Uber Wagon 18 Months Later
By Ian T on
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
2nd Review. Everything I wrote in 6/08 same except for one recurring power delivery problem. The car has small power interruptions at intermittent intervals. Very annoying but not disabling. Only set a "code" once. 3 trips to dealer to fix plus 1 with a factory engineer in attendance. Never fixed. Destroyed driving experience. Finger pointing between BMW and Dinan. Removed Dinan software but problem remained. 6SM no longer notchy. No other problems but this one caused me to Lemon Law. BMW made a deal for new 2010 w/me instead. My 535i sedan 6sm to be delivered soon. Fingers crossed. The wagon is still beautiful inside and out. It is a piece of art but this aggravation isn't worth it.
Smooth, powerful turbo motor, unflappable awd in wet, 6sm shifter and clutch work like butter, beautiful interior. Lots of room compared to 3 series esp rear seat. Heated seats and steering wheel.
Get Apple to totally re-do iDrive. Get Garmin to re- do Nav. Storage cubbies way over designed- simplify. You shouldn't need to read the manual to store items in back. Fire engineers that designed all. Standard seats should be more supportive. Get hints from Honda on Human factors engineering.