2012 BMW 5 Series
There are 2 user reviews for the 535i trim shown below
- Good fuel economy, smooth engine, interior
- Auto shut off, steering feel
Purchased As New
This is my third 5 series, traded in my '08 535i after test driving the 7 series, Infiniti and Audi competitors. The exterior is even better when seen in person and the interior is much better than the previous generation (especially the cup holders). Interior is very similar to the 7 series. The new HD nav system and back up camera are excellent, iPod interface is seamless. My favorite option is the adaptive suspension (DDC) which makes a noticeable difference in the car's handling from soft like a Lexus to sporty BMW standards. My complaint is the new electric steering, you lose road feel when compared to the hydraulic system used in previous generations (and new M5). Also the auto shut off is very noticeable, not smooth. Fix this and it would be perfect, but still a great car....read morehide
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- The Best Driver's car for drivability, BUT......
- Extremely poor reliability. The sensors and electronics most unreliable
Purchased As New
I purchased new 535i in 2008 with 4years/50k warranty. As soon as 4 years are over, and with only average of 8k miles per year, it has bogged down with 2 recalls, numerous erratic engine check. So many times went for service just for sensor check, reset....and each time Kearny Mesa BMW in San Diego, will find some problem. No problem was found in 4 years, but now they discover all problems even when it has only 42K miles. My battery died in a small town. After changing there and driving few miles all sorts of warning, engine shutdown, started coming. My BMW dealer said that the battery MUST be purchased in BMW only and needs computer reset, that cannot be done elsewhere. Lo!...what poor design....what if there is no BMW dealer in a town or highway!! The list goes on and on. However, I must say that no car drives as well as BMW. But sell it fast within 4 years of warranty to lessen headaches. Now, I will buy a Lexus or even Honda or Camry or other more reliable car, with decent performance....read morehide
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