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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 655 Ratings for the 1997 - 2003 models.

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

Drive one and nothing else will do!

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Hugs the road, super safe"

Cons: "price of parts"

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

"Excellent handling, even in snow. Even with age, still purrs and takes off like its new. My husband and I both drive BMW 528i - our other is the sport wagon. Best cars we have ever owned - super reliable! Only downfall, parts are expensive!"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Extreamly nice car, but expensive to maintain

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Amazing to drive!"

Cons: "Will run you to the poor house to keep running."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"My mother bought the car new, and gave it the dealer treatment for the first 30,000 miles, then I took over. I have not had a lot go wrong with the car, but what has gone wrong has been stupid expensive. I have been chasing cooling system issues. I have put about a thousand dollars into it, and still am loosing coolant. Plastics are brittle and even BMW acknowledges that they break. I must say the local dealer's parts department are knowledgeable and friendly. Fuel mileage is very bad, especially if you enjoy the car. I get around 18 mpg of mostly highway driving, but I do drive rather aggressively. If you get one service with OE parts, or good German aftermarket. Parts from Autozone will not last and will cost more in the end. Now driving it is a dream, when it runs. That straight six is amazingly smooth. It handles almost like a sports car and is plainly one of the best looking 4 door sedans ever made."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Bavarian Motor Work Heaven!

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

I want this car

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: "Solid heavy thunk from the car doors!"

Cons: "Pixlation problem with the diodes."

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

"Best sport wagon ever produced by BMW. The BMW E39 touring is the best handling most fun to drive wagon. Clean sporty and simple lay out of the interior controls and ergonomically sound. Best interior over Mercedes and Audi my personal opinion. Solid fit and finish. Best heated seats in the industry. Only complaint is the cup holders better in the 3 series and 7 series skimped out on the 5. This vehicle handles like its on rails with the optional M sport package. Overall great classic execution from BMW. Always loved this station wagon."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I loved this car until I wanted more room

By on Sunday, August 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, good gas mileage"

Cons: "not enough cup holders, not enough room"

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

"Driving this car was a joy. It came off the line quickly and smoothly. The stick was fun to drive. I just enjoyed my driving experience everytime I got in. The sun roof was a plus. The mpg was ,also, nice."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This is the best car that I have ever owned.

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Driving comfort, reliability, looks of the car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car (BMW 530i) in 2002. At that time, it was rated the top model in the luxury sedan category. It has out performed its rating! I have now owned it 12 years and it has 130,000 miles on it. I have maintained it very well throughout this time, doing all required maintenance on schedule. I am just about ready to sell it for a new car but I hope I can find another car that will perform this well."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

One of the best BMW s ever made

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Joyful drive, strong, reliable"

Cons: "RWD is hard on the snow, expensive repairs"

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

"Other than expensive repairs and maintenance , this car is a genuine BMW quality that is hard to match, car is firm, powerful, safe and reliable. Just be prepared to what you pay for keeping such good performance. E39 was a very nice transition between old and new BMW looks and dynamics. Today's models are arguably build for commercial and mass production than a piece of art car to be remembered"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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