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.
Your best bet is to buy a used one with
higher mileage. I bought my 1997 in
2002 with 100K on it. I've put on
20,000 trouble-free miles. It had a
sticker of close to $50,000 and I
bought it for $18K. The car spins like
a top. High quality fit and finish,
comfy, and fun to drive.
The best thing about the car is DRIVING
IT. It fits my whole family but when
you wind it up n the highway it sounds
like an exotic, and it handles great
for a car of it's size and weight.
The only thing I can identify as really
crappy is the cup/drink holders. Very