Used 2012 BMW 5 Series

2012 BMW 5 Series
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2012 BMW 5 Series

Pros

  • Strong and relatively fuel-efficient turbocharged engines
  • capable handling
  • clean interior design with high-quality materials
  • top safety scores
  • excellent seats
  • plenty of high-tech features.

Cons

  • Feels bulkier and less sporty than past 5 Series
  • smaller trunk than rivals.

Used 2012 BMW 5 Series for Sale

BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
90,702 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
Ted Britt Chevrolet
6.2 mi away
List$13,789
Est.Loan: $258/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
138,200 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
(3)
The Automotive Company
8.1 mi away
List$12,000
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
58,947 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
Snap Car Buying
8.3 mi away
List$17,495
Est.Loan: $319/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
116,507 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
(1)
Auto Trademark
17 mi away
List$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Dealer Notes
M Sport Package, 2012 BMW 535XI Sedan AWD, Alpine White w Cinnamon Brown Interior, Equipped With ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Stereo, Automatic Transmission, Auxiliary Audio Input, Bluetooth, CD Audio, Cold Weather Package, Convenience Package, Cruise Control, Front Seat Heaters, Heated Steering Wheel, Leather Seats, Memory Seat(s), Navigation System, Overhead Airbags, Parking Sensors, Power Liftgate/DeckLid, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Seat(s), Power Windows, Premium Package, Rear Defroster, Rear Seat Heaters, Rear Spoiler, Rear Sunshade, Satellite Radio Ready, Side Airbags, Smart Key, Sunroof(s), Traction Control, Turbo Charged Engine
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
44,769 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
(16)
BMW of Fairfax
17.4 mi away
List$16,482
Est.Loan: $300/mo
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2012 BMW 528Xi xDrive Sedan with only 44,000 Miles! Milano Beige Metallic over Oyster and Black Dakota Leather with Wood Trim. Options include: Automatic Transmission with xDrive All Wheel Drive, Premium Package, NAVIGATION, Parking Sensors, Heated Front Seats, Split Fold Down Rear Seats, Moonroof, Power Tailgate, Xenon Headlights, BMW Bluetooth, iPodUSB hook up and much more. The Car is in great shape with a Clean CarFAX. The car has been inspected by our BMW Factory Trained Technicians and passed Virginia State Inspection. This car has an extensive service history and full maintenance records. An Extended Warranty is available. Call Today for an Appointment.
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
81,131 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i
(1)
Perfect Auto
17.6 mi away
List$12,999
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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Premium, Technology Package, Navigation, Rear View Camera, Adaptive Xenon Lights, Heated Seats, BMW Music Collection, Bluetooth, USB Media Port, HD Radio, Moonroof, SAT Radio, Power Truck Lid, and Much More Original MSRP $55,695 At Perfect Auto we only sell the best cars, that is why we back our vehicles with a 90 Day Warranty
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
76,523 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i
(6)
Maximum Auto Outlet
18.2 mi away
List$14,995
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
***VERY CLEAN ONE OWNER BIMMER WITH FACTORY NAVIGATION............................2012 BMW 528i SEDAN, GOLD WITH A CINNAMON BROWN LEATHER INTERIOR, STEPTRONIC AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, DUAL POWER SEATS WITH MMEORY SETTINGS, POWER SUNROOF, DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROLS, REAR PARKING AID, PARKTRONIC SENSORS, POWER TAILGATE, TINTED GLASS, ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
BMW 5 Series 2012 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
93,820 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i
Ammoury Auto
18.8 mi away
List$15,495
Est.Loan: $282/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
64,000 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
(2)
Best Auto of Manassas
19 mi away
List$16,999
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
This BMW 535 XI X DRIVE One Owner Low Miles Navigation is reliable and stylish. It will ease your mind knowing you are making a great investment. The title records confirm that this car has had only one previous owner. If you are looking for a great low mileage 535 XI X DRIVE One Owner Low Miles Navigation , you can't go wrong with this one. We have confirmed that the previous owner was not a smoker. No need to stress over if this BMW 535 XI X DRIVE One Owner Low Miles Navigation has been maintained over the years. We have the complete SERVICE HISTORY and are happy to provide you with it. This car, like all vehicles that we offer for sale, undergoes a comprehensive and stringent MULTI-POINT INSPECTION before putting it out on our lot. It has never been in a wreck nor had any body work done to it at all. Highway driving is a breeze with the strong running 3.0L 6 cyl engine under the hood. You can count on the 3.0L 6 cyl engine to get great gas mileage and go the distance between fill ups. Become one with the road with the performance tuned suspension of this BMW 535 XI X DRIVE One Owner Low Miles Navigation . Beauty is nothing if not matched on the inside. For every envious glance this BMW 535 XI X DRIVE One Owner Low Miles Navigation creates on the outside, an equal amount of joy and comfort has been crafted for those on the inside. This BMW 535 XI X DRIVE One Owner Low Miles Navigation comes fully equipped with all the power, convenience and safety options that you expect in a car of this caliber. We have checked and double checked the mechanics of this car to make sure it is perfect. A real cream puff with a perfect exterior, you are going to have a hard time finding a nicer car than this. The interior is spotless with no rips, stains, or blemishes of any kind. Our inspection of this car confirms that all major mechanical features are in great shape and ready to go. The previous owner kept this exterior in good condition and kept it from rusting and getting dings and dents. The interior is in sufficient condition for a used vehicle with no major damage like tears, rips, or stains. We provide a free CARFAX report without the run around and hassle on this vehicle and all others on our lot. We are a CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership which means that this car has met all the rigorous requirements that not only we expect for every car we sell but also is fully documented by CARFAX to have a clean history behind it. Let the CARFAX report prove to you that this is a one owner car. Still not sure? Ask about our extended warranty. Our BUY HERE - PAY HERE program can help get you in this BMW today without the worries of high payments. Don't let credit stand in the way of you getting the vehicle you want. We have GUARANTEED FINANCING on this vehicle or any other on our lot. Don't want to stress about high payments? We can help qualified buyers get low payments. Call us at (703) 367-0402 to find out more. Want a great deal? This car has been set under the BLUE BOOK value and won't last long. TWIN POWER TURBO the Best cars Best price at Best Auto. Not a single dent or scratch! Runs great and drives like new. Hard-to-find model! Power everything! Clean title. Perfect family vehicle. Perfect first car!
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
68,877 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i
(5)
Crown Auto Group
19.6 mi away
List$15,995
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Dealer Notes
VA inspection passed! Drives excellent..2012 BMW 5 SERIES Rear with powerful 2.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve engine and driven 68877 miles!You can always call or text at (703) 763-4428 for quick answers to your questions..For appointments only: We are available until 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday . We are open on Sundays 11 AM - 4PM. Please call us prior to your visit...Terms of Sale Overview: We reserve the right to end this listing at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for sale and sales prices are subject to change without notice.Fees and Taxes: All vehicles sold are subject to $495 dealer processing fee. This represents the costs incurred with inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting vehicles. This fee also covers preparation of all documents, as well as all costs incurred with shipping of paperwork. Buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered. Accepted Payment Type: Cash, certified check, bank transfers, EFT or 3rd-party financing.WARRANTY: Please call us about warranty details. Different terms may be applied which is dependent on the millage , year and make of the car. Warranty is applicable when full/advertised price is paid when purchasing the car. FINANCING:If you have a job we can assist with financing (bad or good credit).Interest rates may vary and related to your credit and income.Please note, processing fee, DMV fees and taxes are not included in the price.. Older (more than 10 years old) and certain high maintenance luxury vehicles can not be applied for. Please, contact us prior submitting credit application on any vechicle if you have a question.Millage : Millage on the odometer may be higher than you see on the ads
BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
75,235 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
WBM of Arlington
23.3 mi away
List$16,195
Est.Loan: $295/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 550i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6M)
91,284 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
550i
(2)
Arlington Auto Group
24.2 mi away
List$15,711
Est.Loan: $286/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
Beautiful 2012 BMW 550i M Sport in Space Gray over Black!!! This Vehicle is equipped with V8 Twin Turbo Engine Producing 400 HP & 400 Lb-Ft Torque M SPORT PACKAGE M Sport Wheels M Sport Steering Wheel M Sport Door Sills M Sport Body Navigation Back Up Camera ?Bluetooth Bluetooth Audio Auxiliary Input USB Input Heated Seats Power Sunroof Rear Heated Seats and much more!!! The Vehicle?has passed a rigorous MULTI-POINT INSPECTION and reconditioning process before being offered for sale. You will be completely satisfied with its quality. We strive to give every vehicle a thorough inspection and can tell you with confidence that the structural integrity of this car exceeds the highest standards. With confidence we can assure the comfort gained from this car's unadulterated interior will be unmatched. Every major mechanical system has been inspected and found to be in good working order. This car and most every car we sell comes with a STANDARD WARRANTY that covers the drive train and more. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase so we offer an optional extended warranty at a very affordable price. Just ask for the details. Want a new car? Have bad credit or no credit? Not a problem! We here at Arlington Auto Group offer GUARANTEED FINANCING on our inventory and will get you approved for this car. Let us make your car buying experience a little easier by getting you the lowest monthly payment possible. We believe in saving our customers money. That's why this car has been set below the BLUE BOOK value to helpWE OFFER GREAT MILITARY SPECIALS FOR OUR FELLOW MILITARY MEMBERS. FOR MORE INFO YOU MAY CONTACT US AT 703-798-0979 WWW.ArlingtonAutoGroup.Net
BMW 5 Series 2012 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
98,330 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
550i xDrive
(52)
National Motors of Waldorf
41.8 mi away
List$16,970
Est.Loan: $309/mo
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Dealer Notes
**NON SMOKER**, **NEW BRAKES**, **NAVIGATION**, **HEATED SEATS**, AWD, Everest Gray Leather. CARFAX One-Owner. This 2012 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive will not make it to the weekend!! Please call now to reserve your test drive appointment!! (240) 585-7300. 15/20mpg Prices subject to change without notice and do not include Title, License, Registration Fees, State or Local Taxes or Processing Fees, if any. Please contact seller first for vehicle availability
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
129,264 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
(1)
Star Cars
47.3 mi away
List$12,999
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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All Wheel Drive, 3D Navigation, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, Leather , Sunroof, Service Records
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
36,821 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
(13)
Porsche of Annapolis
51.3 mi away
List$17,495
Est.Loan: $319/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
54,882 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i
Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg
53.8 mi away
List$15,477
Est.Loan: $282/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
61,655 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
(1)
Fitzgerald Toyota
62 mi away
List$19,183
Est.Loan: $349/mo
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Dealer Notes
WOW. This is luxury without breaking the bank! This 3.0L turbocharged all wheel drive sedan comes equipped with a moon roof
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
100,200 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i
(2)
Thompson Toyota
67.8 mi away
List$16,039
Est.Loan: $292/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Possessing a strong combination of performance, comfort and technology, the 2012 BMW 5 Series is a top choice in the midsize luxury sedan segment. However, BMW loyalists may be a bit disappointed.

vehicle overview

"A four-cylinder in the 2012 BMW 5 Series? Have they lost their minds?" We can hear this refrain echoing across the country as people read that BMW has replaced the iconic inline-6 engine in its midsize luxury sedan with a measly four-banger. The current 5 Series has already received criticism among the BMW faithful for sacrificing its sporting charm in favor of comfort and size. While we're still apt to agree with that sentiment, any concerns about the new four-cylinder are unfounded. In fact, it's a welcome development.

The new four-cylinder found in the entry-level 528i is direct-injected and features BMW's innovative twin-scroll turbocharger that prevents lag and maximizes performance across the rev range. The result is 240 horsepower, the same as last year's normally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-6, as well as 255 pound-feet of torque, a substantial boost of 30 lb-ft. The result is actually quicker acceleration, and thanks to its smaller displacement and the new automatic stop/start feature (also standard on the carryover 535i), the 528i achieves a truly impressive estimated 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined. Only the Audi A6 2.0T bests that, but it has a less powerful four-cylinder.

Besides the 528i's new motivation, the rest of the 5 Series range continues on for 2012 -- albeit with a recalibrated throttle that rids the car of last year's irritating lag when you pressed the accelerator. There are still buttery-smooth engines in the 535i and 550i, while a wealth of available equipment remains waiting to make your driving life easier (and push the price to stratospheric levels). Last year's complete redesign plumped out the car's dimensions and sense of isolation; in many ways, the latest 5 is a less sporting car than it once was. But on the other hand, it's also more spacious and comfortable.

In total, the 2012 BMW 5 Series is a top choice among midsize luxury sedans, but we can no longer say it's the easy choice it once was. The Audi A6, Infiniti M, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are all stronger than the 5 in key areas and deserve close consideration. If there's one thing that shouldn't be held against the 5 Series, however, it's the new four-cylinder engine. It may seem weird, but times are changing and such downsizing is going to become the norm.

2012 BMW 5 Series configurations

The 2012 BMW 5 Series is a midsize luxury sedan available in three trim levels that correspond with engine choice: 528i, 535i and 550i. The high-performance M5 model is reviewed separately.

Standard equipment on the 528i includes 17-inch wheels, adjustable driving settings (alters suspension, steering, throttle and automatic transmission response), automatic and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, foglights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, cruise control and auto-dimming mirrors. Inside you get dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar and driver memory functions, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery and a power tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel. Electronic features include the BMW Assist emergency communications system, Bluetooth, the iDrive electronics interface and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The 535i gets a six-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels and leather upholstery. The 550i gets a V8 engine, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, 14-way multicontour power front seats and a navigation system with real-time traffic and a larger iDrive screen. All of these extra luxury and convenience features are available on the respective lower trim levels.

There is a wealth of other options available on every 5 Series trim, many of which are available within packages or as individual options. These include keyless ignition/entry, a power trunk lid, active cruise control, an automatic parallel parking system, Integral Active Steering, a blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system, automatic high beams, headlight washers, side/top-view parking cameras, a head-up display and an infrared night-vision display. Inside you can add on four-zone automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a sport steering wheel, a split-folding rear seat, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side sunshades, a rear seat entertainment system, satellite radio and a premium sound system.

The Sport package adds bigger wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, a sport steering wheel, an increased top speed and the multicontour seats. The M Sport package adds to those items a special aerodynamic body kit, special wheels and an M Sport steering wheel.

2012 Highlights

For 2012, the BMW 528i trades in its straight-6 in favor of a more efficient (and more powerful) turbocharged four-cylinder. All-wheel drive is also offered on the 528i this year. An automatic stop/start system is now standard on both the 528i and 535i, with the latter getting improved fuel economy as a result. Every 5 Series also receives a recalibrated throttle, correcting the irritating lag that plagued last year's model.

Performance & mpg

The 2012 BMW 528i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. As with every 5 Series, rear-wheel drive is standard and "xDrive" all-wheel drive is optional. Also standard is an eight-speed automatic transmission and an automatic stop/start function that shuts down the engine when the car stops in order to save fuel. In Edmunds performance testing, a 528i went from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds -- more than a half-second quicker than the old six-cylinder 528i. BMW-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive and 22/32/26 with all-wheel drive.

The 2012 BMW 535i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel-drive models get a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic; all-wheel-drive models are automatic only. Automatic stop/start is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, a rear-drive 535i with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. BMW-estimated fuel economy is 19/29/23 with the manual, 21/31/25 with rear-wheel drive and the automatic and 21/30/24 with all-wheel drive.

The 2012 BMW 550i gets a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The same transmission and drive options from the 535i are available on the 550i, with the exception of auto stop/start. In Edmunds performance testing, a rear-drive automatic-equipped 550i went from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15/23/18 with the automatic and rear-wheel drive, 15/22/17 with the manual and rear-wheel drive and 16/24/18 with all-wheel drive.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2012 BMW 5 Series includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and the BMW Assist emergency communications system. The stability control system integrates several features designed to improve braking performance, such as periodically wiping the brake rotors dry in wet conditions and automatically snugging the brake pads to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the throttle.

When equipped with active cruise control, the 5 Series also comes with a pre-collision system that can warn the driver of the possibility of rear-ending a vehicle ahead. If a collision is imminent, it can also automatically apply the brakes. A lane-departure warning system and a blind-spot monitor are optional. The night-vision system is capable of displaying possible hazards that are otherwise out of regular headlight range.

In Edmunds brake testing, various 5 Series models with the Sport package's summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in distances ranging from 110 to 114 feet. Those are excellent numbers, but typical for summer tires.

In government crash tests, the 5 Series earned a top five-star rating for overall performance, with four out of five stars being given for overall front-impact protection and five stars for overall side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 5 Series earned a top rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

Driving

It wasn't too long ago that the high-performance M5 was throwing down 400 hp. Now you get that (plus a lot more torque) out of the latest 550i, which accelerates as quickly as a V8 sport coupe but without the pretentious bombast. Choosing the 300-hp 535i or even the less potent 528i is hardly like sitting in the cheap seats; most people will be more than satisfied with their power. Putting a four-cylinder engine in a large sedan like the 5 Series may seem like a bad idea, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell the 528i has only four cylinders firing underhood. In fact, it gives up only a half-second to the 535i when accelerating from zero to 60.

Regardless of which engine you choose, the 2012 BMW 5 Series comes standard with BMW's Driving Dynamics Control, which alters the suspension, steering, throttle and automatic transmission response based on four driver-selected settings. This is a nice idea in theory, as it allows drivers to set up the car as they'd like, but in reality, only Sport mode comes close to achieving the sort of control feel the 5 Series used to possess. Unfortunately, the car also always defaults back to Comfort mode when you turn off the car, regardless of which mode was selected previously.

Handling has always been a hallmark of the BMW 5 Series, and although it's still a strong suit, the current model lacks the agility and communication of its predecessors. The steering transmits less feel, the larger dimensions make it feel bulky on tighter roads and there's just a general feel of isolation that didn't exist before. Our editors and BMW customers alike have lamented this change; however, the 5 Series' quieter cabin, more comfortable ride and lighter steering in parking lots may appeal more to the masses than before.

Interior

Both drivers and passengers will be quite pleased with the 5 Series' cabin. There's nothing particularly fancy going on, but the overall look of the dash is clean thanks to the standard iDrive interface that eliminates the need for a gaggle of buttons. The layout features a center display screen and a configurable display in the gauge cluster. The iDrive controller, thanks to its physical buttons and menu structure, is pretty easy to figure out and provides a large amount of customization of the car's features. Opting for the navigation system is recommended, as its screen is larger and much better-looking than the standard center display.

The front seats are quite comfortable, with the optional multicontour seats in particular providing an unmatched degree of adjustability. In back, there's enough room for a pair of 6-foot adults to be comfortable, and the backseat is nicely contoured and padded. The trunk, at 14 cubic feet of luggage capacity, is smaller than average for this segment.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 BMW 5 Series.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

5 Major Failures in 50K miles
Darrel Moening,10/05/2015
I'm the first and current owner of a 5 series BMW. The car has had the following failures - power train, tie rods, turbo charger, engine tune-up, oil filter housing, and coolant system. We've had the car towed twice and have had the car in the dealership a half dozen times for repairs. We've escalated to BMW USA but they have refused to provide any additional assistance. Save yourself the trouble...
Ultimate Driving Machine, Not Ultimate Warranty
tkg12,05/16/2015
My recent dealer experience was good as always. The background experience with BMW Corporate was unacceptable. My 2012 5 Series with EDC emits a crunching, groaning metal-on-metal sound that the dealer did a good job of diagnosing, but BMW would not authorize warranty repair for the reason that it is "characteristic." Exploding airbags that spray shrapnel, deadly ignition system failures, and self-accelerating cars are "characteristic" of other brands, so this does not give me comfort. It seems the ultimate driving machine is not backed up by the ultimate warranty. Since the defect is characteristic, I will find a class-action lawyer, who have their own unfortunate characteristics.
Great car but different from past BMWs
johny14,06/11/2013
Got a 2012 528 M Sport, traded in my 2002 540i 200k miles later. The 540 was a 4 door sports car and I loved it. Negatives first - this one is a luxury car that tightens up in sport mode to be a great grand touring vehicle, but its not a sports car. Which is fine with me because it is my daily driver. Positives - WAY more comfortable and quiet, spectacular fuel economy (getting 34mpg hwy and 27.5 average). Love the interior (switches all in the same place as my E39) + large NAV screen. The turbo 4 takes a little getting used to coming from a V8 but it really goes if you push the pedal far enough.
STAY AWAY
RJ,05/06/2018
Beautiful car, but honestly it's just not worth it!!! If you find a price that is too good to be true, it's probably a reason why! So many possible issues with these cars that makes it frightening to own. From the possible timing chain issues, the fuel pump issues and coolant issues that plague these vehicles. I'm only warning the readers that may possibly purchase under the guise of the vehicle being a BMW. I've owned two other BMWs and have not had the trouble that I've had with this one. The "cost of ownership" is not what's scary, the idea of having problem after problem is what's terrifying.
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
300 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
19 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
23 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
22 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Marginal
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Many years and generations ago, the 528i was the turbine-smooth, six-cylinder pinnacle of the 5 Series range. This engine capacity first appeared late in the life of the original 5 Series in 1979, last appeared two generations ago and reemerges today as the entry model of the current 5 Series lineup. But not as a 2.8-liter, nor even a six-cylinder.

The 2012 BMW 528i engine is now a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The mill even looks downsized when you open the hood, a sizable void yawning between the nose of the engine and its radiator, yet it generates a promising 240 horsepower — identical to that of the outgoing 2011 six-cylinder 528i, but boasting an extra 30 pound-feet of torque. And, thankfully, 0.4-second-quicker sprint to 62 mph (6.3 seconds).

Economy and emissions gains are the main goal of the displacement and cylinder reduction. The 2012 528i improves on the 2011 model's fuel economy by 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway and achieves an EPA rating of 23 city/34 highway mpg. The improvement is aided by a new stop-start system integrated into the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. But the key to this new engine's fuel-sipping strength is a single twin-scroll turbocharger that functions in concert with a number of well-established BMW technologies.

These include double VANOS variable valve timing and the company's Valvetronic induction system, which does away with the throttle plate. The 528i's four-cylinder routes exhaust gases from each pair of cylinders to a separate turbine inlet to speed the engine's reaction to a twitching right foot. Fuel is fed by precisely metered, solenoid-controlled direct injectors, while refinements to the Valvetronic system have also improved its precision.

Torque From Low Revs
The result is a very impressive 240 hp from 2.0 liters and even more usefully, a stout 258 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,250 rpm. This torque stream is sustained all the way to 4,800 rpm, promising the kind of midrange punch that normally aspirated six-cylinder gas engines rarely offer. And you can feel its effects almost as soon as you move off, the 2012 BMW 528i advancing with a confident authority that's heightened by the tremor-free activities of its eight-speed automatic transmission.

All those ratios help disguise the steep ramp to the torque peak, which kicks in with authority as the revs approach 2,000 rpm. But to uncover this, you must switch to manual shifting so you can hold the car in a gear, trickle it down to 1,000 rpm in 2nd and stomp on the accelerator as if you hate it. There's a brief pause, followed by an excitingly exponential surge that leaves no doubt that this is a rapid car. By 2,000 rpm it's pulling like a lashed mule and there's a substantial power spike at 3,500 rpm. The acceleration is unrelenting until 6,500 rpm, when the transmission automatically upshifts to let you do it all over again.

Though this four has lost the turbinelike wail of the six, it's more powerful and it stays smoothly unfussed until it closes on 6,600 rpm. The culture of the six is gone, but there's more honest muscle to this engine. Those familiar with a BMW straight-6's smooth-spinning ways will miss it some, but it makes the 5 Series a better car. There's some refinement missing, but the return of lighter fuel bills, more torque and extra entertainment is a worthy trade.

Control Your Driving Experience
Further entertainment can be had from the new rocker switch occupying the center console near your right knee. Grandly labelled the "Driving Experience Control," it alters the throttle response, steering weight, stability control thresholds, transmission shift strategy and the calibration of the dynamic dampers, which come with both the M Sport and Sport option packages.

There are four settings, labelled "Sport+," "Sport," "Comfort" and "Eco Pro." Driving Experience Control is most worthwhile if you ordered those dynamic dampers, whose settings alter the character of the car noticeably from the pillowy comfort of a big, old Buick — though without the wallow — to sensations distinctly more athletic when you aim the 528 at a bend and hard-charge it. As you'd hope of a car promoted as a sport sedan, it spears them with a satisfyingly quiet confidence that's sharpened by the fact that the four-cylinder engine in its nose is lighter than the outgoing six.

Select the Sport+ mode, which relaxes the stability control system's interventionist policy and you can indulge the occasional tail slide. But it's the smooth and rapid fluency down the road that characterizes this car more so than exploring the outer reaches of its rear tires' grip. The 528i's dynamic capabilities can now be further stretched with four-wheel drive, as the xDrive option's rear-axle-biased torque distribution largely preserves the 5's rear-drive character.

High Tech, Low Consumption
And Eco Pro? It's about fuel economy strategies for both you and the car. The car's contribution is to lower the energy demands of the air-conditioning and assorted electrical systems such as the heated front seats, while providing you with some fuel-saving driving guidance. This includes an infotainment display whose bar graphs track the car's consumption over the previous 15 minutes while providing a rolling average. That's good, but the occasional appearance of rather obvious driving tips, such as "accelerate moderately" will irritate some drivers.

The 2012 BMW 528i is a car with an unusual breadth of personality, ranging from comfortable econo-sedan to sporting four-door. And this efficient new twin-turbo four allows it to pull off these character switches with conviction. Yet it's not a car of split personality. The satisfying way in which it gels makes it easy to understand why this is the best-selling sedan in its class, worldwide.

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Used 2012 BMW 5 Series Overview

The Used 2012 BMW 5 Series is offered in the following submodels: 5 Series Sedan. Available styles include 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 550i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6M), and 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

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