2008 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Great Car, but needs real spor

2008 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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535xi Wagon (3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Great Car, but needs real sport package
By Anon3 on


2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


I "downgraded" from a 2007 X5 4.8i to a fully loaded 2008 535xi wagon to get away from the SUV stigma of poor mpg and pollution. Very happy with this vehicle, except that the wagon's sport pkg does not include sport suspension or wheels. So this car has a little too much lean in corners and the steering is too light. Performance is excellent for a 6 cyl. and the drive train is extremely smooth, almost too smooth and Lexus-like. This 6 cyl wagon costs as much as a well equipped 8 cyl X5. The vehicle is top notch in nearly every aspect but I have to question what makes it worth almost $70k. Without the sport suspension, it doesn't have the BMW performance edge that justifies the price premium.

Best Features

All wheel drive, extremely smooth drive train, multi-contour seat upgrade, all the entertainment upgrades.

Worst Features

Needs a sport suspension and wheels. BMW should NOT assume that people buying a wagon do not want sport driving dynamics and handling. If they put a sport suspension on the X5 they should put it on the wagon. Without a true sport package at $70k, what sets this vehicle apart from a $50k japanese?
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