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2003 BMW M5 Review
A stylish and safe vehicle.
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BMW releases another fine performer with the 2003 BMW M5. The 4.9-liter, V-8 engine will purr beneath the hood, giving owners an exciting experience of real power. The engine puts out 394 hp at 6600-rpm and can move from zero to 60mph in 8.8 seconds. The base sedan comes with a six-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, making acceleration to attain the maximum speed a must-have experience.
Engines: 4.9-liter V8
Transmissions: six-speed manual overdrive
Models: BMW M5
The DVD-based navigation system is the main new feature for the 2003 BMW M5. The safety standards continue to get upgrades. In this edition, the post-impact safety fittings include head protection airbags in the rear to protect rear occupants from head injuries in an impact. These airbags are standard features in the BMW M5 range.
The BMW family ?birth-mark,? the twin kidneys, are on the hood of the 2003 BMW M5 and meet at the corporate BMW emblem in the middle. This is a modest sedan sitting on a 111.4-inch wheelbase, but the year’s model stretched lengthways and sideways to make a much more roomy sedan. It comes with the most current suspension and stability technology. This edition sports a rear spoiler and a power glass sunroof as standard features.
The BMW M5 rides on 18 x 9.5 inch alloy wheels with 275/35R Z performance tires. It comes with a full-size spare tire on an alloy wheel. It has rain sensing wipers, high-intensity discharge xenon headlights, and self-leveling headlamps.
The interior of the 2003 BMW M5 has a leather finish on the seats and on the steering wheel. It comes with dual zone climate controls for the driver and passenger. For convenience, it comes with front and rear reading lights, an interior electro-chromatic rearview mirror, and both the driver and the passenger get an illuminating vanity mirror each.
On the dashboard, the BMW M5 comes with a clock, a trip computer, and for this year, the vehicle comes with a DVD based navigation system with voice directions. On the dashboard is an AM/FM single CD player, with a CD stereo in the trunk. It has a Multi-CD player in the trunk. Overall, the vehicle has 12 speakers and two subwoofers on the sound system.
Power features include door locks, exterior mirrors, and windows. The vehicle comes with a passenger mirror with reverse tilt that enables the driver to view the curb clearly when backing into or out of parking spaces.
The front seats are leather-covered. The front multi-level passenger and driver seats come with 16 -way power. Both height-adjustable seats in the front come with power adjustable lumbar support. They have memorized settings for three drivers and the memory settings include the steering wheel position.
The rear seat has a folding center armrest. There are various storage spaces in the front console, on the front seatback, and the on the door pockets. The vehicle comes with cup holders in the front and in the rear. Mounted on a tilt and telescopic steering wheel are the speed-proportional power steering capabilities. According to recent BMW technology, the steering wheel comes with mounted audio and cruise controls.
Overall, the 2003 BMW M5 is a mid-size sedan. It comes with 37.4 inches of headroom, 41.7 inches of legroom, and 56.8 inches of shoulder room in the front.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 BMW M5 has a powerful, 4.9-liter, V8 engine chugging out 394 hp at 6600-rpm. It emits 368 lb-ft at 3800-rpm torque and has double overhead cam (DOHC), 32 valves, and variable valve timing (VVT). It is a rear drive, six-speed manual transmission engine. Its stability system includes rear limited slip differential, and four-wheel independent suspension.
For greater stability, the 2003 BMW M5 comes with four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) and other stability systems, such as the emergency braking assist and the electronic brake force distribution systems. It comes with front and rear ventilated disc brakes, stability control, and traction control.
The post impact fittings of the 2003 BMW M5 include front and rear head airbags. It also has dual side-mounted airbags in the front. The seats in the front and rear come with power and height-adjustable headrests. These are important to protect occupants from whiplash and neck injuries in a front or side impact. The seatbelts in the front and rear come with seatbelt pre-tension adjustment system as a standard feature.
The rear seat has child seat anchors and child safety door locks in the rear doors. The vehicle comes with a remote anti-theft alarm system, and an engine immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Engine power
- Braking system
- Suspension system
- Vehicle stability
- Maneuverability at high speed
- Luxurious interior and exterior
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A stylish and safe vehicle.
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