 68 millimetres (2.7 in) and overall length by 55 millimetres (2.2 in) over the previous 5-series, the E34. In the US, the new 5 Series came in two forms: the 528i and 540i. The 1996 528i introduced a new M52 in-line six that it shared with the E36 328i, the 540i a 4.4 litre M62 V8 shared with the E38 740i. Both engines were upgraded over the prior 5 Series generation. The 2.8 litre dual overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine made 141 kilowatts (190 hp), versus 210 kilowatts (282 hp) for the 4.4 litre dual overhead camshaft, all-aluminum V8. A ZF five-speed manual transmission without overdrive was standard on the 528i, with an optional A4S 310 R four-speed automatic. The 540i, in contrast, could have either a Getrag six-speed manual or a new five-speed A5S 560Z automatic transmission with adaptive transmission control. Standard equipment on both models included dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, power steering, and air conditioning.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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heated seats and mirrors

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repairs are pricey if u dont shop and kno how to do it urself

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9/10 Rating — 4000watts boston acoustic..19in m5 rims. factory titanium silver. this is my first one of many bmws . its well worth the effort and time put into it. this is one car i wont ever regret buying. its a club banger. i run everything from the engine diagnostics to the radio conveniently thru my phone. no need for radios.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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BMW

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Perfect — performance : good breaking system build quality : strong material used strong design appearance : the interior is perfect with navigation system and leather seat cost of ownership : economy gas usage fun factor : its very fun to drive this specialy when its 540i

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