2008 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

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Gareth writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Sport Wagon Review
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Amazing Twin Turbo Motor, 6 speed manual, x-drive=all weather capability, hill assist, plenty of cargo space for most purposes

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Not the prettiest car on the road

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The Perfect Car For Someone Who Doesn't Want Another Suv Or Truck. — My mom is currently leasing a 208 BMW 535xi sport wagon with a 6 speed manual and as someone who has been fortunate enough to have driven an E46 M3, been in a ride along in a highly modified Supra, and been in a few Porsche 911 Turbo's this car is surprisingly fun to drive. My mom is leasing this car with the sport package and the suspension is fairly stiff but the ride is not harsh at all. I've found myself on empty stretches of highway pushing this wagon into the 140mph range effortlessly. The N54 Twin Turbo in this car has plenty of power almost everywhere in the rev range. The boost from the turbos kick in down low in the 2000 rpm range and don't let off until well after 6,000 rpm's. It's very nice not to have to down shift in 6th gear to pass a slower car. I can't say enough about how great the mechanics in this car are, but it's a BMW, so you should expect the best. This is not the prettiest car ever built but it's nicer looking than most other sports wagons you will see on the road. In terms of interior the new E60/E61 5 series is not as traditional as the E39 which I am accustomed to. The interior is very nice in my opinion and the i-Drive is a very nice feature. If you can use an i-pod, you can use i-Drive, so I don't know why people dislike the system. All I can say is if you are trying to decide between an X5/X3 and something else, look at the 535xi. It has the same all weather abilities as an SUV with about the same storage capacity but appeals to those who don't want to drive an SUV and want something that is more like a car. For this, the %35xi Sport Wagon is the perfect solution.

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Gman4111 writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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4

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Like this model. Still a head turner. Luxury and sport is combined in this model.

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City driving gas mileage is not so great but highway mileage is good on the wallet.

Gman4111
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Beatiful Car — My vehicle had front end damage so I had to fix some things and still finishing up. Without that this is probably one of the best driving experiences. The only other vehicle that I enjoyed more was my Porsche. The 2008 BMW put a little more into it to compete against Infiniti which was taking some of their market share. So this model year you get more for your money thanks to good old capitalist competition.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Stutattoo writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 550i Review
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5

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Aggressive looks, performance and handling.

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None

Stutattoo
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Very Pleased With This Model. — Bought this car used from a BMW dealership without it being certified pre-owned. This saved me about $3,000. It has nearly every option including the $4,300 M sport package. This is the 12th BMW I've owned in the past 15 years and the one I'm most happy with. (Still own my 2002 525i with nearly 200,000 miles on it) The 550i performs outstanding in every aspect. Its equipped with the automatic but when placed in manuel mode, comes off the line strong and shifts very smoothly. Handling is excellent as is the breaking. And compliments - get them every time I pull into a gas station, toll booth plaza or just stopped in traffic. The sport package sits low and looks very aggressive. Super looks, performance, breaking and not to bad on gas for such a powerful and heavy car. There's nothing negative about this BMW. Having two teenagers in the house it's the perfect car to transport them while still having a car with style, performance and safety.

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

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absimonds writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Review
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4

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I love driving this car.  It's a perfect size, has a 6 speed manual, the Sport Pkg, powerful, smooth - a great autobahn cruiser.

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Little things always go wrong - the turbo is intermittent and when driven hard often trips the "engine malfunction" warning, the passenger seat ALWAYS thinks someone is in it and I have to drive with that seat-belt buckled, and on clod days when I park outside for a long time (a work day) the tire pressure monitor pings relentlessly.

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Madison — Good, not great. This car always needs little things fixed. I love driving this car. It's a perfect size, has a 6 speed manual, the Sport Pkg, powerful, smooth - a great autobahn cruiser. Little things always go wrong - the turbo is intermittent and when driven hard often trips the "engine malfunction" warning, the passenger seat ALWAYS thinks someone is in it and I have to drive with that seat-belt buckled, and on clod days when I park outside for a long time (a work day) the tire pressure monitor pings relentlessly.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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absimonds writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Sport Wagon Review
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Driving dynamics, solidity, amenities, perfect size.

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Wish I'd splurged for the sport pkg.  And we DID buy an extended CPO warrantee from BMW from $2,500 which was completely worthless.

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Kermit — This is a great car. One of the last driver's wagons on the road with a 6 speed manual! This is our weekend cruiser to Vermont or elsewhere. A great autobahn cruiser. We've had a few things go wrong with it - the wiring in the tailgate went bad and was replaced, a front suspension spring broke and blew a tire. I hope to drive this car for 10 more years.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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stopchia writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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5

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Great Handling

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Depreciate fast

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Great Car, Especially If Bought Used — This is a great car. I wouldn't buy it new, because they depreciate fast. You can get a great deal on a 3/4 year old car that is best in class. I highly recommend to anyone who likes cars not just for their looks, but how they drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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SZaidi writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i Review
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5

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very comfortable fun smooth

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I havent found anything wrong with it. drives great and havent had to do any maintenance

SZaidi
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Most Fun Car I Have Ever Driven! — very hard to go to another car once you have driven a BMW. the statement "Once you go Beamer you never go back!" very true once you experience it yourself. I love the car in every aspect so far and it has not given me any trouble.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2008BMW528i writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
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powerful, safe

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expensive services from dealers

2008BMW528i
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Good Quality Car — This is an amazing and comfortable car.Good safety and fun features. It runs smooth, has great pickup and excellent brakes. Fuel economy is surprisingly great: most of the times its around 24 miles per gallon. sound system is definitely better than most of the other cars I have. I-drive can take sometimes to learn. Front seats have many options in terms of adjustments. Labor and services from dealers are expensive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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ericline1 writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 550i Review
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Very comfortable for my long Sales trips, Drivers controls are very easy to reach, A very quiet drive and Handles great!

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Maintenance and Fuel Cost...

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It Is The Ultimate Driving Experience — The overall car is great! The drive and acceleration are both awesome. This car is not functional for a growing family though. The lack of cargo space has been a issue. I would recommend everyone own a BMW at least Once!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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fireman0175 writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Review
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mileage, quietness, handling

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thigh support is too tight, maybe too much electronics.

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I Would Find It Hard To Find A Comparable Model Where The Above Notes Last Past The First Two Years. — The handling is sharp and tight, the acceleration is superb. It is very quiet and not too smooshy. I like the Idrive. it is not hard to learn. 28 mpg on freeways at 70-80mph. BMW takes care of the maintence, but should provide more than one set of wiper refills per year in a temperate rain forest like Western Washington/oregon. yes, the car is fun to drive and so smooth!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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