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2003 BMW 5 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 18/Hwy 26/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2003 BMW 5 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 669 Ratings for the 1997 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Beautiful, fast and reliable for 13 years

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Stylish luxury that's fun to drive. I love my bmw!"

Cons: "Worst cup holder design. Expensive to maintain."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've only owned BMWs and this one was my forced adulthood car. It was supposed to be a boring car; four door sedan intended to curb my habit of speeding on curvy country roads. I'm happy to say that I still enjoy taking the back roads but I do so more quietly. The older bmws, in comparison, were loud. As I mentioned, the cup holders are the worst design ever as they often break and bmws are expensive to maintain/repair. However, the car is a beautiful, well made, piece of functional art and I love it! After 13 years she's starting to break so a new car is in my immediate future. Exciting but sad. I think the model/style could be collectible but I'm biased."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Flawless Vehicle

By on Friday, March 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable Luxurious Powerful Visually Appealing"

Cons: "19mpg, cup holders are weak :/"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Truly the ultimate driving machine. My 530i had always been reliable and very enjoyable to drive. In my opinion, the e39 is one of BMW's best models ever. Very affordable to own."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I just can't afford the repairs needed.

By on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Classic style and endless potential"

Cons: "Does need some major repair and a lot of TLC"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This beautiful black 2002 BMW 530i was a pleasure to drive but unfortunately after returning home after 2 months I came back to my car having a blown head gasket. I am selling it as is. Besides having some serious engine repair it also has minor things needing repair as well such as new trunk lock, some sensor resetting and the drivers side rear window. The sunroof still works as well as all the other electric functions. Great leather interior, a/c and heater work. Could still be a great car for the right person."

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

sedan of the century

By on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"people hold on to these cars for a good reason; if you can find a good one dont let it pass you. Like any car out there the '01 540's have their little areas of problems but an informed buyer can stumble over and grab the best buy. Love my car 8 years later and will drive it to the ground"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car. lots of Dinan upgrades.

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, looks, quality."

Cons: "Mileage. Premium gas but this is to be expected."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought mine used with about 45K miles on it. I have about 165K now and have really not driven it a lot in the last few years. It handles well and is a lot of fun to drive. I have added a lot of Dinan upgrades which has boosted the HP to about 330. Also added sport bumpers. It is a joy to drive and I plan to hold on to it until it is 25+ years old."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Have Heard Horror Stories But Mine Has Been Great

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, Acceleration, MPG"

Cons: "Worst Cupholder, No Sunglass Holder, maintaince $"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We purchased this vehicle from friends of my parents. When I first met my moms friend I saw this women whom I hadn't met pull up in this car and I thought to myself "wow that is a nice car." After harassing my parents friends for 5 years to sell me this car they finally did! Mine is a 2003 525i, with the sport (m) package, manual 5-speed. The original window sticker gives an MSRP of over $43,000. Our Friends bought it CPO in 2004 or 2005 with 19,000 miles. The window sticker from when they bought it lists the price at over $32,000. We bought it in September 2014 for $5,400 when it had 93,000 miles. This car is an absolute thrill to drive. Even though it was 11-years old and coming up on 100k when I bought it I felt as if I was driving a brand new car. My one and only real complaint is the cup holders, they are flimsy and break easily. On top of that they cannot hold anything except small water bottles. When they break, and they will it costs $100 to fix them. It is also lacking a sun glasses holder, but that is minor in my book. I have heard horror stories about this model 5-series, and have seen friends go through these horror stories. But if you find or buy one from somebody you trust and its a one or two owner car with all the documentation as far as maintenance goes do not hesitate to buy one!"

17 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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