2004 BMW 5 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Titanium Gray Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,930 - $6,291
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
20 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
184-325
Seats
5

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#1
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BMW 5 Series Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 525i $4,193 - $5,936
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 530i $4,428 - $6,291
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 545iA $3,930 - $5,665
Horsepower: 325 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 545i $3,930 - $5,665
Horsepower: 325 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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Owner Reviews

4.67
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It amazing how fun it is to drive.

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I love the handling and responsiveness of the BMW. It is stylish and comfortable and has enough space for our activities at this stage of our lives. I do not like the high cost of maintenance or that it is hard to find simple parts to fix myself.

A K
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The car is not a toy so driving safe at high speeds is very important.

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I really love this car, it has really good steering control, I love the interior and feel of the seats and its very stylish as well. All my friends make positive comments on my car very often.

Steve S
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It is 15 years old yet it is still quite a quick car and could probably beat most people's

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I really like that it is a fast car and it looks cool when I'm in it. I do not like that it has no auxiliary port nor does it have any sort of bluetooth

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$4,193 - $5,936
$4,428 - $6,291

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L (152) DOHC 24
3.0L (183) DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.5 (in.)
41.5 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.7 (in.)
37.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36 (in.)
36 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.9 (in.)
37.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14 (cu. ft.)
14 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Cell PhoneHookup
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Standard
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Standard

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Standard
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Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/45WR17
P245/40WR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.7 (in.)
113.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.5 (ft.)
37.5 (ft.)

Length

Length
190.6 (in.)
190.6 (in.)

Width

Width
72.7 (in.)
72.7 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3428 - 3450 (.lbs)
3472 - 3494 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Torque

Torque
175 (ft. lbs.)
214 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - (.lbs)
- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Standard
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
24 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
30 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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N/A
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
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Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) *
  • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) w/dual stage, dual-threshold deployment sensors
  • Side-impact Head Protection System (AHPS II)
  • Front door-mounted side-impact airbags
  • 3-point safety belts w/front automatic height adjusters, front tensioners & force limiters
  • Automatic locking safety belt device for child seat w/tether anchor restraint
  • Child safety rear door locks (2003)
  • Dynamic Stability Control w/Dynamic Traction Control (DSC) *
  • Battery safety terminal
  • Intelligent Safety & Information System (ISIS) for deployment of safety systems
  • Crash sensor (automatically turns on hazard/interior lights, unlocks doors & disconnects alternator, fuel pump & starter)
  • Automatic fuel cut-off (triggered by airbag deployment)
  • Side-impact interlocking door anchoring system
  • Daytime running lights *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (3)

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Fuel System, Gasoline Jun 10, 2004
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 10, 2004
NHTSA Campaign:
04V303000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 8-CYLINDER ENGINES, A CIRCULAR RETENTION CLIP AT THE QUICK-RELEASE COUPLING ALONG THE FUEL SUPPLY LINE WAS INADVERTENTLY NOT INSTALLED.
Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A SEVERE FRONTAL CRASH, THE QUICK-RELEASE COUPLING COULD SEPARATE CAUSING FUEL LEAKAGE. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A CIRCULAR RETENTION CLIP AT THE QUICK-RELEASE COUPLING ALONG THE FUEL SUPPLY LINE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
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Power Train > Automatic Transmission > Control Module (tcm, Pcm) Jul 14, 2004
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 14, 2004
NHTSA Campaign:
04V344000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 8 AND 12 CYLINDER ENGINES, THE DIGITAL ENGINE MANAGEMENT CONTROL (EMC) UNITS WERE NOT PRODUCED ACCORDING TO SPECIFICATIONS.
Consequence:
AS A RESULT, ENGINE STALLING WILL OCCUR AFTER A SHORT PERIOD OF OPERATION. THE VEHICLE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RESTART. ALSO, A LOSS OF POWER STEERING AND, AFTER REPEATED ACTUATION OF THE BRAKE PEDAL, A LOSS OF BRAKE POWER ASSIST WILL OCCUR. THESE CONDITIONS COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW DIGITAL ENGINE MANAGEMENT CONTROL UNIT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 16, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
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Seats > Front Assembly > Seat Heater/cooler Nov 24, 2004
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 24, 2004
NHTSA Campaign:
04V575000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FRONT SEAT HEATING SYSTEMS, UPON ENTERING AND EXITING THE VEHICLE, EXCESSIVE CONTACT WITH THE SIDE BOLSTER THAT IS CONTAINED IN THE SEAT'S BACKREST MAY DAMAGE THE HEATING MAT LOCATED IN THIS AREA. IF SUCH DAMAGE WERE TO OCCUR, WITH THE SYSTEM TURNED ON, THE VEHICLE OCCUPANT MAY FEEL EXCESSIVE HEAT FROM THIS AREA.
Consequence:
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE HEATING MAT IN THE BACKREST'S SIDE BOLSTER COULD OVERHEAT AND DAMAGE, OR MELT A SMALL HOLE IN, THIS AREA OF THE SEAT COVER. IF THIS HAPPENED, IT COULD LEAD TO AN OCCUPANT BEING BURNED.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE SEAT HEATING CIRCUIT. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.

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