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BMW 5 Series
Pre-facelift BMW E60 sedan
Automotive industryBMW
Production1972–present
AssemblyDingolfing, Germany
Cairo, Egypt
PredecessorBMW New Six
Car classificationMid-size car / Executive car

The BMW 5 Series is a Mid-size car / Executive car manufactured by BMW since 1972. The car, now in its fifth generation, is sold in Sedan (car) and Station wagon body styles.

On January 29, 2008, the 5 millionth 5 series, a 530d sedan in Carbon Black Metallic, was manufactured.

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History


The pre-facelift 5 Series (left, right) in comparison to the E65 pre-facelift 7 Series (middle)

The 5 Series got its name by being the fifth of the "new series" cars after the V-8 and Isetta era. The preceding models were the 700, the "New Class", the "New Six" 2500/2800/Bavaria and the CS. The 5 Series was intended to replace the older New Six sedans.

The body was styled by Marcello Gandini, based on the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car. Gandini also did the Fiat 132 and Alfa Romeo Alfetta, two other cars that have a similar design.

There have been five generations of the 5 Series to date. To differentiate between them, they are referred to by their unique chassis numbers (EXX).

The 5 Series began the BMW tradition of being named with a three-digit number. The first digit (5 in this case) represents the model, and the following two digits (usually) represent the size of the engine in decilitres, which is the main distinguishing difference. Additional letters or words may be added to the end of the three-digit number to define the fuel type (petrol or diesel), engine or transmission details, and the body style. The 'i' originally stood for (fuel) 'injection'.

E12 (1972-1981)


E12
E12 520
Production1972-1981
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFR layout
Automobile platformBMW E12
Internal combustion engine1.8 L M118 I4 engine
1.8 L M42 I4 engine
1.8 L M10B18 I4 engine
2.0 L M17 I4 engine, 115 hp (86 kW)
2.0 L M64 Fuel injection I4 engine, 125 hp (93 kW)
2.5 L Straight-6
2.8 L I6
3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW)
3.5 L I6, 218 hp (163 kW)
3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW)
2.8 L I6, 169 hp (126 kW)
See also BMW E12 for more information

The BMW E12 was the first 5 Series BMW made. The following models were produced in this series:

  • Non-US
    • 1974 518 - 1.8 L M118 I4 engine
    • 1976 518 - 1.8 L M42 I4
    • 1980 518 - 1.8 L M10B18 I4
    • 1972 520 - 2.0 L M17 I4, 115 hp (86 kW; 117 PS)
    • 1972 520i - 2.0 L M64 Fuel injection I4, 125 hp (93 kW; 127 PS)
    • 1973 525i - 2.5 L Straight-6
    • 1975 528i - 2.8 L I6
    • 1975 530i - 3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW; 178 PS)
    • 1976 530 Motorsport Limited Edition - 3.0 L I6, 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS)
    • 1979 M535i - 3.5 L I6, 218 hp (163 kW; 221 PS)
  • US
    • 1975-1978 530i - 3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW; 178 PS)
    • 1979-1981 528i - 2.8 L I6, 169 hp (126 kW; 171 PS)

The 1.8 L engines and the 2.0 L fuel injected engines were exclusive to Germany until the 1980s. The South African models were 525i, 528i and 530i.

E28 (1982-1988)


E28
E28 BMW 535is (US)
Production1982-1988
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFR layout
Automobile platformBMW E28
Internal combustion engine2.7L 127 hp (95 kW) I6

3.4L 182 hp (136 kW) I6

3.5L 256 hp (191 kW) I6
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed Automatic transmission
5-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase2,624 mm (103.3 in)
Length4,801 mm (189.0 in)
Width1,699 mm (66.9 in)
Height1,415 mm (55.7 in)
See also BMW E28 for more information

The BMW E28 was the second BMW 5 Series, a stylistic evolution of the E12.

The following models were sold in Europe:

  • 518/518i- 1.8 L M10B18
  • 520i - 2.0 L M20B20 Straight-6
  • 524d - 2.4 L M21 Diesel Straight-6
  • 524td - 2.4 L M21 Turbodiesel Straight-6
  • 525i - 2.5 L M30B25 Straight-6
  • 525e - 2.7 L M20B27 Straight-6
  • 528i - 2.8 L M30B28 Straight-6
  • 530i - 3.0 L M30B30 Straight-6
  • 535i/M535i - 3.4 L M30B34 Straight-6
  • M5 - M88 Straight-6, Convert/PS
High performance 5 Series - 24-valve DOHC, Straight-6, six throttle bodies, Bosch Motronic integrated fuel injection. At its launch in 1984, the European specification E28 M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world.

The following models were sold in America:

  • 524td - 2.4 L M21 Turbodiesel Straight-6, 114 hp (85 kW; 116 PS)
  • 528e - 2.7 L M20B27 Straight-6, 121 hp (90 kW; 123 PS)
Designed for fuel efficiency
  • 533i - 3.2 L BMWM30 Straight-6, 182 hp (136 kW; 185 PS)
High revving power
  • 535i - 3.4 L M30B34 Straight-6, 182 hp (136 kW; 185 PS)
A 533i bored to produce more torque and equal power
  • 535is - 3.4 L M30B34 Straight-6, 182 hp (136 kW)
A 535i with a sport suspension interior modifications
  • M5 - 3.4 L S38B35 Straight-6, 256 hp (191 kW; 260 PS)
High performance 5 Series - 24 valve DOHC, Straight-6, six throttle bodies, Bosch Motronic integrated fuel injection, available only in black in the US.

Visible changes to this model included revised headlights, Thicker rubber bumper surrounds and large rectangular taillights. The shape was more box shaped than rounded at the rear.

E34 (1988-1996)

E34
BMW E34 5-Series
Production1989-1996
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
4-door Station wagon
Automobile layoutFR layout
Automobile platformBMW E34
Internal combustion engine1.8 L M40B18 I4 engine
1.8 L M43B18 I4 engine
1.8 L M43B18 I4 engine
2.0 L M20B20 Straight-6
2.0 L M20B20 Straight-6
2.0 L M50B20 Straight-6
2.5 L M20B25 Straight-6
2.5 L M50B25 Straight-6
3.0 L M60B30 V8
3.5 L M30B35 Straight-6
4.0 L M60B40 V8
2.5 L M20B25 Straight-6
3.5 L M30B35 Straight-6
3.6 L S38B36 Straight-6, 310 hp
2.5 L M50B25 Straight-6
3.0 L M60B30 V8
4.0 L M60B40 V8
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed Automatic transmission
5-speed Manual transmission
5-speed Automatic transmission
6-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase2,761 mm (108.7 in)
Length4,719 mm (185.8 in)
Width1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,412 mm (55.6 in)
1,417 mm (55.8 in)
See also BMW E34 for more information

The third generation 5 Series earned awards for safety and reliability and was considered one of the most elegant shapes of its time.

Models:

  • Non-US
    • 1989–1994 BMW 518i - 1.8 L M40B18 I4 engine 115 hp (86 kW; 117 PS)
    • 1994–1996 BMW 518i - 1.8 L M43B18 StraightI4 engine 115 hp (86 kW; 117 PS)
    • 1995–1996 BMW 518g Compressed natural gas Touring - 1.8 L M43B18 I4 engine
    • 1987–1990 BMW 520i - 2.0 L M20B20 Straight-6 129 hp (96 kW; 131 PS)
    • 1987–1990 BMW 520i ECE - 2.0 L M20B20 Straight-6 129 hp (96 kW; 131 PS) higher compression than non ECE
    • 1990–1996 BMW 520i - 2.0 L M50B20 Straight-6 150 hp (112 kW; 152 PS)
    • 1988-1991 BMW 524td - 2.4 L M21 Straight-6 diesel
    • 1993-1995 BMW 525td - 2.5 L M51D25 UL Straight-6 115 hp (86 kW; 117 PS) diesel
    • 1991-1995 BMW 525tds - 2.5 L M51D25 OL Straight-6 143 hp (107 kW; 145 PS) diesel
    • 1987–1990 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M20B25 Straight-6 170 hp (127 kW; 172 PS)
    • 1990–1996 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M50B25 Straight-6 192 hp (143 kW; 195 PS)
    • 1990–1996 BMW 525iX - 2.5 L M50B25 Straight-6 192 hp (143 kW; 195 PS) Very rare
    • 1988–1990 BMW 530i - 3.0 L M30B30 Straight-6 185 hp (138 kW; 188 PS)
    • 1992–1996 BMW 530i - 3.0 L M60B30 V8 218 hp (163 kW; 221 PS)
    • 1987–1993 BMW 535i - 3.5 L M30B35 Straight-6 211 hp (157 kW; 214 PS)
    • 1992–1996 BMW 540i - 4.0 L M60B40 V8 286 hp (213 kW; 290 PS)
    • 1990–1993 BMW M5 - 3.6 L S38B36 Straight-6, 315 hp (235 kW; 319 PS)
    • 1994–1996 BMW M5 - 3.8 L S38B38 Straight-6, 340 hp (254 kW; 345 PS)
  • US
    • 1989–1990 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M20B25 Straight-6
    • 1989–1993 BMW 535i - 3.5 L M30B35 Straight-6
    • 1991–1993 BMW M5 - 3.6 L S38B36 Straight-6, 310 hp (231 kW; 314 PS)
    • 1991–1995 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M50B25 Straight-6
    • 1994–1995 BMW 530i - 3.0 L M60B30 V8
    • 1994–1995 BMW 540i - 4.0 L M60B40 V8

E39 (1996-2004)

E39
1996-2000 BMW 5-Series sedan (US)
Production1996-2003
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
4-door Station wagon
Automobile layoutFR layout
Automobile platformBMW E39
Internal combustion engine* 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 193 hp (144 kW)
4.4 L M62B44 V8, 282 hp (213 kW)
2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW)
3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (172 kW)
4.9 L S62B50 V8, 400 hp (294 kW)
Transmission (mechanics)5-speed Manual transmission
4-speed Automatic transmission
5-speed Automatic transmission
6-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase2,830 mm (111.4 in)
Length4,775 mm (188.0 in) (sedan)
4,806 mm (189.2 in) (wagon)
Width1,801 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,435 mm (56.5 in) (sedan)
1,415 mm (55.7 in) (2000-03 540i sedan)
1,440 mm (56.7 in) (1997-99 wagon)
1,417 mm (55.8 in) (1997-99 540i sedan)
1,486 mm (58.5 in) (2000-03 wagon)
RelatedBMW X5
BMW M5
See also BMW E39 for more information

The BMW E39 was one of BMW's most successful cars, with several different models. These included:

  • 1996–2000 520i - 2.0 L M52B20 Straight-6, 110 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2000–2003 520i - 2.2 L M54B22 I6, 127 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1996–2000 523i - 2.5 L M52B25 I6, 125 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2000–2003 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 137 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1996–1999 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 144 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1999–2000 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 TU I6, 144 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2000–2003 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 172 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1996–2003 535i - 3.5 L M62B35 V8, 183 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1996–1998 540i - 4.4 L M62B44 V8, 213 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1998–2003 540i - 4.4 L M62TUB44 V8, 216 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1998–2003 M5 - 4.9 L S62 V8, 298 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2000-2003 520d - 2.0 L M47D20 Diesel I4 engine 100 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2000-2003 525d - 2.5 L M57D25 Diesel Straight-6120 kW
  • 1997-2000 525td - 2.5 L M51D25TU UL Diesel Straight-6 85& kW
  • 1996-2000 525tds - 2.5 L M51D25TU OL Diesel Straight-6 105 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 1998-2000 530d - 3.0 L M57D30 Diesel Straight-6 135 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2000-2003 530d - 3.0 L M57D30 Diesel Straight-6 142 kW (Convert/PS hp)

The BMW M57 type Engine is a straight-6 Diesel produced from 1998. It won the "2.5-3 L" category of the International Engine of the Year award for 1999 through 2002. The updated twin-turbocharger version won that same award in 2005. The 2.5 L (2497 cc/152 in³) M57D25 was the smallest member of the family. It produced 120 kW (161 hp) at 4000 rpm and 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) at 2000-2500 rpm with a 4750 rpm redline. Application: 525D

In some European jurisdictions the BMW 5 Series is also used as a police interceptor.This particular vehicle is property of the Diplomatic Protection group of the Metropolitan Police

In US:

  • 1997–2000 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 193 hp (144 kW; 196 PS)
  • 1997–1998 540i - 4.4 L M62B44 V8, 282 hp (210 kW; 286 PS)
  • 2001–2003 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW; 187 PS)
  • 2001–2003 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS)
  • 1998–2003 540i - 4.4 L M62TUB44 V8, 282 hp (210 kW; 286 PS)
  • 2000–2003 M5 - 5.0 L S62 V8, 394 hp (294 kW; 399 PS)

This car has been widely praised in all aspects; many say it is the best BMW in the world. Consumer Reports gave the 2001 530i its highest car rating ever. The diesel engines available in the European models provide great torque and smoothness with better economy. The M5 has been called "the ultimate in discreet speed" with 369 lbf·ft (500 N·m) of torque and a 0–60 mph time of 4.8  s. The only downside was its smallish cabin and tiny trunk space of 11.1 ft³ (314 L) - for a car of the 5 Series' size not to be able to fit a set of golf clubs was regarded as inexcusable.

The very first E39 BMW 5 Series rolled off the assembly line in February, 1995[1].

E60/E61 (2004-present)

E60
E60 BMW 528xi Sedan (US)
Production2004-present
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
4-door Station wagon
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Automobile platformBMW E60
Internal combustion engine2.0L 170 hp I4 engine
3.0L 230 hp I6
3.0L Twin Turbo 300 hp I6
4.8L 360 hp V8
2.5L 184 hp I6
4.4L 325 hp V8
5.0L 500 hp V10
Transmission (mechanics)6-speed Manual transmission
6-speed Automatic transmission
7-speed Sequential manual transmission
Wheelbase2,888 mm (113.7 in) (sedan)
2,885 mm (113.6 in) (wagon)
LengthConvert/Dual/LoffAonDbSoff (2004-06 sedan)
4,854 mm (191.1 in) (2007-present sedan)
4,856 mm (191.2 in) (wagon)
Width1,847 mm (72.7 in)
HeightConvert/Dual/LoffAonDbSoff (2007-present sedan)
1,470 mm (57.9 in) (2004-06 sedan)
1,491 mm (58.7 in) (wagon)
RelatedBMW X5
BMW M5
See also BMW E60 for more information

The BMW E60 is the current BMW 5 Series. Its Chris Bangle-designed styling and many of its advanced features received mixed reviews. The E60 represents a significant step forward in technology over previous models. With complete electronic control over all aspects of the vehicle from the suspension, to brightness of interior lights, to different temperature zones within the cabin. The vehicle is also equipped with an array of safety features from adaptive headlights to Hill start assist, and is also equipped with a Trailer Stability Program to aid when towing a large trailer or caravan.

It is available in both sedan and wagon versions and has the following models: [2]

  • 2006- 520d - 2.0 L (1995 cc) Diesel I4 engine, 120 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2003-2005 520i - 2.2 L (2171 cc) Straight-6, 125 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2007- 520i - 2.0 L (1995 cc) I4 engine, 125 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2004-2007 523i - 2.5 L (2497 cc) I6, 130 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2007- 523i - 2.5 L (2497 cc) I6, 140 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2004-2007 525i/xi - 2.5 L (2497 cc) I6, 160 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2007- 525i/xi - 3.0 L (2996 cc) I6, 160 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2004-2007 530i/xi - 3.0 L (2979 cc) I6, 190 kW (Convert/PS hp)
  • 2004-2007 530d/xd - 3.0 L (2993 cc) diesel I6, 175 kW (Convert/PS hp) and Convert/Nm
  • 2004- 535d - 3.0 L (2993 cc) diesel I6, 200 kW (Convert/PS hp) and 413 ft·lbf (Convert/Nm) (compression ratio: 16.5:1)
  • 2006- M5 - 5.0 L S85 V10, 373 kW (Convert/PS hp)
A BMW 5 Series E61 patrolcar of the German Federal Police

In US:

  • 2004-2005 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW; 187 PS)
  • 2004-2005 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS)
  • 2004-2005 545i - 4.4 L N62B44 V8, 325 hp (242 kW; 330 PS)
  • 2006-2007 525i/xi - 3.0 L N52B30 I6, 215 hp (160 kW; 218 PS)
  • 2006-2007 530i/xi - 3.0 L N52B30 I6, 255 hp (190 kW; 259 PS)
  • 2006- 550i - 4.8 L N62B48 V8, 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS)
  • 2008- 528i/xi - 3.0 L N52B30 I6, 230 hp (172 kW; 233 PS)
  • 2008- 535i/xi - 3.0 L N54B30 twin-turbo I6, 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS)
  • 2006- M5 - 5.0 L S85 V10, 373 kW (Convert/PS hp)

Four-wheel drive is now an option on the 5 Series for the first time since the E34 in 1996. The xDrive system is shared with the X3 and X5. 2006-2008 Models, following the company's naming scheme, will be the 525xi, 528xi, 530xi and 535xi. For 2009 onwards, the they will be badged 528i xDrive and 535i xDrive.

Refreshed 5-Series update (January 2007)

The updated E60/E61 5-Series was unveiled on January 8, 2007. Updates include new front and rear bumpers, restyled front headlights and restyled taillights with LED technology. A refreshed interior is also presented featuring the new shifter from the new X5, and the addition of the new BMW Drive-By-Wire system.

The 2008 model, of the 520i, has a new engine: a 2.0 litres 4 cylinders instead of the R6 2.2 litres. High compression and new piezo injector technology keeps the performance on 170bhp/210 nm, but betters the fuel economy. BMW is considering bringing its diesel powered models to the United States in late 2008.

BMW also launched a new M5 Touring into their range, but this will not be introduced in the United States.

Awards

The E39 5 Series was on Car and Driver magazine's annual Car and Driver Ten Best list for six years straight, from its introduction in 1997 through 2002. It was also Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1997 and What Car? Executive Car of the Year 1997 through 2002. The E60 was named "Best New Luxury / Prestige Car" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. Active Seat [3] continuous passive motion seating comfort technology recognized as one of the Best Inventions of 1998 by Popular Science magazine. Consumer Reports found the E39 5 series their best car tested in 2001-2002.

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