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Glad I leased and didn't buy- be careful
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By djl
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2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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This was my first BMW and likely my last. Was initially excited about the ride, performance, and interior (except cup holders) until it stranded me twice. One engine failure at 75 mph! Have been through 3 thermostats, computer reprogramming, and more. Had hoped to buy it initially after lease end, now I'm glad I leased so I can walk away.


Best Features

Ride, exterior, comfort.


Worst Features

Make a reliable vehicle, especially at the high price. Cup holders were meant for a Kia.


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Long time Mac user loves iDrive
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By ebenson
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2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Not sure what all the gripping is about the 5-Series (circa 2008) iDrive. With NAV, very easy to use while driving. As easy as a Mac to learn and use! Some issues with comfort access misfires and turbo lag at lower speeds.


Best Features

Wagon looks great inside and out though needs a 15% tint on windows. Build quality is amazing -- like new after 2 years and 36k miles. Front seat roomy enough for a 6'8" driver. Dealership in Seattle is one of the best. Top notch performance for a family car. Well done BMW!


Worst Features

Faster lifting automatic wagon liftgate. Delete sunroof option (for tall drivers). Needs work on turbo lag. Blue Tooth gets confused with multiple wireless devices. Needs 3G to Wi-Fi in the car for passengers iPhones and netbooks.


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problem after problem
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By matt c
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2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Great to drive and a wonderful car that gets 24 mpg in mixed driving when not broken. After about five months an oil light came on and then noticed a large oil spill at the house. The oil pump had exploded so the dealer took care of it. Then the power steering belt broke and took the AC out with it. Not exaggerating in saying the car went in for at least 10 visits and half were on a flat bed. I really like the car other than the fact I don't know when I am going to be stranded by the car. The Dealer did a shoddy job of fixing the initial problem which turned out to be a leak in some gasket they found after about ten visits. It appears that caused all the other problems.


Best Features

Engine when it works. Gas mileage is great.


Worst Features

Get rid of the turbos if they can't make it reliable. AC is a little lacking for the south.


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Great...when it runs
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By n
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2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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I really liked this car until it left me stranded on the highway. Bought it new 1 year and 3 months ago and put 26000 miles on it. It's consistently had problems with cold starts and then completely died a week ago. I know that the high pressure fuel pumps have been a problem for these cars, but I thought a $60,000 car would at least come with a functioning fuel pump


Best Features

When the engine gets fuel, it's a beast with almost no lag and nice torque throughout


Worst Features

Supply fuel to the engine...it makes for a more enjoyable car


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Still going strong
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By k
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2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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I have driven this car hard for a year and a half and have yet to go through any technical problems with the car. This car is tough as nails. The engine is extremely smooth, and the Sport mode is like attaching rockets to your car when you need it to pass someone on the highway. The trunk is spacious, as is the rear seat, as two 6'2 guys have sat comfortably. The N54 engine (the TT L6) is easily one of the best BMW engines, and has won Engine of the Year awards consistently. Has never been to the shop other than scheduled maintenance, despite being somewhat abused by a young driver with a lead foot for about 14,000 miles. Never had a problem starting in cold weather, and no malfunctions.


Best Features

Quick enough to dust most cars and safely overtake others, yet still tame for someone that doesn't drive "spiritedly" often. For those that want more power, inexpensive tunes are available to easily get 380+whp. Does void warranty, though, a risk one will have to consider.


Worst Features

The high-pressure fuel pump is still an issue with any BMW model with the N54 engine (135, 335, 535, and the x5/6 with the 3.0l engine) but mine has yet to go out.


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