My 2009 BMW 528 i is a dissppointment to say the least. First the back window motor went out so I drive now with a window that is tied so it won't go down then I got a brake job and the next day the transmission failure light goes on with only 76000 miles everyone else I read said theirs didn't go out until around 100 thousand or more and I heard repairs can be $6 grand or more on a car only worth $8 grand, not worth it to fix it if its a major transmission problem. I have a cheap Toyota Corolla with over 200 thousand miles running strong so I spent twice as much on a used BMW about 5 years ago to have it go out sooner then a cheaper car. Now the battery is out as I did not run it for a few weeks and it won't charge, fed up
2009 BMW 5 Series 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
This car is a beast; a wolf in sheep's clothing. I had a chance to drive it through windy VT mountain roads, including on the southern descent from Middlebury Gap (near Middlebury Snow Bowl) on Rt. 125. Those familiar with that route know how steep and windy those roads are. My wife's 5-series handled them with aplomb. I was very impressed. My wife bought this car with 48k miles on it back in 2012, certified pre-owned. The 5-series was her dream car, and this particular vehicle has served her well. The body has stayed in great shape, despite several scratches and dents it has incurred over the years. The interior has held up and endured our spills and messes. There have been no crazy repairs needed, and it drives as good as the day we procured it. Over time, its looks have grown on me. I have come to really appreciate its driving characteristics, and can see why Edmunds had proclaimed it as close to a perfect car as you could buy back in 2009. We have never put snow tires on it for winter, yet never had any problems in the snow, thanks to the xDrive. Currently at approximately 120k miles, this car shows no signs of slowing down. My reverence for it has never been higher. As tempted as we are to trade it in for a newer BMW, we just have no reason to. I can't wait to enjoy this car for more years to come.
2009 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
2009 BMW 535i idrive w/sport pkg. By April 2017, had only 60,000 driven. Very disappointed with this ultimate driving machine. For me it was an "ultimate nightmare machine." Started with--heating system, passenger freezing, driver boiling up (heater master control on driver side). After warranty expired in 2013 to 2017, almost four years, been stranded twice; had changed all four tires; changed fuel pump, tank and sensors; replaced the battery, and the battery clamp and cable, and replaced the passenger seat belt and airbag which was shorted out by the water leaked into the battery chamber in the trunk; fixed oil leak on the oil filter housing gasket, and counting. Paying almost $70k for this car I Do expect it to be more durable. As I would not expect a $100.00 suit to last as a $500 suit so I except 553i to be more durable than a $30k's. Update: The MOST disappointing is the trade in value was just $10,000 was all the dealer paid what a useless 535-BMW. Never Again will I make the same mistake....
BMW is actually 2009. We bought it as CPO in 2012. We have driven it over 70,000 miles, now has 103,xxx miles on vehicle. Car is a tank and now protects our children. Would love to upgrade radio, but unable to do so because of BMW's engineering. We enjoy it and our kids really enjoy the ultimate driving machine.
Had a 2009 528xi bought it new almost 50.000$ hardly ever drove it in 5 years it had 19.000 miles on it well I went to start it to go to my local lowes store went two blocks and made a funny noice came on my screen transition failur call BMW so I got it home at 5 miles a hour it said I could drive slow had triple AAA tow it to Toledo Ohio to the BMW dealer and after three hours the service manger come and says the tranny is out of it and It's out of warranty by two months not miles but months said it would be almost 11.000$ dollars for a rebuilt one plus it needed a shift kit to I about died took a whole week to fix fought on phone with BMW to see if they would cover it but they said they would split it with me big deal it still cost me 6.500$ was mine the screwed me I drove it home and traded it for a new truck two days later junk pure junk stay away from the cars my brother has a has a 6 seares suv BMW bought it new he lives in calaforina and his is a 2015 and he said what junk his is he only has 13.000 miles on his when his lease is up he. Is getting a Ford Edge I have sold it thank god