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By dan7788
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

97 is the first model year of the 528i
(build starts 96). I think many 97 528
owners, many of the them have the same
problems. The rear power window
regulator breaks. Water pump would go
at about 70k mi. power seat have
problems, so is the airbag warning
sensor. interior starts making noise
after awhile. The alarm sensor for the
trunk might have problem. BMW issued
notice for dealer to fix a lot of these
problems. Early model don't have manual
shift mode. The brakes are really good
but don't last long. The engine only
makes 190hp, it runs slower than my old
C280.


Best Features

nice optional leather. nice wood touch. long oil change period.


Worst Features

Bigger trunk. better cup holder! Bigger standard wheel (w/o sport package, only 15 inch). 12 speaker sound system sucks.


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My favorite car...ever.
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By cork
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

Your best bet is to buy a used one with
higher mileage. I bought my 1997 in
2002 with 100K on it. I've put on
20,000 trouble-free miles. It had a
sticker of close to $50,000 and I
bought it for $18K. The car spins like
a top. High quality fit and finish,
comfy, and fun to drive.


Best Features

The best thing about the car is DRIVING IT. It fits my whole family but when you wind it up n the highway it sounds like an exotic, and it handles great for a car of it's size and weight.


Worst Features

The only thing I can identify as really crappy is the cup/drink holders. Very poorly engineered.


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Great Car
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By Excell
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan


Review

I purchased this car used in 1/2000
with 44,000 miles. Now have 119,000
and it has been a great car and given
great service. I have never driven a
car that is more fun to drive.


Best Features

Favorite feature has to be the performance. The 540I has tremendous power and acceleration. A smooth shifting transmission and great sound system are also among my favorite features.


Worst Features

The cupholders stink. Only one of the 4 currently in the car are operational. Also, the plastic inlet on the radiator gave way after the warranty had expired. After complaining, my local dealer made the repairs.


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So far so good
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By gbucey
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought the car a little over six
months ago with almost 107,000 on it
and it now has 113,500 miles. The car
is fun to drive, very reliable and very
comfortable. A lot of power for a six
cylinder and very smooth ride. I've
had no problems with it whatsoever thus
far.


Best Features

Interior is very comfortable and luxurious, great sound system, great power and ride with good gas mileage.


Worst Features

Cupholders are a joke. I had to buy aftermarket cupholders that are functional.


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wolf in sheeps clothing
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By Tyson
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1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i 4dr Sedan


Review

What a treat it is to peek over your
shoulder as you leave it in a parking
lot. But this pales in comparison to
the effortless excelerating that awaits
your return. The engine and
transmission co-operate beautifully.
The auto-tranny seems to downshift at
just the right momment, never leaving
you in search of power. Steering is
predictable and responds as only a rear
drive car can. If you're still wanting
more, try overriding the
stability-control. Now the 540, already
responsive, really perks up ( be
cautious in wet conditions). Comfort is
splended as long as you're sitting up
front. Rear seats are comfortable, but
at 6'1" it's a litttle cramped.


Best Features

PERFORMANCE. She's comes alive between 40-120mph, giving you all the confidence in the world. Classy, and understated for what it is capable of. Heated seats & stearing wheel on cold mornings. Very driver friendly.


Worst Features

Larger alloys are a must. Electrical system does not inspire confidence. Bumbers and side-skirts lack aggression. CUP HOLDERS? Must be german humor.


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