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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Disappointment city
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By nomore528s
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8A)


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I have had two 528 sedans in my life.
The first was a 2000, and the second was a 2011.
I picked both of them up at the facility in SC and drove both them to CA
Lotsa' fun was had both times.
The 2000 over the
time I owned it was great... not a lick of trouble.
The 2011 was more disappointing than my first wife.
The first issue was those useless tires, one of which failed 3000 miles from home causing me to have to spend three nights in a hotel while a dealer ordered a replacement.
Unacceptable!
The next issue was the computer telling the power steering to stop working.
Another
computer glitch finished me.
I traded for a 2011 Crown Vic.
I'm much happier.
Hitler was Bavarian too.


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The End of a Beautiful Relationship
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By nashvegasbmw
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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I have owned at least one BMW since 1974, when I bought my first - a 2002tii sedan.
A 528, 530, a 330i, and a 325xi later.
I considered myself a devotee.
This 535xi wagon is the single-most unreliable car of any make that I have ever owned (and I've owned Jaguars and MG's).
The drive-by-wire-electronically-controlled everything just doesn't work.
Furthermore, the word is out on this defective car line and the resale value has PLUMMETED.
And, unlike the old days, BMW Customer Service could care less.
I will never buy another.
I feel like a scorned lover.


Best Features

The 3.0 twin turbo, and the automatic transmission in this car may be the best I have ever driven - when it's not in the shop. Brakes are STUNNING in their competence. If they were controlled by something even close to mechanical linkage or input they would probably be a part of my favorite automobile. Unfortunately, they are not.


Worst Features

Putting aside the awful styling of the new cars, BMW should return to what they do best, mechanical devices. Get rid of all the video-game electronics, the numb-nuts steering the I-Drive system (it's simpler to run my business than it is to turn the damned heater on in this car), and be willing to fix a car when it is problematic. Sad thing is, the "new" BMW doesn't really care if I never buy another one of their cars. They are obviously courting a new kind of buyer more interested in status than what made a once-great marque.


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2011 528 lag machine
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By jkmj9999
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8A)


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it sucks !!
don't buy it .. maybe for your grand parents ..
step on the gas.. either lags or burst into speed (sport mode) from time to time.


Worst Features

put a 2007 650i engine in it !!!!


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Lots of Smiles - Update
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By chasman9
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Just turned 40,000 miles.
After reading other reviews, I'm surprised.
Not a fan of Run Flats, but the rears went 30,000 miles and I just changed the fronts, yep - 40,000 miles.
Also, I have not had the car in for anything other than an Oil Change.
The car has had zero defects.
Still looks and handles like new and is a blast to drive (6spd Manual).
If a single thing bugs me it is the phone book.
Lets say you pull up a name and dial the house and there is no answer.
If you want to dial the same person, only the cell, you have to start from scratch imputting the name etc.. Wish the back button worked just to take you to the other numbers for this same person.


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Please read this if you are even considering buying a 535
21 of 28 people found this review helpful
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By geomed
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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This is our 7th BMW over a 28 year time span.
It is our LAST BMW.
The car shifts very poorly from a rolling stop and just poorly from a dead stop. When I contacted BMW of NA they were very defensive and did NOTHING.
This car was over $ 60,000.00 and should shift without hesitation. Let the Buyer Beware this is a car I would not buy again and it is the last car I will buy from BMW.


Worst Features

A redesigned transmission.


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