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Sudden Transmission failure - BMW 535i xdrive 2011
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jay
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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Transmission fails suddenly while driving . Dangerous ! despite low mileage, regular dealer servicing and full diagnostic and clean bill of health by BMW dealer prior to sudden transmission failure.
BMW cannot explain the cause and not interested in finding the cause. BMW does not stand behind their product. Poor customer service when it comes to accountability. According to BMW customer relations, transmission can fail after 70K miles without reason on such an expensive car. BMW recommends replacing transmission for $12k !! So much for German engineering..... Shameful for a company of repute to not stand behind their product especially when it is a known frequent issues. Customers should be warned of this dangerous issue.


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Worst Car ever made!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Rudy Martinez
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 550i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6M)


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I loved this car, until I drove it more than 2k miles. Constant oil usage, and in the shop all the time. BMW replaced both turbos (50k in warranty work), BMW had to have the valve seats machined. BMW replaced the battery twice. BMW wouldn't replace the sunroof after it just exploded for no outward reason. The car eats tires due to the weight, you have to actually figure out the weight of the car and buy upgraded tires (about 1k per year) for tires that will only last 1 year. Now after my warranties are over my BMW needs an complete engine replacement. This car devalues faster than I can pay for it. I'm stuck with 16k and it's only worth about 7k on Kelly Blue Book. I'm going to have to part it out and sell the pieces and try to pay it off. BMW will work with you if you buy their extended warranty, the day it expires they will charge you a premium to fix your car. I will never buy another BMW car ever again.


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Love it
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By Maria C
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Great car, runs great, very comfortable just needed loving from all previous neglect did need to reset the car a couple times but other than that runs great never had an issue with the whole recall problem.


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Loved the car - hated the cost of repair
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By KG
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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I really like the way the car drove/performed. Nice look, good power, great mileage, very comfortable...and the 535’s look sharp. That said, it was unbelievably expensive for repair when something did go wrong (which my vehicle suffered...AC/privacy screens, oil leak, trunk shocks, etc.). Loved the way the car performed, but not a good value when you factor in the repair costs.


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Piece of Crap
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Nick Neysari
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)


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I fell in love with this car. I had the best of the both word, A luxury car wrapped into sports package. Sadly enough, Later on I learned of multiple issues with N63 engines. It is an engineering nightmare. N63 engine is a V8 4.4 liter engine. Trying to save space, The design team decided to place the Turbos in the V section of a already hot running engine. With combination of heat from engine and twin turbos They had to install a fan to cool things down. They came to the realization of Fan working over time and the hot engine is very thirsty for oil. So most owners have to add a quart of oil anywhere from 700 to 1000 miles. BMW came back with recommendation of changing the oil every 10000 mile instead of 15000. And to add insult to the injury they also recommend replacing the battery with every oil change. Although the pressure was high on BMW they still refuse to do a recall to resolve the issue. There is a class action lawsuit which sadly is ready to be settled. As always the attorneys get the multi million dollar settlement and consumer gets the shaft. According to what I have read so far, BMW will reimburse owners for the cost of additional oil consumption and a battery replacement. You will also get a $1000 to $1500 voucher towards the purchase of a new BMW. So you can be the proud owner of a newer piece of CRAP. Also the short block n63 engine replacement price is now $3000.00 which is a rebuild engine and according to BMW insiders It is just as awful as the original N63 engine. So if you are considering purchasing a 5 series BMW, Make sure you do your homework. I am sitting on a $35000.00 piece of lemon parked in the garage. I am scared of driving it and no one is offering me over $12K for trade in. So stay away from this engine or any other BMW with Turbo engine.


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