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My favorite car...ever.
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By cork
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

The only thing I can identify as really crappy is the cup/drink holders. Very poorly engineered.


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Great Car
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By Excell
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan


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I purchased this car used in 1/2000 with 44,000 miles. Now have 119,000 and it has been a great car and given great service. I have never driven a car that is more fun to drive.


Best Features

Favorite feature has to be the performance. The 540I has tremendous power and acceleration. A smooth shifting transmission and great sound system are also among my favorite features.


Worst Features

The cupholders stink. Only one of the 4 currently in the car are operational. Also, the plastic inlet on the radiator gave way after the warranty had expired. After complaining, my local dealer made the repairs.


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So far so good
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By gbucey
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


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I bought the car a little over six months ago with almost 107,000 on it and it now has 113,500 miles. The car is fun to drive, very reliable and very comfortable. A lot of power for a six cylinder and very smooth ride. I've had no problems with it whatsoever thus far.


Best Features

Interior is very comfortable and luxurious, great sound system, great power and ride with good gas mileage.


Worst Features

Cupholders are a joke. I had to buy aftermarket cupholders that are functional.


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wolf in sheeps clothing
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By Tyson
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan


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What a treat it is to peek over your shoulder as you leave it in a parking lot. But this pales in comparison to the effortless excelerating that awaits your return. The engine and transmission co-operate beautifully. The auto-tranny seems to downshift at just the right momment, never leaving you in search of power. Steering is predictable and responds as only a rear drive car can. If you're still wanting more, try overriding the stability-control. Now the 540, already responsive, really perks up ( be cautious in wet conditions). Comfort is splended as long as you're sitting up front. Rear seats are comfortable, but at 6'1" it's a litttle cramped.


Best Features

PERFORMANCE. She's comes alive between 40-120mph, giving you all the confidence in the world. Classy, and understated for what it is capable of. Heated seats & stearing wheel on cold mornings. Very driver friendly.


Worst Features

Larger alloys are a must. Electrical system does not inspire confidence. Bumbers and side-skirts lack aggression. CUP HOLDERS? Must be german humor.


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By GoCubsGo
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


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Excellent car to drive.


Best Features

huge trunk, sound system is very nice. seats are so comfy


Worst Features

XM radio ! Profile 200 roof rack for bikes, cargo box ect


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