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2007 BMW 5 Series

Overview
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2007 BMW 5 Series Review

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The 525i and 530i sedans are two of BMW's most successful vehicles. Their powerful styling is matched by two new six-cylinder engines introduced last year. With more interior room than a 3 Series but less exterior bulk than the pricey 7 Series, the 525i and 530i comfortably fill the dual roles of being both performance and family sedans. Beyond their trademark styling and obvious social status, the BMW 5 Series sedans offer a number of genuine advantages, such as a six-speed manual transmission, the availability of all-wheel drive (525xi and 530xi) and the latest advances in electronically assisted suspension, steering and engine operation.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like cutting-edge design and enjoy driving something that's unique and highly distinctive, the 5 Series is more than worthy of consideration. Its innovative exterior is bested only by the amount of technology inside the cabin, under the hood and throughout the chassis and suspension. The standard six-speed manual transmission is a rarity in this class.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you've come to love the look of previous-generation BMW cars both inside and out, the 5 Series may be a visual disappointment. For the money, there are other cars on the market offering similar levels of luxury and, in some cases more interior space, although without all the complicated high-tech wizardry.

What's Significant About This Car?

A four-year subscription to BMW Assist is now standard on the 5 Series. Other enhancements include an auxiliary input jack for use with an external MP3 player, the availability of High Definition Radio, a new steering wheel and 20-way adjustable sport seats with the Sport Package and BMW's Night Vision thermal imaging system.

Driving the 5 Series

Driving Impressions Our test 530i was equipped with the Sport Package that included BMW's Active Suspension, Active Steering and 18-inch run-flat tires. At highway speeds, the system is almost undetectable, and our...

test car tracked straight and true in the best BMW tradition. By the completion of our test, we were fans of the Active Steering technology.

In contrast, the Active Suspension behaved transparently (and brilliantly), enabling a smooth ride even over choppy pavement and providing unimaginably tenacious grip in sharp corners. The 530i's 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine supplies great low-end torque and smooth throttle response. Our test car came equipped with a six-speed manual, which was an enjoyable departure from other cars of this class, though we imagine most 5 Series cars will be sold with the STEPTRONIC automatic transmission.

Revised iDrive
The improved iDrive system features better graphics and a console-mounted menu button.

Active Steering
Active Steering electronically varies the steering ratio based upon vehicle speed. As a result, the driver is required to give less input to the steering wheel when parking, performing U-turns or avoiding potholes.

2007 BMW 5 Series Details
Interior

The centerpiece of the 5 Series dash is an LCD screen that displays the iDrive functions. iDrive controls everything from the audio to the navigation and is operated from a joystick-like knob located on the console. Interior colors are limited to black, gray and tan, with wood trim used sparingly on the dash and doors. Front seat comfort is excellent, and the 5 Series offers reasonable rear-seat legroom in addition to a roomy trunk.

Exterior
2007 BMW 5 Series photo

The 5 Series stands in sharp contrast to BMWs of the past. The subtle corners and simple lines have given way to sharp-creased edges and cat's-eye headlamp lenses. There are still some BMW trademark details, such as the twin-kidney grille and dog-leg rear door treatment, but with its bustle-back trunk and sculpted side panels, the 5 Series has definitely moved on to new design territory.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, iDrive control system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), illuminated remote keyless entry, dual heated power mirrors with right-hand tilt down (to assist in backing up), power glass moonroof, leatherette seating, power tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, Dynamic Stability Control, 10-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, 10-way power seats, front and rear head-protection airbags, 17-inch wheels, fog lights, poplar wood trim and a six-speed manual transmission.

Optional Equipment

Notable options for the 5 Series include Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) or STEPTRONIC automatic transmission, Active Cruise Control, Night Vision thermal imaging system, High Definition Radio, Head-Up Display, run-flat tires, Active Steering, ventilated leather seating, Active Roll Stabilization, rear side-impact airbags, remote start and 20-way power seats.

Under the Hood

The six-cylinder, 3.0-liter engine is a clear improvement over previous six-cylinder engines, offering increased horsepower at a much lower rpm; however, the 525i's modest torque rating won't impress true BMW devotees. The 530i may be the model to shoot for, offering much more in the way of low-end performance while still returning reasonably good fuel economy. If you have the need for more speed, a V8 engine is available in the 550i, but it will cost nearly $15,000 more to satisfy your craving.

3.0-liter in-line 6
215 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
185 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 (manual), 21/29 (automatic)

3.0-liter in-line 6
255 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 (manual), 21/29 (automatic), 19/27 (SMG)

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2007 BMW 5 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 549 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Great Family Car, But Costly to Repair!

By on Monday, September 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Quiet, comfortable, AWD, it's a BMW!"

Cons: "Maintenance costs, stereo, no Bluetooth Stereo"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"We purchased our 2006 525xi as a Certified Pre-Owned from a BMW dealership in 2008. I can barely tell that we're not the first owners of this car. The only thing I honestly have to complain about is the fact that repairs can be costly. The sound system isn't the best out there, and there's no place to plug in a phone or iPod, and Bluetooth doesn't allow you to stream audio. The AWD works great, though, and it is a quiet car. The coating on the faux wood trim has started to become dull, but I haven't tried polishing it yet. The iDrive system can also be slow to respond at times. But overall, a nice family sedan, which is what we purchased it for."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

BMW Reliability and Performance

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Handling, driving experience"

Cons: "Cost of repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Car is a bit under powered, but it is truly a joy to drive. I have 165k miles on it with nothing more than routine maintenance and a water pump. Great car, very reliable, solid quality machine. I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into the BMW market cheap."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

BEST CAR EVER. STILL GREAT AFTER 195k

By on Friday, August 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 195,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power handling style comfort total quality"

Cons: "Slow Bluetooth startup. Cost of repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. Solid! Drives like a sports car. Most of all the handling and response has kept me out of many freeway accidents. Yes it is expensive to repair, however I'm alive and that's fine with me. I am thinking I will hold on to this car and just keep driving it. Three more months of payments and after that the repairs won't seem that bad."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great experience overall...

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "style, power, room, comfort, performance!"

Cons: "cargo space, oil consumption, cost to maintain."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Stylish and strong with major handles all packaged in a wagon! This car is one of the best wagon's I've owned and I love the panoramic roof. I have a fetish for wagons and have relished my Volvo 700 series wagons (4) and Mercedes E320 wagons (2), but this BMW wagon gets serious points for style and power. I was always a bit reluctant to dig my Mercedes wagons into a curves at 50 mph -- but no problem in this Beemer. It takes curves like a marathoner takes a jog. I'm very impressed! Also, there is more rear leg room in this wagon than the Mercedes, but the cargo area and third seat option in the Benz allows much more versatility. Thank God for the roof rack, because that's the only way we can carry 4-5 people on anything beyond a weekend trip. I'm a little concerned about a couple of trans fail warnings and oil warnings, but I'm finding these to be fairly common issues with high mile ownership. This car will likely make me a BMW 5 series enthusiast. Take a test drive today!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My 4th. BMW & by far the best!

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Superb ride & handling"

Cons: "Maintenance is pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned my 2005 545i for 5 years. It has treated me well with just routine maintenance other than run-flat tires that I just replaced with regular tires. The ride is much smoother-the way BMW is supposed to be. My car is loaded with options-sport pkg., cold weather pkg., SMG with 6 speed, navigation, adaptive cruise control, premium sound. This car is a hoot to drive. Sporty & luxurious, doesn't get any better than that. From the rain sensing wipers, heads up display, passenger side mirror that tilts down when in reverse to the SMG clutch ( sport, auto or semi-auto mode ) German engineering has it all over everyone else."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good car, but...

By on Monday, July 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fuel economy, drive"

Cons: "weird cupholder location, vibrations"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased my 2008 CPO car about 5 years ago. The good thing about this car is the steering. It is awesome and feels very precise. My other American made truck can be driven with my pinky finger and I don't really like that. The car has not broken down so far (knock on wood), but I have had other weird problems that the dealership was not able/not willing to fix. The engine feels powerful with a great fuel economy. I get around 24 mpg (however my drive averages 29 mph with some stop and go miles). The triptronic transmission is good to give it a manual feel, but I have rarely used it. Now the bad things: Firstly, the ride is a bit rough. You feel every seam and joint on the road. Feels good at first, but then it is not exactly an M5. The suspension could've been a little softer, or at least adjustable. Secondly, there are vibrations when idling which the dealer was not able to fix. They made me change the engine mounts at my own expense when the car was not even 4 years old, and said the warranty does not cover it. It has gone down quite a bit, but still feel it every now and then. It is very irritating to have paid so much for a car that the dealer and BMW does not stand behind. The window regulator is going, which is a common problem for most BMWs. The sunroof leaks in most BMWs, but I park mine under a roof 99% of the time. Everything is $$$. Even an oil change is $150 (though they recommend you change it every 15,000 miles, which I think is too infrequent)."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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