2003 BMW 5 Series Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $38,295
89 national listings
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Premium Brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Memorized settings: driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: bench
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: vinyl
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $38,295 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.5L 184 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$38,295
Invoice$34,375

Transmission Options

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.5L 184 hp I6
Power 184 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume18 gal
Front Legroom41.7 in
Back Legroom34.2 in
Wheelbase111.4 in
Length188 in
Width70.9 in
Height56.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume11.1 cu ft
The 2003 BMW 525i was a four-door luxury sports sedan powered by a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine that produced 184 horsepower. A six-speed manual overdrive transmission was standard, w... Read More
The 2003 BMW 525i was a four-door luxury sports sedan powered by a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine that produced 184 horsepower. A six-speed manual overdrive transmission was standard, while a six-speed automatic was available as an option.
While the 525i may have been the least expensive entry in the 5-series lineup, it came loaded with luxury features, ranging from a state-of-the-art stereo system to standard leatherette upholstery.
Other standard features included a power sunroof, multi-zone climate control, power windows, power heated exterior mirrors, a power-adjustable driver's seats, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power door locks, and an anti-theft alarm system.
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and 16-inch alloy wheels are also part of the package.
Like previous versions of the 525, the 2003 version got high ratings in side and frontal impact crash tests, and drivers generally liked the way the car handled and felt.
Test drivers also like the details incorporated into the car's features and engineering: a rechargeable flashlight in the glove box, a road side emergency triangle included standard in the trunk, and automatic windows that sensed and stopped whenever an object was in their path, preventing injuries.
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags · Front side curtain airbags
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Premium Brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Memorized settings: driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: split-bench, bench
Roof Moonroof: power · Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: vinyl
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $39,995 MSRP
Body Style Wagon
Engine 2.5L 184 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$39,995
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.5L 184 hp I6
Power 184 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume18 gal
Front Legroom41.7 in
Back Legroom34.2 in
Wheelbase111.4 in
Length189.2 in
Width70.9 in
Height56.7 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
Original MSRP: $41,795
84 national listings
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Premium Brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Memorized settings: driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: bench
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: vinyl
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $41,795 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 3.0L 225 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
27MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$41,795
Invoice$37,560

Transmission Options

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
27MPG highway
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
25MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

3.0L 225 hp I6
Power 225 hp @ 5,900 RPM
Torque 214 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume18 gal
Front Legroom41.7 in
Back Legroom34.2 in
Wheelbase111.4 in
Length188 in
Width70.9 in
Height56.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume11.1 cu ft
A power sunroof was added to the list of standard features for the 2003 BMW 530i. Other standard features for the 530i included traction control, stability control, four-wheel anti-lock... Read More
A power sunroof was added to the list of standard features for the 2003 BMW 530i. Other standard features for the 530i included traction control, stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, and front and side airbags, as well as tubular head-protection airbags for front and rear passengers.
Power was provided by a 3.0-liter, double-overhead-cam inline six-cylinder engine that produced 225 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while a five-speed automatic was available as an option.
Other standard features for the 530i included power windows, power door locks, power heated mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a leather-trimmed shift knob, cruise control, a dual-zone automatic climate control sytem, a keyless entry system, fog lights, and a 10-speaker AM/FM stereo system with a CD player.
Drivers found a lot to like about the 530i, including its quickness, quietness, handling, smooth ride, and safety features. They also liked the stereo system, roominess, and numerous automatic features, including the multi-function steering wheel, with controls for the audio system and cruise control.
Original MSRP: $52,495
28 national listings
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Premium Brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Interior Wood-tone accents
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: HID, Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: bench
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing, intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $52,495 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 4.4L 290 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
19MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$52,495
Invoice$47,300

Transmission Options

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
19MPG highway
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
21MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

4.4L 290 hp V8
Power 290 hp @ 5,400 RPM
Torque 324 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume18 gal
Front Legroom41.7 in
Back Legroom34.2 in
Wheelbase111.4 in
Length188 in
Width70.9 in
Height56.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume11.1 cu ft
The BMW 540i was powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine that produced 290 horsepower, and was available with either a five-speed automatic overdrive transmission or a six-speed manual transmi... Read More
The BMW 540i was powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine that produced 290 horsepower, and was available with either a five-speed automatic overdrive transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and Xenon high-intensity headlights were also part of the package.
Among the minor upgrades was an optional DVD-based navigation system. Also available was a Sport Package with 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded sport suspension, and revised body trim and instrument gauges.
The 2003 540i was loaded with luxury features, ranging from a state-of-the-art stereo system with a CD player to leather seats, wood interior trim, and a power sunroof.
Other standard features included dual-zone climate control, power windows, power heated exterior mirrors, a power-adjustable driver's seats, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a leather-trimmed shift knob, power door locks, and an anti-theft alarm system.
Although in 2003 the 540i was in the last year of the vehicle's fourth generation, and would undergo a complete makeover in 2004, many drivers prefer the overall design of the 2003 model to the current vehicles. The car's power and performance were also a major draw for drivers.
540i Wagon
Average Price:$7,022
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags · Front side curtain airbags
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Premium Brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Interior Wood-tone accents
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: HID, Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: split-bench, bench
Roof Moonroof: power · Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Air Suspension: rear · Front Arm Type: lateral links · Front Shock Type: twin-tube gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: strut · Leveling: self leveling suspension · Rear Shock Type: twin-tube gas shock absorbers · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing, intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $54,795 MSRP
Body Style Wagon
Engine 4.4L 290 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
19MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$54,795
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
19MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

4.4L 290 hp V8
Power 290 hp @ 5,400 RPM
Torque 324 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume18 gal
Front Legroom41.7 in
Back Legroom34.2 in
Wheelbase111.4 in
Length189.2 in
Width70.9 in
Height56.7 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
520d
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
520i
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
523i
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
535i
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.
Adds to 525i:
No additional major features.