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roadie
11-10-2004, 10:37 AM
I found an excellent article that summarizes the bmw 5 series quality over the years.

Click here (http://www.edmunds.com/used/2001/bmw/5series/100000543/ratings_jdpower.html?tid=edmunds.u.review.vdpheade rratingslinks..0.BMW*)

http://www.edmunds.com/used/2001/bmw/5series/100000543/ratings_jdpower.html?tid=edmunds.u.review.vdpheade rratingslinks..0.BMW*


The trend, as they say, is trending downwards.... :(

wsu7655
11-11-2004, 09:57 AM
The 2001 and 2003 E39's both got 3 star ratings for styling while the 2002 got 5 star rating.

BillP
11-11-2004, 10:23 AM
I found an excellent article that summarizes the bmw 5 series quality over the years.

Click here (http://www.edmunds.com/used/2001/bmw/5series/100000543/ratings_jdpower.html?tid=edmunds.u.review.vdpheade rratingslinks..0.BMW*)

http://www.edmunds.com/used/2001/bmw/5series/100000543/ratings_jdpower.html?tid=edmunds.u.review.vdpheade rratingslinks..0.BMW*


The trend, as they say, is trending downwards.... :(

There are lots of problems with this data rendering any trend conclusions meaningless. The largest of which is the model years chosen - the '94/95 data is for the END of the E34 run as were the 2001/2/3 for the E39, yet they have the 2004 as the BEGINNING of the run of the E60. It is well known that German manufacturers have problems in the early years but get the bugs worked out over time. I'm certainly not defending the quality of the E60, but let's be fair and compare it to the '97 E39 and '89 E34.

Additionally, as was pointed out earlier, there are some nutty inconsistencies in the data like creature comfort and style where the ratings oscillate but, in reality, were identical year over year.

So where did you pick up a 520?


Bill

beewang
11-11-2004, 11:29 AM
:stupid:

Exactly what I was thinking Billy :thumbup:


BTW, when it comes to unbiased quality/reliability survey, I perfer Consumer Report.

beewang :bigpimp:

1Dreamer
11-11-2004, 12:58 PM
The gap in years is because (I think) the initial page was the for 530 model before hitting the J.D. Powers ratings link on that page. The 530 was not produced during the missing years, so those years are missing in the ratings. However, the ratings are identical for each year no matter which model number you begin with (ie. 525 vs. 530 vs. 540) as long as that model was produced that year, so the ratings appear to be for the 5 series overall rather than for a particular model #.

Since the 540 was the only e39 produced continuously from 1997 through 2003, you need to click the J.D. Powers link starting from a 540 page (of any year) to get the e39 5 series ratings for all years. The link below also lists the e34 from 1990, but I have no explanation of why 2004 is listed since no 540s were made that year. :dunno:

Take the ratings for what you feel they are worth, but at least you can see all years of the e39 from 97 to 03 compared.

http://www.edmunds.com/used/2003/bmw/5series/100183655/ratings_jdpower.html?tid=edmunds.u.prices.vdpheade rratingslinks..0.BMW*

roadie
11-11-2004, 09:25 PM
So where did you pick up a 520?


Bill

I had a first year 520i when I lived in Munich. It was a blue 5speed.
I drove that thing to its rev limiter every chance I could get on the autobahn.
It came with steel wheels and plastic wheel covers, but it was still new in Germany then (bmw having just replaced the E34) and it was a head turner the moment it came out.

I put 45,000km in it before retiring it, and it never once had anything go wrong with it. All I did was the factory scheduled maintenance. It was a 2 litre in line six and still had the same BMW growl, but VERY easy on the fuel. Of course what it lacked in torque and absolute HP, once it got going on the autobahn it would hold 215km/h easily.

But it sure was a head turner then, even more so when I would drive it to Italy. :p