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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 540 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

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)."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned!

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Sporty, efficient, fast, fun, looks great"

Cons: "iDrive, iDrive, iDrive. Only takes premium fuel."

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

"I love my 530xi - it does it all. What else can cruise on the highway at 75/80 mph getting 30+mpg, yet feels like a sports car when you punch it around a turn? I bought pre-owned certified, and I highly recommend the program. The car looked new with 3 years and 30k miles on it, and was 50% of the cost of a new one with an extended warranty. Everything you hear about the early iDrive is true - it is the one low point on the car. No repairs other than wear items like tires, 2 ignition coils, airfilter etc. I will drive it into the ground and then get another."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Good until sunroof leaked

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great pickup, smooth drive, comfortable"

Cons: "Sunroof, cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Payed this car off and was planning on driving it for at least 10 years. I have had no real issues that I didn't expect like how expensive maintenance is and the cost to replace runflat tires. The windshield wipers do not last long on this vehicle and they, too, are expensive to replace, but that was no surprise and I didn't mind as the car has been my favorite to drive ever. BUT we recently had to leave it parked outside of the garage for a few days during which we had rain every day some of it hard but not a hurricane. Shortly after I started noticing a bad odor. I looked for anything that might be wet - everything seemed ok. Then we went on vacation and it was in the park and ride for a week. The odor when we returned was horrific - obvious mold. We have since pulled the back seat out after I felt dampness when sticking my fingers in the crevice. It was full of water. We washed it all down with vinegar, dried it, and wiped it with vanilla. It smells fine now but what if I have to park outside again? I wish it didn't come with a sunroof."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I love my car.

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Wonderfully balanced, taut driver's car"

Cons: "Typically worthless German cupholders"

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

"I bought my Bimmer used but in excellent condition with the true manual transmission almost 2.5 years ago. It has been a joy in practically every respect. I've put 30,000 miles on the car, and apart from standard services (oil and a set of plugs) the only expenditures have been for a set of tires, shocks and struts (replaced the originals after 100k miles) the DVD player which runs the GPS (only $125 and a couple hours of my time to do it myself) and a starter. Yes, the iDrive was not so refined the first year but the HUD for the nav system is cool, and the only other annoyance is a little wind noise from the sunroof and that the passenger side window thinks someone's head is in the way once in a while. All minor for such a handsome, well made, and beautifully handling car. It never fails to impress friends and colleagues."

I love this car

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Amazing to drive, most comfortable seats ever"

Cons: "Maintenence cost is high when it needs it"

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

"I have had BMWs all my life, and several V8 5 Series. I have a 2008 M-Sport and this is the best car I have ever owned. I bought it used with 80k miles on it, and got it cheap planning on doing some work to it. I would advise that around 75-80k most BMW V8s (in my experience) need to have the cooling system (radiator, water pump, belts, hoses replaced) which usually runs about $2-3k, as well as some suspension parts (control arms, bushings) which can also run $1-2k. Other than that, I have never had anything besides regular brakes, tires, oil, etc. You pay more for the work, but get better quality and driving experience for longer. I would definitely make sure to get the Logic7 stereo and Comfort Seats...they are absolutely worth it."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love my BMW. I'm a lifer, this is my second one.

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive and handles well."

Cons: "Maintenance cost after warranty."

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

"The BMW is a great car to drive. The maintenance is a little expensive, but once the car is paid for, it is worth the investment. I haven't had any major problems outside of basic maintenance. This is my second BMW and I plan to keep it for 3-4 more years, and then purchase a new one. Of all of the cars I've owned, the BMW is my favorite."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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