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What a fine automobile! by Best Pal on 10/18/2012. Trim: 2002 BMW 5-Series 530i, Owned 3 years.
Pros: A true classic style - BMW really hit the sweet spot on the E39 design. This a gentlemen car. Great acceleration of 530i with a 5sp manual and still gets 29-30mpg highway and provides you with all creature comforts. Handles like a sports car with the optional sport package. Incredible machine! Mine is 10 years old now and it still feels solid as a brick, no rattles or squeaks and leather still looks awesome.
Cons: Yeah... you've read it a million times: the cup holders are worthless. Also, I don't like the fact that I need to add a quart of oil every 1K to 1.5K miles. Called BMW on this and they said it's normal and within specs :S It doesn't burn oil and just passed smog with flying colors. Go figure what that thing does with all the extra oil you're putting in it. And don't cheap out on tires, get those good al' sticky Michelins and enjoy!
Overall review: 530i is a brilliant marvel of German engineering. Incredibly smooth and quiet. Handles those back road corners like it's glued to asphalt - confidence inspiring and 5sp manual does make you a better driver. When need to pass someone on the freeway to make it to your exit, just a tiny increase in pressure of the right foot gets you from 70 to 100 in no time at all AND It is still so smooth and quiet that you wouldn't know you got to 100 but a quick glance at the speedo reassures you that the power you asked for just a moment ago has been delivered. You take your exit, brake late into the off ramp and slow down just enough not to cause a heart attack to that Camry driver next lane that thinks you're taking the ramp at prohibitively fast speeds and are sure to kill yourself. To his surprise you live and even saved him from a heart attack as you knew that the car could take it 10-15 mph faster. This car looks fantastic from any angle and at any speed. It politely states: "I've arrived".
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Bargain Basement Bang for the Buck by An MSN Autos Consumer on 09/13/2005. Trim: 2002 BMW 5-Series 525i, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: My wife has a 2001 525i. She and the baby were recently T-boned by another car. When I saw how well the BMW protected them, I ditched my Passat for a 2002 525i with the sport package. Her car will soon be out of the shop and we'll be a 2-BMW family. We've had two other BMWs, but these cars are by far the most comfortable, best handling and stylish that we've had. The fit and finish blow the competitors away, and you can't beat the German engineering.
Cons: Cup holders are placed in a bad spot. Don't use them. Your local BMW dealer has several cool cup-holding options to choose from. Both cars have a distinct smell when the A/C comes on... not really bad, just distinct. Also, if you're not the original owner, you may have to have the dealer clear some of the computer-stored personal preferences of the previous owner.
Overall review: Great buy. For the price of an average new car, you can get into a late-model, low-mileage 5 series that will last. A BMW at 25-30K miles is a virtual baby. Try e-bay if you're looking for a bargain... I got the 2001 (Stick) last year on e-bay for 23.7K. The mileage was 41K at the time, and it has 2 years of a certified pre-owned warranty left. The 2002 (Auto with steptronic) was picked up at specialty dealer in the DC area. I paid a bit more, but the miles were under 30K
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Best car ever by Rick from Florida on 09/09/2012. Trim: 2002 BMW 5-Series 540i, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: What I like about this car is everything. I bought a 540i. I got it used and it had 127k on it but you would not know it if you drove it. I have had no problems what so ever. Guess i'm just lucky. I've never owned a car like this one and i really dont think i will go back to any other car after this one.
Overall review: Best car ever
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Excellent sport sedan by An MSN Autos Consumer on 07/27/2010. Trim: 2002 BMW 5-Series 530i, Owned 4 years.
Pros: This car is a blast to drive in the sport version. I bouight it with 43k on the clock and it now has 115k miles. It has cost me approximately $0.45 per mile including everything (gas, depreciation, repairs, maint). That figure is with dealer maintenance and repairs costing $1500/year. This is consistent with It is very competent on the road and gets 28-29mpg at 70-75mph on the highway. Handles as good or better than my 2001 911. It has been very reliable for the most part, brakes have lasted 60k miles.
Cons: The cooling system is said to be weak but mine lasted to 114k before being replaced. The sport rims are easy to bend on any sizable pothole. I just had all four of mine straightened but it fixed the minor vibration caused by the minor bends in the rims. Get snow tires/rims if you are driving in any snow, car is competent with Blizzaks. I hope I can get another 30k out fo the transmission
Overall review: Great car, owned for five years. I typcallly change cars every two years but I can't find anything better. The new ones with I-drive are not my cup of tea. I plant to drive this past 140k miles.
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Ultimate driving machine in every sense by Texas BMW owner. on 12/29/2009. Trim: 2002 BMW 5-Series 530i, Owned 7 years.
Pros: This particular BMW is a jewel of a car. I have had it since new and the older it gets the more classic it looks and the better it drives. I love the smoothness of the linear six cylinder engine and the quite cabin when cruising at highway speeds. I love how the car feels on the highway, the balance and the weight and the feedback from the steering wheel. This is a classic car and I plan to put a lot of miles on it. Currently has 84k and I wish to drive it till it falls apart. BMWs are built to last.
Cons: The drivers seat is getting a little uncomfortable but I am sure I will come up with a fix and continue to drive this car.
Overall review: This car was a great purchase and even after so many years, I am still happy with the purchase and the way the car is performing. The trick is, you have to get professional maintainace. I still love my 2002 BMW 530i.
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