2001 BMW 5 Series Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2001 BMW 5 Series 530iA 3.0 litre straight 6 from Sweden

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SL

Summary:

Very good all-round car

Faults:

- 2 parking distance sensors needed changing (£100 each).

- Stabilizer in front suspension (£60).

- Passenger seat heating does not work.

General Comments:

I was very surprised that this would be the best car I have ever had. I have driven 60000 kilometers with this car since I acquired it, other than servicing it has needed little or no maintenance.

The performance is adequate, the comfort is good, the consumption not too high, and the face-lift E39 5-series still looks fairly fresh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

2001 BMW 5 Series 520 M 2.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Best car on roads

Faults:

Camshaft sensor fault after 1 year causing car to cut out intermittently. Part was only 80 euro, but position required 2.5 hours labour to repair at 100 euro per hour.

General Comments:

Outside of the premium brands (Aston, Ferrari et al) this really is the ultimate driving machine. The straight six provides a sweet purr on acceleration and the car is a solid in the drive as the day I bought it.

Agreed that the 5 (E39) is common on the roads, but I did buy the model fitted with the M kit and is an elegant machine. I would only change this car to buy the E 60.

Consumption is poor in city driving (21mpg)..but wouldn't put me off it. Open road driving is 45+mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

2001 BMW 5 Series M-pkg 3.0L In-line6 NA from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0L In-line6 NA Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance95000 kilometres
Previous carHonda del Sol

Summary:

Ultimate driving machine/experience

Faults:

Things went wrong since I have had the car:

Shadow line trim started to corroded on both rear doors. Car was under warranty, and was replaced no charge.

Had a flood in the rear floor. Took 3 days for BMW to figure it out that it was the weather barrier on the door that came loose, which took me 5 minutes to figure out. Fixed under warranty.

Radio had a weak reception, bulletin was out to replace the head unit, covered under warranty.

When I got the car, the 12v power outlet was dead, they fixed it under warranty.

One of the Key fobs went dead, car was under warranty and they replace one of the keys.

Cup-holders, well, lets just say are as good as not having one at all and just using the dash top. Any turns will cause the drink to fall out, or its too small to fit anything. Ummm shot of espresso would fit...

Audio system, on a non-dsp vehicle, let just say, is very weak, shame for a vehicle of this class. But the system is very easily up graded, if you have some experience with mobile audio.

I am a DIY type of guy. Actually when I do work on the car, it a pleasure since the E39 is put together so well. Thank God it was still covered when I first got the car. I think if you maintain this car, it will last a long time. Plus it was the last model with no i-Drive. It's a keeper.

General Comments:

Drive like no other. Once you have driven one of these fine automobiles and you can afford it, you will not get anything else. It is definitely worth it. I happen to be a car guy as well, so it not just a statement making vehicle. Roomy, good power, great handling, looks timeless, and is a respectable machine. I know why the 5 series was the benchmark all others tried to compete with. Now only if they can get that cup holder to work on turns?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2007

2001 BMW 5 Series 520i SE 2.2 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carLexus IS200

Summary:

A stylish and comfortable executive motor

Faults:

Not a great deal. Wheel balancing down to a fine art. Two months of steering wheel shimmy/shudder eventually sorted by local hunter road force balance. Highly recommended.

General Comments:

A very comfortable and capable executive car.

Great interior space and good luggage room. Effortless cruiser. Steptronic auto works very well. Changes are imperceptible usually.

Feels very solid and well built. Main dealers and independent specialists have been first rate.

Performance and acceleration is adequate. This is the 2.2 170 bhp version replacing the 2.0 litre. The unit is always smooth and never harsh, even up to the red line.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2006

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews