By longrun on
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
In all the recent reviews of this model,I do not see the most exasperating quality of it's day to day performance. I refer to the battery drain when parked.The first winter I used the car,I did not start it for about 3 weeks since I do not drive on salted roads. The display had suffered a 'reset' which happens when the battery voltage gets too low. I received a statement from BMW that the car must be driven at least 40-50 miles daily to avoid this reset happening.I am retired and use the car mainly for shorter distances-less than 50 miles.As a result I have to connect a 'sustaining' charger every 2 or 3 days to keep the volts up. Annoying and apparently still needed on the 2011's!
Clever shift action-digital along with the wipers and indicators. Excellent performance with no turbo lag.
Fix the battery problem,reduce the drain when parked or use a separate battery for sustaining the computer power supply.