2008 BMW 5 Series User Reviews
535xi Sports Wagon shown
- $16,829 - $21,841
- Power, Comfort. Nice and big family car
- Fuel economy and at times a to big for roads
Really nice overall family car. Good power nice in comfert and size. Would like to read more about the BMW550i spec's
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- Ridiculously Comfortable Seats with Sport package, Twin Turbo Performance, Real Time Traffic on Navi
- Idrive Navigation too many steps to go through (better than previous generation though)
This could be THE perfect car. Powerful like an M3 and as Comfortable as a 7 Series. This is my 5th BMW (525, 325xi, M3 convertible, & X3 before) and this one is without a doubt my favorite. BMW nailed it, homerun, end of story. You got to love a company that somehow improves on perfection year after year after year....read morehide
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- VERY VERY FAST AND SMOOTH. GREAT BALANCE OF PERFORMANCE AND SPACE OF A SEDAN.
- LOOKS IS A BIT DATED
BMW FINALLY MADE THE 4 WHEEL DRIVE SEDAN WE ALL WHERE WAITING FOR. THE 535 ENGINE COMBINED WITH THE SUPER QUICK TRANSMISSION MAKES THIS AS MUCH FUN TO DRIVE AS ANY "SPORTS CAR".
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- 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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- Power, Looks, 29 mpg highway, everything on this car is tremendous, turbo charging is on the way!
- Comfort Seats need a little work on the lumbar, otherwise no cons.
I have had my 2008 535XI about two weeks, after 1100 miles, I am truly impressed. I have had five other BMW, 3 and 5 Series, three X5's and this is my favorite. The fit and finish is superb, I have the Black Saphire with black leather, sport, premium, I pod, ProLogic, Cold Weather, and importantly upgraded to 18" Sport RunFlats. Handles like a dream, from 60 to 1xx she moves without a tick, straight up. The only thing I had done was to have the tires rebalanced, one of the fronts was off a little and was noticable at 60. Otherwise I am just now getting into a little peddle exercise, had to get the first 1000 mi in for the breakin. The automatic is really easy, it is responsive to shifting, seems to shift very quickly. The turbo lag is minimal, but is not 100% gone. It is not noticable unless you put your foot to the floor. A smooooth depression on the gas and you will feel the power in your backside. I know what to expect from a quick start, I raced superpro for years at 10.00 seconds in the quarter, this car has some real guts. Try one out if you get a chance. I also drove the 335i, it has a little more getup and go, but it is also lighter weight....read morehide
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- Excellent handling, responsive engine, quiet ride
This is the best performance car I have owned. I looked at Lexus, Audi, Mercedes and Infinity, and found the 535xi to be in a class by itself. I find myself "part of the road" when I am driving this car. The 300hp twin turbo is flawless. You will love this car! For the money, the hands down favorite....read morehide
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- Acceleration Baby!
- Difficult navigation system
This car is a rocket. I've owned a porshe in the past and although the porshe handles curves like no othe car, this car is a station wagon that has some giddy up that leaves your neighbors in the dust. It's fun to drive, responsive on turns, and has the wagon in back for my two dogs who love the wagons height over my wife's X5 SAV. Switching into manual is the fun way to go and even my cousin who just got a S class AMG was awed by the acceleration. Kudos to you BMW for finally producing a twin Turbo engine with some OOMPH....read morehide
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- Handling, acceleration, looks with sport package
- Learning curve for accelerating from a stop...it wants to GO
I have had the car for a couple of months now. It is AWESOME. I am an engineering type with a garage full of Hondas. I have driven "practical" cars all of my life. I have not had one minute of buyer's remorse. Nothing but positive feedback from people about the car's appearance with the sport package. I have not made an extended road trip yet. But the car sure makes the commute to work fun!
I think the negative hype about the Idrive is overblown. The active steering and handling make this car a demon in the curves. I bought the 550i when I went in fully expecting to buy a 6 series. The engineer in me again. The wife and kids can ride in comfort and still go 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds. You can't get much more practical than that!...read morehide
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- Handling, handling, handling!! Incredible acceleration.
- Cup holders are a joke. 12V ports have no power when car off. AC fan louder than Explorer
Standard radio - sounds great. Have XM hooked up through FM transmitter. I drive is Ok and fairly easy to use. Radio automatically updates available stations as you drive in their range. Comes with function that vents car for 30min when hot and can be set on timer for coming out of work. Has some mild road noise from tires. Back windows (passenger, rear cargo and hatch) are not tinted like all SUVs are. I have noticed that most cars and wagons don't come that way from factory. Much less cargo room than my Explorer but adequate for my Golden Retriever. Front and back seat area cool down rapidly. Lots of sun with panoramic roof. Probably get this tinted as well. Can not tell by driving that it is a wagon. Feels like sedan. Cup holders only good for can sized soda, coffe. 20 oz do not fit. High fun to drive factor. Ave 24-28mpg highway. Driven 700 miles. Spendy car similar to Escalade and Mercedes r-class in price. Little more that X5 but has better ride, acceleration. stopping distance and gas mileage....read morehide
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