5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
Overall a good car. There is some controversy over the idrive, so check it out and see if you like it. Auto is fine. You might be surprised to find you might prefer the 2003 and save some money in the process. Given the choice of a 2003 or 2004 personally, I'd opt for the 2003, more luxury feel and I think the lines of the car are much more of a "classic" line. This is just my take. Of course many are buying the 2004 and are happy with it.
BMW and service - some guys seem to have a bad after service from
BMW dealerships, others not. My experience is that I have a good dealership who has been good to me - even with a used car to boot. I think this is one of those issues that is dependendent on the dealership and not just the make of the car. I had a bad experience with a Toyota dealership service when the assistant service manager tried to say I was responsible for a malfunctioning trunk lock on a car under warranty. I can remember asking him "just how am I responsible for a malfunctioning lock when all I did was put the key into it and turn it?"
There are loser human beings every where - unfortunately at BMW as well.
I would have to agree with rsn48, the 2003 does have a more luxurious look, and from what i can tell, also a better feel. The iDrive of the 04 model is "interesting," some hate it and some love it...But the E39, nothing beats it.
Originally posted by ///Matt@Oct 12 2004, 08:25 PM I would have to agree with rsn48, the 2003 does have a more luxurious look, and from what i can tell, also a better feel. The iDrive of the 04 model is "interesting," some hate it and some love it...But the E39, nothing beats it.
I have a 528 and I am happy with the power. Some however want more "spunk" to it, it depends how deep you want to sink into your seats upon acceleration. I haven't tried the 2004 525 but I suspect I would be happy with the power. However... lol... with the money you save with the 2003.... lol!... you could get a 2003, 540.
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