1980 BMW 5 Series Review from North America

1980 BMW 5 Series 525 2.5L

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired69540 miles
Most recent distance71300 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo


Great older beemer - great quality


So far so good - very little work. The air conditioner is out and needs serviced. Some little things like the horn and cabin lights were out - very easy to repair. Mechanically, it has been great.

General Comments:

The car is great and turns on a dime. It has the feel that you expect from a BMW - and even with it's age the mechanical reliability is incredible. Nothing leaks - runs like a dream.

The seats are incredible uncomfortable and need recovered. I really like the layout of the cabin - there is a good amount of room without the feeling of driving a "land yacht". You feel the road under you, but at the same time glide in comfort.

It is very easy to get to different components to work on the car. It is engineered in a way that makes since - we needed to replace the heater blower fan and the disassembly was very easy. It seems that most parts of the car are like this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2006

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review