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Pros: septronic auto transmission,
Cons: useless cupholders
Advice: The premium and cold weather pakages add alot to the vehicleMy wife and I were looking for a vehicle for her. We considered the Lincoln LS -V-8,Cadillac CTS, Jaguar X Type 3.0 ltr,Benz c-320 and the BMW 525i. My first concern about the 525 was that the engine was going to be undersized and that the car would underperform. Well after driving it I couldn't have been more wrong. When using the steptronic auto 5 transmission, this car really performs well. the handling is firm and the transmission is very smooth. I purchased the car with the cold weather package and the premium package, and I love it. My biggest complaint is that its difficult to get it away from my wife, so that I can drive it. The sound system is fantastic and the seating is comfortable and the seat memory feature is very handy. I really recommend that you drive this vehicle. The cup holders are stupid they shouldnt have even bothered. Since that is my biggest complaint, I'll learn to live with it. For some reason the review will not allow me to enter 2003 model, which I bought, it says not in data base, so I will enter a 2002. But the vehicle I am reviewinf and have purchased is a 2003
Pros: Overall appearance and smooth ride.
Advice: Go and drive this...you'll buy it!I was certainly tempted to cough up the additional four grand for the 530i when I purchased my new 525i and, after driving it for several months, I'm glad I didn't. This is the smoothest running car on the planet! The engine is responsive, shifting is a breeze (I have the five speed) and the overall quality of the car is second to none. I have owned many 'Japanese luxury sedans' and thought they were very good. This is way better!