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2002 BMW M5

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 12/Hwy 19/Comb 14 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V8, 5.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 6-Spd
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2002 BMW M5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.8
Out of 10

Based on 74 Ratings for the 2000 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    10.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.9/10

Ultimate Driving Machine

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very Fast, Handling, Sounds Great, Get Compliments"

Cons: "Fuel Consumption, High Maintenance, Eats Tires"

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

"Bought the car with 69k miles (now has 91k) and it makes me smile every time I drive it. Good for twisty roads with it's LSD and perfect amount of under-steer at the limit. Very controllable once the rear end steps out.. can powerslide all day long. The variable valve timing kicks in at about 1700 rpm and then it pulls hard all the way through 7k. On a dry day with good tires, you can just barely get all the power down in 1st. Rear tires will be lucky to last 10k miles. Long highway cruises are fine even with the 18" rims. Gets 16-17 mpg average, with 24 mpg high doing 70 mph. I drive it in the winter too (in a place that gets 200+ in/year)... it handles very well with a set of winter tires and the LSD. Turning sport mode on sharpens up the throttle to the point where it's instantaneous. 3rd gear roll @ 60 mph will still slam you back into your seat. The brakes a good and the traction control and ABS work wonders. The car looks great, especially with the stock rims and quad exhausts. I get compliments everywhere I go. The 6 speed ratios are perfectly spaced, minus it could use a slightly higher overdrive (it's geared for it's top speed of ~190 mph). 2nd gear sometimes isn't as smooth as you would like when it's cold. There is a huge difference between this and a 540i or 740. The M badge isn't there just for show. All the components are better. The engine is the real deal."

The perfect car for the 99 percent

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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

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

Pros: "Super-sedan for peanuts"

Cons: "Useless cup holders. It's a car, not a cafeteria"

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

"130,000 miles and only $200 spent on surprises -- one failed camshaft position sensor. This is the perfect car for me -- the last great sports sedan before they became digitalized and, relatively, a tad antiseptic. The car is as solid as the day it was built in 2003. Use 10W60 oil, as specified for European models."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Dream came true

By on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

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
9/10

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

"I always wanted have this car and dream came true on 2004. Luckley, i was able to get this car from auction. Had minor issue which are common things even Japaneses cars. Enough power, tight body shape etc, you name it! Most beautiful thing of this beast is this car was made mid of ages between analog and digital. came out as only manual shift which means, you can not drive? Do not drive!!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My one and only dream car...

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 204,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great GT driving experience."

Cons: "Expensive to maintain after 125K miles."

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

"Stellar. I think the E39 is the best M series car built by BMW. A perfect balance between hardware and computer. It was more worth it to me to rebuild the engine and Dinan Stage 2 it, than buy the new one. The 7 years since that were better than the first 7...d"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

This car truly is a wolf in sheeps clothing

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: maintenance cost

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sleeper factor"

Cons: "expensive when it breaks"

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

"This was one of my top three cars ive owned. It was comfortable and convienient, while also being incredibly fun to drive. It never had any serious issues in the time i had mine. With that being said, parts and labor are right up with every other car that cost north of $80k when new. Just something to consider as these cars go up in age."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Nothing else like it

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

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

Pros: "Outstanding handling and performance...in luxury"

Cons: "The cup holders aren't very good but who cares?"

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

"I've owned the M for 9 years and I can honestly say that I have never owned or even driven anything else like it. I was not in the market for a car when I bought it, but it was love at first sight sitting there in Imola Red with Red/Black leather interior and I had to make her mine. It is my "daily driver" and though fuel economy around town is not the greatest (approx. 17 - 18 mpg) once on the open road, that is quickly forgotten. I honestly have no idea what I would replace it with because everything else will be a step down. I'm in my early 60's and have always been an enthusiast. Living in the snow belt I was concerned about winter driving, but after putting winter tires on it, I have never had any issues. I would highly recommend buying one of these if you can pry one out of the owner's hands."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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