2008 BMW 5 Series User Reviews
535xi Sports Wagon shown
- $16,829 - $21,841
- No trim specified for this review
- Styling, Technology, Performance, Fuel Economy, It's a BMW
- Roads in the US are not worthy of driving great cars like these.
I took European Delivery last year. I drove drive the car from the BMW Welt in Munich to Berlin, onwards to Heidelberg and finally to Frankfurt. The car is effortless at autobahn speeds - I was driving an average of 110 mph and I still got at least 28 mpg. It is electronically limited to 150 mph and there are sections of the autobahn where I drove close to it but the car handled really, really well. I'm sure that this is the same experience of other folks who have driven in Germany.
BMW shipped the car back to the US and as soon as I drove it on "our" roads, the realization that our roads are horrible (uneven, bumpy, potholes, etc) was more evident. No wonder our politicians want to keep speed limits to 70 mph. I wish they saw how things are done properly across the pond - you let people drive as fast as they can - but getting a driver's license is a pain - it takes a lot of studying and practice before you get one. People learn how to drive smart - in both city and autobahn speeds. The ones that don't end up you-know-where.
Amazing car - bluetooth is great - the ones complaing about the iDrive are the ones who had always had problems with using a mouse.
If I were to buy another car, it would still be a BMW via Euro Delivery. I'd get one of the soon-to-be-released 335d (diesel) model or an M5. If I was overflowing with money, I'd get the M6.
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