2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
While driving less than 30mph, My 2013 BMW 550i xDrive, Sedan, experienced the following CATASTROPHIC FAILURES: The front driveshaft broke and ruptured a hole in the engine's upper oil pan. The flexible joint or universal joint seized and broke the front part of the front driveshaft. Then the vehicle had metal in the engine oil and that has damaged the engine and the turbochargers. These failures are manufacturing defects (rusted flexible joint) because the car was never in an accident, there is no puncture damage to the undercarriage and the car has been to all its scheduled maintenance at the dealership. My BMW purchased brand new, just completed its 100K maintenance review on July 11, 2018 – and no significant rusting was notice or in need of repair for the Flexible Joint. The vehicle is going to need a new engine, new turbochargers, and a new front driveshaft. The repair estimates are: $15000.00
2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Bought it used and about 20k miles later not a single issue. The car is very comfortable around town and specially on the highway. There is a refineness that is hard to beat at this price range. I own Mercedes and Porsche as my other cars and this cars hold its own in more ways than they do. BMW drive is still unmatched even with Lexus (yawn) like comfort levels. Get the M-Sport package.
2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This is my fourth BMW. I had good experience with older BMWs. This car's auto start/stop function is abrupt. The entertainment system is highly unreliable. After a few month's use, the USB port to Ipod failed to function. Then the email to car system failed to receive messages sent to the car. The bluetooth connectivity is problematic. Phone calls will be received but the sound does not go through the speaker system. When you reported that to the dealership, they claim BMW has problem with keeping up the software updates for iPhones. They cannot fix them. The headlight controller unit failed but the dealership failed to fix it during warranty period. The seat belt's buckle hits the hard plastic of the B beam and creates a rattling noise when driving. It seems that BMW has a hard time get their software working properly in their entertainment system.
2013 BMW 5 Series 528i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I traded in a C class Mercedes. i couldn't do it fast enough i only had the MB 4 months. I'm not one to switch cars my last Audi i had for 8 years and 220K miles so that tells you what i think of that car. the BMW's size is perfect, the ride exceptional, and i love the look. this car just plain fits you perfectly. Ive only had it a few thousand miles but its flawless in how it handles and operates. I cant speak to reliability but I'm very happy right now. I never thought i'd find a car to compare with my Audi but this thing is really really close. Great job I can only hope i feel this way 6 months from now.
Update: after 25K miles my opinion hasn't changed. I still love the car, its been flawless. if it had one complaint its those run flat tires. i replaced with regular tires as i wanted a spare.. but that takes up half the trunk. i can still fit golf clubs in there, but not much else. Still 5 stars !!!