2004 BMW 5 Series 530i from North America




Nothing for now.

General Comments:

I have tried Audi, Volvo, Infiniti, Toyota, Nissan, Pontiac and BMW. Best car by far is the last listed. Everything that this car offers is perfect. Although it is not cheap, it is still well worth the money. If I will change this car one day, then it will only be replaced by a Porsche.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2009

2004 BMW 5 Series 525i 6 cylinder from North America


Very good


Radio/CD player started hissing all of a sudden. Slight rattle in the dash. Dynamic drive malfunction on a cold day.

Promptly fixed by dealer under warranty.

General Comments:

This is one excellent car. I have one with sports package and 6 speed manual transmission and its really satisfying to drive. Handling is exemplary and power delivery is smooth and power keeps on coming no matter what speed you are at. Gives great gas mileage. I have been regularly getting about 23-23mpg in city and have topped at 34mpg (with a very light foot) on the highway. regularly it gives around 29-30mpg around 75-80mph speeds. There is slight road noise in the car and its not that quiet, but its definitely not annoying. There is a lot of wind noise when I open the sunroof shade.

The CD player is very good. 10 speakers are enough for me.

The cons:-------

1) Seats - very uncomfortable to the point I am thinking of trading in for something else.

2) Clutch is not smooth and is heavy. Gears are notchy and have a lot of travel. The whole car jerks while changing gears from 1-2 and 2-3. Its seems there is no way to avoid that jerk no matter how smoothly you leave of the clutch. I drove an my friends Acura TL with a manual - its clutch was like butter and gear throw was short and precise. But it did not match the handling and power delivery of my car.

3) Very little engine exhaust note when accelerating. Would like to have a little exhaust noise (like in my previous 7 series which had nice V8 burble under acceleration.)

4) Other people tend to speed up when I try to merge into a lane, This did not happen to me before - jealousy, i assume.

Overall, I really like this car. Active steering is excellent. Adaptive headlights are cool. They impress a lot of people when the car is started and the lights move up and down, right and left as if looking for something. Car draws a lot of jealous stares.

Dealer service is great.

Reliability has been good overall. Bmw engines and transmission are very reliable, but I am a little worried about the in car gadgetry after the warranty runs out. They may be really expensive to fix.

IDrive is great once you get used to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2007

4th Jan 2008, 02:25

Update at 46000 miles. AC compressor went out. Fortunately it was covered under warranty. I am now thinking of getting an extended warranty to cover it up to 100k for major mechanical problems, which, now seems to be a standard expense of owning a BMW and should always be added while buying it.

I have started to wonder- whether the amount I have paid for the car plus the amount I would pay to keep it in shape, would it be worth the ultimate driving pleasure!

Next time maybe I would go for a Lexus or if I give in to temptation of a BMW, I would make sure I am covered until atleast 100k.

2004 BMW 5 Series 525d M Sport Touring 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Poor economy!!


Rear tale gate control module needed to be replaced as this was causing problems with the central computer and causing the airbag warning to be displayed.

General Comments:

The car is generally very good apart from the lack of economy.

Previously owned a 330d Sport and managed to get 42mpg regularly. When I decided to look at changing my car for a larger booted one, due to the arrival of a baby, I thought I would stay with the manufacturer I have trusted for my past 3 vehicles.

Originally the car was fantastic I was getting 47mpg until it went in for the warranty work to be carried out for replacing the boot opening module. BMW updated all the software in the car, which must have also updated the ECU mapping because now I struggle to return 37mpg. BMW claim that there is nothing wrong with the car.

It has seriously tainted my view of the blue and white propeller.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th November, 2006

3rd Feb 2007, 15:59

Silly Question, but have you taken the car back to the dealer and explain this to them? Have them explain exactly what they did and how it could effect MpG.

7th Jun 2007, 06:21

I believe he has, and "the response was the car is perfectly fine and nothing was wrong" as he stated!

18th Jan 2009, 19:27

As with a doctor, get a second opinion. The line: "That's the way it's supposed to be," should be gold plated in every dealership. They use it every time they don't want to fix a service department error. Take it to a hostile dealership and you'll find them happy to repair whatever the first one mucked up, with plenty of complaints about "those other dealers."