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2011 528 lag machine
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By jkmj9999
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2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8A)


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it sucks !!
don't buy it .. maybe for your grand parents ..
step on the gas.. either lags or burst into speed (sport mode) from time to time.


Worst Features

put a 2007 650i engine in it !!!!


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Lots of Smiles - Update
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By chasman9
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Just turned 40,000 miles.
After reading other reviews, I'm surprised.
Not a fan of Run Flats, but the rears went 30,000 miles and I just changed the fronts, yep - 40,000 miles.
Also, I have not had the car in for anything other than an Oil Change.
The car has had zero defects.
Still looks and handles like new and is a blast to drive (6spd Manual).
If a single thing bugs me it is the phone book.
Lets say you pull up a name and dial the house and there is no answer.
If you want to dial the same person, only the cell, you have to start from scratch imputting the name etc.. Wish the back button worked just to take you to the other numbers for this same person.


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Please read this if you are even considering buying a 535
25 of 32 people found this review helpful
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By geomed
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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This is our 7th BMW over a 28 year time span.
It is our LAST BMW.
The car shifts very poorly from a rolling stop and just poorly from a dead stop. When I contacted BMW of NA they were very defensive and did NOTHING.
This car was over $ 60,000.00 and should shift without hesitation. Let the Buyer Beware this is a car I would not buy again and it is the last car I will buy from BMW.


Worst Features

A redesigned transmission.


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why a 535 M
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By fpk1952
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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I have owned many 5 series, this new model is way ahead of anything I tested, Audi A6, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, it handles and drives better than all sedans I tested, I was seriously considering an Audi but after driving the Audi, Lexus, Mercedes there was no doubt that the new 535 M is a far better car in all respects and more fun to drive than the others. you can set the car on Eco mode on the hwy and get 34 mpg at 80 miles an hour, quite good for this size car, the the comfort seats are by far the most comfortable and it has a superb sound system. This car has excellent features and the Idrive is much improved and easier to use as is the Navigation system.


Best Features

Comfort seats, new idrive, wheels and tires that now are all season and will last 30 K same size all around. foot swipe to open trunk and comfort access system, the engine performs very smoothly and coupled with the 8 speed is a joy to drive love the different car settings from Eco to sport plus and the paddle snifters, above all the looks of this car, sophisticated understated sports sedan,


Worst Features

wider and deeper door pockets


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BMW Run-Flat Tires, Less Than Optimal
37 of 41 people found this review helpful
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By teerific
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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Run-flat tires installed on BMW's 2011 5-series vehicles are less than optimal - creating a high level of concern for consumer safety.

I purchased my brand new BMW on September 1, 2011.
On October 3, 2011, I returned to the dealership for installation of wheel locks.
The service tech identified a bubble in the wall of the front passenger tire.
I replaced the damaged tire at the cost of $550+ dollars (including labor).
During a more recent, unrelated service appointment, (February, 2012), bubbles were identified in both front tires.
This would account for the second replacement of the front passenger tire within 4 months and my vehicle has less than 6,000 miles.


Worst Features

In an era, which major competitors like, Audi and Lexus are forcefully competing in the area of Quality – BMW risks losing many of its customers. At minimum, BMW should initiate a National Recall and look to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to accept shared responsibility for the sale of poorly manufactured tires. BMW must quickly replace its poor quality Run-flates with "high quality" performance tires. Finally, reaching out to customers through Service Recovery initiatives would go a long way.


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