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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 574 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

Better than Expected

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent Long Term Sport Sedan

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

They don't make them like this anymore--really.

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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"..."

Of the 8 BMWs we have owned, this is the best

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "worth it's weight in FUN to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"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."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Sweet ride to own

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drive it like you own it!"

Cons: "Cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Beautiful car which is great on gasoline. Back seat is a little bit tight for adults but great for kids."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very nice car!

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I am not sure if I have the right 5 series. this has the twin turbo V-8 ? I will have title tomorrow. To verify ?"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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