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2002 BMW 5-Series

  • 2002 BMW 5-Series 525i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      184/175
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I6
    • MSRP
      $35,950
  • 2002 BMW 5-Series 525iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      184/175
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I6
    • MSRP
      $37,750
  • 2002 BMW 5-Series 530i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      225/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $40,725
  • 2002 BMW 5-Series 540i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/324
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $53,900
  • 2002 BMW 5-Series 540iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/324
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $53,600
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2002 BMW 5-Series Review

Cars that successfully combine sporty driving and a luxurious ride.

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Overview

The 2002 BMW 5 Series provides the midsize luxury car lineup manufactured by BMW, which encompasses three trim levels and two body styles. Available as a sedan or a wagon, it offers five different models to choose from based on the engine found within the vehicle. For the 2002 model year, the sedan comes in the base 525i, the mid-level 530i, or the top-of-the-line 540i, while the wagon trim line includes the base and top-of-the-line versions. Minor changes debut for the release of the 2002 BMW 5 Series, including tuning the engine in the 540i and making some adjustments to the features in the 5 Series’ cabin.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, five-door wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed Steptronic automatic, six-speed manual
Models: BMW 525i, BMW 530i, BMW 540i

What's New

For the launch of the 2002 BMW 5 Series, changes remain minimal from the previous year’s models. The V-8 engine found in the 2002 BMW 5 Series has been tuned so that it produces eight more horsepower, but the same amount of torque, as the engine found in the 2001 model. New standard features for all models included an in-dash CD changer, while automatic climate controls and a power passenger seat became standard in those models that didn’t previously have it. Rear side airbags no longer come standard, but as a no-charge option for all models.

Exterior

No changes affect the exterior of the 2002 BMW 5 Series, since it underwent a refresh for 2001. The changes made for the 2001 models give this large car a sleeker and more sophisticated look with modifications made to the headlights and fog lights, as well as the front bumper. The trim remains is the same color as the body, which leads the eye down the length of the car. The 2002 BMW 5 Series looks long, but does not mark the largest in its class. As to be expected from BMW, this model lineup bears a striking resemblance to the smaller and larger 3 and 7 Series models, just in a different size.

Interior

The interior of the 2002 5 Series seats five passengers comfortably in two bucket seats in the front and a three-seat bench in the rear. Cloth upholstery comes standard for the base and mid-level trim lines, while leather upholstery comes standard in the 540i. A split-folding rear seat provides an option for all models.

Plenty of luxury features come standard in the 2002 BMW 5 Series including a 10-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer, remote entry, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning, steering wheel controls, and power front seats. A navigation system provides an option for all models.

Performance & Handling

The base 2002 BMW 5 Series comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine the produces 185 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The 530i employs a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that provides 225 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. Both models use a five-speed manual transmission, while the five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission provides an option. The engine in the 540i, a 4.4-liter V-8, produces 290 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque, and it couples with a standard six-speed manual transmission or the five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as an option.

Although the 2002 BMW 5 Series makes for a larger car, it maneuvers and handles like the smaller 3 Series. Steering feels responsive and the firm suspension provides a dynamic ride without compromising comfort. Acceleration and power with all engines seems abundant, but for those looking for a thrilling drive, the V-8 makes the best choice.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2002 BMW 5 Series includes dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, and head-protecting airbags for front passengers; anti-lock brakes; traction control; and stability control. Rear-seat airbags, both side and head-protecting, remain optional in all models. In the event of a serious accident, standard impact sensors unlock doors and activate the hazard lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 5 Series six-cylinder sedan: 18/27 mpg city/highway
BMW 5 Series six-cylinder wagon: 17/24 mpg city/highway
BMW 5 Series V-8 sedan: 14/21 mpg city/highway
BMW 5 Series V-8 wagon: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engines
  • Precise steering and handling
  • Luxurious interior

You Won't Like

  • Can be pricey

Sum Up

Cars that successfully combine sporty driving and a luxurious ride.

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