1997 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: First model year

1997 BMW 5 Series Sedan - Consumer Review

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First model year
By dan7788 on


1997 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan


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

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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