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530xi review
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By Deke
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

This car is the best performing automobile that I've ever owned. With that being said, it is the worst car ergonomically that I've ever seen. The iDrive system is a total disaster. Just trying to change the heat/AC is actually dangerous when driving because you must use the isDrive to do it! Almost all setting on this car must be changed through the iDrive which is very finicky.


Favorite Features

Heated steering wheel and lane change signal indicaters are great.


Suggested Improvements

Trash the iDrive all together


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Loving It
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By Phil
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)


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Great car! Powerful, fast and fun, yet refined. I can sum up driving this car in one word: confidence! This is a car for persons who love to drive and to feel the car interact with the road (as opposed to being shielded from it). The iDrive is fine (even helpful) once you get the hang of it. Try it, you'll like it.


Favorite Features

Blowing away "sports cars" and the look of the other driver's face after you do it. This baby rocks!


Suggested Improvements

The iDrive is too complcated-- there must be an easier way. Cup holders are bad! No sunglass holder! Comfort Access feature should be standard.


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A Car for the Enthusiast!
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By Cosmo
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Some people purchase cars strictly to get from point A to point B, I am not one of those people. I have always been a car enthusiast, and the 1st time I drove a BMW, I got a rush similar to the moto-cross racing days of my youth. What a machine! The sweet sound of a BMW in-line six approaching the red line is unmatched by any other manufacturer. I test drove Lexus, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, all fine cars, but they just don't have the BMW "tight" feel as you carve through corners and rip down the highway.These cars feel solid and planted to the road. The iDrive system is a breeze to use, no complaints. I did put two 10 inch subs in the trunk to boost the bass, and all is well!!


Favorite Features

Handling, seats, clean looking uncluttered dash, exterior styling, sweet sounding engine through the revs, bluetooth, voicecommand, heated steering wheel and seats.


Suggested Improvements

I guess I could suggest slightly larger outside mirrors.


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Absolutely Perfect!
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By femmedrive
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 525i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Love this car more than any other. Purchased sports package, winter package and upgraded further to 19" special order BMW rims w/new michelins (handles even better than with stock), had dealer tint windows (hot in NC during summer). Handling is perfect. Also negotiated for iPod hook up which is now a necessity. iDrive & bluetooth easy to use if you spend a few minutes with it. Less buttons on dash is good - hate a cluttered console. Haven't had a single problem with anything. This car is absolutely gorgeous. I can't count the number of compliments I get on it and mostly from men who are surprised it's driven by a woman :-)


Favorite Features

iPod hook up, heated seats, handling, bluetooth, overall aesthetic, drivability, comfort on long trips, adjustable seats for more the more petite, room in back seat.


Suggested Improvements

none


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By Oscarcat
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2006 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

The 530i is the most balanced of the 5 series meaning good performance & the ability to get good fuel economy. Sports suspension is a case where less is more. These cars already handle well, sports suspension makes the ride stiff. Bolsters on the sports seats makes entry and exit more difficult. (Sports suspension is distinguished by the black trim above the windows, 7 spoke wheels and contoured frt seat bolsters.) Early pdn '06 530s had traditional key start; later models had push button start/stop. IDrive: basic music and HVAC functions can be handled by dash controls; complex functions by iDrive. IDrive may not be good for occasional drivers who could be distracted by it. Fun car!


Favorite Features

Fit & finish; driving enjoyment; safety features; ride quality & comfort w/standard suspension; hugh trunk; good rear seat space; good fuel economy


Suggested Improvements

The iDrive can be distracting, cup holder placement for driver sub-par, outside mirrors a bit on the small side.


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