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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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 583 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Shop queen

By on Saturday, December 19, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Broke down in Montana

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "LOTS OF POWER when it ran."

Cons: "Spent too much time in shop."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"We bought a new 2010 535Xi in 2009. My retirement gift. In the first year it was recalled for fuel pump. Next year all fuel injectors went out (Warranty thank God) after that ignition coils went bad then spark plugs. Last month on a trip from Pa to Montana it broke down in Billings MT. Nearest BMW dealer 500 mile away. We found a Chev dealer who would work on it but not till Monday. It was Saturday night. On Monday they said it needed water pump and electric cooling fan. Parts $ 2200. Labor $ 2000. Shipping $ 500.00 Parts not available until Friday. They had a certified Caddy CTS in the lot. We drove home in that I also own a BMW X3 hope it lasts longer than the 535"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Significant fuel system problems

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Uniquely fun car to drive with sport package"

Cons: "Unreliable - fuel system issues ruin ownership"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Sport package delivers ridiculously good handling. Body roll is negligible. Really a unique blend of power and performance. What ruins this is that you cannot own/drive this car like you would prefer due to its unreliability. The fuel system is a disaster. High pressure fuel pump is a recall item. The issue is that it produces other mechanical issues. Specifically, the fuel injectors can't handle the pressure from the fuel pump and fail. I've had 2009 and 2010 535's. Both have had all six fuel injectors replaced (at 52,000 and 37,000 miles, respectively). BMW has refused to acknowledge the issue with the fuel injectors. It's about a $2,700 repair if not under warranty. I've owned my last BMW. For me, they don't have the corporate integrity you'd expect for a luxury car manufacturer."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Aweful

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Safety"

Cons: "Everything inside and under the chassis."

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

"This is my forth and last BMW. This is truly the most unreliable and costly car I've ever owned. It is over engineered. It has had several recalls before 30K miles. It is no longer under warranty and I'll be trading it in for a Japanese/American model. Caveat Emptor - BUYER BEWARE!"

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car, But Costly To Maintain!

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty, good-looking, comfortable"

Cons: "Costly to maintain, poor audio quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"We bought our 2006 BMW 525xi Sedan off a two-year lease return Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) from our local BMW dealership. It's been a great car. We've taken multiple trips (longer trips) in it, and it has comfortable seats. We wish we would've gotten one with the better stereo system, as it isn't the best-sounding stereo system we've ever had, or heard in a vehicle, and the ring for the Bluetooth system is loud and annoying. The car has plenty of power, and the AWD is nice for the winter. 138k miles later (we got it with 30k miles on it), and it's still a great car. We've had to repair things like the oil pump, radiator, alternator belt, hoses, etc. There is also a noticeable "clunk" from the transmission when accelerating after stopping at a decline, which has been unresolved. All of that's been costly. in the past couple years, but it is a great car, and we'd buy another BMW! (:"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

give the interior 0 stars

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "power and handling and braking"

Cons: "extremely bad interior design"

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

"too hard seats-badly designed controls-awful climate controls-sunglare off wood trim-chrome falling off gear shift knob-lack of storage areas-bad cup holders."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Most costly vehicle I ever owned...

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Warranty expiration

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, warranty"

Cons: "engine, suspension, tires last about 15,000 miles"

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

"I bought this car when it was two years old and had a CPO warranty. Thank goodness. The total maintenance/repair bills over those 2.5 years I owned it costs > $14,000. One time the dealership had it for 3 weeks to solve a major engine problem and fix the rear suspension airbag. The engine problem centered around two timing chains that needed to be measured, sent off to Germany for fitting, and then replaced into the engine. At least two other times prior to this most recent experience the engine needed new fuel injectors and spark plugs. The 5 yr extended warranty paid for almost all the repairs. The dealer was very accommodating by giving me a loner each time my car was needed overnight. The reason the dealership gave me about the repairs involved how new the engine was. This was my 4th BMW (as I can really tell the difference in its preciseness on the road)."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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