The redesigned 2004 BMW 530i replaced the model that was CR's best car tested for two years, but it didn't quite keep that car's winning streak going. This new version has slightly improved fuel economy and rear-seat room. But these gains are offset by the complicated iDrive multifunction control system and less-agile handling.
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This 2006 5 series is a 550i (V8) with all options including sports suspension, dynamic handling package and a manual 6 speed transmission. It is extremely fun to drive!"

Rich A., IL (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The car is fun to drive with great seats."

Robert A., WA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"very good handling, acceptable acceleration, automatic transmission not smooth - would prefer manual"

Frank M., UT (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"It is very easy car to drive fast. It holds the road and does not seem that fast, but it is."

ALAN H., ON (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"the Ultimate driving machine."

ROBERT C., IL (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The 6 cyl engine performance is outstanding with low end torque and acceleration. The BMW handling does not need to be explained. The braking system is solid and quick. Has saved many a wreck from vehicles trying to turn in front."

BRIAN L., TX (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The Best Smoothest riding comfortable Fastest Car I have ever owned"

WINSTON K., OH (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"V8 with 6 speed manual transmission and sport suspension. Extremely pleasurable to drive, especially on curvy roads!"

RICH A., IL (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"When you need it she goes bang. Handles well"

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The pre-2011 non-electronic steering in most German cars is far superior. It’s precise, accurate and one has an excellent feel for and control over the road."

Larry H., CT (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"M5. 507 horsepower. That's all you need to know..."

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"It feels heavier than the 2012 vehicle, but is completely under control at all times. This car has a 6-+yliber engine, non turbo charged, but still has adequate acceleration and cruising speed"

Anonymous, AL (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"acceleration and handling are both outstanding."

Gregory S., AE (2006 BMW 5 Series)


L S., CA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Excellent handling but needs a bit more horsepower to be a real sports car."

Anonymous, AB (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Wonderful handling on this vehicle, even my mechanic says so!"

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"handles beautifully, accelerates in split second response time and hugs the road so that you feel control and can manage quick reactions at high speeds. Love driving this vehicle. Feel safe and handling is precise."

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"I bought this car new in 2005. I still love driving it. It is just so much fun to drive. Alway feels in control."

Anonymous, VA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"I really like how the BMW accelerates, holds curves, and feels on smooth highways and fairly rough roads (exceptional suspension for a 12-year old mid-sized sedan."

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"It’s a V8 with 6 speed manual transmission. It has the dynamic handling and steering packages. Very fun to drive!"

Anonymous, IL (2006 BMW 5 Series)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Not very comfortable seats and "floaty" driving."

Anonymous, NH (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Very comfortable seats, very quiet, smooth ride, performance tires tend to follow ruts"

Frank M., UT (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"the inline 6 is a true joy to drive. Car is stable and sure even when driving in black ice contentions that cause other AWD cars to spin out of control. You should these this your self. acceleration up to 140 MPH is effortless."

ROBERT C., IL (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The sport seats are uncomfortable for my 5'2" wife. The head rest does not allow for any adjustment to make comfortable"

DAVID T., CA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Seats are not very comfortable for long trips"

LANCE M., NH (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Feels well suited for 4 but not 5 passengers"

Anonymous, AB (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The seats are very comfortable and have a wide range of adjustments. The cabin is very quiet with very little wind noise."

Jerry L., MO (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"comfort on long trips."

Gregory S., AE (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"2006 model 530xi has excellent handling and driving comfort. The vehicle is much to costly to own for me, between repairs, and fuel economy it is a money pit to own. However, it is an amazing car otherwise."

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Top of the line seats. Good space for a tall person."

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 5 Series)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"BMW's are expensive cars and very expensive to maintain"

Robert A., WA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"The driving experience and comfort in a BMW is hard to beat. They do not sell the 5 series wagon in the US anymore, but I think the 5 series wagon is the best combination of car and suv. Car ride and handling and suv carrying capacity."

BRIAN L., TX (2006 BMW 5 Series)

"Bought used (CPO) from dealer for $30K, three years old."

R H., NJ (2006 BMW 5 Series)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Seating is too low."

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 5 Series)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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