2011 BMW 5 Series User Reviews
535i xDrive shown
- $31,958 - $44,235
- No trim specified for this review
- Prestigious, technology is great, quiet ride, power at passing, fuel economy
- This car is like a super model - stunning looks, super high maintenance
Purchased As New
I love this car and I hate this car. I like the lines, the engine, the responsiveness, the agility, the fuel economy (2011 535i X drive - 34 mpg highway), road feel, quiet, safety features, technology, fit and finish. It handles better in snow than my Tahoe. My 535 i X is 8 months old, I bought it brand new and it's been in the shop 6 different times for four different issues. Three "check engine light issues", one that resulted in the car being completely reprogrammed because the "Efficient Dynamics" profile wasn't charging the battery enough and I got a "replace battery message". That was 2-3 days down time. Then another check engine light came on and it was tied up for another 2 days. Then the drivers side door would not latch in cold weather. That was three trips to the dealer and about 4-5 days of downtime. It was a defective door latching cable that had to be replaced. Of course they didn't have the part and they had to airfreight it in from Dusseldorf or wherever and that wasted more time. I swear that the "check engine" light is on as much as the automatic headlights.I got the car back from the shop after the door cable fiasco and a week later, another check engine light came on. This time is was a an emissions discharge switch stuck closed. Back to Dusseldorf again and another 3-4 days up in smoke. I dropped the car off on Friday and it MIGHT be done late Monday but I was told it could be as long as Wednesday. That will be another 4-6 days in the shop. I have literally taken this car to the shop every 6 weeks for the last 8 months. I have driven every BMW loaner they have on the lot. I baby this car, it's garaged, I wash and wax it obsessively and I check fluids weekly. Regardless, it always manages to pull it's "super model" act and act like a high maintenance bitch. I want to love this car but it's gotten so damned annoying with all these varied mechanical problems that I'm almost afraid to start the engine because I KNOW another "check engine" light is imminent.The dealer is "reviewing my case" and is supposed to get back to me on Monday with some sort of answer. Frankly, it's going to take something really dramatic - like a new replacement car - to retain me as a BMW owner and loyalist. This car is really close to "lemon" status and the amount of time I have wasted bringing it to/from the dealer is aggravating. To be fair to the dealer, they have not gotten back to me yet, they have been cool with the issues and I could be astonished with their actions. I am thinking of leaving the car unlocked in a bad part of town with the key on the front seat. With my luck, some would be thief would not be able to get it started and it would sit there for weeks. Then again it's been at the dealer for weeks already so what's the material difference?
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