"With the M Sport package and a Stage 4 Dinan upgrade, this is the most powerful sport sedan I have ever driven. The handling/performance is superb and the appointments are best described as refined. With quality snow tires the AWD is great in the crazy Colorado winters."
Cons: "Read above. And tech is not great, iDrive clumsy. Esp scrolling music from an iPod."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Hugely disappointing. I'll cut to the chase. There is tremendous lag or delay, when accelerating from a complete stop. The car delays for about .75 of a second before lurching forward. Are you kidding me? Apparently, other 535 owners are reporting the same, and when I took the car back to my local dealership, service confirmed the problem and said the same was found in other cars they tested. Why would BMW allow these cars to be sold?
The car is beautiful, fit and finish better then Audi A6, but engine unacceptable.
Stay away from this car."
Cons: "Most Unreliable after 3-4 years. High Road Noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I purchased new 535i in 2008 with 4years/50k warranty. As soon as 4 years are over, and with only average of 8k miles per year, it has bogged down with 2 recalls, numerous erratic engine check. So many times went for service just for sensor check, reset....and each time Kearny Mesa BMW in San Diego, will find some problem. No problem was found in 4 years, but now they discover all problems even when it has only 42K miles. My battery died in a small town. After changing there and driving few miles all sorts of warning, engine shutdown, started coming. My BMW dealer said that the battery MUST be purchased in BMW only and needs computer reset, that cannot be done elsewhere. Lo!...what poor design....what if there is no BMW dealer in a town or highway!! The list goes on and on. However, I must say that no car drives as well as BMW. But sell it fast within 4 years of warranty to lessen headaches. Now, I will buy a Lexus or even Honda or Camry or other more reliable car, with decent performance.This car is for young drivers only for speed."
Pros: "performance, style, interior, family space (trunk)"
Cons: "the cup holders block some controls."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I test drove the A6, E550, CTSV and Lexus. The BMW was the last car I test drove and I knew within a few minutes I was going to own one. This is the first BMW I've owned and I'm a fan now. If you decide to buy one, I recommend the DINAN stage 2 chip upgrade. I did and my 550i is now equal to the CTSV. I've owned a few nice cars C43, Porsche 996 Turbo and a Shelby GT500. This is the best one so far, no matter what the reviews say, this car is awesome!"