2003 BMW 5 Series Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 2.5 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired51900 miles
Most recent distance52250 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

Fantastic!!

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Well, I just acquired this car a few days ago. My Intrepid was totaled out two weeks ago in a weird accident and I found myself in need of a different automobile.

I have owned over 30 autos in the last 29 years, including high performance muscle cars, sports cars, luxury cars and so on.

I spend a great deal of time in my car. Due to my career, I travel locally quite a bit. I was very happy with my Intrepid, it was easy on fuel and had enough horsepower to keep me happy. When the car was totaled, I was concerned that I would not be able to find something that would scratch my itch of having a sexy looking car that got decent mileage.

I ran across this car at a dealership where I have a couple of close friends and couldn't believe the deal they gave me.

I know that I have only owned the car for a couple of days, but the car seems to be quite responsive. I would not spend extra money to get the 530.

The car handles like a dream. Better than any Trans Am, Corvette, or Z car I have ever driven.

The ride is superb. Very smooth.

The sound system is the best I have ever had as a factory option.

The car is a real head turner. All black with privacy tint.

I have a bad back and occasionally have problems with the seats in a car. I drove the car 200 miles yesterday and my back never felt better when I reached my destination.

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

Review Date: 18th January, 2009

2003 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

At 80kph I get 40 mpg (manual)

Faults:

- Water leaks in the back foot well.

- Passenger seat belt locks when pulling more slack.

- Rear speaker blown/buzzing.

General Comments:

@80km/hr I get 40 mpg.

Driving it really hard I get 25 mpg combined hwy/city.

Normal driving I get 27 mpg combine hwy/city.

Likes:

- Heated steering wheel

- Stereo (business cd) is amazing, clear, loud,

- Trunk closes with no bars, crushing your junk

- Quiet interior

- Bright low beam head lights

Dislikes:

- Doors are heavy

- Cruise control is not as good as early e34 BMWs

- The engine is too quiet for spirited driving, doesn't sound special

- Cup holder doesn't hold your coffee, cup actually hits the 'Max A/C' button

- Clutch slips sometimes, needs replacing soon

Overall:

I am actually overwhelmed by the performance of this car. I'm having a blast!

I am going to get into trouble with this car if I don't grow up. I'm 27 but I find myself driving like I did when I was in high school! It is extremely fun to drive with the manual transmission and very fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2008

9th Jul 2010, 17:29

Would like to know how you fixed the water leak in the back seat foot wells?

2003 BMW 5 Series 525i 2.5 petrol from Hong Kong

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance42000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Pajero

Summary:

Luxuriously modest 5-er meets the practical upper-middle family's needs

Faults:

Changed expansion tank, hoses, and radiator at 38,000km.

CD changer's magazine got stuck once.

CD's sometimes not detected.

Side windows' friction with black rubber weather seal makes a lot of noise on uneven roads.

Occasionally, text display under odometer has a few pixels missing. (seldom)

General Comments:

Very good handling.

Very good brakes.

Good noise insulation.

Seats are comfortable.

Prevents fatigue to driver and passengers on long hauls.

Basic entertainment sound system feels bland.

2.5 straight six engine sufficient for city and highway driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2008

2003 BMW 5 Series x5 3 .0 turbo diesel from South Africa

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3 .0 turbo diesel Automatic
Distance when acquired92000 kilometres
Most recent distance103000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Good

Faults:

I have a x5 BMW and the fault indicator for the suspension came on.

The battery went flat and I had to replace it, When the battery company removed the battery they noticed that the battery.

Compartment had water in it. I took the car to BMW agents. They informed me that the compartment has NO way of.

Getting rid of water.

BMW said the fault is with the equipment that sits above the Battery compartment. and would cost R10,000 to repair, they.

Also said that it was not their problem, Therefore motorplan would not pay for it. They also said it is an insurance claim!!!.

Insurance said it is not their problem. (they said the water damage was caused by water in the battery compartment.

Evaporating up into the suspension Pump & electronics which are directly above the battery)

I agree with them.

No where in the hand books does it imply that if you accidentally spill any liquid into the rear transport aria that you must.

Check the battery compartment for the same and remove it your self.

General Comments:

The car is basicly very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2007

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 13 reviews