2008 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Great When Everything Works -

2008 BMW 5 Series Sedan - Consumer Review

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Great When Everything Works - Over Designed
By timbo52 on


2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Exhilerating and fun when everything works! Love to drive my 2008 535i with Sport package- when it is not in the shop. Lots of power and totally responsive. Many problems which has been worked on under the factory warranty.1) entire head lamp module (less than 1 wk after delivery), 2)fuel pump, 3)fuel injectors, 4)car suddenly went into limp (lower power) mode when entering hwy- no solution yet from BMW(fortunately I was not in heavy traffic), 5)new gear shift handle, 6) iDrive goes crazy-dead
black screen. Hopefully, nothing else shows up. I love the way the car handles but the trips to the service department has become too aggravating! Selling before warranty ends!Bitter/sweet experience.

Best Features

Very safe. Sport mode is awesome. No hesitation on demand for power. Smooth.... It loves the curves. Fun to drive! Nice and roomy. Feels like it was born to run... Fast. Be careful and use the audible speed alarm so you won't get tickets. But it also has a quiet elegance. Well behaved in a mature way. The BMW driveabiltiy will be the benchmark for my next car but I will put "RELIABILITY"high on my list.

Worst Features

A more intuitive navigation system. Upgrade time is very very slow. Even my low end TomTom is easier to use. Need complete redesign of the iDrive. Redesign the iDrive system to make it more user friendly. Too many buttons to push to get you where you want to go. Very distracting when compared to other car manufacturers. You need an a passenger to work the IDrive for the driver. Should have fold down rear seats. IMPROVE THE RELIABILITY!!!! No machine is perfect, but this car cost too much for such poor reliability issues. You buy the car to drive.... but not to drive it to the shop so frequently. Scale back on the over-engineering and complexity.
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By chriss10
on 04/20/12 17:29 PM (PDT)

Thank you for the review. I am a recent purchaser of a 523i - and have run into the same issue with the car going into limp mode when it gets to 100kmph with the engine under load (going up a long steady hill on a motorway) and the cruise control on. It was a mystery to the dealer, and apparently to BMW here. Have you had any luck yet with a diagnosis from BMW on your problem? Rgds

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