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2004 BMW 5 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 28/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2004 BMW 5 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 574 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Better than Expected

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, style holds up well, comfortable"

Cons: "Repairs can be pricey (but not many yet!)"

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

"I bought this car used three years ago and was concerned about reliability. Outside of a few things that one would expect for a car this age (coolant hoses that needed replaced, for example), this car has been surprisingly reliable. In fact, it has been as reliable as my old Acura. When it's time for a new car, it will be another BMW. Driving fun (missing in so many cars now) and luxury combination is perfect for me. And if I'm careful, I can squeeze about 28 mpg on the highway. I am NOT careful around town (too much fun), and I still average 22.1 mpg in mixed driving--not bad at all, given how hard I push this thing! Oh, and oil filters mounted on the top of the engine? Brilliant. Easy changes for the DIY guy."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent Long Term Sport Sedan

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

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: "AWD, comfort, fuel economy and driving dynamics."

Cons: "Poor resale value"

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

"We love this car. Except for poor resale value, it is one of my favorites (we have owned Porsches, Mercedes and GM autos). I now look past BMW's quirks such as no dipstick, tire pressure sensors that don't tell what the tire pressure is, putting very expensive electronics in the trunk with the spare tire where it is exposed to water from spills or plugged sun roof drains, 15,000 mile service intervals using BMW oil which runs out of additives in 8,000 miles, etc. Yes we do have a full size spare tire, but the 2008 5 series is probably the last BMW that does. However, driving the car in any weather will convince you. The AWD is amazing - much better than an MBZ that we drove and our other three AWD cars. The power from the non turbo 3 liter is more than needed for 99% of our driving. If fuel mileage impresses you, ours has recorded an overall urban/highway mileage for the last 25k miles nearly the same as the EPA highway rating. On trips we see more than 30 mpg through mountains, freeways and cities. If comfort impresses you, the 20-way adjustable seats are excellent and are a big reason the car has accumulated 94,000 miles. We will keep this car for several more years. It still looks, drives and handles like new."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

They don't make them like this anymore--really.

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power, fuel efficiency, dynamics, and quality"

Cons: "they just don't make them like this anymore"

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

"Ever since the market correction (stocks, housing & global meltdown) BMW has created a cheaper and lower quality product. I've been owning BMW's since 1978, and each year they change a little bit. It's a race to the bottom. My last E36 M3 was the best yet. The point I'm trying to make is when I test drove a loaner 2015 528i, I instantly felt the wide gap in quality my E60 535 demonstrated. Oh, I like all the gizmos and technology in the new 528 for sure. But driving dynamics was completely gone. The new BMW's have hard plastic now, and the leather is void of suppleness. I don't know what the cause or reason for this is but it's sad. So if you're shopping around for a BMW, do yourself a favor and test drive a CPO previous gen, and then the new generation--you will be completely amazed at how the older models just hold their own quality wise over the "next generation"..."

Of the 8 BMWs we have owned, this is the best

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

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
10/10

Pros: "worth it's weight in FUN to drive"

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

"By far the most complex and innovative BMW we have owned. Of course, it is also the most expensive to maintain. This is a true driver's car and after 10 years is still a strong contender compared with current models."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Sweet ride to own

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drive it like you own it!"

Cons: "Cup holders"

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

"Beautiful car which is great on gasoline. Back seat is a little bit tight for adults but great for kids."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very nice car!

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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

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

"I am not sure if I have the right 5 series. this has the twin turbo V-8 ? I will have title tomorrow. To verify ?"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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