1997 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

1997 BMW 5 Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 16 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"build quality" 5 reviews
"sound" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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75sausage writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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4

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Great handling car, roomy and quiet. Engine is extremely reliable even at 225000 miles.

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At it's current age, maintenance is becoming increasingly necessary.

75sausage
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Love The Car. — I bought the car with 180K miles 3 years ago. I have since ran that up to 225K miles without any major issues. At it's current age maintenance is frequent and necessary and I have replaced several suspension components, coolant reservoir which cracked, moon roof track, valve cover gasket, transmission shift switch, and other minor items.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mjmike93 writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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Great handling, brakes, ride and power!

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It's a bit small inside for me but I'm 6'7" 315 lbs. Darn tiny Europeans.

mjmike93
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They Got This Car Right In 1997. — Love to drive this car, it's a bit small inside for me but I'm 6'7" 315 lbs. Other then a little over engineering it is an awsome car. I'd run it against anything from that error and expect to win in style. lol

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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bmwforsale writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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4

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Drives well. Interior is nice. Has leather seats, 6 disk DVD changer, good tires, stylish rims and no accidents.

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Overheats and has minor dings and normal wear. I would love to restore every crack, nick, noise and tear but I have more passion than know how.

bmwforsale
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1997 Bmw 528i — I really like the weight of this car and the way it handles the road. I like the classic style and elegant presence at any age this car looks good! Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jimmi writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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Awesome to drive..

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Nothing

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Jaa — 520i very nice car to drive.. No noise from the roead or anything.. just nice and quiet;) I recomend this car to people like me who drive long trips.... Very nice performace. and its very very fun to drive.. Ja

Primary Use: Family transportation

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hamgam11 writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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Makes driving fun.

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Hard to figure out all the gadgets and gizmos.

hamgam11
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Rear Wheel Drive, Not The Greatest Car To Drive In Wisconsin Winters. — Older "Beamer" but still drives like a sports car. Classic BMW looks. Gets good gas mileage for a sporty car. German engineering, some of the features are hard to figure out, and the Manual doesn't tell you much. Overall, though a great car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Gabor writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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4.4L V8

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gas guzzler

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Awsome — great overall car. heavy on fuel sometimes, but the performance is worth the extra few bucks. solid build, engine runs great. needs a bit of paint work, but body is immaculate other wise. fine german engineering for a 1997 model

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David writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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Smooth, Quiet, Spacious, Reliable, Fast

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Most have high miles and can have electrical faults

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1997 Bmw 5 Series 528i — Performance: Engine nice and lazy down in the revs but lots or power at 3k revs onwards, brakes very good. Handles very tight on the lowered suspension and wider tires. Build Quality: Very good. Appearance: Very nice, lots of M-Tech extras on it. Cost of Ownership: Not bad, 30MPG and cheap insurance. Fun Factor: Good fun, a good drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Adam writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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BMW

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costly

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Good Car — accelerates fairly well. brakes are adequate. handles very well. well built but expensive when things do go wrong. timeless looks, aged very well. maintanence is important. its very fun to drive, the harder its driven the better it performs. good car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Stuart writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 540i Review
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would recommend these cars to anyone

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nothing

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One Of Bmws Best But What Else To Expect From German Engineering — performance of the 535i is very impressive acceleration is very quick and very responsive the braking respondes just as quick no matter what speed your at... appearance of mine as mine is the ac snitzer looks superb and always gets looks and comments

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Hayk writes:
1997 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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comfort, build quality, looks and its a BMW

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cooling system

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Awesome If Your Cooling System Has Been Replaced After 100k Miles — Much more of a car than my last car, which was my last car, performs better, but is still a slow car, if you want something faster get a 540, but it is a fun car to drive compared to competition

Primary Use: Family transportation

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