Pros: "Uniquely fun car to drive with sport package"
Cons: "Unreliable - fuel system issues ruin ownership"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Sport package delivers ridiculously good handling. Body roll is negligible. Really a unique blend of power and performance. What ruins this is that you cannot own/drive this car like you would prefer due to its unreliability. The fuel system is a disaster. High pressure fuel pump is a recall item. The issue is that it produces other mechanical issues. Specifically, the fuel injectors can't handle the pressure from the fuel pump and fail. I've had 2009 and 2010 535's. Both have had all six fuel injectors replaced (at 52,000 and 37,000 miles, respectively). BMW has refused to acknowledge the issue with the fuel injectors. It's about a $2,700 repair if not under warranty. I've owned my last BMW. For me, they don't have the corporate integrity you'd expect for a luxury car manufacturer."
"This is my forth and last BMW. This is truly the most unreliable and costly car I've ever owned. It is over engineered. It has had several recalls before 30K miles. It is no longer under warranty and I'll be trading it in for a Japanese/American model. Caveat Emptor - BUYER BEWARE!"
Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty, good-looking, comfortable"
Cons: "Costly to maintain, poor audio quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"We bought our 2006 BMW 525xi Sedan off a two-year lease return Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) from our local BMW dealership. It's been a great car. We've taken multiple trips (longer trips) in it, and it has comfortable seats. We wish we would've gotten one with the better stereo system, as it isn't the best-sounding stereo system we've ever had, or heard in a vehicle, and the ring for the Bluetooth system is loud and annoying. The car has plenty of power, and the AWD is nice for the winter. 138k miles later (we got it with 30k miles on it), and it's still a great car. We've had to repair things like the oil pump, radiator, alternator belt, hoses, etc. There is also a noticeable "clunk" from the transmission when accelerating after stopping at a decline, which has been unresolved. All of that's been costly. in the past couple years, but it is a great car, and we'd buy another BMW! (:"
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."