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2007 BMW 5 Series

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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 566 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

this is a great car.

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "every thing is beautiful in this car."

Cons: "NONE"

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

"I owned this car since 2012,it is CPO with updated maintenance and software. It is a beautiful car, a 5 series in 7 series body, elegant and fast, panoramic roof and adjustable rear seats, ceramic console and other options."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great road car

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Back up camera would have been nice"

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

2007 BMW 530xi

"The all wheel drive plants the car to the road under all conditions. I replaced the run flat tires with regular Michelin sport tires which improved the comfort of the ride. With the run flats on the car it rides very stiff and bumpy. The adaptive high intensity headlights are great. Love the baseball glove colored interior with the black sapphire paint. I have purchased about 40 cars in my lifetime of all makes and models, and this is the best of them all. Love this car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2007 BMW 530xi

super safe!

By on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,983

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "safe,fun,33MPG,good looks"

Cons: "costly to repair if wrecked as i found out"

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

"2010 BMW 535i sedan. bought at 44,500 miles now 71,000 miles wonderful oh so fun to drive! but on easter sunday a drunk driver pulled out infront of me! i did't even have time to brake, 55 MPH to 0 in two seconds, my knee pride and front end of the BMW were all that were busted thankfully defenently buy this car it drives good to!"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best sedan on market. Will replace with another.

By on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great performer while also comfortable"

Cons: "iDrive takes some getting used to"

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

"-- Grear Driver's car: outstanding performance and handling -- Comfortable, plenty of room, but very sporty feel -- Great power and pickup in 6 cyl. Very little turbo lag -- High quality fit and finish. Mine is 8 years old with 69K miles; people believe it is new -- Rear seats fold down creating tremendous cargo capacity -- Incredible performer in snow. I live in Boston area and have never been stuck -- 23mpg mixed driving -- Spare tire, not run flats Very few cons to car. What exists is minor, at least to me: -- iDrive takes some study to realize full benefits. Occasional drivers may find it hard to master -- Turning radius somewhat large"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Interior not very durable

By on Saturday, March 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Love the car. Bought it with 30k coming off being a loaner car. Now with 120k and only replaced tires, spark plugs, wipers, and headlight bulbs. This is my 4th bimmer and all have had mediocre quality of interior. Leather shows wear quickly and cup holders are really cheap. Car drives wonderfully and has been really reliable. X drive is amazing in the snow."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

OMG!

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Exciting to drive and manuver."

Cons: "Ashtry could be eliminated or position elsewhere"

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

"I purchased this vehicle, 528xi four months ago. This vehicle is awesome to look at and to drive. When I enter this vehicle it makes you want to drive forever. Took it on a road trip to Savannah, Ga. and the ride felt so comfortable and pleasurable that I wanted to keep driving. It handled great,smooth ride was incredible and to comment to gas mileage was simply money savings. I really wish I could afford a newer BMW but until then, I will ride the heck out of the vehicle. I simply love it."

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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