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Completely recast for 2004 with distinctive - and controversial - styling and bodywork crafted from both aluminum and steel, the 525i and 530i sedans continue with only minor alterations for 2005. The 525i comes powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter in-line six-cylinder with variable valve timing, while the 530i gets a lustier 225-horsepower, 3.0-liter in-line six, and the top 545i blasts off with a 325-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8. Available transmissions include a standard six-speed-manual transmission, and an available six-speed Steptronic automatic or six-speed sequential-shift manual. All versions ride on an all-aluminum suspension that affords crisp cornering abilities with a relatively pliant ride. An optional Sport Package includes BMW's Active Steering system, which provides additional steering boost during extreme handling maneuvers, though it makes the car's handling seem a bit artificial at times. Like the larger 7-Series, the 5-Series comes with BMW's notorious iDrive control system, which combines various systems like the climate control, navigation, and audio functions and operates them via a center-console knob. Be aware that the learning curve to optimally operate this array can be daunting. Adaptive brake lights come standard, with adaptive headlights that can illuminate the road around the curves among the car's many advanced available features.

2004 BMW 530i by Bengt Halvorson (8/16/2004)
Fashionably controversial, technically amazing.

 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
2005 BMW 5-Series 525i 4-Door Sedan

Very good car for family and good engine

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Its is one of the the best cars that I have ever owned, it looks really good, comfortable, reliable, high quality and you feel the pleasure to drive it. I had one only problem after owning this car after 10... + More »
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Monday, August 22, 2016
2016 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535d RWD

Excellent ride, great acceleration for a Diesel.

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We were in the market to replace my wife's 2007 G35 Infinite Sport. We ran into a lot of problems with the add-on packages that did not equal the ones in the G35 Sport. My car is a Jaguar, so one our first... + More »
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
2015 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD

As I age I want a more compliant ride with the usual BMW feel-this delivers it to me.

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Almost 12k miles on it now and no real issues. The ride is what I want, and, after pressing the "sport" button each time i start the engine, the responsive gas pedal takes me where i want to go. Once you get... + More »
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