1999 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Good commuter so far

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Good commuter so far
By Eric on


1999 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan


I've always liked this body style- more so than the new 5 series. I found this grey one in fine shape at 88K miles. It handles very nicely and is so sneaky quiet I've got to be careful not to speed too much. I got 29.5 mpg going to Florida over holidays and was so shocked I checked it again for 2 more tanks of gas. Same, over 29 mpg each time. Wow. I've had to replace 2 power steering hoses and oil filter manifold gasket for $800. All else is good so far at 91,000 miles. Car alarm goes off sometimes needlessly which is annoying. I'd like to to disable it. Motor on.

Best Features

Look and ride. Acceleration of the 528 is adequate for me.

Worst Features

A 1999 model with a cartridge oil filter. Come on BMW, I thought that went out 20 yrs ago!! Make it easier for the home mechanic to work on. BMW seems to design it so only the dealer is supposed to work on it. I can't afford that. Real car enthusiasts like to work on their own cars!!
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