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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Nice Luxury Car (:
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By carguru12
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 525xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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We purchased our 525xi secondhand at a BMW dealership and it was certified used. The interior comfort is great, and road noise is minimal. The only thing I don't like about our 5 Series is the iDrive system. It can't be avoided (option up a standard radio like in the 3 Series), and it has radio presets, but there are no preset buttons (you have to use iDrive to get to them). The car also has an annoying "grab" in the transmission, a software issue. The performance is great. I love this car.


Favorite Features

Comfort, Technology, Performance


Suggested Improvements

Annoying "grab" in transmission, iDrive could use improvements (specifically, the preset buttons aren't there)


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Big bucks German bad transmission cheap parts
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By wilczewm
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 525i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Bought new. Minor problems while under warrantee. Since then, replaced rear wheel bearing at 40K. Transmission slam from second to first like getting hit from behind. BMW engineers created a computer work around for this common problem but will not fix this default and you must pay dealer whether it works or not. Many people being talked into replacing transmission for $5k. Cheap dash components like cup holders and ashtray flimsy, had to replace both two times. For the price paid, quality is severely lacking. Would not recommend buying a used one. Local dealer repair shop is horrible. Had vehicle 9 days on two occasions without fixing. BMW regional tech changed battery 2hrs.


Favorite Features

Fanstatic breaking. It stops faster than any car I have ever driven, and it does it without noise or swerving. Milage was about what was stated. Turning xenon headlights really help in night driving.


Suggested Improvements

When company finds a common defect warranting their engineers to program a solution for the transmission problem, they should make it avaliable to owners free, demonstrating their standing behind their vehicle performance. The ZF transmission used in this model is a considerably poor quality part. Local dealer service techs are horrible and only 1 dealer in town. The company should provide alternatives for owners in this position. Some interior components also cheaply made or designed, cup holders and cigarette/power plug the worst.


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Still love it after 3 years of driving...
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By bmwwilly
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 525i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Drove Nissan products for 20 years... CVT transmission is a joke!!! Decided to test drive my 5 and fell in love... yes, service / parts are not cheap, but buy a Kia if you cannot live with it... love it and would buy it again!!!


Favorite Features

Smoth as silk and quiet, yet you feel connected to the road... love traction control and the steering...


Suggested Improvements

Cap holders.... hm... shell I say more???? Idrive... great idea, if you have time to read the manual, I don't....


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still lovin it
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By bmw125
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)


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i've owed this car for five years and im still loving it! It's a great car!


Favorite Features

The solid drive, sharp handling, and the powerful v8


Suggested Improvements

better transmission


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Great car and great value (if purchased used)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By klrsmile
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)


Review

I purchased an '06 with 48k on it - a CPO car with some protection (and maintenance) remaining on the warranty. Sticker was $64k in 2006, and I was fortunate to purchase the car for under $22k from a BMW dealer in Houston. What can I say? The car has amazing performance and handling, with stock 18" rims and Yokahama run flats (odd, since there is a spare). Suspension is a bit stiff for an everyday driver, so says my wife, however, it allows the corners to be straightened out a bit when you get the nerve. Rear leg room is A+ and trunk space is huge. I-drive not too bad once used to it, but could have been made friendlier.


Favorite Features

Favs from both male and female perspective: He: performance (0-60 in about 5 secs), handling, stereo crisp and clean with great highs and bass if that's your thing, trunk space is gracious, style and stance. Keyless entry (fob only needs to be in pocket to unlock and start). She: crash test ratings, rear seat room easily fits 3 adults, seat adjustments insure comfort for any passenger / driver type, interior noise at freeway speeds (very acceptable), value (as depreciated).


Suggested Improvements

Exterior paint seems to be just average in terms of durability, would have expected a little more tolerance, interior cargo space minimal, center console won't hold more than one pair of sunglasses, a few pens and a cell phone, parking sensor delays when taking off (stays active for 15-30 seconds beyond need, disabling all other I-drive functions momentarily).


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