2008 BMW 5 Series 3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 6-speed Manual Consumer Review - 5 series trumps 3
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By hdrag3 on

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2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

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We bought an arctic white with tan int. 535i and after only 900 miles we have to say we enjoy this vehicle immensely. The 300hp turbo engine is great although the gas mileage of 12 we get in the city doesn't even come close to the window sticker promise of 17. All other reviews are accurate with the cupholders and weirdness of iDrive. It's not that the iDrive is hard to use, but when coupled with nav, and having to scroll and type, it can get tiresome. But other features, such as a/c controls, and awesome bluetooth -- they just changed the laws here in CA, and it's already saved me a few tickets -- it's really leaps and bounds above the 04 325ci BMW we traded for this one.

Favorite Features

The seats with sport package are the most comfortable in any car I have ever owned (2 Audis, 3 Mercedes, Saab, Volvo, VW) hands down. The beauty of the exterior, with those gorgeous LED rears lights and helpful side entry ones. The superior fit and finish of all parts (except cupholders). The engine.

Suggested Improvements

Too many options to choose from and most dealers don't have the combo you want. BMW should simplify their packages and offerings. Make nav 100% voice op or touchscreen like the Acura mdx. Make nav display bigger and like Mercedes, have simple directions also show in center console when driving.
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