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BMW 5-Series Wagon 2004 Redesign

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  • bliragblirag Posts: 4
    Like most, I was not impress when the photos of the new 5 series first started appearing but having not only seen but rode in one, I must confess I fell in love with the new model. Photos do not do justice to this car. I looks much better in person.
  • bliragblirag Posts: 4
    Oops I meant IT looks better in person not I
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,914
    Hi all - Since the Sedan version is no longer "future," but the wagon is, I've changed the discussion title. This discussion is also now shared with the Wagons board so that other members who are interested in talking about the wagon can join us.

    The active BMW 5-Series discussion on the Sedans board is the best place to talk with other 5-series sedan owners & enthusiasts. Thanks!

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  • ajitpkajitpk Posts: 7
    I've owned a 2000 5 and am buying an 04 545. Drove the 530. IMO the new 5 makes the old one look plain old.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Since they didn't sell the E55 wagon here, I've only seen a E320 wagon dressed in AMG wear once. It does help the car quite a bit, but those taillights (my main problem with that wagon) remain.

    M
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    blirag: maybe you're just no photogenic?! ;-)

    Saw my first new 5 in person. There is good and bad.

    Good news is that in the Silver color I saw, the eye brows are less noticeable, at least with the lights off. The front is acceptable, but I wonder how it would look lit up; things could get ugly. I would not choose a color that had a sharp contrast to those eye brows.

    The trunk becomes the sore spot, IMO. Still looks hump-backed to me. A wagon could address this, though.

    A Silver wagon could actually address both my beefs with the design.

    -juice
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,599
    white new '04 530i. The new body style looks quite nice in white.
  • My wife wanted to get a BMW wagon for almost two years, now. We waited to see the new 5 design once the redesigned 7 came out. We are GLAD we waited...

    BMW has done EXACTLY what it needed to do - come up with a cutting edge design that generated a LOT of talk. The old models were SO outdated. Kind of like Lexus - they make a great car, but the design is OLD.

    When I see a new BMW on the road, I get EXCITED. I haven't felt that way about a car in a long, long time.

    Can't wait to get our (it's "ours" now, not "my wife's" since I like the new design so much!) new 5-series wagon in '04.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,914
    For you enthusiasts, here's our new "Generations" article that takes a look at the history of the 5-Series:
    http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/generations/articles/101202/articl- e.html

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  • newienewie Posts: 15
    i am trying to decide which wagon to get for my first bmw. the older series 3 or wait a few months for the 5. does the 5 have that much more room? is it much worse on gas? and mainly, will it be full of trouble, being a new design and all, where the 3 is older and stabilized in the trouble spot department?
    my friends are sick of my indecision, but its a huge commitment for me! also, will i find the 3 wagon too small on the road? (im coming from a land cruiser, dying to get closer to the ground!)
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I guess it depends on how much you'll be hauling. Keep in mind, the 3 wagon is only offered with the 2.5l engine. The 5 does have more leg room in the rear seat, but I don't know how it will compare to the 3.

    -Paul
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 3 wagon is pretty small, that would be a big adjustment to come from a TLC.

    I'd look at the 5er, the V70, the 9-5, there are lots of great choices in mid-size lux wagons.

    -juice
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    You could even look at the new caddy SRX. Edgy design, but for some people it works.

    You may also want to check out the touring cars (read wagons) from Audi. VERY classy design.

    -Paul
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Latest issue (March 2004) has a small article on the upcoming E60 5 Series tourings.
  • newienewie Posts: 15
    i have a small question about the colors of 5 series touring due this winter. do they traditionally come in the same colors as the 5 series sedan? or does the touring have one or so colors of its own?
    thank you
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/d/25231

    Again, the wagon is the most attractive of the 3. The hatch look stubby and too tall, out of proportion.

    The convertible doesn't look as good as that concept from the NY show from a couple years back.

    -juice
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