BMW 5 Series Models and 5 Series History

The mid-level sedan in the BMW line-up, the 5 Series receives a diverse appeal from luxury car customers. Based on the E39 platform in 1998, the BMW 5 Series was offered as the 528i model with a 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine and a more powerful 540i variant with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine. The larger 4.4-liter propelled the 1998 BMW 5 Series with 282 horsepower. Both the 1998 BMW 528i and 540i could be equipped with either a manual or an automatic transmission. For the 1999 model year, a BMW 5 Series Wagon was added to the United States line-up.


A 394-horsepower BMW M5 sedan based on the E39 platform was brought stateside in 2000 propelled by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine (the first BMW M5 to receive an eight-cylinder engine). Along with rain-sensing windshield wipers and xenon headlights were found as standard equipment on the 2000 BMW 5 Series sedan. The BMW 5 Series received an entire redesign for 2004 with a strikingly modern exterior shape. A 2004 BMW 545i model featured a 325-horsepower V-8 engine that could be paired with a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or a six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG). For 2006, the BMW 5 Series offered a wagon body style as well as an alternative to rear-wheel drive. An all-wheel drive system was optional with six-cylinder models of the 2006 BMW 5 Series.


In 2008, a BMW 535i model was introduced using a 300-horsepower, twin-turbocharged inline-six engine. The look of the BMW 5 Series was once again altered in 2011 as it now rode on a chassis near identical to the 7 Series. Three powerplants were offered on the 2011 BMW 5 Series and the availability of an eight-speed automatic transmission was new. The 2011 model year added the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 model combining a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline engine with an electric motor for 335 horsepower. For 2014, the powerplant choices for the BMW 5 Series luxury sedan expand in the United States with a diesel engine option.

New and Used 5 Series Prices, BMW 5 Series Model Years and History

BMW’s 5 Series combines cutting-edge technology with satiable creature comforts and styling.
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The flagship 5 Series sedan by BMW makes no exceptions. It unapologetically delivers pure luxury and performance.
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The 5 Series sedan by BMW delivers a luxuriously smooth ride that’s loaded with amenities.
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Widely considered to be one of the leading midsize luxury sedans, the BMW 5 Series packs extreme luxury and classiness into a smooth and comfortable ride, delivering a one-of-a-kind driving experience.
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Now available with a diesel engine capable of 38 mpg highway, the 2014 BMW 5 Series is updated and comes standard with navigation.
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A mid-size luxury sedan with a plethora of features, the 2013 BMW 5 Series is available with either RWD or AWD.
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A mid-size luxury sedan with seating for five, the 2012 BMW 5 Series is available with three different engines, offering impressive fuel mileage and performance.
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As BMW's newest generation 5 series sedan, the 2011 BMW 5 series offers new exterior and interior design, enhanced performance, handling, and efficiency.
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A mid-size luxury four-door sports car, the 2010 BMW 5-Series is unchanged and continues to offer the same combination of power, performance, luxury, and style that everyone has come to expect.
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A luxurious and sporty four-door that is available as a sedan or a wagon, the 2009 BMW 5-Series is a midsize car that fills the gap between the fun BMW 3-Series and the flagship BMW 7-Series.
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With a choice of sedan and wagon bodystyles, as well as different engine options and available AWD, the 2008 BMW 5-series is a versatile luxury car as well as a proven sports car with the M5 trim.
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Available as a luxury sports sedan or wagon, the 2007 BMW 5-Series can be had with RWD or AWD, and a choice between a six-speed manual or a six-speed steptronic automatic transmission.
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The 2006 BMW 5-Series is a luxury car with seating for five, and is available as a sedan or wagon both of which deliver crisp performance while maintaining high-levels of comfort inside.
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A mid-size luxury sports sedan with seating for five, the 2005 BMW 5-Series are well-equipped and available with a range of power; from 215 hp up to 325 hp depending on the engine.
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Totally redesigned for the new year, the 2004 BMW 5-Series is a mid-size luxury sports sedan available in three trims and with a choice between two transmissions.
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The 2003 BMW 5-Series is a mid-size luxury sports car available as a sedan or a wagon which ranges from a 184 hp version up to the powerful 5.0L V8 M5 variant.
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A stylish, mid-size luxury car with room for five, the 2002 BMW 5-Series is available as a sedan or wagon and is offered in a range from the 184 hp 525 up to the 394 hp M5.
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The 2001 BMW 5-Series is a luxury mid-size car that seats five passengers and is available as a sedan or wagon, both of which are well-equipped and provide a sporty ride.
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The 2000 BMW 5-Series is a mid-size luxury sedan which offers a greater level of amenities, interior space, and power than the 3-Series.
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A mid-size luxury sports car that seats five passengers, the 1999 BMW 5-Series is available as a sedan or a wagon with a choice between six or eight-cylinder power.
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The 1998 BMW 5-Series is a five-passenger mid-size luxury sedan available with a manual or automatic transmission and a choice between V6 or V8 engine power.
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