2001 BMW 530 Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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BMW 530

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The benchmark for sports sedans.


5 Series remains the quintessential luxury sports sedan. model presents a distinct and price range, and all are wonderful in their own right.

The 5 Series wagons (525iT and 540iT) are They offer much handling than any sport-utility and better performance than sedans; judged logically, make a lot more sense BMW’s own X5.

A new 525i sedan the price of entry for 2001, and minor styling revisions the appearance of all models.

BMW’s 5 comprises three sedans and two Retail prices for sedans: ($35,400); 530i ($39,400); ($51,100); 540i ($53,900). 525iT ($37,200); 540iT

525i, 530i, and 525iT wagon come almost equipped with a long of standard equipment and leatherette upholstery. Montana leather ($1275) is optional. The 530i automatic air conditioning, instead of the controls on the 525 models.

Both now with 16-inch wheels, but a different design to distinguish the

525i, as its nomenclature suggests, with a 2.5-liter fuel-injected engine. This is a new double inline-6 with BMW’s VANOS system, which it has variable valve timing for power and good fuel at all speeds (184 horsepower and an 20/29 miles per gallon

530i comes with a powerful 3.0-liter six-cylinder that generates 225 horsepower and 214 of torque. (This is the model we for this review; it’s the to the 528i.)

All three models come with a Getrag five-speed gearbox, though the ratios are tuned for each. An optional automatic transmission ($1275) is that features adaptive logic and a Steptronic shifter; the works just like a automatic in normal mode, but the can slap it over to the left and manually when desired for control on winding roads or commuter traffic.

540 models are by a 4.4-liter V8. This twin-cam design with the variable setup generates 282 horsepower and 324 of torque. Woof!

The 540 models standard with Montana upholstery, burl walnut automatic air conditioning, xenon discharge headlamps,.

540iA is a model that comes with the five-speed Steptronic a self-leveling rear suspension, wheels and 10-way power

540i is a special sports with a 6-speed manual sports suspension with springs and shock absorbers, tuned anti-roll bars, a ride height, and 17-inch with larger rear The 6-speed is distinguished with exterior trim, 12-way sport seats and a three-spoke steering wheel.

An optional Package with sports 17-inch wheels and other is available for all models; it ranges $1,500 to $2,800, depending on the

All 5 Series models come a comprehensive array of safety Seatbelts use automatic tensioners and limiters, and automatically adjust the anchor point as the seat is back and forth. In addition to two-stage Smart front (that can detect whether is in the passenger seat, all models with front door-mounted airbags and BMW’s unique Protection System, which tubular inflatable cushions in the of the front occupants’ heads.

Rear seat side-impact ($550) are an option and can be activated and at any time by the dealer. This is in to anti-lock brakes and an electronic program.

(See separate review for the M5.).


For BMW revised the styling of the 5 Series, a reshaped front kidney-shaped new front lighting units, a new spoiler, new round front fog new rear lighting clusters red LEDs for improved reliability and service life, body-color moldings and bumper strips.

the 5 Series remains instantly as a BMW with its beautifully proportioned and elegant front and rear The overall shape of the 5 Series is a well-done evolution of a handsome design that dates more than two decades.

5 sport wagons differ from the sedans only aft of the where an extended roof and replace the sedan profile and lid. The tailgate has a commendably low giving access to the luggage bay down to bumper-top level; if items are to be loaded aboard, the glass can be raised separately. The 5 sport wagons offer a cargo capacity than the new BMW X5

The 5 Series body shell is rigid, a plus in terms of safety and noise reduction. its low 0.30 coefficient of drag, the 5 is one of the most aerodynamically efficient on the market. Foam-filled body and well-designed door seals keep noise at bay.


The 5 Series interior high marks for comfort and Trim is sumptuous. The leatherette comes standard on 525 and 530 models is with brushed-aluminum accents.

The seats feel like they wrap around lower back and derriere. Our car did not with a Cold Weather ($600), so we missed the heated

Our 530i came trimmed in gray leather with Vavona wood trim discreetly applied to the center dashboard and door panels. was part of the Sport Premium ($4300), which also the sports suspension and other Ten-way seat adjustments and a tilt-and-telescopic steering column the driver fine tune position.

The 5 Series center is much more elegantly than the somewhat disappointing in the 3 Series cars. The little with the roll-up lid and the slot for on top of the console seem out of place in an beautiful 5 Series interior, The 5 Series perfunctory cupholders BMW is still struggling, or is not concerned, this most American of

Studying the audio system manual is needed to fully the BMW Business CD Car Radio as it’s It automatically changes volume to speed, ties into a telephone, and has tuning features for traveling from city to Once you’re reading is you should be able to tailor selection, tone controls, and settings to your preferences.

It’s a good-looking system buttons linked to fields digitally.

The map lights work well, but a compass would be A nice sport steering that came as part of our Premium Package is elegantly without the big pillow associated older style airbags. It has all of buttons on it to control audio and functions that may require a to the owner’s manual to fully

Driving Impression

BMW 530

The 530i’s is smooth and responsive. It glides quietly when cruising, like finely engineered Freedom from vibration is an benefit of inline-6 engines, and are among the best.

Nail the and there’s a growl akin to race engines. There’s instant throttle response: the takes off like a rocket.

The we drove offers an excellent with high-performance throttle and handling without the expense of the which gets stuck a $1300 Gas Guzzler Tax. On the hand, the 540i offers an 324 pounds-feet of torque for brilliant performance. The 525 represents an excellent and we’re eager to test it the 2.5-liter engine.

From mph, the 530i is about a quicker than a 525i; you can that. Our 530iA was capable of from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds; it perform this with the transmission in 6.8 seconds. By comparison, a accelerates from 0-60 in 7.3 with the manual, 8.0 seconds the automatic.

At the same time, the returns an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg though that drops to 18/26 mpg with an automatic All these BMW engines require unleaded fuel.

Both the 2.5-liter and 3-liter are updated for 2001: A fully throttle system replaces the type. As a result, throttle is even more precise before.

Also, a new intake and increased valve lift performance.

We’ve tested the in the past and found the 32-valve V8 to be and unobtrusive, making itself only when pushed When pushed hard, powerful, covering 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds with the manual, 6.1 the automatic. The V8 has not been changed year.

The 5 Series BMWs superb handling, regardless of package and powerplant. They are sports sedans, tracking through corners with body roll.

For the ultimate in road behavior, the Sport package is the choice. Stiffer and shock absorbers result in a harsher ride quality, but may find this tradeoff in is more than made up for by pleasure. Our 530i was equipped this package and it reacted to steering inputs. Rippled in downtown Washington was quite through the seat of the pants.

For people, the standard suspension is hardly standard) is probably the choice.

Our 530i’s Steptronic transmission was excellent. It responds to a tip of the throttle, dropping down a or two as needed. Equipped with electronics that tailor programs to driving style. A shift program is followed the 528i’s transmission selector is in the gear position, or the 540’s is in fourth.

BMW’s manual transmissions with precision and smoothness.

control and anti-lock brakes are on all models. BMW’s system of and cornering-stability enhancement, called Stability Control, along Dynamic Brake Control standard on manual-transmission 540i and are optional on 528i models. Stability Control is a computer-controlled that uses inputs a variety of onboard sensors to apply braking force and power to individual wheels to skids.

Dynamic Brake reinforces the driver’s pedal in emergency braking situations.

brakes are absolutely superb: feel solid, like a direct connection between and brakes. They slow the car now, but at the same time are to modulate, not grabby like of the power brakes on old American

Great cars abound in the sedan segment. Driving so good ones can make us whether BMW still has an edge. back into the 5 Series dispels such notions,

These sedan remain the for luxury sports sedans.

It necessary to drive these up Spa’s Eau Rouge to appreciate exemplary handling. They like they’re on rails cruising around sweepers on Interstates. Their suspensions a great balance between ride quality and precise though the sports suspension road imperfections.


Sedans: 525i ($35,400); ($39,400); 540iA ($51,100); ($53,900)

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