2003 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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    Loved This Car — The car's acceleration is something i 've never had before you have to gauge your foot, because when the light turns green your off and gone. You don't mean to take off like that, it's just the great response the car has.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: best car i had ever own or driven.

    Cons: the super unleaded, and you have to open vehicle twice to get out.

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Review
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    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

    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.

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    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

    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

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    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

    Pros: nowt

    Cons: the clutch

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    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.)

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

    Cons: nothing

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    2003 Bmw 525i — This car is so much better than Iordan's 1996 VW Gti. IT drives really smoothly, is really comfortable, and only has 40k miles. The only bad thing is that it gets 19 mpg and requires premium gas. I love this car.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: The comfy seats

    Cons: Premium gas is expensive

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    Grrreeeaaaaat — We needed a Touring and this one was affordable and really nice with all the M-packages and so. Feels like a go-cart on the road, one of the best cars I've ever driven. The kids fits like a glove in backseat with their DVD players they keep silent.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: All

    Cons: Nada

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    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

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Maintenance costs

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    2003 Bmw 525i — Great car to drive with a Bose sound system. A driver's car that the family can use. Nice performance would have loved a bit more muscle thoough. Lovely interior too with red leather seats. Like the Hamster would say Gangstars would love the car cos of the trunk space

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Sound system & the car's performnce

    Cons: Aluminium alloy engine block.

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    2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Review
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    Great German Quility/engeneering — Awesome Solid Car... Handles like a dream and is quick enough to be exiting sometimes. I have been driving 5 Series BMWs for a few years now and my nest car will be another one! This time I am going for an M5 or 540...

    Pros: Comfort

    Cons: Economy

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 BMW 5 Series Reviews

    Excellent, Safe, Quick Enough, And Large Storage. By sjcdal

    wifes daily driver. She says just about once a week..."I love my car". After a long time away from BMW, this car has been a pleasant surprise. Nice looks, fairly quick, safe, solid auto. No compl... Read More

    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

    2013 BMW 5 Series Reviews

    Love The Msport By bmwfan917

    Overall nice car. Looks good, handles very well, plenty of features... Decent factory warranty. The runflats give us a peace of mind for long drives. Gas mileage is not bad for a sports car. Around... Read More

    Its The Best By ashishbrar

    I have no complaints with it. I am sold on a BMW and would never get anything else. Its just amazing. Its drives, handles and runs perfect. Its also great on gas mileage and its roomy. Enough space fo... Read More

    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

    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

    Bmw By bmerguy

    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

    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 Jack

    Fun driving, sports sedan ONLY as BMW can formulate such a delightful balance between form and function. Tight as a drum, reliable, fun to drive easy or hard, corners beautifully and sticky. Rigorou... Read More

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