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1999 BMW 5-Series

  • 1999 BMW 5-Series 528i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      193/206
    • ENGINE
      2.8L I6
    • MSRP
      $38,900
  • 1999 BMW 5-Series 528iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/206
    • ENGINE
      2.8L I6
    • MSRP
      $40,700
  • 1999 BMW 5-Series 540i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      282/310
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $53,900
  • 1999 BMW 5-Series 540iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      282/310
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $53,480
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1999 BMW 5-Series Review

A German powerhouse in every category.

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Overview

The 1999 BMW 5-Series is part of the fourth generation line of BMW 5-Series and is considered by purists to be part of the finest era of this line of vehicles. Production of the BMW 5-Series began in 1972, and by the start of the fourth generation (1997-2003), significant improvements to the engine and interior and exterior styling have made the 1999 series worth considering. All 1999 BMW 5-Series models have become a must-have for anyone looking for a balance of performance, luxury and interior room. Both the sedans and newly-introduced wagons provide exceptional on-road dynamics, an unparalleled classically-styled package, reliability, and premium furnishings. Resale value remains high if the vehicle is well maintained.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: BMW 5-Series 528i sedan, BMW 5-Series 540i sedan, BMW 5-Series 528i wagon, 1999 BMW 5-Series 540i wagon

What's New

The BMW 5-Series achieves low emission vehicle (LEV) status, the sport wagon style debuts, and extensive new standard and optional features are added to the cars this year.

Exterior

All models of the 1999 BMW 5-Series have the same standard exterior features like tinted glass, fog lights, 15-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and alloy wheels. Optional features vary depending on the model but can include metallic paint, 17-inch cross spoke wheels, headlight cleaners, and rear parking sensors.

The 1999 BMW 5-Series' sedan models measure 70.9 inches wide, 56.5 inches wide, 188 inches long. They have a wheelbase of 111.4 inches and weigh 3495 pounds. The wagon models are slightly different, measuring 70.9 inches wide, 56.7 inches high, and 189.2 inches long. The wagons have a curb weight of 3726 pounds and a wheelbase of 111.4 inches.

Interior

The 1999 BMW 540i sedan and wagon models come with standard leather seating. The 528i models have standard vinyl seating. All models have a lighted entry system, trip computer, power door locks, AM/FM/Cassette Audio System, automatic driver and passenger climate control, and cruise control.

The 1999 BMW 5-Series has various add-on features depending on the model. The 528i is the more basic of the two and has fewer standard features. Standard features include air-conditioning, center console, and anti-theft alarm system. Optional interior features include heated front seats, compact disc changer, and a premium audio system.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 BMW 5-Series engines offer different level of performance. The 2.8-liter six-cylinder models make 193 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 206 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. The more powerful four-liter V-8 models offer 282 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 324 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. The wagon models have a larger turning radius than the sedans.

Safety

The 1999 BMW 5-Series have stability and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, front head and front side airbags, fog lights, and anti-theft alarm systems.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 5-Series: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxury car package
  • Choice of sport sedan or wagon

You Won't Like

  • Low grade buttons on power door locks
  • Rough transmission shifting at time

Sum Up

A German powerhouse in every category.

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