2001 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

2001 BMW 5 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 56 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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"ride" 25 reviews
"power" 23 reviews
"handling" 14 reviews
"build quality" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"expensive part" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews

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Vince writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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Looks, handling, practicality (may not be in that order).  

Cons

Having to explain my choice.

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The Aristocrats' Bimmer. — When time came to trade in my track toys, in this case, a '99 BMW M Coupe (yes, the funning looking 2 seater) for a more practical, yet equally exclusive and high performing vehicle, nothing fits the bill better than the Individual Series BMW 540i Touring with M Sport Package. This wagon is painted in M Series exclusive Carbon Black colour, with black Montana (ordinary top grain) leather and sporty brushed aluminum trims. What make this car exclusive are the lowered and stiffened suspension, front and rear M5 spoilers/bumpers, and a more aggressive final drive ratio. The results, a wagon that handle like (and superior to in many aspects) an M5 with a fewer horsepower (100 hp) and one less gear ratio. The handling is actually more superior due to the stiffer rear suspension (designed originally to limit travel and to withstand heavier payload, employing adjustable air springs). Also being 200 lbs. lighter than an M5, this wagon is noticeably more tossable in turns and can be driven harder. Due to the lack of limited slip differential (standard on the M5), it is much harder to power slide the rear end out of turns making driving sideways less often practiced than an M5. Its pick-up is still amazing, especially when you consider how effortless it is due to the automatic transmission taking care of all the tricky bits. It certainly felt faster in the straight than all the 6 cylinder M cars I used to own. There are a few odd short comings related to its chassis dynamic: the front end geometry seems to be less tolerant to wider rim/tire/traction setup and tends to wander when the pavements are crowned (while the M5 using even wider tires did not exhibit this characteristic); and the rear end, at times, can be too jiggly and unsettling giving the car a "truck like" ride. All-in-alll, this is the aristocrats' bimmer - quite often people ask "When you can afford a 5 series bimmer, why waste your fortune on a wagon", and I usually tell them "... because I have choices." and I quite often wonder why people choose SUVs and give up precise handling, safety, and precious cargo room!

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Benjamin writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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5

Pros

Fast, V8 sound, room for 5 with a big boot

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Gas mileage is pretty bad. Little electronic things will go wrong, but not a big deal. Cooling system is a weak point. Goes through tires quickly.

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Perfect Balance Of Sport And Luxury, Without The Hassle Of M5 Maintenance. — Classic BMW styling, built like a bank vault, V8 grunt and roar sounds terrific with the windows down. Almost no noise inside when they are up. Will easily top 160 mph with the current Dinan tuning. Aftermarket and OEM parts are cheap and plentiful. Fun and comfortable, every day driver reliable and well balanced sportiness the way a sport sedan should be!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Robert writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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4

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FAST, FUN, BMW!

Cons

repair bills

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Bmw — well to start off, obviously the reason i bought a BMW with a V8 was for performance purposes, and boy does it ever! articles on this vehicles performance range of course, but i can vouch for 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds, and a limited speed of 155mph, the ability to tear concrete right off the road with all the grip, or throw the rear end out for a perfect power slide:) After my couple of tanks of gas , i was amazed to find what "good" gas mileage it got. The first long distance trip the on-board computer said 28mpg , not so willing to believe it i did the math, and to my amazement it came in 1 mpg less at 27! not bad! and with a good sized tank feel free to hit the open road with no intentions of stopping. I pushed the limits once and got around 450 miles. On the bad side... it is a BMW... so, after having the car for about 4 months, just driving down the road, BANG! my rear differential exploded! luckily i had had a friend following me for a ride home. I did take it to my local dealer, and for a brand new diff and installation it cost approx $2500 to fix (ouch) so to sum up my 540i the performance is great gas mileage is great, the sound system is great, the ride is great, the seats are great, all together it is an amazing vehicle! despite repair bills ill give it a perfect score.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fazlur writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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5

Pros

the engine & chassis

Cons

radio

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Timeless Mix Of Performance And Comfort — For a 2.5 litre engine, the BMW M54 powerplant is a fun piece of engineering. It has good power delivery and response. It feels very eager to rev. The chassis has excellent balance between performance and comfort. The car feels solid and sure footed even when driven around fast bends quickly. I love it.

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Aiew writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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4

Pros

Good and reliable

Cons

Nothing

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Can Go Anywhere — Performance - Moderate power, great break and handling Build Quality - Nothing much to repair Appearance - Looks like a normal cars Cost of Ownership - Quite economy and the maintenance's quite low Fun Factor - She's quite fun to drive but not so aggressive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Akam writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
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4

Pros

interior design

Cons

nil

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Worth Driving..! — Powerful, speed, safety. interior design, nice screen, good navigation system. performance, speeding up to max with no pressure. fun when driving on high way and feeling safe. front and back sensored. color is nice with sliver trims interior. v6 cylender.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sean writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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4

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Brilliant performance, sleeper, pulls all the way to 155, safety/solid car

Cons

cost of ownership, electrical/display/cooling system issues

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E39: The Last Of The Good Looking 5 Series — Fast & Nimble for 3700 lbs. Gremlins in the electrical system. Small back seats. Most everything about the m5 enthusiasts like- less the engine, & Limited slip differential for half the price on insurance & maintenance. This car was featured opposite the Toyota Corolla on a website explaining cost of ownership. Balanced, powerful and connected. 6 speed is just fantastic. Most stop light racers don't see it coming.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Lewis writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
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4

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Style, speed, comfort.

Cons

some part can be pricy... but not too bad overall.  It is a BMW afterall.

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Bmw530i — Great performance, quick and agile especiallt for a mid-sized sedan. Great quality throughout and excellent attention to detail. Still very relavent for a car that is 8 years old. Ownership costs are also reasonable for a car this age, mostly oil and gas (gets close to 20mpg in city and around 25-27 hwy or about 500miles to a tank.)

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Alex writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
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5

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great looking/handeling/ ride. very classy yet remanes agresive road stance. very relaible/dependable.

Cons

none atall really. keep away from dealer. v8 models very thirsty. tho best in class for fuel on all engines.

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Bmw E39 530i Se Manual — the picture above is not my car. couldn uplode a pick of mine on computer ????? my car is a 2001 .petrol 530i se 232bhp it has coverd just over the 100.000 miles. and she is still going strong. doesnt use a drop of oil and still returns around 30 mpg on combined cycle. there really is vey little to complain about, so here i go. errrm ..... cup holders in rear are notorious for being rubbish and break easy. 18inch wheels on mine and with that you need to replace the rear ones roughy each year. all depends on miles coverd and what tire you using. so research into it. another common problem is the final stage unit in the heater/ blower. also known as hedgehog. a cheap and easy fix . there really is nothing to grumbe about. so as a whole the e39 is a very good car and better than most modern up to date rivals. it has everything you could ever want in a car. and more depending on spec. look for SE spec. as you will find alot of toys, mine has the comms pack/ winter pack/ so bluetooth and built in phone sat nav. winter pack includes a timer for the car to defrost the windows i have mine set at 0545am as i finish work at 6am. so i just get in and drive away no scraping. exelent . the list of gadgets is endless so i will write a few. quad climate controll. air con. cruise controll. also includes a option of having a set distance away from car infront. it will apply the breaks for you if car in front starts to slow down. very rare on e39. park distance controll. front and rear parcking sensors. traction controll/ stability controll. heated mirrors / washers/ steering wheel/ seats. front and rear screens. not a gadget you could want for. in my opinion the car is beautiful very elegant and agressive at the same time. the interior is the same beautiful. leather or cloth , all the instrumant and dials in perfect position. very well built , you just try and pull it apart. (good luck) not a squeak or rattle from anywere it is very fast when you want it to be yet it is also a very quiet luxery car . it handels beautiful. 50/50 weight distribution. when driving you know as a driver what each wheel is doing loads of feedback without any fuss. you will find yourself driving it the long way home just to drive it and you will never get boord. if you are going to buy a bmw e39, make shure it has a full history . and lookd after, tho most have been as there owners do fall in love with them. check all elec toys as all cars get elec gremlims, when on test drive listen for knocking suspension . if you hear any noise from suspension. it will be worn bushes. cheap and easy fix, but do negotiate discount as it is common on all bmw. in a nutshell. brilliant car really hard to find anything wrong with it. all reviews made against the e39 98% were positive.

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Çelik writes:
2001 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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4

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Bimmer + Mercedes -

Cons

Not a M5

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The Bimmer — My car is perfect if you have family with children and its goodlooking too. If you want a fast car, then my car are not the best choice. Because when i drive 220km/h its still like driving 160km/h or if you wanna go 160km/h then its like 110km/h. This makes the car feeling slow while driving and the positive point of view is that your wife doesnt notice the actual speed, because of its comfort. My cars mechanic is very good and its also cheap or average when parts are needed. The bimmer goes 7-8 km/l in urban, 10-12 km/l suburban and 8-10 km/l mixed. The most fun with this car is that mine is automatic/triptronic which i use manually when i feel to go drifting. But manual is always the best. And remember it is backwheel driven... So much more fun like every bimmer.

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