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2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Sedan RWDReview
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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 Sedan RWDReview
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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 Sedan RWDReview
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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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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWDReview
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Time To Go — Usual BMW feel and comfort - lovely M spec badges mostly - apart from uprated super light suspension - still a boat though and still an estate Has had a few niggles, keeps coming up with new faults, display matrix, Sat nav, Injectors, fuel rail pressure, battery drain, machanical failure - all that in 12 months though Must have a monday car, i'm sure Wednesday ones are better

Pros: comfort - space

Cons: bad example

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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWDReview
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E39 530ia — This was my second E39, the first being a 540. The performance is the inline 6 was good, but I missed the growl from the V8. The body style was my favorite of all the 5 series. Build quality was top notch with only a few things I would have changed.

Pros: Ride quality, handling, top speed

Cons: Inline 6 is sluggish, heavy

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2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Sedan RWDReview
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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.

Pros: practical

Cons: boring

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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWDReview
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My Bmw Review — this little number is a sweet ride five speed automatic with steptronic shift. heated steering wheel and seats. sport mode ROCKS. holds it in a lower gear so you can launch out of the apex into the straight aways. exon lamps. angel eyes. rain sensor windshield wipers. this thing will spoil you.

Pros: looks great feels even better

Cons: none at this time

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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWDReview
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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.

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

Cons: Expensive maintenance

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2003 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWDReview
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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...

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.

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2003 BMW 5 Series 525i Sedan RWDReview
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First And Last Bmw — Parts are expensive and hard to find. Why do you think BMW offers no cost maintanece for the first 4 years? They are always breaking. No designed to last longer than the 4 years. BMW dealer refused to sell parts without installing them.

Pros: Gorgeous styling, head turner.

Cons: Expensive to maintain, Poor acceleration on the 2.5L engine, Constantly breaking down, Electrical system is worthless.

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2018 BMW 5 Series Reviews

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Wrong color. I want white exterior with black interior and must have M package. Thank you. Read More

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The 540i is a magnificent vehicle, and it looks like a dad car even though it can leave your daily WRX in the dust. Read More

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