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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.

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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 New for 2007

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 586 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Great BMW 530i 2006

By on Sunday, April 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drive great and good Stereo"

Cons: "Seats not to good but 10 years old"

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

Just had the windows tinted

"I had been wanting a BMW for a while now so I sold my car and headed to Dallas for a few days. I had decided on 530i but wanted the factory GPS with it, At first I thought all of them had one until I found out about idrive. No dip stick to look at oil but was able to open the cap and see engine oil before I purchased it. After I took it for a ride on I30 near downtown Dallas I fell in love with it. I installed new brakes and wear sensors for a $100 on all four wheels and changed the oil to Mobil one. The GPS was updated to a 2010 DVD and I ordered a full BMW shop manual off Ebay. I dont think I will ever look at another Ford, GM again after seeing how well these German cars are built. Good look to as everyone says nice bimmer. Buy one but old requires some work and if you do it yourself, its not bad at all.It is really simple to work on"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Just had the windows tinted

This is the best car I have ever had

By on Thursday, March 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Elegant, sporty, quality, reliable"

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

"What an experience to drive it, what an experience to own it. Tip: Sport package does make a material driving experience in these cars."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The best driving vehicle.

By on Thursday, March 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great look and drive"

Cons: "sometimes too pricy."

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

"I have been driving the BMW since 1994. I found it to stand up to its name - the ultimate driving machine."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent Car

By on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"I bought this car brand new in 2006, and I live in the midwest so this car gets a significant beating from weather (snow, salt, ice). This car has been incredibly reliable, and the all wheel drive handles better than any other car I have ever driven in the snow. I would buy this car again in heart beat."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Significant fuel system problems

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Aweful

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Safety"

Cons: "Everything inside and under the chassis."

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

"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!"

1 person out of 11 found this review helpful

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