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.
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!
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.
Get the sports package - the car handles better and looks much sportier (sits lower, better rims/tires)
CPO dealers need to keep up the quality standards people expect when buying these cars.
this is my first BMW and i absolutely love it. it's very stylish and comfortable. a head turner. the gas milaege is average but overall i love it. my next car will definately be another beemer. i chose the 2008 premium model with idrive and could not be happier. it has all the bells and whistles
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
I bought the 2008 535i certified, including the maint. program to 100K miles 10/08. Outside of the horrendous experience with the lack of honesty and integrity of the BMW dealer, the car is superb. Too bad the certified program still makes one visit a BMW dealership. The car's comfort, ability to handle as well as it's outright performance is just plain fun. I quickly dumped the run-flats on this Sport model and bought high end Michelin UHP tires. The difference is a better ride and performance all the way around. Huge lack of space for change, eyeglasses and little things. Cupholders are poor, but one forgets as this thing gets up and runs.
Comfort seats, Sport package, ENGINE. The way it moves and purrs as one goes down the highway or a windy road ('ya live for those). I enjoy the looks overall quite a bit...not really at first, but it has warmed on me, like a very good woman who is rather plain looking. The resale value is a very good thing and so far, albeit a few minor items and one recall pump (all tco under warranty), this car has been very reliable.
It remain quiet at all times, with no creaks or rattles.
i-Drive is a clever idea that is executed poorly. It is a tolerable, but requires WAY too many steps and contortions to input basic information. Is is needlessly complex, but in the end, after all the inputting and requiring too much attention, it does work. The newer 5's did add better space cubbies up front, so that is good. I drove the new 2011 5-series as my vehicle was in for a warranty issue, and in no way cared for it as much as my own...surprised in a big way...nicer interior, like the looks but the fun factor went on vacation...I am happy and will keep mine.
Overall, a very fun, enjoyable car that makes me grin as I get to drice it each day. Gotta love the German sedans...