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.
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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

"very good for a luxury sedan"

G G., ON (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"It is a great road car. Wonderful connected handling, good acceleration and a quiet planted ride. It also gets great gas mileage for its size."

Anonymous, IL (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"For a family sedan, the 5 series drives like a performance car. Quick acceleration, smooth transmission and great engine sound, all makes for a fun drive on your daily commute or a family outing. I am also impressed by the overall handling on tight turns (with minimal sway) and wet/dry roads. The rear wheel drive never felt like a handicap even under mild snowy/icy road conditions."

R R., NC (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"Drives and handles great except transmission downshifts hard just before you come to a stop which can be jarring."

Anonymous, VA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"Its handling at high speeds. Just don't get caught. On the downside, cost of maintenance."

GREGORY L., NV (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"car handling and acceleration are very good. It made me remember how much i love to drive. love driving this car"

CHRIS G., WA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"Handles like a big boat"

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"comfortable despite good handling"

G G., ON (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"I have never had a vehicle with 20 way heated seats that fit this well, heat up so fast on cold days (w heated steering wheel) and now when I'm shopping for a new car I look to see what seats & steering wheels are available."

Anonymous, NC (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"Interior comfortable"

M G., VA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"perfect seats for long drives"

Anonymous, PA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"Seats are very comfortable and the heated seats work quickly and are the best"

CHRIS G., WA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Other than typical maintenance costs, this car has given us a fun, comfortable and safe driving experience as a luxury performance car should. It has exceeded my expectations as a luxury family sedan. After crossing 100K miles, I have begun to encounter major maintenance issues requiring replacement of components e.g. fuel pump, O2 sensor, fuel purge valve, oil pan and engine manifold gaskets. However, I think the total cost of ownership is not as significant as I had expected a luxury car to..."

R R., NC (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"The car drives great, but the continual electrical issues and high repair costs outway the great driving characteristics."

DENNIS B., VA (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"A good driving machine. There are some things that seem to fail more often than other cars, e.g. radiator. It requires in general more maintenance than my E-320 2001."

GREGORY L., NV (2007 BMW 5 Series)

"Bought as certified used from dealer. Great value versus buying new."

Anonymous, SC (2007 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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