2006 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Big bucks German bad transmiss

2006 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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525i Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Big bucks German bad transmission cheap parts
By wilczewm on


2006 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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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