Totally babied my 528 with best oil every 5k and easy frwy driving..Thought it would go at least 300k like my old 735 that's still running good , but at 180k [not alot these days] engine needs bottom end rebuilt, [full rebuild]..Very dissapointed..Should have lasted alot longer!
The car is so much fun to drive. The
pick up is great even though it needs
major repair. I can hit 100mi before I
know it and it looks cute too. I
bought the car with high miles
thinking it's a BWM, it can go for
miles. But the repair problems are
mounting. From water pumps, brakes,
suspenion, thermostat and theromstat
housing, the list goes on. The trunk
release motor is shot and don't get me
started on those cheap A$$ cup
holders. It's no longer cost effective
to be able to drive this BWM. It's
Heated seats and steering wheel!! The
Initially, I wanted to purchase a 7
series, but discovered that I could get
the same V-8 in a 540. Plus! Why pay a
few extra thousand dollars to have leg
room for people to sit in the back who
are not paying your car note!
The 1997-2001 5 series look basically
the same, so I used the worst house in
the best neighborhood theory and
purchased a 1997 in mid-Jan 2004 with
only 52K miles on it.
At the 61K mark, the cooling system
died and I got that and all belts
replaced at an independent BMW shop.
I saved some pennies and went from
riding a bike to getting this BMW!
2. Gas milage
3. Limited exterior design changes
Cup holders...of course!
Master A/C control on steering wheel.
More easily removable flashlight in
Great highway cruiser, quiet, firm,
comfortable - feels like its part of
the highway. Fun to drive and looks
great- an almost perfectly executed
car, but has needed over $12,000 in
repairs since new.
Handling, design, everything clicks and
moves so smoothly. Lots of check engine
lights to keep you entertained -
learning all the mechanic's by first
I bought it knowing that the
reliability was poor. I thought that
since I only drive 6,000 miles a year
that it would be okay. WRONG! By far
the most unreliable and expensive car
to maintain that I have ever had. I
want my Camry back. Were the cupholders