I bought one of these private sale last year. What a great ride!. I had never driven a vehicle that tight before. Lots of power and handles like a monorail. Rear-wheel-drive with traction control was fantastic in the snow; I was really surprised. Unfortunately the one I bought was a little beat. Rust on the bottom of the doors, front end parts kept loosening up ($400 each), needed pads and rotors, and tires, leaked oil, seemed to be burning coolant, window controls shot, antenna broken, sun-roof broken - you name it, it was broken. But it was a fun car to drive. So I traded it in towards a newer 528i.
Handling and feel of the car.
Better fuel economy! But I think BMW has made this improvement on subsequent models.
The lack of cupholders is one of the biggest gripes; I ordered a set on line. This is a smooth, fun, solid little car. My BMW mechanic says in his experience people who get these wagons never want to give them up and I certainly second that. It handles very well, especially on the highway and has superior braking.
I never intended to buy a BMW but thank goodness I did! the 530 is an awesome car, it is comfortable yet still has a sporty feel. The engine response is slightly delayed due to the automatic gear box (it takes half a second longer than a manual shift to kick in) but after that first pause, it flies. I have only owned this car for 3 weeks but it has stolen my heart. I would recommend a '95 BMW 5 series to anyone. P.S. If you are getting a very weak airflow through the dashboard vents, make sure you check the pollen filters (found buried under the dash, you can access them from the driver's foot well on right hand drive models). They clog up with dirt quite quickly and reduce air flow.
What a car! It has room for cargo and
people, great interior appointments,
good gas mileage, great passing power
(thanks to the variable valve timing),
still looks great at 10 years old,
stable at 105mph and still got 28
mpg...only complaint is there's no
place to set your can of soda or cup of
Double sunroof is just plain fun to
watch...but hey...I'm a guy! And the
all "windows up & sunroof close"
feature when you turn the key in the
drivers door to the right and hold it.
Common BMW...this is America and we
drink & drive (I mean the non-alcoholic
stuff) we need REAL cupholders...not
like the chinsy ones in the e38/e39
This car is great it has tons of room
and is most of all safe i gave my car
to my kid who is 16 now and he loves
it as well he can fit all of his bag
book etc in the back it is also cheap
on insurance my carrier considers it a
wagon so it is really cheap. I
recomemded it 10 stars. A++
Gas millage is great on this car
depending on what kind of driving you
do you can get up to 32mpg on this car
dispite what the bmw website says. you
get 25mpg on like city traffic.