2008 BMW 5 Series User Reviews

2008 BMW 5 Series Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 61 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 36 reviews
"power" 33 reviews
"handling" 16 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"speed" 10 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"high maintenance" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 61 2008 BMW 5 Series reviews.

Gareth writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Sport Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Amazing Twin Turbo Motor, 6 speed manual, x-drive=all weather capability, hill assist, plenty of cargo space for most purposes

Cons

Not the prettiest car on the road

195

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 15,093 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,500.
ZIP:
fireman0175 writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

mileage, quietness, handling

Cons

thigh support is too tight, maybe too much electronics.

fireman0175
45

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Stutattoo writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 550i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Aggressive looks, performance and handling.

Cons

None

Stutattoo
45

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.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Michael writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Performance balanced well with comfort. Sport, quality and luxury blended into a VERY sharp look.

Cons

...I can only think of the gas mileage.

55

I Have Never Driven A More Complete Car — Well, The twin turbo keeps its 0-100 in 5.2 sec-promise. Mine is white with white leather and it looks pretty sharp, I must admit. It simply drives like a dream. Extreme comfort without loosing the sensation of sporty and crisp reaction and performance. The palette of accessories is created under the philosophy: "If we can think of it, lets make it". It comes with a lot standard and the rest of it exists with guarantee. On the economic side. Well it is rather thirsty (<20 mpg if you do not drive carefully. A On the pros side (in the US at least) BMW USA has a 4 year zero cost service program included. We were also looking at Mercedes, Audi and Porche. None of these gave this option. I have never driven a better or more complete car. But it changed my driving pattern in the more aggressive direction :-)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Sami writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Engine, Handling, Brakes, Interior

Cons

None, potentially will upgrade to the 550i wheels.

85

Love This Car — Fantastic acceleration and good gas mileage. Absolutely no compromises. Handles great through the corners, setup for a little bit of understeer, but you can create oversteer with a little extra throttle. One of the best engines in the world...period.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
absimonds writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

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

Cons

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.

absimonds
35

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
jbittick writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Great handling; Smooth and Powerful engine; Built for handling winding roads at higher speeds.  Navigation and Bluetooth

Cons

Tire maintenance.  Front/Rear Parking sensors a nice feature, but would do better with a camera

jbittick
35

Truly A Driving Machine.....with Some Slightly Above Average Maintenance Costs — Fun car to drive. If you're interested in a driving experience that includes both power and handling, this is the car for you. As intended, you will feel the road as the car is almost one with it. Enjoyable experience.

Primary Use: Family transportation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Joven writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Sport Wagon Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Subtle, Sleeper, Sensible, Superfun, and aweSome vehicle.

Cons

None...

165

Incognito But Still A Blast To Drive... — Performance - above par. Quality - most exact specs of a car. Tight fit, no rattles. Appearance - sleeper and sensible. An acquired taste to like. Reliability - it has not disappoint me yet. Super fun to drive, versatile, spacious, and room for my dog.

Primary Use: Family transportation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
calletina writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Roomier than a 300 series. Love the looks I get driving it;) LOVE how reliable it is in handling and engineering- Fab. Safe in rain. Adjustments for various drivers are great. Gas mileage is great! 32.6 (when I stomp on it) to 33.4 avg. Better than the  535i and X-drive. Roomy for luggage and passengers. LOVE the heated seats. Love the AC and Heat system. The Cruise control keeps it dead on the speed selected. Lots of nice features and convenience. Not a Sonoma for fluff and such- but a true performance car with extras. Nice!

Cons

Physical DVD maps drive was intially problematic. Later models have integrated map drive. Few places to stow glasses, etc. Seat could have a bit more cusion in the base- I'm in mine 3hrs a day but its fine. Cup holders are not very ruggedly constructed. But I am neat and careful so they are fine.  Speakers are okay but I wouldn't mind an upgrade. The Voice Nav doesn't recognize my accent so it isn't the best- needs a training option to teach the Voice my accent. AHah. Needs a cell phone dock. The BMW assist is Overpriced and for the number of uses I have had- AAA is the better choice.

calletina
35

Lovely, Reliable Performance Machine! — I drive a LOT 1000 miles a week. And I finally feel safe and comfortable when I'm travelling. It handles great. It is very quick but not at jumping off the line from a dead stop. The trade off is I get GREAT gas mileage. The car is wonderfully engineered. And it is beautifully detailed inside and out. If you get one, get a cargo organizer for the trunk and get some storage for the interior if you carry a lot of things. I do get a little bit of aggression on the road. I don't drive aggressively but people get aggressive with me in the BMW. Interesting and true. I drove a 2011 528i for 2 weeks while my DVD was being swapped out. I do NOT like it as well as the 2008. I do like the Nav better but it's bigger, harder to see around it, feels wrong, the Cruise controls arene't like the 08- I don't like them. The 2008 is still sports-like. the 2011 is more luxury feeling. I prefer the smaller feel and sports handling of the 08. The Continental tires are not the run-flats and I am still putting miles on this original set at 89000 miles on the odometer. The run-flats are expensive and my friends have had to replace theirs at 30K miles. The MPG is higher with the Continentals too. I love this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
beanie writes:
2008 BMW 5 Series 528i Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Wonderful car!  The sports package makes this car a dream to drive.  The bolsters, lumbar support and thigh adjustment in sports seats is incredibly comfortable.  Always a pleasure to drive and fun.  The average MPG of 24.5 is a wonderful plus.  In summary main pros:  German engineering, comfort, performance, above average MPG, certified warranty til April 2014 or 100K, Steptronic smooth transmission, headlights and beauty of the car.

Cons

Maintenance costs higher than domestic vehicles but well worth it to drive this terrific ar.

beanie
35

Beautiful Performance And Comfortable Vehicle. — I have nothing but praise for this car. I have had several 5 series and this is one is good as the rest. They have all been very reliable, well built, solid vehicles. What I really like about this one is the sport suspension and seats - fabulous. Enjoyable to drive and own.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 61 2008 BMW 5 Series reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2014 BMW 5 Series Reviews

A Pleasure To Drive By Joeadp

awesome drive with all the bells nd whistles...takes about a week to get comfortable with bmw idrive.......seems intuitive after a week. great gas mileage n added bonus for a car this size. love the... Read More

Read all 2014 BMW 5 Series reviews

2013 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Perfect Marriage Of Luxury And Performance By ajlatsko

I absolutely love my 550i. On the outside it looks like a sexy beast, and once you step on the accelerator, your impression is confirmed. This is the absolute best car I've ever driven, and I'm in the... Read More

A Luxurious And Fun To Drive Family Car. By essgee

I knew that I would enjoy the car, but I keep being surprised by how much I really love to drive it. It is sporty without drawing attention to itself. It gets pleasingly aggressive in sport mode. I... Read More

Read all 4 2013 BMW 5 Series reviews

2012 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Nice Appearance. By stonebay124

Not what I expected the vehicle to be.Though attractive in appearance, handling is more of a performance vehicle than a performance/leisure vehicle. Though brand in name is fine, in the future I thin... Read More

Great Vehicle! By Country860

It is a great vehicle and very comfortable and reliable. The 4 cylinder is great on gas but could have a little more pickup power. All the options on the car are great. Plenty of power once you are up... Read More

Read all 3 2012 BMW 5 Series reviews

2011 BMW 5 Series Reviews

Awesome 4 Door Rocket By jcbuncc

BMW quality, maintenance included and warranty is great. AWD is great. Comfortable ride. Plenty of room for most families. Tight with 2 cars seats and lots of kids stuff though. Gas mileage is gr... Read More

Excellent Car By eamin1

loved the luxury and comfort in the car. Starting 2011, BMW focused more on bringing whats in the 7 series down the 5 series, vs before, were they were focusing on expanding the luxury of the 3 series... Read More

Read all 16 2011 BMW 5 Series reviews

2010 BMW 5 Series Reviews

A Sporty Sleeper In Disguise By Longtimer

Tight as a drum, reliable, fun to drive easy or hard, corners like it is on rails - and of course, monumental German engineering through and through, this baby is fun as heck to drive and use as a dai... Read More

Love This Car By tjohannesson

Love the car, great engine, don't need to worry about the turbo, or injectors it just runs smooth, keep up the maintenance and never have any issues. It is a great car, the only downside I would say i... Read More

Read all 11 2010 BMW 5 Series reviews

People researching a 2008 BMW 5 Series contacted a dealer about

2008 BMW 5 Series, 2008 BMW 535i, exterior, manufacturer
BMW 5 Series
47% of the time
BMW 3 Series
11% of the time
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5% of the time
BMW 7 Series
4% of the time
5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 15,093 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,500.
ZIP: