The car handles and corners amazingly
well considering how soft, quiet, and
luxurious it otherwise rides. The
inline six is sporty enough but could
use some more torque. The black
interior looks luxurious and a little
wicked at the same time. I took a
friend of mine who recently bought an
Infiniti for a ride in my 528. Within a
mile he was already talking about
getting a BMW. The reliablilty,
compared to Toyotas, is dismal. The
dash electrics, air conditioning,
exhaust, 3 sunroof repairs, engine idle
solenoid, window motor, trunk release,
radio have all had problems (1 non-
routine problem per 6,800 miles).
Handling, quietness, driving
involvement, styling, comfortable
seats, 30 mpg at 80 mph, quality of
materials, air filtration system,
brakes, and the ability to hit 100+ mph
speeds without realizing it.
Reliability, a more powerful engine,
and better cupholders. Consumer reports
does show that the 5 series became more
reliable after '97 and '98. And BMW
increased the power with the larger 3.0
engine. With these improvements the
530i should be almost the best car ever
Mechanically, the only thing I've had
to do is replace the brakes once.
Electrically, it's been a nuisance.
In the past 2 years it's been in the
shop for ignition failure, windshield
wiper motor replacement (twice),
window regulator failure, electronic
trunk release failure, failure of
sunroof, loss of sound to half the
speakers. The heated seats keep
blowing a fuse,and it can't be
repaired without replacing both front
seats. Each shop visit has run in the
several hundred dollar range, and BMW
dealers seem to think its nothing for
you to wait 2 weeks for an appointment
and then leave your car there for 2-3
Near perfect drive/comfort factor.
Gorgeous inside and out.
Electrical gremlins. Base stereo sound
quality is poor for a vehicle of this
caliber. 2.8L is a little
underpowered. I won't even mention
the car handle well, it's fun to drive,
and it gives a nice driving pleasure.
The only thinks you are scared of, is
that you don't know if you will arrive
to your destination with out having a
small technical problem.
Sound engine, and braking
reliability, steering caliper sound,
and front arms.
I thought that a BMW was the way to go
after running my Honda Accord into the
ground at 235,000 miles. The total
amount of money that I had spent on
repairs that I had done on the Accord
were just about what I have spent on
repairs in just one month on this car!
It is ridiculous...I am in the shop
literally every other month and there
are still things that I need to get
done to it. I was impressed by
the "name" and safety record of these
cars, but am now just figuring out how
to get rid of it!
Leather heated seats and steering wheel
The can holder in the back seat is
plastic and I have replaced it 3 times
in 3 years...and it's not cheap!
97 is the first model year of the 528i
(build starts 96). I think many 97 528
owners, many of the them have the same
problems. The rear power window
regulator breaks. Water pump would go
at about 70k mi. power seat have
problems, so is the airbag warning
sensor. interior starts making noise
after awhile. The alarm sensor for the
trunk might have problem. BMW issued
notice for dealer to fix a lot of these
problems. Early model don't have manual
shift mode. The brakes are really good
but don't last long. The engine only
makes 190hp, it runs slower than my old
nice optional leather. nice wood touch.
long oil change period.
Bigger trunk. better cup holder! Bigger
standard wheel (w/o sport package, only
15 inch). 12 speaker sound system sucks.