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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon

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535xi 3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Manual - (10 reviews )
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UBER WAGON
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By AM
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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Got rid of XC90 for this wagon. I-drive is simple, can set buttons on wheel for fast control. hands free is excellent, much better than my wife's '10 MDX. Comfort seats are unbelievable - makes the purchase. I am now a cornering demon and still get better mileage then my XC90 or the MDX even though they are driven more conservative. The car is also the quietest I've ever owned. My brake pads started squealing and I did not hear until I opened the windows. Plenty of room for 4 adults and a big dog. The cargo cover also has a pet partition built in. Ride quality is superb and unexpected for such a capable sport machine. Price if too high so buy used.


Favorite Features

comfort seats, blue tooth, twin-turbo smile, cargo space, pet partition in trunk cover


Suggested Improvements

navigation needs more features on point of interest and descriptions. Glass needs light tinting. Brake pads produce too much dust. Wheels need cleaning every few days. Build in rear seat recline like the X5. Reduce price to at least X5 level. Offer a diesel.


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Wait a second - it's a wagon
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By goodmaj
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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

You won't believe you're driving a wagon. It drives just as well as the sedan. Sport seats are completely the way to go, very, very comfortable for long trips. Performance is great, next thing you know you're driving 80. Perhaps too many commands/too much functionality in iDrive, I would probably prefer a bit of a mix though in 2008 this got better - Audi MMI is probably better. But, that said, if you're familiar with computers, even at a basic level, you'll be just fine. Tight steering, decent suspension. Neat wagon-y features in the back too such as cubbys for groceries.


Favorite Features

Engine. Road and steering feel. Car feels completely and perfectly balanced. Nice meaty steering wheel (sport package). Seats are incredible. Sunroof.


Suggested Improvements

BMW already fixed it for 2009 - put buttons to quickly go to iDrive functions next to the wheel.


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535XI Wagon w/Dinan Stage II
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By njtriguy
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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Stuck with the basics (sport Package, upgraded stereo, premium package), did not get run flats - and am VERY happy with the car. Have had no mechanical issues. Added Dinan Stage II upgrade and the car is scary fast while still getting 25+mpg on the highway. I love the exclusivity (under 900 2009's sold) and the ability to fly under the radar and behind large SUVs on the highway. Now that the 2011 wagon will not be brought into the US, I am glad to be "stuck" with this beautiful car for many more years.


Favorite Features

Sporty handling, smoothness of ride, power delivery of Dinan upgrade, blowing the doors off most cars on the road.


Suggested Improvements

Lower cost - but hey, there really is no equal to this wagon out there.


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Long time Mac user loves iDrive
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By ebenson
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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Not sure what all the gripping is about the 5-Series (circa 2008) iDrive. With NAV, very easy to use while driving. As easy as a Mac to learn and use! Some issues with comfort access misfires and turbo lag at lower speeds.


Favorite Features

Wagon looks great inside and out though needs a 15% tint on windows. Build quality is amazing -- like new after 2 years and 36k miles. Front seat roomy enough for a 6'8" driver. Dealership in Seattle is one of the best. Top notch performance for a family car. Well done BMW!


Suggested Improvements

Faster lifting automatic wagon liftgate. Delete sunroof option (for tall drivers). Needs work on turbo lag. Blue Tooth gets confused with multiple wireless devices. Needs 3G to Wi-Fi in the car for passengers iPhones and netbooks.


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Simply a Pleasure
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By NY, NY
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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

The car is fantastic. Looked/test drove numerous luxury SUVs and crossovers - none compare. The car is incredible to drive never reminded you are driving a WAGON. Have all avail packages and most options aside from heads up display and performance tires. Comfort seats are unbeatable for long drives. Find the interior space is perfect. front and rear seats are very comfortable and incredibly supportive, and storage space is plentiful. Finally, have to say my wife and I found the iDrive to be far easier to master than expected having read the poor reviews. X-drive is great especially in snow in rain conditions. Have had some silly QC issues that should not take place in a car of this caliber,


Favorite Features

Handling/road manners - superb. Very comfortable ride doesn't interfere with road feedback, all wheel drive, panoramic sunroof, POWER-the torque is awesome, included maintenance that covers EVERYTHING.


Suggested Improvements

Navigation route update is slow, some silly quality control issues, Logic-7 sound system while nice could be better. Seat bolsters don't inflate/deflate automatically when cornering as in sedan - why is that???


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