BMW 5 Series (E60)

BMW 5 Series Sedan (2003-2007)

The E60 series called the fifth generation of the BMW 5 - series of car manufacturer BMW. The combination " Touring" is referred to internally as the E61.

The series was introduced in June 2003 as a successor to the E39. With the E60, the iDrive control concept was introduced in the 5 Series, which is also found in other series of the manufacturer. The vehicle is assigned to the upper middle class. Top-selling model of the E60 is the 530d. It was produced in the E60 BMW plant in Dingolfing, in the Egyptian work of the Bavarian Auto Group, located in 6th of October City, as well as in the People's Republic of China by the Brilliance Motors in Shenyang City.

In the spring of 2010, the E60 sedan was replaced by the successor model F10, while the Touring E61 was replaced by the F11 in the fall of 2010.

Model history


The available-for presentation of the model sedan carries the series designation E60, the combination model Touring ( from April 2004 ) is referred to as E61. Due to popular demand and the special requirements a long version of the E60 was developed and introduced in the variants 523Li, BMW 525Li and BMW 530Li for the Chinese market. In the 525Li and 530Li, there is a redesigned rear bracket to the entertainment system with DVD player, and two 8 -inch screens are in the headrests of the front seats, and rear air vents above the transmission tunnel. By lengthening the wheelbase by 140 millimeters between B - and C-pillars, the rear legroom is greater.

As of early 2005, the M5 was available with a 5.0 -liter V10 engine as the sedan. The station wagon was introduced with the in spring 2007 revision. All-wheel drive (labeled xi and xd; since September 2008 i xDrive xDrive and d ) was available in two body versions.

BMW 5 Series Touring (2004-2007)

BMW M5 (2005-2007)


A special feature of the E60 is the weight-reduced aluminum front car ( GRAV ). For the first time in a vehicle, only the front section of aluminum was manufactured here, while the passenger compartment and the rear section are made of steel. Due to the weight savings in the front part of the vehicle axle load distribution of 50:50 is achieved.


The E60 has a Switchable Electronic Stability Program, ie, at BMW Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). A Tyre Defect Indicator (TDI ) recognizes on the basis of speed differences of the wheels changes in the air pressure of one or more tires and alert the driver with a light. In a collision, the fall of 2007 standard active head restraints closer to the head and thus prevent possible neck injury before.

Driving assistance systems

A head-up display (HUD ) projects information on the windshield so that the driver no longer has to look away from the road to read the speed or route.

As an optional extra and BMW Night Vision ( Night Vision Assistant ) is available. Unlike the Mercedes S- class ( there is a Nahinfrarotsystem from Bosch is used with active infrared lighting ), BMW uses passive thermal imaging technology. Heat radiation of objects and persons is recorded by a camera in the front apron and shown on the display of the iDrive.

As of 70 km / h, this system warns by vibration in the steering wheel of an impending lane departure. Here, a camera detects existing and highly visible road markings in the interior mirror. A lane marking is recognized, the system signals the readiness alarm. A wheel button, the system can be switched on or off. The most recently selected setting is saved for the next ride. In construction situations with partially unequivocal elements marking the course, the system automatically switches inactive to then automatically activate again.

Lighting technology

The BMW E60 has standard adaptive brake lights, optional adaptive headlights is available. Since the spring of 2007, there are also daytime running lights on corona rings and cornering since autumn 2007. The extra charge, high-beam assistant automatically switches the high beam on or off, thus preventing dazzle oncoming traffic.


For the E60 there are various entertainment options, such as the Navigation system Professional with a 8.8 -inch screen and a DVD drive. A DVB -T tuner for TV reception is available. The audio can be played back via the optional LOGIC 7 sound system from harman / kardon 13-speaker includes two subwoofers under the front seats; allows distortion-free reproduction of up to 110 db (A). The system uses a 360 -degree sound stage and also supports MP3 ID3 tags. The amplifier ( nine channels, 420 watts) the signals are transmitted via a MOST bus interface. In addition, there is now also the sound system with 16 speakers, individual and 825 watts of power.


All BMW E60 have next to ABS ( with Brake Assist and Cornering Brake Control), belt tensioners, an ESP with traction control ( Dynamic BMW Stability Control, DSC or Dynamic Traction Control DTC called ) and a total of six airbags (driver / front passenger, two side airbags and through curtain airbags ). Since the facelift side airbags for rear passengers are also available. In the Euro NCAP crash test in 2004, he received in the assessment of occupant safety four star ( 29 points ) and with child safety four stars out of five (42 points). The pedestrian safety has been classified with two points and one of four possible stars.

After a Swedish car newspaper criticized the safety of a fully loaded 523i, which had dangerous breaking the moose test, the editor was invited to Munich on the test site. There they made ​​together then a moose and lane change test. The dangerous outbreak BMW justified with the fact that the ESP authorizing a slight tail swing and then engaging.


On 23 August 2011, the Federal Motor Transport Authority issued a recall of the models of the BMW 1 Series, 5 Series and 7 series, X3, X5 and X6 SUV. Affected are the model years 2008 and 2009. Reason is the fuel filter heater may overheat and cause a vehicle fire.

On August 21, 2013, was again a callback to the models in the 1, 5 and 7 - series and the two SUV X5 and X6. Affected are approximately 35,000 vehicles and onwards May, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. Until November 2009 This is due to a defect in the fuel filter heater for diesel models and can lead to a vehicle fire.

On September 24, 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW has prompted 134,000 vehicles in the 5-series recall in the United States. Affected BMW models 528i, 535i, 550i and M5 of the model years 2008 to 2010 and passenger cars that were manufactured from 1 March 2007 to 31 December 2009. Cause is a faulty rear lamp support assembly of the rear lights. According to BMW vehicles in Europe are not affected.


  • Since September 2005, the BMW Group offers wholesale fleet models BMW 520d and 525d. The production vehicle in technology and equipment the same, they include an edition Fleet modified engine variants. Instead of 120 kW (163 hp) or 130 kW ( 177 hp ), the fleet model only 110 kW ( 150 hp ) or 120 kW makes (163 hp). These models are in each case the same engine as in the standard version. The power reduction is effected only by a change of the characteristic field in the software of the ECU (Bosch EDC16 ).
  • Since September 2008, this edition Fleet is also available for private buyers as Special Edition

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Electronically limited Values ​​in brackets [] apply to automatic transmission


On 24 March 2007, the revised version of the 5 Series was presented. The external appearance was only slightly revised. The most striking exterior changes are new bumpers, rear lights with LED technology, redesigned fog lights and headlights in clear glass, a modified license plate mount in the tailgate and a more pronounced kidney which now has two separate light edges.

Inside, the door panels were revised and selected other materials. The controls are carried out in a pearl gloss design and the revised iDrive now has eight freely programmable favorite buttons, which were introduced with the BMW X5.

Technical innovations have included an optional lane departure warning, daytime running lights on corona rings, cornering and a 6-speed sport automatic transmission, which can shift down up to four programs at once. These included a new selector lever and shift paddles on the steering wheel. There is also a modified engine range. In addition to changes in the performance, all gasoline were converted to the V8 version on direct injection.

On 26 May 2007, the M5 Touring came to a basic price of 94,100 euros to do so. Furthermore, there were visible changes to the iDrive software. The appearance of the menu and the map material as well as some menu items have been changed. This change was the version number PROGMAN 25

It also featured the model of a modern battery charge control with which the battery is charged during coasting and braking phases ( braking energy harnessing / Brake Energy Regeneration ). Other measures to reduced consumption, were a gear shift indicator for manual shift models and actively controlled brake and cooling louvers for improved aerodynamics. As a new engine variant, it was the 520d (130 kW/177 hp ) consumes 5.1 l/100 km and emits 136 g CO2/km.

As of October 2008, the hard-drive navigation system "Professional" comes with a new iDrive operation and can play in the state of DVD movies. The monitor has a resolution of 1280 × 480 About a USB port in the glove box data can be transferred to the internal hard disk from 80 GB to 12 GB for music are provided. In September 2009, received the 5 modified exterior mirrors to comply with new EU directives.

Rear view

BMW 5 Series Touring (2007-2010; with M-Sport Package )

BMW 5 Series Touring the police