BMW completely redesigned the 5-Series for the 2004 model year, and the all-new models offer more room, more equipment and more sophisticated technology than the previous generation. It's moved a bit upscale, so that means more money, too.
BMW's smaller may be the bigger seller, but the 5-Series is the company's original sports sedan and the oldest nameplate in its line-up. Since the BMW 5-Series nomenclature was introduced in 1975, BMW has completely overhauled its mid-line sedan five times. The redo for 2004 was as extensive as any the company has undertaken, so few changes have been made for 2005. Because this sedan generates a quarter of BMW's profits worldwide, the engineers in Munich spared no expense in the redesign.
In a sense, the most important characteristics didn't change with the make-over. BMW's 5-Series remains a true sports sedan in any of its three variations, the 525i, 530i, and 545i. All three boast precise handling, impressive power and outstanding brakes. Its appeal to luxury car buyers may ultimately come down to that new look. That said, this latest generation is a much better 5-Series.
The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all 2005 BMW 5-Series versions.
2005 BMW 5-Series Sedan Specs & Features