2008 BMW 5 Series
There are 6 user reviews for the 528xi Sedan trim shown below
- Outstanding luxury, ride and handling. Electronics options well-designed
- Paintwork *slightly* orange-peeled, (base coat slightly dry) not up to standard for this car
Ride, handling, seats and other comforts are exemplary in this sedan. It is, in my opinion, the finest luxury car in its class.
I originally wanted the 535xi for the 300hp turbo engine, but didn't want to wait 90 days for it so took the first from inventory at the dealership. I have absolutely NO regrets. the 230hp six is quite adequate for any "normal" driving conditions. If you want to turn it into a fire-breathing performance car, buy the 535 turbo with the manual transmission, or the 550 with the V8.
Although she won't drive it often, my wife drove it comfortably. She was a bit intimidated by the I-Drive computer interface and other electronics. Note she had no trouble with the basics, (necessary controls) but selecting an audio source and tuning the radio were hard for her.
I'll tell you this - I'm a certifiable fanatic when it comes to my cars, and so far the only flaw I've found even worth reporting is that the paintwork on my particular car gets only an "acceptable" rating from me. The base coat is ripply with evidence of dryness in places. The clear coat is better, but no amount of polish will ever make it a first-class finish. It's "good enough" for me, (probably just fine for most) but the car otherwise deserves better.
I'm just getting started with this car so all the above is early impressions. I've had the car a couple of weeks and put on roughly 700 miles. The summary - It's an outstanding car and I recommend it very highly. So far the dealer experience has also been first-rate. If you're in the Yakima, WA area I wouldn't bother to look any farther than the local dealer - you won't find better service from the west side. (no affiliation, my opinion)
So what to do when the lease is up? If the experience continues as well as it's started, perhaps we'll up the ante a bit. I would have considered a 6-series this time if BMW had one with AWD. Anyone in Bavaria listening? ;-)
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