2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Road Trip Complaints

July 05, 2011


After a Canada Day weekend road trip to Las Vegas, I have the following complaints about our long-term BMW 528i ...

That is it. I have none. No complaints about its abilities on the highway, which is in stark contrast to how it drives me up the flippin' wall everywhere else. The 800-way power seats are superb. The ride is excellent. The damned annoying throttle isn't damned annoying. I get along with current-gen iDrive. Power is plentiful and I actually got 30.8 mpg averaging about 77 mph on the up-and-down hilly LA-Vegas route on I-15. That's pretty damned good for an engine about to be replaced by something even thriftier.

So as an Autobahn cruiser, the BMW 5 Series does its job exceptionally well. However, the old car did as well and it didn't drive me up the flippin' wall.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 14,148 miles

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