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2003 BMW 5 Series

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 652 Ratings for the 1997 - 2003 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10
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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."

4 people out of 5 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."

2 people out of 3 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"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "The drive"

Cons: "The rear seat"

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

"Still handles great Rear seat is tight. Not good in snow or ice."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The favorite car. Great handling, motor, interior

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 182,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sporty, useful, practical classy"

Cons: "Poor cupholders, cooling system overhaul at 100K."

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

"I've had two of these now, both I6 motor, one a wagon (touring) and the other a sedan (saloon). The motor is strong, torquey and smooth. It's a excellent handling car in normal trim, but the sport suspension is a total joy to drive. It's a well appointed car in stock mode, but with options it's downright luxurious."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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