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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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Almost as good as it gets.
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By Rodney J
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Vehicle

1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

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).


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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 made.


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Great Car Limted By Electrical Quirks
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By mickt2
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Vehicle

1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

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
days.


Best Features

Near perfect drive/comfort factor. Gorgeous inside and out.


Worst Features

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 cupholders.


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so far so good
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By Georges81
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Vehicle

1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


Best Features

Sound engine, and braking


Worst Features

reliability, steering caliper sound, and front arms.


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Great Car!
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By Brendon
on

Vehicle

1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan


Review

Exellent performance. One of the nicest
sounding engines ever! It goes like a
bat out of hell.


Best Features

Engine, trip computer, 6 speed.


Worst Features

None. Just needs better fuel economy.


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Buy a different car!
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By Diane K-C
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Vehicle

1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

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!


Best Features

Leather heated seats and steering wheel


Worst Features

The can holder in the back seat is plastic and I have replaced it 3 times in 3 years...and it's not cheap!


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