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2003 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

2003 BMW M5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.8
Out of 10

Based on 71 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

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"

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."

6 people out of 8 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."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Performance, comfort and four doors - none better!

By on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value, fun, practical and good looking"

Cons: "The cup holders are worthless"

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

"I've had this car for almost 7 years after buying it used and still love to jump in a take it somewhere. Every drive is a kick and I've loved to take it on road trips. Even though it's known for its performance, it's got so much room I can fold down the back seats and carry 10' lumber, bikes, etc. It's low key and still those who know cars know that it's potent. Sometimes folks will want to race and that's up to you. Me, I've never lost. The bad news - it's a dinosaur. A fossil fuel swiller. The not such bad news - it gets about 19MPG overall, so there's little penalty for the (outrageous) performance. If you care about the earth, drive it 20% of the time and drive the Prius the other 80%. That's what I do. One more note. Of all the M5's the E39 is considered the high water mark. They kept getting faster, but got heavy and that's no good for handling or MPG."

13 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Must Drive to Realize Quality

By on Thursday, March 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power, Handling, Luxury, Engineering/Build Quality"

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

Lemans Blue Exterior, Caramel Interior

"Firstly, the BLue Book value of the car is way off. (Sorry Kelley, but you're off by a whopping 60% for this car make/model.) This car is a dream to drive and has all the luxury features most folks would ever want. It is expensive to maintain but when maintained as described by BMW, it is very reliable. It seems that BMW did not spare any expense when engineering this car and I highly recommend driving one if you are a car enthusiast. It is particularly good at high speeds and is geared for it."

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Lemans Blue Exterior, Caramel Interior

Finally a adequate replacement for my 911

By on Thursday, July 12, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

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

Pros: "Best deal for one of the fastest rides out there"

Cons: "maintenance can be high but you'll forget all that"

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

"I have always been a BMW fan/owner. Although they are not the best in terms of reliability (mostly electrical), it'd definitely help you remove whatever burden you carry in life, the moment you start driving it. Acceleration, handling, feeling are race car experience. If you have kid and still enjoy spirit driving, nothing beat this 4 doors machine. I used to own a 911 and had to let it go after having a kid. Now I have found something which is faster which the whole family can comfortably enjoy together. Definitely worth the buy especially now pricing is at its lowest(found mine with 69K miles with rare Oxford Green, fully loaded, extremely well kept for only $18K). Don't worry about the potential high maintenance. You have saved a lot already getting it used as the guy before you had to throw out 80 larges for it."

17 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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