By Darrell Johnson on
2006 BMW 5 Series 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)
First BMW. Ex Porsche guy. Surprised at performance and balance - simply excellent. IDrive is nonsense. In and of itself it's not so hard to use, just plain silly. Can't even check oil accurately. Have yet to figure out how to store a radio station. Sat radio, though, is outstanding. Nav system w/ voice activation is almost useless as apparently German written instructions don't decipher into understandable English. The extra $240 for the 2nd year road assist is a waste. Got most options except heads up display & wish I had checked the headlight auto bright control option. Would have been nice to have. No real problems.
Very cool looks. Sat radio is really nice and wouldn't buy it without Sport package. Comfort seats are nice too.
The pictures in the owner's manual don't always jive with the real thing. (Arrow Display in Nav System as example)