2003 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

2003 BMW 5 Series Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 29 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 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:4.6 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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 13 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 29 2003 BMW 5 Series reviews.

amanlkml writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

This car handles like a dream. It is just fun to drive.  Automatic is a little slow out of the gate but works well when you shift or use as a manual

Cons

Gas mileage. No aux input for iPod. Find a trusted mechanic.  Dealer is waaaay to expensive

amanlkml
85

Now I Understand. I Love It !!!! — Love it - Its hard for me to believe this car is 9 years old.  It handles like a dream. Entering the freeway or passing at highway speed is a breeze.  It practically begs you to take the long way home and find a twisty road.   I've had it about 11 months and can never go back.   Maintenance does cost more but in my case it's because I actually care about  making sure the car is in great shape.  In the past I've driven cars for months with the engine light on and it never phased me. Now I'm actually doing a legitimate maintenance plan.   My advice skip the Starbucks or expensive dinner once a month and stick that money in your BMW account and have fun. (Less)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 16,426 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,500.
ZIP:
Odin writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Way fast...

Cons

Way fast...and you still have to stop when the blue lights are a flickering!

95

Shouldn't Have Given This Baby Up! Nothing Like It Out There. — I'm speechless, this vehicle is the epitome of German engineering, nothing compares.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Blackhawk86 writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

acceleration, handling, ride, amenities, styling, engineering, etc.

Cons

nothing

Blackhawk86
65

Blackbeauty03 — Everything. This car bought used drives like a new car with a very tight suspension. The engine and transmission perform like new with effortless acceleration and firm but smooth up and down shifts. So far the car has been very easy to perform maintenance on; German engineering I'm sad to say is years ahead of our domestic auto makers.

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
ozogby writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

It is a great auto , good handling

Cons

not really good on gas and to many electroniocs

ozogby
115

It Is A Great Car — to many computers and very expansive to service and repair, just for the fact that is a BMW all the repair shops want to double their fee because they think you are loaded, But i noticed that BMW made it easier to work on the engine than any other cars that i have had like the oil filter is right on the top front of the engine compartment and you can adjust your on head lights without any tools.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Rob writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

A BMW for half the price you'd pay new; handling; style; cache.

Cons

Expensive maintenance

55

2003 Bmw 530i — Purchased this from the BMW CPO program and am blown away by the value for money. The car, like many BMWs, performs wonderfully with a great balance of handling and ride. Truly an executive sports sedan. The optional sports package gives an extra degree of crispness to the handling without compromising comfort. Build quality is beyond reproach as you would expect from a premium German marque. I love the styling, and even now prefer it to that of the current model. A design that is approaching 10 years old still looks fresh. Life is not all peachy though. Maintenance is pricey and don't expect to save by doing oil changes at the local lube shop because BMW uses specialized parts even down to the oil filter.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
jkbmw writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

beautiful car, incredible driving experience with sport mode, handling is excellent.  good sound system. this was one of the best 5 series models ever produced and holds its resale value well.

Cons

as with any bmw, maintenance is more expensive than an average car but worth the effort.

jkbmw
35

Ultimate Driving Experience — Overall this is a phenomenal car, if taken care of can easily go 250K miles. Incredible driving experience with acceleration and handling phenomenal for a luxury sedan. Sport shift mode good for more power when needed but also gets fairly good gas mileage 22mpg. Classic look, black exterior and tan interior with wood trim beautiful.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Dave writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

nowt

Cons

the clutch

35

Reliable Old Hack — good reliable car, cheap to look after generally but some jobs req specialists. dont rust unless neglected, dont buy a manual like i did... clutch is a nightmare to get on with, makes you look like you have just passed your test !!. get one with as many toys as poss as they do come with rather basic stuff unless the first owner was loaded and specced it up.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Adam writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

practical

Cons

boring

35

525d M Sport — Very practical being a touring model. Does everything very well. Not all that exciting though. Not expensive to keep although servicing can cost quite a bit. Tyres seem to last well for a big car. Getting over 30000 miles from a set and thats with some fast road use as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Lance writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Handling. Solid. good size. even the base model is feels great.

Cons

gas milage across the board isn't spectacular, maintenance. not the prettiest car on the road.

75

Motortrend Rated It The Best Car They'v Ever Tested... What Else Do I Need To Say? — I've driven way too many E39's. 525i, 528i, 530i, 540i... i like 'em all. from the base model to the highest trim level they're all great. Great handling for such a heavy sedan. Perfect size, quiet, good ride, safe, solid... did i pass 90mph already? i thought i was going 50...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Carolyna27 writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

cute, small fun car

Carolyna27
95

It Is A Great Small Fun Car — I enjoy driving this car after hauling the kids around in a YukonXL. It is nice to be able to fit into parking spots and zip around cars on the highway.....

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:4,000

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 29 2003 BMW 5 Series reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2014 BMW 5 Series Reviews

A Pleasure To Drive By Joeadp

awesome drive with all the bells nd whistles...takes about a week to get comfortable with bmw idrive.......seems intuitive after a week. great gas mileage n added bonus for a car this size. love the... Read More

Read all 2014 BMW 5 Series reviews

2013 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Perfect Marriage Of Luxury And Performance By ajlatsko

I absolutely love my 550i. On the outside it looks like a sexy beast, and once you step on the accelerator, your impression is confirmed. This is the absolute best car I've ever driven, and I'm in the... Read More

A Luxurious And Fun To Drive Family Car. By essgee

I knew that I would enjoy the car, but I keep being surprised by how much I really love to drive it. It is sporty without drawing attention to itself. It gets pleasingly aggressive in sport mode. I... Read More

Read all 4 2013 BMW 5 Series reviews

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

Great Vehicle! By Country860

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

Read all 3 2012 BMW 5 Series reviews

2011 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Awesome 4 Door Rocket By jcbuncc

BMW quality, maintenance included and warranty is great. AWD is great. Comfortable ride. Plenty of room for most families. Tight with 2 cars seats and lots of kids stuff though. Gas mileage is gr... Read More

Excellent Car By eamin1

loved the luxury and comfort in the car. Starting 2011, BMW focused more on bringing whats in the 7 series down the 5 series, vs before, were they were focusing on expanding the luxury of the 3 series... Read More

Read all 16 2011 BMW 5 Series reviews

2010 BMW 5 Series Reviews

A Sporty Sleeper In Disguise By Longtimer

Tight as a drum, reliable, fun to drive easy or hard, corners like it is on rails - and of course, monumental German engineering through and through, this baby is fun as heck to drive and use as a dai... Read More

Love This Car By tjohannesson

Love the car, great engine, don't need to worry about the turbo, or injectors it just runs smooth, keep up the maintenance and never have any issues. It is a great car, the only downside I would say i... Read More

Read all 11 2010 BMW 5 Series reviews

People researching a 2003 BMW 5 Series contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2003 BMW 5 Series 530i, exterior
BMW 5 Series
35% of the time
BMW 3 Series
17% of the time
BMW 7 Series
8% of the time
Audi A4
5% of the time
5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 16,426 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,500.
ZIP: