2002 BMW 525 Consumer Reviews

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2002 Bmw 525
4.3
Average based on 11 reviews
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100 k and too many problems

by from Ashburn on June 11, 2012

Had this car for 6 years. After it had 90 k plus it start having problems. Cyclone filter failure, Fuel pump failure and finally Transmission failure and a engine oil leak from valve cover gaskets. BM...
Had this car for 6 years. After it had 90 k plus it start having problems. Cyclone filter failure, Fuel pump failure and finally Transmission failure and a engine oil leak from valve cover gaskets. BMW rides and looks good but repair expenses were starting to add up. Decided to sell and get a Honda. I will buy another 525 but trade or sell when it gets 100k miles.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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The best 5 series BMW has made

by from Stonington, CT on May 10, 2010

I ordered my 525iT and am thrilled I waited for it. It's been completely trouble free in nearly eight years, rides like new, handles like new, brakes like new, has classic lines, feels like a tank, ha...
I ordered my 525iT and am thrilled I waited for it. It's been completely trouble free in nearly eight years, rides like new, handles like new, brakes like new, has classic lines, feels like a tank, has exquisite craftsmanship, and is just a delight to drive each and every time.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Wonderful Car

by from So. CA on February 8, 2009

Have owned our wagon for over three years-it's beautiful, flawless, sporty, comfortable, efficient, reliable, virtually everything we wanted in a car. Now I understand why the 5 series has always been...
Have owned our wagon for over three years-it's beautiful, flawless, sporty, comfortable, efficient, reliable, virtually everything we wanted in a car. Now I understand why the 5 series has always been considered the industry standard.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Perfect balance between comfort and performance

by from Camden, SC on January 16, 2012

I have owned 3 E39's. My 1997 528 with 280,000 miles still handled better than many new cars I drove. I replaced it with a 2002 525 sports package with 89k miles becuase I could not find a new car I l...
I have owned 3 E39's. My 1997 528 with 280,000 miles still handled better than many new cars I drove. I replaced it with a 2002 525 sports package with 89k miles becuase I could not find a new car I like better. (the 2011 525 is nice but can't go 58k) Good performance. 28 - 30 mpg. Sports seats are a little hard but OK. I think they would be uncomfortable though for anyone over 230 or so. Reliable, but not trouble free. Expect replacement of water pump, belt tensioners at 90k or so. Air bag sensors sometimes act up. Great overall car
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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The Ultimate Driving Machine

by from on January 23, 2009

This is my 3rd BMW and has not let me down! Excellent combination of interior luxury and performance. Truly one of the best overall vehicles ever designed and built. Well balanced design with acceptab...
This is my 3rd BMW and has not let me down! Excellent combination of interior luxury and performance. Truly one of the best overall vehicles ever designed and built. Well balanced design with acceptable tradeoffs made to reach an extremely high level of driver satisfaction.
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Does recommend this car

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Loving it

by from Spring Spring Md on November 4, 2013

I purchased my 525 after driving a. 3 series and Jetta for ten years. My new Bimmer is solid and handles well. The 3 series still handles the best but my series is roomy for my three sons and comforta...
I purchased my 525 after driving a. 3 series and Jetta for ten years. My new Bimmer is solid and handles well. The 3 series still handles the best but my series is roomy for my three sons and comfortable beyond belief. The ultimate driving machine is aprapos for my 2002 525i !
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Feels Like an Extension of my body

by from Nashville, TN on January 24, 2015

I bought a 2002 525i a couple of years ago as my weekend, and drive it to and from work from time to time. Unlike Mercedes which I have owned in the past. Mercedes do offer performance, but I feel Mer...
I bought a 2002 525i a couple of years ago as my weekend, and drive it to and from work from time to time. Unlike Mercedes which I have owned in the past. Mercedes do offer performance, but I feel Mercedes is more known for their luxury. My 2002 BMW 525i offers the best of both worlds... high performance machine that makes the curviest back roads easy to maneuver, but BMW also offers a luxurious look as well. I also feel most Mercedes are simply for mature people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Meanwhile the 525i looks great, but offers high performance that makes daily driving effortlessly. I love driving my Bimmer so much I am sometimes bummed out when I arrive home, or at work because I have to climb out of her, and no longer drive. In other words, I could drive my BMW 2002 525i forever. Lastly I feel like when I am driving down the street that my bimmer is simply and extension of my body. I've had no problems with my car other then just giving her routine maintenance etc. She especially loves it when her engine has high performance Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil used. You will not be disappointed with this car, and now that my son will turn 16 soon, eventually this car will be his daily driver. One more note I love the safety features of the Bimmer, and I feel safer knowing all bimmers offer the most state of the art safety features.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Great Car

by from San Diego on March 17, 2014

I like BMW in general... Very nice car, handles great, fair power for the weight and the engine size i had a 1987 325, and 2001 325, my dad have a 2010 530I, the 2002 325 handling was the best but thi...
I like BMW in general... Very nice car, handles great, fair power for the weight and the engine size i had a 1987 325, and 2001 325, my dad have a 2010 530I, the 2002 325 handling was the best but this 2002 handle as good as the 2010
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Minor flaws keep this from being a perfect car

by from Phoenix, AZ on December 15, 2008

My only complaints with the car after almost four years are: 1. Unusual "toe in" alignment causes uneven tire wear requiring new tires annually (unless you can live with the loud tire noise). It costs...
My only complaints with the car after almost four years are: 1. Unusual "toe in" alignment causes uneven tire wear requiring new tires annually (unless you can live with the loud tire noise). It costs $600-$1000/yr for those tires when the time comes. Did it have to be that way? 2. The center console between the seats is poorly designed--wasteful of space and cheap looking. That bugs me. 3. No upgradeable electronics/stereo available, making the car feel dated before its time. I'll have to break down and go with some third-party stuff in the trunk. 4. The 525 model is underpowered. I regret not going to the next step up, the 535. 5. The automatic transmission is designed so it is inconvenient to use either the "sport" gearing or the "manual" mode, though once you get there both are perfect. Wasn't there a way to make it less "mechanical" to get there with the shifter? I never use either feature any more. 6. I wish that when I lock the doors it would close the windows and sun roof automatically. Otherwise the car really is top notch, especially: 1. The on-board computer tracks and monitors everything about the car and warns you of any faults, even a burned-out tail light or low coolant. I am lazy and appreciate that thing watching out for those details. 2. Changing that burned-out tail light was so easy I couldn't believe other manufacturers don't use the same design. Regular maintenance is easy and oil changes only come every few years. 3. The sizes of everything are just right, even for a tall person like me. The trunk is great and the back seat is adequate for women or kids. 4. My gas mileage is around 21/30, but on longer trips (where this car really shines) the mileage is closer to 40! 5. The handling and feel of the ride, especially with good tires, is awesome. I can take 90-degree turns at 45 mph, and I am a coward when it comes to driving too fast. The Lexus feels "hollow" to me in comparison. There is no way you're going to find a better car for $12K to $20K if it's been maintained--but pay for the 535 if you can afford it! You will not regret it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I Love This Car!!!

by from Washington D.C. on April 22, 2011

This is My First car, I just got it a few months ago as a birthday gift, I have always loved BMW's anyway. This car has amazing handling, and performance, especially on winding roads. Since I have the...
This is My First car, I just got it a few months ago as a birthday gift, I have always loved BMW's anyway. This car has amazing handling, and performance, especially on winding roads. Since I have the sports package it has the 19" Wheels, the "M" steering wheel, and of course the sport suspension... The car runs great, even though you may run into a few problems with maintenance, it is still worth it, I never want to get rid of this car. Plus I feel like everywhere you go, people stare at you, its definitely an Eye catcher! (DON'T LET THE OTHER REVIEWS SCARE YOU AWAY)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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