Cons: "engine, suspension, tires last about 15,000 miles"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this car when it was two years old and had a CPO warranty. Thank goodness. The total maintenance/repair bills over those 2.5 years I owned it costs > $14,000. One time the dealership had it for 3 weeks to solve a major engine problem and fix the rear suspension airbag. The engine problem centered around two timing chains that needed to be measured, sent off to Germany for fitting, and then replaced into the engine. At least two other times prior to this most recent experience the engine needed new fuel injectors and spark plugs. The 5 yr extended warranty paid for almost all the repairs. The dealer was very accommodating by giving me a loner each time my car was needed overnight. The reason the dealership gave me about the repairs involved how new the engine was. This was my 4th BMW (as I can really tell the difference in its preciseness on the road)."
Pros: "Fun to drive, style holds up well, comfortable"
Cons: "Repairs can be pricey (but not many yet!)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car used three years ago and was concerned about reliability. Outside of a few things that one would expect for a car this age (coolant hoses that needed replaced, for example), this car has been surprisingly reliable. In fact, it has been as reliable as my old Acura. When it's time for a new car, it will be another BMW. Driving fun (missing in so many cars now) and luxury combination is perfect for me. And if I'm careful, I can squeeze about 28 mpg on the highway. I am NOT careful around town (too much fun), and I still average 22.1 mpg in mixed driving--not bad at all, given how hard I push this thing!
Oh, and oil filters mounted on the top of the engine? Brilliant. Easy changes for the DIY guy."
Pros: "AWD, comfort, fuel economy and driving dynamics."
Cons: "Poor resale value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We love this car. Except for poor resale value, it is one of my favorites (we have owned Porsches, Mercedes and GM autos). I now look past BMW's quirks such as no dipstick, tire pressure sensors that don't tell what the tire pressure is, putting very expensive electronics in the trunk with the spare tire where it is exposed to water from spills or plugged sun roof drains, 15,000 mile service intervals using BMW oil which runs out of additives in 8,000 miles, etc. Yes we do have a full size spare tire, but the 2008 5 series is probably the last BMW that does. However, driving the car in any weather will convince you. The AWD is amazing - much better than an MBZ that we drove and our other three AWD cars. The power from the non turbo 3 liter is more than needed for 99% of our driving. If fuel mileage impresses you, ours has recorded an overall urban/highway mileage for the last 25k miles nearly the same as the EPA highway rating. On trips we see more than 30 mpg through mountains, freeways and cities. If comfort impresses you, the 20-way adjustable seats are excellent and are a big reason the car has accumulated 94,000 miles. We will keep this car for several more years. It still looks, drives and handles like new."
Pros: "Power, fuel efficiency, dynamics, and quality"
Cons: "they just don't make them like this anymore"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Ever since the market correction (stocks, housing & global meltdown) BMW has created a cheaper and lower quality product. I've been owning BMW's since 1978, and each year they change a little bit. It's a race to the bottom. My last E36 M3 was the best yet. The point I'm trying to make is when I test drove a loaner 2015 528i, I instantly felt the wide gap in quality my E60 535 demonstrated. Oh, I like all the gizmos and technology in the new 528 for sure. But driving dynamics was completely gone. The new BMW's have hard plastic now, and the leather is void of suppleness. I don't know what the cause or reason for this is but it's sad. So if you're shopping around for a BMW, do yourself a favor and test drive a CPO previous gen, and then the new generation--you will be completely amazed at how the older models just hold their own quality wise over the "next generation"..."
"By far the most complex and innovative BMW we have owned.
Of course, it is also the most expensive to maintain. This is a true driver's car and after 10 years is still a strong contender compared with current models."