Bought a new 528i, and had it for 2 years and drove only 8K miles. The bad: the pressure pump light came on initially (a relatively common issue addressed by several other BMW reviewers). This was promptly fixed by the dealership without any charge. The good: everything else! One of the best, if not the best, car I've ever driven. Great handling!!! Definitely unique! Seats are awesome! Stereo very good! 21 mpg (85% city- 15% hwy). Extremely quiet cabin, etc. In summary, it gives you that rich person car drive felling. Then I traded it in, as I got a great deal on a Volvo XC60, which is also great. If BMW were overall more reliable, the competition would really suffer.
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
I have had this car for about 1 year now. I bought this as a CPO it had about 30,000 miles on it. Considering all the comparative models (Audi, Merc)I found this to be the most fun car to drive. I also liked the interior better then others (yes even better then 08 A6) I think it is more of personal preference, the interior is clean, high quality and purposeful. Built quality is great, offcourse drives awesome. Not much to complain about this car. Prob would buy a 5 series after this one (although am not so sure of the new model, the Bmw seems to have gotten soft on their design and the new 2011 one is more like a Merc, cant say much about drive though as have not driven it)
twin turbo engine ( the thing I noticed about different 300 HP cars from other auto makers is the way it is utilized (if that make any sense) An other way to describe it would be hmm the way the power is transmitted to the road, no body does it better then BMW.
CUP HOLDERS (what in the world were you thinking in Germany)
Better stock tires (mine are Goodyear's RS-A came with the car) these are the worst tires you can find on a sports sedan. Most BMW's come with continental's which believe me are much better. My Goodyear's are actually dangerous (not just bad but actually dangerous) on wet surfaces, provide decent traction on dry surface though.
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Exhilerating and fun when everything works! Love to drive my 2008 535i with Sport package- when it is not in the shop. Lots of power and totally responsive. Many problems which has been worked on under the factory warranty.1) entire head lamp module (less than 1 wk after delivery), 2)fuel pump, 3)fuel injectors, 4)car suddenly went into limp (lower power) mode when entering hwy- no solution yet from BMW(fortunately I was not in heavy traffic), 5)new gear shift handle, 6) iDrive goes crazy-dead
black screen. Hopefully, nothing else shows up. I love the way the car handles but the trips to the service department has become too aggravating! Selling before warranty ends!Bitter/sweet experience.
Sport mode is awesome.
No hesitation on demand for power.
It loves the curves. Fun to drive! Nice and roomy. Feels like it was born to run... Fast.
Be careful and use the audible speed alarm so you won't get tickets.
But it also has a quiet elegance. Well behaved in a mature way.
The BMW driveabiltiy will be the benchmark for my next car but I will put "RELIABILITY"high on my list.
A more intuitive navigation system. Upgrade time is very very slow. Even my low end TomTom is easier to use. Need complete redesign of the iDrive. Redesign the iDrive system to make it more user friendly. Too many buttons to push to get you where you want to go.
Very distracting when compared to other car manufacturers.
You need an a passenger to work the IDrive for the driver.
Should have fold down rear seats. IMPROVE THE RELIABILITY!!!! No machine is perfect, but this car cost too much for such poor reliability issues.
You buy the car to drive.... but not to drive it to the shop so frequently. Scale back on the over-engineering and complexity.
I guess my expectations were set too high - dealer sold me this CPO car with a bent wheel, no floor mats and various missing bolts and accessories (as discovered later).
Overall car handles quite well, but does not shine in any area:
braking is good, but touchy and not progressive
acceleration is good but vibrations coming form V8 are way too much for a luxury car, plus there's not much torque below 2000 rpm.
Leather on seats wears off way too quick, sport seats are not super comfortable, front leg room is surprisingly small
In less than 1 year I had to visit dealer for repairs 6 times! And car still has issues with leaking wiper system, shuddering on idle and jerky transmission.
Exterior look with M-sport package
Better reliability overall, better ergonomics, better quality leather in seats.
BMW needs a huge effort to be on par with Japanese cars i terms of reliability, service and electronics.
Great all around highway cruiser.
Curves do not exist at practically any speed.
Brakes are first class in every respect.
Gas mileage averages around 12.5, all city driving; 15.5 combined; and 22.7 highway at any speed below 100 mph ( I know what you are thinking but that is how it works out ).
Easy to live with and drive under any conditions.
Front seats are very comfortable on long drives.
Rough ride over road imperfestions.
Extremely large and useful trunk.
Not a single problem of any kind for the three years I had it.
Some repetetive adjustments on the I drive are ridiculous.
Heater will not warm your feet no matter how you adjust it. Throttle control is managed by computer.
Driving performance from outstanding engine and transmission.
Cornering and breaking.
Front seat comfort.
Large and useful trunk.
Total realibility for three years.
Beautiful sound from stero system.
Rear tail light disign, especially at night.
Service I received after purchase from Beverly Hills BMW.
Seat heaters are beyond great on cold days.
Close proximity warning system worked flawlessly.
High speed ride ( From 80 mph to 140 ) is about as good as you could ask for in a car you can drive with reasonable comfort around the city.
Excellent tires (Continentals) under all conditions.
Low road noise at high speed.
Tire to road connection transmitted through steering wheel.
Improve ride over rough road surfaces, particularly at low speeds.
Change heater design so it will actually warm feet and so the temperature does not have to be set at the thermostats and at the I drive.
the gas mileage.
Get rid of those soft metal wheels that distort so very easily.
Coordinate the gas pedal input and the computer response so the time lapse between them is not felt as a decision making process.
Put a multple disc player in.
You need something useful like an oil temperature guage in place of that silly gas mileage indicator in the dash board.
Design a more modern looking instrument cluster with the speedometer in the center and the techometer inside it.