2003 Bmw 530
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2003 530i

by from New Jersey on July 11, 2010

Great engine provides solid performance and car also handles well, especially cornering. Talk about awful reliability though! Just terrible. It only has 70k on the clock and is routinely in the shop f...
Great engine provides solid performance and car also handles well, especially cornering. Talk about awful reliability though! Just terrible. It only has 70k on the clock and is routinely in the shop for one thing or another, and each time it is $1-2k. I thought it was just me, but if you look on the BMW blogs you find that everyone has the same issues - doors that suddenly lock permanently, burning smell in the cabin, fan in the engine runs when the car is turned off so the battery is always dead, leaking doors etc etc. Japanese from now on!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Great handler, black with black interior.

by from Richardson,tx on December 19, 2011

Car has good performace and great handling, the steering is excellent with good feedback. The power seats and the radio display are messed up like in most of the ones I looked at around this age. Lea...
Car has good performace and great handling, the steering is excellent with good feedback. The power seats and the radio display are messed up like in most of the ones I looked at around this age. Leather and interior are in excellent shape. Interior storge is very limited and cup holders are useless. CD player doesn't seem to be able to play MP3 CD's but can play home made music CD's. Paint is still in great condition
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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fun,sporty and luxurious car!!!

by from colchester, CT on May 16, 2011

We looked and test drove several vehicles before purchasing our beamer! So glad we didn't buy the first one we saw and took our time looking on cars.com!! Easy to use sight helped us narrow down the c...
We looked and test drove several vehicles before purchasing our beamer! So glad we didn't buy the first one we saw and took our time looking on cars.com!! Easy to use sight helped us narrow down the car we wanted!! We love our beamer!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Great ride

by from california on February 26, 2008

The cup holders are not practical.Don't be fooled by the size of this car,it handles great .I also enjoy the M package on this car it's a must.
The cup holders are not practical.Don't be fooled by the size of this car,it handles great .I also enjoy the M package on this car it's a must.
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Does recommend this car!!

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2003 530i - "The ultimate driving machine"

by from Bloomington, IN on August 19, 2014

My second 5 series as my first one took out a deer one morning. Still impressed by the driving mannerisms this car has in all situations. Outstanding feedback combined with a rock like stability that ...
My second 5 series as my first one took out a deer one morning. Still impressed by the driving mannerisms this car has in all situations. Outstanding feedback combined with a rock like stability that inspires a confidence in driving that few autos on the road can match. After 10 years it doesn't squeak, rattle or vibrate...amazing value for the engineering that has gone into the car. The leather seats are a little on the firm side for my taste, but the car feels so good, its almost like it knows where you want to go. The German way of doing things takes a little getting used to, but once learned, one develops a strange attraction to it. The a 3.0 liter six is a marvelous engine worthy of much praise...revs freely, moves the car with authority and gets excellent mileage...I hope they never stop making this engine as it is the soul of this car. Buy one and drive it like you stole it...you'll be impressed!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Best Car I Ever Owned

by from East Coast, USA on October 21, 2015

I recently just turned in my 2003 530i (e39) after hitting the 100,000 mile marker. Didn't do so because of the mileage but rather I wanted to get a more Winter friendly family orientated SUV (went wi...
I recently just turned in my 2003 530i (e39) after hitting the 100,000 mile marker. Didn't do so because of the mileage but rather I wanted to get a more Winter friendly family orientated SUV (went with a pre-owned 2010 X3 6 speed manual). While I like my new ride, I do miss the sportiness that came with the e39. I was still getting complements on the exterior of that 11 year old classic BMW look before I sold it. Aside from the cup holder annoyance (which I found a better fix for) and the usual maintenance that is know for this car, it ran like a champ and was rarely in the shop. If you find one with low mileage, grab it and go have fun, just be sure to get yourself a set of Winter tires if you plan on seeing snow in it.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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truly remarkable

by from Los Angeles, CA on July 15, 2010

I have had this car for about a year now and i cannot imagine driving anything else. It is very comfortable and corners better than cars that are much more smaller than it. Truly an incredible car.
I have had this car for about a year now and i cannot imagine driving anything else. It is very comfortable and corners better than cars that are much more smaller than it. Truly an incredible car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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Great Car, Fun to Drive, Reliable

by from Madison, WI on March 23, 2013

Bought this car in late 2007 used. It has been very reliable, and fun to drive. Slick shifting 5 speed, and nice handling. Minor issues with radio display which I think are typical of this vintage BMW...
Bought this car in late 2007 used. It has been very reliable, and fun to drive. Slick shifting 5 speed, and nice handling. Minor issues with radio display which I think are typical of this vintage BMW. Overall very comfortable, suprisingly efficient luxury/sport machine. I recommend this year and model highly
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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mine has 311000 miles

by from lebanon on November 24, 2015

I have an 03 e39 530iA sport package and it has 311000 miles and still drives like new, all original with no issues great car fast with class. rides great handles even better and gets looks everywhere...
I have an 03 e39 530iA sport package and it has 311000 miles and still drives like new, all original with no issues great car fast with class. rides great handles even better and gets looks everywhere I go. Impressive stereo, and style but seats aren't fat boy friendly lol but I would buy it again definatly worth it
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Great when bought used

by from VA on May 15, 2008

I bought my 2003 530i used in Nov 2006. With the luxury package and the cold weather package and extended full service, the bill ran up to 30K. Mine is a 530i with a 5 speed manual. I am very satisfie...
I bought my 2003 530i used in Nov 2006. With the luxury package and the cold weather package and extended full service, the bill ran up to 30K. Mine is a 530i with a 5 speed manual. I am very satisfied with my purchase. The manual makes this car a treat to drive. Its exhilarating to be able to make this car go from 80 mph to 100 mph with only a slight tap of the gas. Of course, I wouldn't recommend it :) but I love it rach time I am able to do that. So far I've not had any maintenance issues. My only complaints are the absence of auto dimming side view mirrors (the rear view is auto dimming, so why the heck couldn't they do the same with side view mirrors?!), an average music system and tight room in the rear. Luckily I rarely have someone sit in the back. This car is a treat to drive. The gears shift very smoothly and the 5th gear has a lot of juice so I am able to easily coast in 5th in a 35 mph zone. I don't recommend driving this car in the snow with regular tires though. The reason I say great when bought used it because the full sticker price is 45K+ and somehow the gripes become bigger at that price. I'd rather let someone wealthier than me bear the depreciation :). I think this is true for all BMWs.
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Does recommend this car!!

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