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2003 BMW 5-Series

  • 2003 BMW 5-Series 525i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      184/175
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I6
    • MSRP
      $37,600
  • 2003 BMW 5-Series 525iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      184/175
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I6
    • MSRP
      $39,300
  • 2003 BMW 5-Series 530i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      225/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $42,375
  • 2003 BMW 5-Series 540i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/324
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $51,800
  • 2003 BMW 5-Series 540iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/324
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $54,100
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2003 BMW 5-Series Review

Quality, performance, style, and safety all flow well together.

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Overview

The long sleek exterior of the 2003 BMW 5-Series revives images off a movie scene. It reminds one of the scene where a very rich businessperson arrives to sign an important contract. The vehicle is not only a symbol of wealth, but of quality and excellence that money makes highly accessible. The 2003 BMW 5-Series has an admirable number of engine options ensuring that there is a power level for both the reserved and the daring customers. The three engines, 2.5-liter I-6, 3.0-liter I-6, and the 4.4-liter V-8, run on five-speed manual or automatic transmission with on option of a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter I-6, 3.0-liter I-6, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: BMW 5-Series 525i, BMW 5-Series 530i, BMW 5-Series 540i

What's New

The 2003 BMW 5-Series stretches its exterior dimensions by about 2.3-inches length and about 1.8 inches width. This stretching affects room in the rear positively and BMW promotes the series as a vehicle with easier rear entry. No doubt, this provision was to ensure the stylish and time conscious clientele have an easier time getting in or out of the BMW 5-Series.

Exterior

The 2003 BMW 5-Series is definitely a sibling amongst the BMW vehicles. It bears the signature double kidney grille with the BMW emblem on a sloping hood. This edition has stronger aerodynamic lines, comes in metallic colors, and matching interiors that announce sheer luxury.

The 2003 BMW 5-Series rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with all run-flat performance and all-season tires and has a full-size alloy spare wheel. Speed sensitive wipers in the front complement the rear window with a defogger and the standard power glass sunroof. Its outer dimensions are 70.9 inches width, 56.5 inches height, 188 inches length on an impressive 111.4 inch wheelbase, and it has 11.1 cubic feet maximum cargo capacity.

Interior

The 2003 BMW 5-Series make it an ideal choice for the busy business executive. It has a 10-way height-adjustable power seat for the driver and leather finish on the shift knob, on the seats, and on the heated steering wheel. Up to three drivers get memorized settings including the steering wheel position for each one. The power fittings include remote power door locks, remote trunk release, power and heated mirrors, and power windows. The reverse tilt mirror on the passenger side allows for safe backing into and out of tight spaces in reverse. The storage spaces include a leather-covered front console, a folding center armrest, and door pockets on the front and rear doors.

The 2003 BMW 5-Series has storage in the front seatback, and cup holders are in the rear and front. The speed-proportional power steering operates on the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The steering wheel has audio and cruise controls mounted on it for easier access. Both the driver and the front passenger have independent climate control, and an illuminating vanity mirror each. The front and rear have reading lights, and when open, the trunk has light. The dashboard has a clock, a navigation system, and an entertainment system that includes an AM/FM radio and a single CD-player producing sound through 10 speakers.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 BMW 5-Series is a rear drive, five-speed manual transmission. The base engine is 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 184-hp at 6000 rpm, 175 lb-ft torque at 3500 rpm torque, with double overhead cam (DOHC), 24 valves, and variable valve timing (VVT). The stability and suspension system includes independent four-wheel suspension, MacPherson strut front suspension, and Multi-link rear suspension. The safety fittings of the 2003 BMW 5-Series include four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), an emergency braking assist system, and an electronic brake-force distribution system. It has ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear wheels.

Safety

The 2003 BMW 5-Series has head airbags for all occupants. It has side airbags in the front and rear to protect occupants in a side impact. The front seats have height-adjustable headrests that protect occupants from whiplash. The rear seats come with child seat anchors, and the rear doors have child safety door-locks. For day and night driving, it has daytime running lights, fog lights, auto-delay off headlamps, and dusk sensing headlamps. To ensure safety of the occupants, it has a factory-fitted remote anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 5-Series 525i: 20/29 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 530i: 21/30 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 540i: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Drive thrill
  • Superior engine power
  • Stability
  • Interior upholstery
  • Options and variety

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

Quality, performance, style, and safety all flow well together.

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