2002 BMW 5 Series 530i M-Sport 3.0 inline six from North America

Summary:

The Ultimate Driving Experience

Faults:

Secondary air pump seized after 5 months. The secondary air pump is an auxiliary emissions control device that comes on for a couple of minutes after the car has just been started to lower emissions. Dealer stated it was a common occurrence in Canadian 5-series autos. Supposedly due to moisture seeping into pump leading to seizing of the fan motor. This pump is located behind the front bumper on the right side of the car. The part was not in stock therefore it was replaced on a second visit (two weeks later).

On a very cold day (-25 degrees Celsius), the CD changer cut out and would not start working again until the ambient temperature was higher (CD changer is located in the trunk). (minor issue and manual does mention a limited range of temperature for operation of the CD changer (-15 to 60 degrees Celsius), has not recurred now that I don't use the CD changer if the temperature is below -10 degrees Celsius.

Occasional squeaks of the driver door seals when going over bumps, but supposedly can be remedied by dealer with replacement seals. I will be having this looked into with the next servicing.

General Comments:

Overall, this car has outstanding driving dynamics especially with the M-Sport package. The throttle response, steering feel and response and linear powerful braking allows for an unparalleled driving experience.

Smooth beautiful sounding in-line six cylinder engine which delivers power beyond what its rated horsepower would suggest with good mileage too. Highway range for a tank of gas (70L) is up to 800km.

Seats both front and back are incredible in support and comfort. One of the most comfortable rear middle seats out of the many cars I have tested (better than the new 5-series too).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

7th Jul 2006, 01:30

I think the Horsepower rating is accurate. The problem is that the rating of your previous Toyota was probably over estimated by around 20 %. Toyota and some others rate their power by the wattage output on the engine and not the actual power delivered to the wheel.

2002 BMW 5 Series 540i 4.4L from North America

Summary:

High performance, superb handling, quality car

Faults:

Speedometer inaccurate - Reads 5 miles/hr too high and dealer can't fix.

Sometimes car won't start then after turning key off and on again starts fine. Dealer says can't find anything wrong.

General Comments:

This car has been the best handling car I have ever owned, even better than my Corvette.

Stops on a dime and acceleration is fantastic.

Outstanding quality control as should be expected from BMW.

Dealer has been a disappointment though. Can't seem to fix anything. Lucky not much to fix.

If you want a car that holds four comfortably, but handles like the best sports cars this is it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2003

25th Jan 2005, 22:40

I drive a 530i and I have to agree about the handling and breaking. However, our dealer seems to be quite competent and when I replaced the right side taillight I only had to drive a rental for two days.

26th Aug 2005, 13:28

I have a 540 too. Just wanted to comment that I had a similar issue in starting the car. Some time I switch and the car take few seconds till it starts. It turned out to be normal. Try to hit the ignition onetime and leave it. It starts automatically. It is not a problem. It is a feature.

3rd Jan 2006, 14:25

I have the same starting issue with my 540i. It has become more and more rare in occurance, thus may be related to how I turned the key when the car was new to me. Dealer did not find any problems and the car always starts after turning the key to off and re-trying.

This is, by far, the best car I have owned. It does everything very well. Very good acceleration, best brakes I've ever used.

6th Jun 2006, 13:18

All 540 series are equipped with an automatic engine start. To start the vehicle you should turn the key in the ignition once, release, then wait for the car to start itself. Before it starts the car performs a few checks and prepares all systems to go. This can take a few seconds. Turning the key in the ignition again does nothing as the car is in the start mode already. Reading the manual before going to the dealer is a good thing.

28th Jul 2006, 21:06

I love the car, just hate spending $45,000 on vehicle that is all over the road, I mean it's getting to the point you have to spend $100,000 to get some exclusivity.

13th May 2007, 14:00

One should feel comfort in the fact that there are so many 5 series out there. It means people are now choosing wisely. Maybe people will choose there president with the same smarts. And yes exclusivity comes at a price. After owning two simi-exotics I will say money is better spent on the BMW. No one needs a car to be cool you are or you are not...

2002 BMW 5 Series 525i 2.5 6 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Sheer driving pleasure-at a great price!

Faults:

Nothing so far, but it's still too early to tell!

General Comments:

This is an excellent car!

Considering the price you pay, you get a great overall package. While the car only has 184 horsepower, it feels like it has 200! The lack of low end torque can be a problem while cruising around town, however. In addition, I had to wait an extremely long time, at least three months, for my car to arrive. This was made up for by the kindness I received at the dealership.

All and all, this car seriously merits your consideration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2002