I've owned mine for 7 years, live in
Germany where it can stretch it legs
which it does VERY WELL. I have the 6-
spd manual trans, love using all those
gears and moving along at 130mph.
Averages 24.5mpg. It has 340,000km
(212,500 miles), not a problem with any
serious mechanical part of the car, and
I'm surprised to read about
engine/transmission changes from those
who have had these problems. Mine runs
as good as the day I bought it 7 years
ago, and it still does 157mph. I can't
imagine selling it for any reason,
workabee buds are forever trying to get
me to sell it to them. Not a chance....
6-sp gearbox, 286hp engine,
reliability, sporting nature, just a
pleasure in all respects every time I
get into it.
Get rid of some of the automation, like
putting the wipers at intermittent wipe
when stopped, the "all-or-nothing"
defroster" (give me some levers that I
can adjust to send the air where *I*
This was my first BMW after many
Honda's. Beside my sport bike, this is
one of my lifes few 'true' pleasures.
Of course there are times when little
piddly stuff breaks, but there are
great web sites maintained by many
loving fanatics like myself that help
you navigate past the 'stealer'. I
love the fact that I can put my kids in
the back seat but when I am alone can
roll her up to 110 mph and feel nothing
but confidence (unless observed by Hwy
'Thunk' sound the doors make when
closing, sucking sound the intake emits
when developing nearly 300 hp, direct
connection between steering input and
Rear end ratio is a little high, but my
tires probably appreciate this greatly.
I inherited my 1994 530i V-8 when mom
upgraded. Sheepskins on the seats
REALLY preserve the leather. No visible
rust save on door edges where 1-2 mm.
spots peek through. The car drives
quite well and you have to remind
yourself that it is actually 10 years
old. The road "feel" is GERMAN solid.
It shines in handling, avoiding
accidents opposed to merely surviving
one, & surprise stops/lane changes.
It'll bring you home alive no matter
how bad the road conditions/other
drivers may be. This car is a classic
of understatement and abhors the idea
of being 'pimped out'.MAINTENANCE is
key.Overall, this car may not "rock"
but it is rock solid.
Low-profile image makes for discreet
displays of wealth while driving. It
also won't attract jealous types who
enjoy vandalizing the really BIG pretty
cars ( 7-series, Benz S-Class ). The
car also performs like a wolf in
An A/C system that can defeat the humid
climate in Florida and the Deep
South..The compressor doesn't do a bit
of good in traffic unless the car is
going over 40 mph. A/C may not be a big
issue in the forests of Germany but it
gets HOT in the USA.
At 147,000 miles, I'm still thrilled.
This is my second 5-series. I got
110,000 miles on a 1986 528i when I
began having problems with the (auto)
transmission. This one is a 5-speed
and I'm hoping to get 200,000 just on
g.p., although this Bimmer is now only
used for "recreational" driving.
This style is still a head-turner.
Very classy exterior design and a
I have owned this car for about 25,000
miles. It now has over 173,000 on the
clock. Overall it is certainly above
average. The exterior look is
attractive and timeless. The car is
well thought out and most services are
easy to do (except the pollen filter).
I personally went through the entire
car when I purchased it, so I could
trust it. It has proven to be very
reliable. I have an automatic
transmission and would trade it for a
stick shift in a second because I
prefer a stick.
The trip computer is nice. I enjoy the
sunroof. The front seats go way back
for people with really long legs. If I
put the seat all the way back, I cannot
extend my feet and touch the firewall!
Interior fit and finish could be
better. The quality of interior
materials could be better.