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2008 BMW 5 Series

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Great When Everything Works - Over Designed
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By timbo52
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2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Very safe. Sport mode is awesome. No hesitation on demand for power. Smooth.... 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.


Suggested Improvements

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.


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Poor reliability and dealer experience
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By hooch999
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2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Exterior look with M-sport package


Suggested Improvements

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.


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A Great Car-Almost
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By gruderian
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2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)


Review

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.


Favorite Features

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.


Suggested Improvements

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. Increase 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.


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5 SERIES DEATH TRAP SEE NHTSA.GOV!
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By avpgsp2
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2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

I was not aware there were SO many engine issues with these models. While accelerating into high speed traffic, my vehicle stopped suddenly. The engine stalled. Power steering quit. Car was rendered useless. I barely made it off the road when my car finally came to rest. After doing research into safecar.gov I've found that this is an unfortunate problem that BMW will not officially recall, it seems as if it's because they can't offer a permanent fix for the issue. I'm reading that dealerships keep bandaging up major engine failure because BMW NA is not giving them further help regarding this particular engine. Praying that no one must die for the gov't to intervene & for BMW to fix this!


Favorite Features

Interior is divine.


Suggested Improvements

Replace the engine ENTIRELY. Save lives.


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Love my 528i so far..
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By kalicat
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2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

After reading all of the reviews, I opted for the 528i instead of the 535i. Bought certified pre-owned (not impressed - had a couple of issues that should have been caught by this supposed 180 point inspection) The car is a blast to drive, luxury and performance at a reasonable price- at least for the pre-owned. I look forward to every drive! I wanted a bigger car for safety and cause I have a young child - but with this car you dont have to compromise style and performace for a practical family sedan. Love the 30 mph on road trips too.


Favorite Features

The DRIVE! Get the sports package - the car handles better and looks much sportier (sits lower, better rims/tires)


Suggested Improvements

CPO dealers need to keep up the quality standards people expect when buying these cars.


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