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1st time BMW owner-bad experience
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By Jeniffer
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2006 BMW 5 Series 530xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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My husband bought this car for my 40th birthday, this was a bad gift. I've had my car in the shop 23 times, multiple times for brakes and wheels/tires. The car has been in the shop 5 times in the last two and half months. I will never buy another BMW. I want to be able to get in my car and drive without wondering if my caliper will fall off.


Best Features

Performance when not in the shop


Worst Features

Improve tire sensors to tell you which tire is flat or low. Brakes sqeak too much.


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Loving It
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By Phil
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2006 BMW 5 Series 550i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6M)


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Great car! Powerful, fast and fun, yet refined. I can sum up driving this car in one word: confidence! This is a car for persons who love to drive and to feel the car interact with the road (as opposed to being shielded from it). The iDrive is fine (even helpful) once you get the hang of it. Try it, you'll like it.


Best Features

Blowing away "sports cars" and the look of the other driver's face after you do it. This baby rocks!


Worst Features

The iDrive is too complcated-- there must be an easier way. Cup holders are bad! No sunglass holder! Comfort Access feature should be standard.


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A Car for the Enthusiast!
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By Cosmo
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2006 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Some people purchase cars strictly to get from point A to point B, I am not one of those people. I have always been a car enthusiast, and the 1st time I drove a BMW, I got a rush similar to the moto-cross racing days of my youth. What a machine! The sweet sound of a BMW in-line six approaching the red line is unmatched by any other manufacturer. I test drove Lexus, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, all fine cars, but they just don't have the BMW "tight" feel as you carve through corners and rip down the highway.These cars feel solid and planted to the road. The iDrive system is a breeze to use, no complaints. I did put two 10 inch subs in the trunk to boost the bass, and all is well!!


Best Features

Handling, seats, clean looking uncluttered dash, exterior styling, sweet sounding engine through the revs, bluetooth, voicecommand, heated steering wheel and seats.


Worst Features

I guess I could suggest slightly larger outside mirrors.


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Absolutely Perfect!
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By femmedrive
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2006 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Love this car more than any other. Purchased sports package, winter package and upgraded further to 19" special order BMW rims w/new michelins (handles even better than with stock), had dealer tint windows (hot in NC during summer). Handling is perfect. Also negotiated for iPod hook up which is now a necessity. iDrive & bluetooth easy to use if you spend a few minutes with it. Less buttons on dash is good - hate a cluttered console. Haven't had a single problem with anything. This car is absolutely gorgeous. I can't count the number of compliments I get on it and mostly from men who are surprised it's driven by a woman :-)


Best Features

iPod hook up, heated seats, handling, bluetooth, overall aesthetic, drivability, comfort on long trips, adjustable seats for more the more petite, room in back seat.


Worst Features

none


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By Oscarcat
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2006 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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The 530i is the most balanced of the 5 series meaning good performance & the ability to get good fuel economy. Sports suspension is a case where less is more. These cars already handle well, sports suspension makes the ride stiff. Bolsters on the sports seats makes entry and exit more difficult. (Sports suspension is distinguished by the black trim above the windows, 7 spoke wheels and contoured frt seat bolsters.) Early pdn '06 530s had traditional key start; later models had push button start/stop. IDrive: basic music and HVAC functions can be handled by dash controls; complex functions by iDrive. IDrive may not be good for occasional drivers who could be distracted by it. Fun car!


Best Features

Fit & finish; driving enjoyment; safety features; ride quality & comfort w/standard suspension; hugh trunk; good rear seat space; good fuel economy


Worst Features

The iDrive can be distracting, cup holder placement for driver sub-par, outside mirrors a bit on the small side.


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