2000 BMW 5 Series Reviews from North America

2000 BMW 5 Series 540i 4.4L V8

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.4L V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired98990 miles
Most recent distance126436 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

The Ultimate Driving Machine

Faults:

Trunk lock failed.

Dash pixels notoriously need constant repair.

Dealer costs are like shooting yourself.

General Comments:

OMG, this vehicle is awesome! It accelerates with just about anything on the road (especially for a 4-door). It brakes even better.

Handling is a dream. The ride is Euro-firm. Shifting is smooth and precise. I absolutely love driving this thing.

My only drawback is the price of repairs (and if you ever have to use the dealer, have someone go with you as you'll be on suicide watch once they quote you their pricing). But when you're rolling... nothing but SMILES for miles. It's that good, and then some. Plus you have a backseat!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd April, 2012

2000 BMW 5 Series 540i V8 Injection

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V8 Injection Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Faults:

Few minor sensors such as O2 sensors ($180 for both), camshaft position sensor ($70) and Final Stage Unit, a common one to die on these cars, but cheap and really easy to replace ($80).

And very randomly a Xenon bulb died (rare indeed as these last forever).

So as you can see, it's all minor sensors that even need costly trips to the dealer for service.

General Comments:

LOVE IT! Even after more than 1 year driving it, I still can't get enough. It corners better than most sports cars, despite being a 3500+ lbs sedan. Comfort and interior ergonomics are top notch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2008

2000 BMW 5 Series sport 6 spd 4+ liter V8

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4+ liter V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carInfiniti G20

Summary:

Drives like a fantasy!

Faults:

Valve gaskets were replaced, cup holders are broken (they are useless anyways), light-bulb socket is lose in the trunk, drive belts replaced and a preventive cooling system over-haul is about to be performed.

General Comments:

This car drives like your best car fantasy.

The 0-60 time is 5.5 seconds... very nice for a 'family' sedan.

Passing power on the highway feels like your driving a sports car.

The seats hug your body through every turn.

Now the negatives...

Interior styling is slightly dated.

High up-keep costs.

You will need a new cooling system every 60k you drive.

If you drive it like it is meant to be driven you will go through your 19+ gallon gas tank fairly quick...11-15mpg.

All set and done I couldn't enjoy this car more. I look forward to driving it everyday!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2007

2000 BMW 5 Series 540i 4.4 V8

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.4 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 kilometres
Most recent distance116000 kilometres
Previous carLincoln Navigator

Summary:

A well designed, high performance, luxury, gas guzzler

Faults:

The ABS and Traction Control sensors went on/off causing the speedometer and the fuel consumption meter not to function. Although the ABS and Traction were fully functional: fixed by dealer at no charge (would have cost me at least $600 CAN to have them replaced)

Nothing Wrong for 90000 km.

Now at 116000 the Trunk lid Open sensor has become faulty, but it doesn't concern me, it just pops up every time I turn the car on and leaves after 10 seconds.

Phone was stolen, cannot find it anywhere, not even Ebay, BMW says the phone is discontinued and they don't have it anymore which is kind of weird!

General Comments:

The car drives like a dream, it accelerates so quickly that my friend who owns a 330CI decided not to race me with his car. It reaches high speeds ridiculously easily, I topped 280 kph (174 mph) the car could have gone faster, but I was just worried cops might catch me going 160 kph over the speed limit.

The stereo is Superb, I especially enjoy the Concert feature on it which gives the sound a slight echo with its 13 speakers!

The seats could have been more comfortable though and the shocks are slightly stiff, but that just adds to the driving pleasures.

You might ask then whats bad about the car? Fuel consumption. 540i kills me at gas station, especially these days when premium gas is a $1.35 in Toronto. I've learned some driving tricks to keep the consumption a bit lower, but I still average out about 15 l/100 km which is only 15 miles to the gallon, but that's the price I pay for 300 horses, and I'm used to it having owned a Lincoln Navigator right before this.

All and all a very well designed, high performance, luxury, gas guzzler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2006

30th Mar 2007, 11:15

I am curious how you could do 174mph when it is governed to 155mph and the speedometer in the car only reads up to 155mph.

29th May 2007, 19:08

This is very true, the car will NOT go over 155mph unless you have gone in and removed the speed governor...

22nd Feb 2009, 17:05

A 540i will do 170mph with rev and governor removed, and if you chip it you will reach it even faster.

23rd Dec 2009, 19:15

It's actually possible, I had one before and I pulled it past 155MPH, the rpms just keep on going.

7th Feb 2010, 23:26

Not like you can't GPS verify that LOL... That's how I do it...

23rd Mar 2010, 03:32

I am not sure what you guys are talking about BMW's being governed. My cousin drove his 2003 BMW M3 to 285 KM/H as well.

4th Nov 2010, 18:35

He mentioned he was in Canada. There is a good chance the Canadian cars don't have governors in them.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 6 reviews