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BMW 5 Series (incl. M5) Warning Lights

The Most Common BMW 5 Series (incl. M5) Symbols

These are the most common dashboard symbols that you will see in your BMW 5 Series (incl. M5). Click on one to see more information or scroll further down to see the link to the owner's manual where you can find even more symbols.

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About the 5 Series (incl. M5)

Ever since 1972, the BMW 5 Series has been impressing pedestrians and bystanders as they cruise by. It was originally dubbed the E12, built as a replacement for the New Class sedan series. Since launch, a total of seven generations of 5 Series cars have been built, covering sedan, wagon, and fastback designs.

The BMW 5 Series is one of the best-selling models in the entire BMW lineup, second only to the 3 Series compact sedan. It was back in 2008 that the company hit the 5-million mark for manufacturing this iconic sedan car.

In terms of design, the 5 Series has certainly come a long way from its earliest days, too. The first E12 models to roll off the production line were boxy by modern standards, but did feature high-quality 4- and 6-cylinder engines. The first generation ran until 1981, and then was replaced with a second generation up to 1988, and then a third generation up to 1996. It was from the fourth generation in 1996 that the current models really took shape.

The latest generation of BMW 5 Series models was launched in 2017 and continues up to the present. The model did receive a facelift in 2020, including a bumper redesign, new taillights, and a new look for the kidney grille up front. Models have included the flagship sedan look, known as G30, and the wagon build (G31), and an additional long-wheelbase sedan (G38).

On top of all this, BMW also created a high-spec M5 model, which too was launched in 2017. The M5 is powered by an incredible 4.4-liter V8 engine delivering up to 591hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The BMW M5 was also notable for being the first BMW model to be exclusively available with an automatic transmission and no manual option.