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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon - Consumer Reviews

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535xi 3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Manual - (11 reviews )
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CPO Purchase 'Paid off'.
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By Mirquat
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2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Many visits to the dealership, all while under warranty. Repairs were done under both the original mfg warranty and the CPO warranty. Thankfully, since the warranty expired, there has been only one visit to the dealer in the past 2 yrs, approx 25K miles. All struts were replaced at 75K, and well worth maintaining a new car ride. They weren't broken, just a bit worn. I find the combination of sport car performance and storage utility makes this car exceed any SUV on the road today. Unfortunately, import of the 5 series wagon ended, I believe, in 2010. Recently, I test drove the X5 as a replacement, but didn't find a discernible difference in ride, mpg, comfort or handling. Sooner or later........


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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)


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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)


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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)


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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)


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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.


Best 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!


Worst Features

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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