2003 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

User Reviews

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

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.

85

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...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 15,767 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,500.
ZIP:
maxx506 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:
5

Pros

Solid, reliable car and fast

Cons

i dont like the old fashion cd box in the back of the car

maxx506
20

Amazing Performance And Great Space — I didn't have a 525i in my life but this Solid, reliable car and fast even my little kids like this cars !!!!it is fun to drive!!!! can give you from 20 to 29 mpg and the service if you know someone it is very affordable

Primary Use: Commuting to work

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
try2help writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
Accessories:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Good engine and power.

Cons

Lots of smaller annoying things go wrong with the car after warranty.

try2help
25

Good, But Overall Too Costly. — Again, I learned the hard way. BMW is not a car that you buy! But lease is OK. (I suppose!) I'll never be in a financial shape to buy BMW again, but I would never buy one outright again, unfortunately!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Murray writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Handling

Cons

Maintenance costs

85

Bmw 525i — Possibly the nicest looking car on the road. The BMW E39 chassis (5-series, 1997-2003 models) were some of the best cars of their time, and highly respected among enthusiasts. Ranging from the "economical" 6-cylinder models: the 2.5L 528i / 525i (1997-2000 / 2001-2003, respectively), the well-balanced 3.0L 530i (2001+)...to the powerful V8 models (292-HP 540i, and 400 HP M5)...these cars are very rewarding to drive. The 525i is a bit lacking in the power department; but (M5 excluded), handles the best due to it's fiairly light weight, well-engineered suspension, steering and brakes, and perfect 50/50 weight distribution. V8 models are powerful, and a 6-speed manual transmission was available all model years. Reliability isn't great, and these cars require a lot of attention....but you get it all back with a superior driving experience. Suspension bushings, shock absorbers, and key cooling system components have a short lifespan (60,000mi), and brakes / tires wear out fast if driven hard. Rear wheels have negative camber, causing uneven wear (on the inside), but provide better handling. Expect to pay between $2000 and $5000 in maintanance and repair per year / 12,000mi (without a warranty or maintenance plan).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
sjkferg1 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:
4

Pros

Beautiful look.  Front seat wrap around you.  Handles fantastic. Stops on a dime.  

Cons

Not the smoothest ride, but handles really well.  Unsatisfied with cup holders. idrive is confusing.

sjkferg1
25

Really Fun Car To Drive. — Compared to my Mercedes E320, the BMW 530i is a race car. Goes from 60 to 90 like its nothing. Seriously, you cannot tell any difference in handling or ride at higher speeds. Big trunk. Lots of storage space. OVerall very good car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
frye 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:
5

Pros

Very dependable and has a really smooth ride.  Great pick up and go...  I love the heated seats and steering wheel!  The sunroom is nice to open on a sunny day!

Cons

It's a little small for 4 grandkids and all their "stuff."

frye
20

It's A Great Car To Commute To Work And To Take Long Trips. The Ride Is Awesome. — I love this car. It handles well in just about any weather condition (not ice). The interior is in excellent condition. It looks as if it were almost new. The outside is in great shape and looks fabulous. BMW had it right. It is the ultimate driving maching.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Mborno writes:
2003 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Loved it

Cons

Non

Mborno
25

2003 Bmw 540 — This car was a dream car it ran great and it looked even better i would love to own anthor one soon i sm looking for a 6 speed next thatbone will stay with me for ever fuel was not to bad it ran 93 but it gave me about 25 mpg on avarege

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

Pros

sport package on the IL6 "least powerful" engine; funny, but a fun ride on a twisty road, too.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Skiloypet
25

Outstanding E39 Bmw... — In my opinion, that this car is 11 years old and as tight and quiet as it is today, is testimony to BMW's engineering and to its manufacturing expertise. The fit and finish of this car, when I bought it with 50K on it, exceeded that of a new Volvo wagon I recall riding in at about the same time. True, a BMW is not a Volvo. The BMW is a great car, I've driven them for 30 years and had one, a 325e, for 25 years.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review 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
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

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

Awesome 2013 Bmw 550x Drive With M Sport Package By Tricia

Love this car. Very fast and sporty looking but also very safe. Sound system is great too, and the navigation works well. Haven't had any major problems with the car and the BMW warranty that comes wi... Read More

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

Read all 5 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
38% of the time
BMW 3 Series
23% of the time
BMW 7 Series
9% of the time
Lexus ES 300
4% of the time
5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 15,767 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,500.
ZIP: