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99 528i
By czego82 on 01/06/11 08:21 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased the car with 110,000miles and sold it with 200,000. Owned the car for 3 years and during that time other then $30 per oil change every 10k i had to spend $100 on new water pump. THAT IS IT. This car costed me nothing to own. If you are looking for a nice car that requires little to no maintenance - this is a car to get. Very good engine that has no problems, good performance and good MPG (30mpg on highway at 60mph).
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99 528i
By AA on 10/25/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this vehicle used in 07 with 85K. This vehicle was been a joy to own. No major issues at this time just the basic maint. I know it's just a matter of time. Might have to sell soon to avoid costly repair bills.
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Worst car I've ever had
By hovious on 06/17/10 17:53 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan

Review

Drives great when its not being repaired which is every other week, I'll take a Honda with all upgrades over an over priced over rated BMW. Sell before warranty expires or be ready to empty your wallet.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE
By alan robinson on 02/27/10 16:08 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan

Review

Acquired 5 years ago - this is a sport car sedan. Driven properly it has no serious maintenance issues. It does run through tires every 25,000 miles. Avoid around town driving - best if driven on interstates at 70 mph minimum 30 minutes. Basically, I drive it 1-2 days per week for pleasure. An extremely powerful vehicle that clings to the road. It is the ultimate driving machine.
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A Costly Mistake
By Markscars16 on 02/12/10 18:20 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan

Review

When I first purchased this car it looked great as far as paint, along with fit and finish. It also rode well but needed more power. But from 2004 which is when I purchased the car with about 42,000 miles on it from a one owner until now with 100000 miles on it, I have spent over $6500 dollars on brakes, power steering leaks, power window motors, head and tail lamp shorts, transmission problems, and other engine and electrical issues! These cars are over priced, over rated and you will pay bigtime after the 4 year new car warranty is gone! This car is a NO! NO! The Germans need to wake up as the Americans are doing now!
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High milage 528I
By K.L.Denham on 01/30/10 12:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan

Review

We bought this car in 2004 for it's styling and performance. It's the wife's primary driver and she puts on a lot of miles. All was well until about 120K. Both rear window regulators have been replaced, $160 ea. The water pump went out. The alternator went out and we replaced with a low mile used one for half the $260 for a new one. Three weeks after the alternator the radiator sprung a leak, $550 to have it replaced. Added with the expensive oil changes $60-$70 and the sport suspension that wears the inside of tire out in 25,000 miles if not constantly rotated and lack of good certified BMW mechanics outside of big city areas, you might think twice about a higher mileage beemer.
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It really is the Ultimate Driving Machine
By Tim in Charlotte, NC on 10/03/09 14:53 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan

Review

I have loved it since day 1. Now has 203,000 miles and still love it. Love taking it to the mountains and pushing it to its limits. Very comfortable and easy to drive. With newer tires it rides like a dream. Only have had three issues...rear wheel sensor--$1,000 in 2005. In 2007 AC went and the repair bill was $2,500....ABS Module went...cost is going to $1,000-1,500....unfortunately repair/maintenance is starting to cost too much. Did well for several years...guess mileage is starting to show. Think I have reached my return on my investment.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Best car in the world
By Al on 09/18/09 18:49 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan

Review

Have this car for two years, bought it used. Drove to Nova Scotia from New York this year and had a great drive all the way. Incredible handling, great comfort, powerful as all get out! Am 78 years old and have had them all--MB's, Lexus rx, 330S etc. Nothing compares to this car which makes you regret it when you exit the car--you want to drive on!
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Bargain sports car
By mtnwheat on 04/14/09 12:58 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan

Review

What an excellent sports sedan! The looks are timeless and the performance is outstanding. It will put a grin on your face and up to four others in the car with you. Silky smooth V8 with the 6sp manual is a great combination in this size car. A premium car that anyone can afford. Glad I finally got one.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Phenom - Best Car I've Had
By dogsbrekky on 04/10/09 15:33 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan

Review

I have driven every car under the sun except for maybe the Bugatti's and McLaren Merc. This is a total favorite. I owned a 1995 version which had some electrical and suspension problems. This 1999 version is a beast with refinement and awesome handling. I grew up with a test engineer father and we absolutely thrash our cars. This 540i holds up better than any vehicle I have tried to thrash. I have owned Australian racing Toranas, several Subarus, a few BMW (540i, 3 series) and a Lotus Espirit (twin turbo). Overall this is the best machine I have had the pleasure to own or drive and it's handling is 2nd to none in the luxury car stakes.
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