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Are you willing to trade the good for the bad?
25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By subdsgnr
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2009 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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My 535i came with the sport package, which does improve handling--especially the active roll bar in the rear. This car rides almost like an Avalon in a straight line, but has almost ZERO body roll on a turn. Really amazing handling. The turbo engine is very impressive as well.


HOWEVER, you cannot change your battery on your own. The dealer MUST do it.
Seriously--I'm a DIY car guy. Also, I just had two injectors replaced at 20K MILES. BMW forum people act like the injectors are SUPPOSED to go out because they're just such "high performance", but I've had 3 Lexuses with direct inject and had ZERO problems.

On top of reliability being spotty, the dealer treated me like a pariah.


Best Features

Suspension, engine (when working), and seats are really great. I really don't think there is a better suspension out there than the one with the sport package.


Worst Features

Ergonomics are poor compared with Lexus. iDrive is maddening, just as pro critics say. Dealer service is VERY poor for a luxury brand. Again, Lexus is stellar in this regard. You'd think you'd get treated better for forking over 60 grand. BMWs have the double lock door feature and push-button start that still requires a key to be placed in the steering column, both of which are asinine. Annoys everyone who rides with me. There are so many drawbacks when compared with my experiences with Acura, Honda, Toyota, and Lexus that I personally wouldn't trade the amazing handling for the headaches, which is saying a lot because I'm always willing to sacrifice for performance. What about you?


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Fuel System
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By Disappointed
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2009 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Great car, but the problems with the fuel system are ridiculous. 4th time it has been in, reprogrammed software, new software, new fuel pump. This is a serious safety issue as the car will not get fuel and will stop or lose acceleration. BMW needs to take this seriously.


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Unreliable
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By BMW Lemon
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2009 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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The car was awesome at first but then came the problems the fuel system replaced 3 times. The car continues to have fuel delivery problems. BMW told me we have extended the warranty to 10 years on the fuel system but that doesn't help when you're stranded on the road. Avoid the 135/335/535 models they are garbage. I have started the lemon law process.


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What a car!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Don
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2009 BMW 5 Series 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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After owning many marques, finally bought a BMW. The car handles like a slot car, is quiet and good-riding, and has fantastic brakes. Wish I'd bought one years ago.


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i-Drive


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Not the Ultimate Driving Machine
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By samsride
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2009 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Thought I got the ultimate driving machine this spring. At 5K miles, check engine light came on 3 times! Fixed 3 times (software update, fuel injector replacement, new fuel pump). At 7500 miles, light came on again, lost power and car shut off! Had to be towed to dealer as fuel injector and cylinder blown to smithereens. Dealer has been responsive in replacing parts under warranty, but car is not reliable and not safe at this point. Filed for reimbursement through Lemon Law since 4th occurrence. No response from BMW after 30 days. Have found lots of others having same issues on many blogs. Stay away from turbo models!


Best Features

Handling, quiet ride


Worst Features

No storage, bad cupholder design, turbo models have issues with fuel pump that BMW does not know how to resolve.


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