2001 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

2001 BMW 5 Series Review Ratings

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  • 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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PROS
"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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2001 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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Classic BMW look

Cons

Lacks HP

Tmcklveen
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Just Drive It — This car has been a true beauty and joy to drive over the years. It handles incredible, and has that classic BMW look. Great on gas, for a sedan, and rides fantastic at low and high speeds. BBS wheels are a bonus!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
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Very good handling, fun to drive.

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Expensive maintenance and repairs.

Mario_M13
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A Good Car For Passionate Of Sport And Powerful Cars. — A pleasure to drive this car if you can afford to keep it very well maintain. A good looking car and very comfortable to drive it with very powerful engine. Not a family car, just for those which they like speed and power.

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

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2001 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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Performance machine with a capital "P".  200,000 miles and still runs great.

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Repairs can be pricey.  Fortunately, we haven't had any really big ticket items.

YankeeDog
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The Ultimate Driving Machine - Of Course — Body beginning to show signs of age - rust on rocker panels, trunk edges, and windshield surround - despite being garaged since new and hand washed and dried 90% of the time. Otherwise, this has been a great car and we will purchase another BMW 5 series to replace it (eventually).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Critics consider the 4th generation of BMW's venerable 5-series to be the best.  This car (the E-49 series I believe) won every award there was for performance sedans.  This particular one is in perfect like new condition with a completely restored interior.  I've never loved the leather in BMW's but I will say it is some of the more rugged leather I have seen in a production car.  The handling and acceleration of this car is amazing considering its size.  It is one of the smoothest accelerating cars I have ever driven.

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By this time BMW was beginning to play around with some electronics that can be annoying at times.  This got out of control in the 5 generation series with the "i-Drive" system.  The 4th generation just had some safety features that were odd (lowering and raising of the passenger rear view mirror when backing up, automatic door locking of back doors, etc.

blmmobiledetail
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Amazing Machine — There is nothing that I dislike about this car. It is impressive for a sedan, very comfortable and startling performance from the inline 6. It was a major car when new and it still is. With a little love and creativity, these older BMW's can be amazing values.

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

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Great car, handles nicely

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no complains

motovelo
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E39 Is A Great Car — This is my third E39 I had a bad accident in my first one, but I walked out with out a scratch... just some bruises.. I like the car, still looks good and handles great. With a little DIY you would have a reliable car. Lots of BMW forums online.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Terrific handling.

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Gas mileage isn't great, but that's not the reason you own a 5-series anyway.

wb7603
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Great Driving Performance — This 2001 BMW 525i is one of the best driving cars I have ever owned. It has plenty of power and handles great in tight corners when needed. It accelerates smoothly and has very little road noise, both around town and on the highly. The exterior and interior cosmetics are classic BMW.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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refined powerful cruiser

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Parts prices and snobbery at BMW dealer

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The Car You Always Promised Yourself — Powerfull Smooth and fast, easy to drive and easy to own, but parts prices are expensive as is servicing. When the engine holds 6.5 litres of Mobil 1 the basic servicing becomes expensive. Fuel better than expected for a 3.0 litre six cylinder returning 27 to 36 mpg.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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11 years old and it ride like new

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n/a

Cree361
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Awesome — Love the handling and smooth ride it gives. 11 yrs and handles like new.... Only thing is will need to replace the tires like clock work(every 4 yrs) depending how you drive. The low profile tires are somewhat pricey. Otherwise this car has taken care of me .

Primary Use: Family transportation

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18" chrome Rims, Nice HID Angel Eyes headlights, handling, and power.

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wish it took regualr gas

rkhan2k
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Ultimate Driving Machine — Nice Sexy, Stylish, Mean, Powerful Car. It's a daily driver and it doesnt disappoint in performance rides like it owns the road. It does burn a little oil when driving on highway but thats normal for a BMW and this is due to performance.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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reliable, great looking, runs amazing, fast, luxurious

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Gas and maintenance cost (but its a bmw so that is expected)

mabettle
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I Love It, Great Car. — only that it's gas is a little to much for me other than that i love the car, its fast, reliable, and great looking what else more could you want in a luxury car. Would always stick with bmw cars

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2012 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Nice Appearance. By stonebay124

Not what I expected the vehicle to be.Though attractive in appearance, handling is more of a performance vehicle than a performance/leisure vehicle. Though brand in name is fine, in the future I thin... Read More

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It is a great vehicle and very comfortable and reliable. The 4 cylinder is great on gas but could have a little more pickup power. All the options on the car are great. Plenty of power once you are up... Read More

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2011 BMW 5 Series Reviews

A Great Family Sedan From Bmw By fazmoto

The larger size of this model 5 series (known as F10 body style) makes it a better choice for families than previous generations. The 3.0 liter turbo engine has enough power to make this a real perfor... Read More

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I love this car, the best car that I've ever owned. It's fast, it has a good looking design, excellent comfort, good acceleration, excellent handling, good fuel economy, equipment is so easy to use, t... Read More

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2010 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Addicting! By Rqumsieh

This car is fun to drive. Very powerful on the road, people always compliment on how nice the car looks. Since I started driving the 5 series, I dont think I will be able to switch to any other car, s... Read More

A Sporty Sleeper In Disguise By Longtimer

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