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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 677 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

Best 2k spent stock BBS wheels!

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 177,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, Never left me stranded, luxurious"

Cons: "Cup holders, tedious little repairs"

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

"Okay so the 540i is somewhat of a contained monster wrapped in a sedan. Let me start off by saying if you have under 4k or less and find a 540i that might need some work or none if you're lucky. Buy it immediately You will NOT be disapointed in any way. Due to its low price its hard to beat the ultimate driving machine or compare an all aluminum DOHC V8 to something else thats about 4k probably like a chevy Cavalier... Being my first car and rebuilding engines at a young age. I soon realized that maintenance away from the dealership is key (especially for high end-high mileage vehicles). The 4.4 in this car will blow your mind when compared to any mustang or camaro produced up until about 2009. I've had my share of racing in this 540i and no mustang, camaro,wrx,240sx etc.. comes close to beating the acceleration. Of this 4500lb car. with 310ft lbs of tq in 1998 is pretty fantastic. But the car has some serious flaws- The cooling system is the most common and worst e39 problem, the radiator will eventually clog/or explode(no joke) every 70k unless you upgrade away from OEM fluids. Cant stress enough use every OEM fluid you can obtain. @ 177,000 my power steering high pressure line busted and empties the reservoir in about a day. and is impossible to fix w/o puliing the engine. but granted is very very rare in an e39. Also when i purchased the car the brake booster and master cylinder were seized up and rusted, After replacement no issues regarding brakes in 15k miles. and the cup holders are seriously the worst ever designed for a vehicle. overall any basic maintenance such as oil, Spark plugs and gaskets. this car is extremely easy to work on and relatively cheap in terms of the use of Xbay and pelican parts. Perks of this car are stock rs-gt or style 19 BBS wheels if you're lucky. and if you do some minimal exhaust work it will put any muscle car to shame."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

1998 BMW 540i Sport Package - A lot of car for $$

By on Thursday, August 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,555

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Speed, Luxury, Compliments"

Cons: "Resale Value"

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

"I have had my 98 540i Sport for several years. My car has the 6 speed manual transmission and Dinan Stage 1 package. It only has 129,333 miles, so really low for a 18 year old luxury sedan. In a nut shell, it has been one of the best cars I have ever owned. I have owned over 40 cars in the last 16 years so keeping one for 2+ years is unusual for me. You are getting a lot of car for your money. My biggest complaint is its low resale value. My car was around $55,000 new and it books $4400! really!!!! If you find a nice one that has been taken care, jump on it. Dollar for dollar you can't beat it. Reliable, Fast, Fun, Luxurious, ect. I was considering selling it to buy another Jeep Wrangler but I have a hard time selling it for pennies on the dollar when I put $4500 into a clutch, flywheel, smoked head lights, Z-rated tires and other preventative maintenance in the last year. It books less than my last years maintenance and I don't agree. This car should be valued closer to double what KBB says in my opinion. A lot of car for the money...."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Old, still sharp and sporty...

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"My BMW 540i Sport, manual, 250K, still sharp and sporty. Only winter time is nightmare (RWD). I like this car very much, I had lot of fun driving my bimmer"

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

The BEST car Ive ever owned!

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've driven and owned this car from 50,000 miles. The only problem I've ever had is an overheating problem a couple times. This is a stylish, incredible handling automobile that seams to never go out of style. I've LOVED this car!!! I've owned Mrecedes, Porsche's ( 5) Buick, Olds, chevy, ...this car is the mac DADDY!!! Bomb Diggity!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

CLEAN AND RELIABLE

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"ODOMETER READS 137,000 MILES. ENGINE WAS REPLACED BY BMW UNDER WARRANTY AT 48,000 MILES. NET MILES ON REPLACED ENGINE APPROXIMATELY 90,000 MILES."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best riding car I ever owned.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and smooth ride"

Cons: "None"

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

"Had very little and mostly minor repairs. Great acceleration and smooth ride. Loved this car but its time to say goodbye."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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