2005 BMW 5 Series 545i 4.4 8 cylinder


Powerful, sharp, and demanding


Front wheel bearings, minor oil leaks, full cooling system overhaul, Logic 7 amplifier.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a previous owner who did not maintain the car (for a great price)... big mistake. These E60 BMWs need to be maintained the correct way in order to be reliable. Part of the reason BMWs of this era are prone to issues is that the dealer recommends oil change intervals of 12,000 miles. Oil left circulating in an engine for this long begins to eat away at various seals and gaskets, and causes oil leaks.

In the case of BMW V8s, potential owners should be wary of cooling issues, especially with city cars. I just replaced my water pump, main upper and lower cooling hoses, and both belts, and the car now runs very well and smooth. I actually purchased a brand new water pump with gaskets off of eBay for $39. The quality of the new eBay part was miles better than the BMW original... the OEM pump uses a plastic impeller, whereas the new part uses a metal one.

Aside from all of this however, the car is an absolute blast to drive. This is one seriously powerful and quick car. My car did not come with the Sport package, but I added new springs and Bilstein yellow struts at all 4 corners and it rides and handles great. The styling is also timely enough that it still looks sharp and modern today.

The key to owning a BMW of this era is to stay up to date with maintenance, find a good indy mechanic, and buy all of your own parts online.

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

Review Date: 16th January, 2016

14th Dec 2017, 00:16

A new water pump for $40? I would suggest you place a live camera to film check the water every minute you are driving the car. Forget about the metallic impeller, it's the bearing and bearing seal quality which should be good for some Chinese car toy at that price. How could you just gamble this much on one of the most important, if not the most important component in your car? Your V8 is an interference engine. And you were warning us about owners who don't maintain properly their car.

To all others, never buy no name or cheap brand water pumps for any car brands. With no exception, either get the water pump from the main dealer or get the brand that is furnishing the main dealer (Graf, Aisin, Hepu, etc). This is the single part that will cost you the entire engine. Read forums on all car brands to see which aftermarket part fails most often and ruins the engine.

14th Dec 2017, 15:34

Newer BMW water pumps don’t use impellers made of plastic - they’re composites, much more durable yet still light on load. When I got my ‘01 316TI in 2009, I asked my independent mechanic to replace the water pump as a precaution - as I usually do when I buy any used car. This time he said these ones don’t really give problems and he just kept checking it every service. It’s now nearly 8 years and 100K km since getting the car, still the original water pump. I’ll get him to replace it next service as a precaution.

2005 BMW 5 Series 530i 3 liter inline six


My second and final BMW


- Since the lease began in January of 2005, I have had recurrent problems with various functions of the I-Drive, which activate randomly without need.

- The windshield suddenly cracked severely while I was driving the car, leaving a huge mark through the center comparable to the kind made by a very sharp knife. My dealer identified it as a stress fracture and covered the damage under warranty.

- The brakes squeal like a 1984 Toyota Tercel, which I find truly embarrassing of a car of this caliber.

General Comments:

- I leased this car with high expectations. Prior experiences with a 2002 BMW 525i were generally positive. I expected more from the 2004 generation, and was willing to overlook an undeniably less attractive exterior design for a car that I believed was groundbreaking in other respects.

- Perhaps I got a lemon, but my experiences with the 2005 530i have left a bitter taste in my mouth. Aside from the problems I've already mentioned, I'm rather disappointed with the output of the engine. 225 horsepower just isn't enough. The engine feels taxed on hilly, winding roads, where it really ought to be shining. Frankly, it doesn't feel much different from the 185 horsepower powerplant in the 525i I used to have, except the fact that the pedal feel is worse, and the I-Drive interferes with the overall driving experience. BMW improved somewhat with the 30 horsepower increase in 2006, and the 300 horsepower twin-turbo V6 for this year.

- Fortunately, the folks at the dealer have always been friendly and eager to help (or else I'd truly be upset).

- When my lease expires in a few months, I'll probably be considering American again for the first time in 18 years when I purchased a Ford Taurus. Perhaps a Cadillac DTS?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2007

11th May 2007, 16:02

Forgot to mention the tires-I've got the sports package on mine, and the "flat tire" signal in the I-Drive system seems to activate every other week. Either the tires are extremely sensitive to rough terrain, or they just suck miserably, because I've had at least five unjustifiable flats since I began my lease.

26th Jul 2007, 20:21

I have a 2005 535 and it has behaved flawlessly. Flat tire came on once and indeed the pressure was low.

24th Nov 2008, 09:18

Please re-check your comments before posting. BMW never has nor will in the near future produce a V6. I small error, true, but if you don't know what engine your BMW has, what's to say you're wrong on other information you've mentioned?

13th Aug 2009, 01:51

I am shocked and appalled about the windshield getting cracked from stress. This is not the kind of quality that I would expect from BMW. You got a bad one.

27th Nov 2009, 22:06

Well have a great time with that 2010 Ford Taurus SHO! It's got over 300 horsepower on a twin turbocharged V6. That thing must be a blast to drive. Maybe it will be more reliable than your last BMW.

10th May 2013, 08:35

He did not say his car was a V6... It was an incorrect reference to the newer higher spec model...