2012 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Should Have Kept My Mazda

2012 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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528i Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 8-speed Automatic)

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Should Have Kept My Mazda
By tex27 on


2012 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)


I really liked the new design for the 5 Series.
Test drove a 2011 model.
It was great.
Ordered a 2012 and have had it for 3 months.
The new ECO feature can be annoying.
Car automatically turns off at stops and kinda jerks when it restarts.
You can disable ECO by pressing a button every time you start the car.
Still peppy in ECO.
HD radio is poor in my area.
Read SIB 65 25 05, a BMW bulletin about poor radio perfomance.
It is normal for volume changes to occur and stations to drop off the air!
Run flat tires annoying when flat.
You have to take the whole car in.
There is no spare.
Many local auto shops won't touch run flat tires.
Also, keyless start does not mean keyless entry.

Best Features

Exterior design--the car looks great. Excellent MPGs, especially on road (33 mpgs on recent 600 mile trip). Comfortable ride. Roomy. BMW pick-up and drive!

Worst Features

Improve HD radio so that it works and get rid of it. Make keyless entry standard since keyless start is. Include spare tire, even with run-flat tires.
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By luvinmybmw
on 05/23/12 18:02 PM (PDT)

Where do you live lol?? Run flats can be purchased anywhere, however, you cannot (at least they wont) repair a run flat tire. And why would you want to have a spare tire for run flats? Run flat tires prevent the need for a "spare tire" as they can drive several miles to a service station. Just put a little air in the tire and it's good to go.

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