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)
37,034 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
List$17,538
Est.Loan: $320/mo
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No Credit, Bad Credit, No problem! Tax ID, No Problem! We Finance EVERYONE! Guaranteed Credit Approval! Rates starting at 1.99%. Apply Online at WWW.CAPAUTOVA.COM/FINANCING WE NEED YOUR TRADE, ALL TRADE-IN'S WELCOME!!! Affordable Extended Warranties Available. Ask your sales representative for more information! Call (703) 445-CARS (2277) to make an appointment or drop by to check out our fantastic selection and our beautiful new Chantilly showroom located at: 25280 Pleasant Valley Rd.Suite 150Chantilly, VA 20152 We are open 7 days a week for your convenience! Call, text, email or stop by today! Monday thru Saturday 9 am to 8 pm and every Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
138,200 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
List$12,256
Est.Loan: $229/mo
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BMW 5 Series 2012 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
54,640 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
550i xDrive
(5)
Fairfax Motors
16.9 mi away
List$19,988
Est.Loan: $364/mo
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Dealer Notes
Less than 55k Miles!! Includes a CARFAX buyback guarantee** New Arrival! All Wheel Drive!!!AWD! Safety equipment includes: ABS, Xenon headlights, Traction control, Curtain airbags, Passenger Airbag...Other features include: Navigation, Leather seats, Bluetooth, Power locks, Power windows... Why pay higher prices when you can buy directly from us with our no HASSLE and HAGGLE free pricing?? Our prices are competitive in the market and compete or beat other dealerships. The buying experience with Fairfax Motors is the best! Fairfax Motors is family owned and operated in Fairfax, Virginia offering cars for sale and buying services to the DMV area for 24 years. Our owner has built successful and long term relationships with our customers with them returning to purchase cars from us time and time again. Our entire staff offers transparency with each customer from our knowledgeable sales staff to our dynamic managers and all the way to our very experienced Finance Director who has been in the business for 40 years! We offer Finance and Extended Warranty options, plus detailing services to keep your car looking beautiful. We need your cars to fill out inventory, so we take all trades and buy cars too! Stop dreading the car buying process and start having fun! Still aren't sure? Our customers love to show us love and share their buying experience with the world. Come see us at Fairfax Motors for your next vehicle purchase.
BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
116,507 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
List$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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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 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 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
122,075 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
Dasto Auto Sales
18.7 mi away
List$11,995
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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$300 Below Market
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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
List$17,999
Est.Loan: $328/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. 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
List$16,395
Est.Loan: $299/mo
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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 550i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6M)
91,284 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
550i
List$15,944
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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$300 Below Market
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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 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
96,586 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
(5)
Gorilla Motors
33.1 mi away
List$12,995
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
2012 BMW 5 SERIES AWD with powerful 2.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve engine and driven only 96586 miles! Fully loaded and much more! CARFAX CERTIFIED Contact our Sales at 703-291-5180VISIT US AT WWW.GORILLAMOTORSVA.COM NATIONWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE/EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE.** PRICE LISTED EXCLUDES $499.00 DEALER PROCESSING FEE,TAX,TITLE AND REG FEES. ONLINE LISTED PRICE IS AN ASSUMED ONE TIME PAYMENT CASH PRICE, PRICE MAY VARY BASED ON QUALIFIED FINANCING. ALL LISTED INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, PLEASE CALL DEALER TO CONFIRM THE AVAILABILITY OF A VEHICLE AND DETAILS REGARDING SPECIFIC FEATURES. With Many years of experience our professional finance team can help you get in to the car of your dreams regardless of past credit history. We have partnerships with many nationwide lenders to provide you with the best option that meets your needs. ** The Gorilla Motors Team understands how difficult car buying can be and we are here to guide you and give you the best car buying experience. With Knowledgeable staff, and great prices we cater to the consumers top expectations! ** Visit Gorilla Motors online at www.gorillamotorsva.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 703-291-5180 today to schedule your test drive.
BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
86,822 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
List$13,228
Est.Loan: $247/mo
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$300 Below Market
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BMW 5 Series 2012 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
77,030 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i
List$15,970
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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$300 Below Market
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BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
73,656 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
Antwerpen Genesis
42.6 mi away
List$14,487
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BMW 5 Series 2012 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
129,264 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
Star Cars
47.3 mi away
List$12,999
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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Dealer Notes
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)
89,416 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
528i xDrive
MINI of Annapolis
54.2 mi away
List$18,691
Est.Loan: $341/mo
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Dealer Notes
We are excited to offer this 2012 BMW 5 Series. Your buying risks are reduced thanks to a CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. Sophistication & understated luxury comes standard on this BMW 5 Series 528i xDrive. Well-known by many, the 5 Series has become a household name in the realm of quality and prestige. You could spend more on fuel each month than on your vehicle payments, so why not consider one with exceptional fuel economy like this 2012 BMW 5 Series. This BMW 5 Series 528i xDrive comes equipped with all wheel drive, which means no limitations as to how or where you can drive. Different terrains and varying weather conditions will have little effect as to how this vehicle performs. More information about the 2012 BMW 5 Series: The 5-Series lineup of models offers athletic and surefooted sedans that also offer a surprising level of comfort inside. Technology is also a strong point in the 5-Series, with performance and safety standouts such as Active Steering, Active Roll Stabilization and a night vision system. The 5-series Grand Turismo Wagon is a very fashionable and fun-to-drive alternative to a sport-utility vehicle. Strengths of this model include Athletic handling, impressive high-tech features, understated styling, powerful and refined engines, and superior ride quality We look forward to seeing you soon! Please call us for more information.
BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
81,939 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
List$16,499
Est.Loan: $301/mo
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SPORT PKG,PREMIUM PKG,TECHNOLOGY PKG,COLD WEATHER PKG,PREMIUM SOUND PKG,DARK GRAPHITE METALLIC II,Sun/Moonroof,8-SPEED SPORT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION,Leather Seats,Keyless Start,Bluetooth Connection,All Wheel Drive,ANTHRACITE WOOD INTERIOR TRIM,OYSTER/BLACK; DAKOTA LEATHER SEAT TRIM This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *BMW 535XI ALLWHEEL DRIVE*1 OWNER*NAVIGATION*BACKUP CAMERA*COLD WEATHER PCK*BLUETOOTH*P/SEATS* THIS LUXURY VEHICLE IS MARYLAND INSPECTED AND FULLY RECONDITIONED. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.
BMW 5 Series 2012 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
66,689 miles
Used 2012
BMW 5 Series
535i xDrive
List$17,998
Est.Loan: $328/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.

Trim levels & features

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

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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.
My 3rd BMW in 6 years
luvinmybmw,05/23/2012
I had a 2007 BMW 530i, a 2009 BMW 328i and now a 2012 BMW 528i. My favorite was the 2007. My second favorite is the 2012 528i. The 3 Series, which was a 2 door coupe, was nice, but way too small. I'm not a big guy...not over weight and i'm only 5-9. The 2007 was really sporty and in my opinion drove like it was a train on rails! The 328i drove the same, but again...too small. The 2012 528i is absolutely beautiful. It looks like a small 7 series. Only problem, is it just doesn't "feel" like a BMW to me. It is not the "ultimate driving machine" I'm used to. However, in sport mode, it feels much better and sportier, but it is bulky like a Lexus (which i have owned). Interior is nice.
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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

More about the 2012 BMW 5 Series
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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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