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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.

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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 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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 583 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

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By on Saturday, December 19, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Broke down in Montana

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "LOTS OF POWER when it ran."

Cons: "Spent too much time in shop."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"We bought a new 2010 535Xi in 2009. My retirement gift. In the first year it was recalled for fuel pump. Next year all fuel injectors went out (Warranty thank God) after that ignition coils went bad then spark plugs. Last month on a trip from Pa to Montana it broke down in Billings MT. Nearest BMW dealer 500 mile away. We found a Chev dealer who would work on it but not till Monday. It was Saturday night. On Monday they said it needed water pump and electric cooling fan. Parts $ 2200. Labor $ 2000. Shipping $ 500.00 Parts not available until Friday. They had a certified Caddy CTS in the lot. We drove home in that I also own a BMW X3 hope it lasts longer than the 535"

2 people out of 2 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."

10 people out of 14 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 5 found this review helpful

Great Car, But Costly To Maintain!

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty, good-looking, comfortable"

Cons: "Costly to maintain, poor audio quality"

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

"We bought our 2006 BMW 525xi Sedan off a two-year lease return Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) from our local BMW dealership. It's been a great car. We've taken multiple trips (longer trips) in it, and it has comfortable seats. We wish we would've gotten one with the better stereo system, as it isn't the best-sounding stereo system we've ever had, or heard in a vehicle, and the ring for the Bluetooth system is loud and annoying. The car has plenty of power, and the AWD is nice for the winter. 138k miles later (we got it with 30k miles on it), and it's still a great car. We've had to repair things like the oil pump, radiator, alternator belt, hoses, etc. There is also a noticeable "clunk" from the transmission when accelerating after stopping at a decline, which has been unresolved. All of that's been costly. in the past couple years, but it is a great car, and we'd buy another BMW! (:"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

give the interior 0 stars

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "power and handling and braking"

Cons: "extremely bad interior design"

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

"too hard seats-badly designed controls-awful climate controls-sunglare off wood trim-chrome falling off gear shift knob-lack of storage areas-bad cup holders."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Most costly vehicle I ever owned...

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Warranty expiration

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, warranty"

Cons: "engine, suspension, tires last about 15,000 miles"

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

"I bought this car when it was two years old and had a CPO warranty. Thank goodness. The total maintenance/repair bills over those 2.5 years I owned it costs > $14,000. One time the dealership had it for 3 weeks to solve a major engine problem and fix the rear suspension airbag. The engine problem centered around two timing chains that needed to be measured, sent off to Germany for fitting, and then replaced into the engine. At least two other times prior to this most recent experience the engine needed new fuel injectors and spark plugs. The 5 yr extended warranty paid for almost all the repairs. The dealer was very accommodating by giving me a loner each time my car was needed overnight. The reason the dealership gave me about the repairs involved how new the engine was. This was my 4th BMW (as I can really tell the difference in its preciseness on the road)."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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