I've had my 525i for about a year and a half, and have no regrets about the purchase. This car feels like a "real" car. It feels safe and solid, the 2.5 straight six is adequate, and the car handles well. The 50/50 weight distribution is one reason for this. The build quality is outstanding and the design seems straightforward and no-nonsense. It looks timeless, and as a used vehicle, I think one gets a lot for their money with this car. And besides, since this car is designed to be stable at 130 m.p.h., imagine how stable it feels at 70 m.p.h.! Since I enjoy fixing my own vehicles, I consider parts availability and dealership cooperation important. My local dealer has been obliging!
50/50 front/rear weight distribution, 4 wheel disc antilock brakes, solid feel, general look/design (including dash), heated seats, the car is a good value, nice little extras like the trip computer, "anti-strater-grind" ignition key feature, big trunk, and classic, great handling rear drive layout.
The 2.5 six cylinder could use a bit more torque. The car is reliable,but parts can be expensive when compared with other makes. The hood hits the windshield wiper arms when closed- needs some fiddling to fix). Interior parts are well made, but door panel trim can separtate.
After having this auto for 6 months, I
have no regrets. It is comfortable,
reliable and has enough power to
navigate big city traffic with ease.
The only problem is that it goes around
20.0 MPG and requires premium (93
I am particular to the syphosticated
OBC (on board computer) which
calculates many different aspects of
the auto's preformance as well as
having a nice standard security system.
The 2.5 litre engine can be tuned (by a
mechanic or with a preformance chip) to
produce a tad more power and better gas
This is my 3rd BMW, and although I now
know they start to need some attention
at about 10 years old, the engine if
taken care of will perform forever. The
overall build, quality and performance
of these cars are remarkable and I will
probably always own a BMW.
Engine and handling
Usually BMW automatically makes them
with time. My only suggestion would be
a bigger (deeper) trunk.