The 2008 freshening of the BMW 5 Series is a mixed blessing. We really liked the new twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the agile handling and the improved interior craftsmanship. But the car's overcomplicated controls make living with it frustrating. Marginal side-crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are also not up to par for a luxury sedan.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard in front, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000.
Road Test

The 2008 freshening of the BMW 5 Series is a mixed blessing. We really liked the new twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the agile handling and the improved interior craftsmanship. But the car's overcomplicated controls make living with it frustrating. Marginal side-crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are also not up to par for a luxury sedan.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 (230 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 twin-turbo (300 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (360 hp)
  • 5-liter V10 (500 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The belt broke and was ingested into the engine....it was wrapped around the crankshaft. The oil pan had to be removed to get to it"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"13 of the car's 50 visits over 6 years are for "Engine Malfunction, reduced power" attributed to engine, transmission, and computer. 3 times in past 12 months. In middle of big battle with BMW corporate to be compensated for out of pockets expenses"

Scott E., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Reprogram required"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Broken engine mounts. Very common problem according to the internet. Very expensive to fix >$1,000 and BMW refuses to acknowledge that there is a design flaw and recall. Major safety issue"

David H., TN (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The service representative heard a strange noise when I started car to move it forward in service line and on inspection he noted one of the engine mounts had failed. This may have been existing for a long time without my knowledge and I am thankful"

R L., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Worn, needed replacement - rather pricey on BMW"

Anonymous, MD (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Repaired oil leaks from the valve cover and oil filter housing. The labor cost of the repairs was substantial, and these seem to be systemic problems with these cars"

Barbara O., TX (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover had to be replaced. Seals and gaskets to front x drive unit"

Anonymous, AL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leaked and had to be fixed"

H C., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"oil pan leak, $1000 to fix"

Edward E., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil filter housing gasket leaks cause more serious problems with belts and hoses that leaked oil can damage"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover and oil pan leaks. Expensive repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It was the second of two oil leaks I have had. Previously I bought a 1995 BMW 525i, drove it 190,000 miles and NEVER had an oil leak"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"early leak. not too bad yet"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Slow leak, oil pan gasket. Did not replace gasket yet, but due to AWD car, told this will be a $1200 repair"

Pete D., OH (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Seals needed replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"this year have 2 oil leaks. One is going to cost over $400 to fix!!"

H C., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Repeat oil leaks with oil filter housing, valve cover gasket, and oil pan"

Anonymous, MD (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Crack in Plastic! valve cover"

Gary M., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Small oil leak from gasket in front engine oil filter assembly"

Allan C., NV (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine oil leak around timing cover and alternator. Over $3000 in repairs"

Anonymous, OH (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)

"Two engine oil leaks that were very expensive to repair due to their location"

Anonymous, NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine Repair to replace oil pan gasket - total cost was over $1700"

John H., MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket is leaking oil"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Coolant leak in tube under valley plate, not cheap"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)
Cooling fan

"Some rubbing sounds - it gets lightly stuck occasionally. Not a terrible fix will wait until its worse before I switch it out"

Joshua N., NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Overheating

"Catastrophic coolant leak resulted in major overheating and subsequent destruction of engine, requiring total replacement"

Donald C., GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)

"The engine overheated and required new spark plugs and work on the cylinders"

Joseph H., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A cooling fan relay failed causing the engine to overheat in a stop-and-go traffic"

Stan B., CT (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Thermostat failed stuck closed, ECL came on. Water pump also indicated failure and was replaced. This is the second time that has been replaced"

John P., NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

"Engine overheated withing 10 minutes of driving. Water pump failed and engine sensor disabled engine power; we had to pull to curb and be towed for repair. Requires new water pump, thermostat, sensors and radiator fluid draining and replacement at 70,000 miles"

Michael B., IN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"broke at 70,000 miles!"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump failed, requiring replacement of it and thermostat"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump failed on highway. Car went into "safe mode" with reduced power and had to be towed to dealer for repair"

D B., KY (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"In rush hour traffic. Engine light went red and then engine stopped in less than a minute. Failure was the electric cooling fan quit. Very dangerous situation on Massachusetts turnpike in rush hour"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"water pump failure and replacement at 114,000 miles"

Ross R., IN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced, expensive"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This is the second time this has been replaced...only lasted 35,000 miles this time!"

John P., NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump broke. Car stopped running with little warning. Was stranded away from home - barely made it to a safe place off the road"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Unsure)

"Car over heated and had to be towed in. The water pump has electronic control built in and cost $900 to replace. I was stranded on a very cold winter night"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4.8-L V8)

"Water pump failed with no warning. Caused overheating and fan blade came apart, piercing radiator and destroying fan cowl. $5000 in repairs"

Tim O., QC (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine stalled on busy freeway, outside temperature that day was -20 degrees F"

Paul A., MN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The electric water pump failed causing the engine to overheat the computer to shut it down with a 1 mile warning. Glad we were not on the highway!"

Glen R., CO (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Angel Eye light went out. Design is bad. Had to take out front bumper to chang a light bulb"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"one set of daytime lights does not work and they could not figure out why"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The left SMC was defective, it was replaced and reprogrammed. Very expensive replacement"

Ann B., IN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Adaptive headlights quit "adapting". Required installation of updated computer software"

Anonymous, VA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear blinker failure"

Anonymous, RI (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear headlight burned out, had to pay to replace it only to find out there was a defect and it should have been covered. Never did receive my re-imbursment from BMW"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Broken wire between rear harness and license plate light and lift gate activator"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There was a factory recall on the taillight sockets"

Nicholas G., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Factory recall due to tail lights rusting and shorting. Which mine did"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced two failed side lights"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"They can be a little flakey: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I think it has to do with the connection or seating of the bulb"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi Unsure)
Horn

"Intermittent horn failure. Goes out for a week or so then comes back"

Anonymous, RI (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Each warning light cost $1,000... each warning light was a failed sensor... not actually a problem!?!?!? WTF... BMW does not want to deliver a quality product"

William R., NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4.8-L V8)

"Various warning lights that generally reset when car is restarted"

Anonymous, MO (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The car locked us in one day; nothing would open the doors, including repeated pulls on the door handles and repeatedly pushing the unlock button. After repeated attempts, the door finally opened and the alarm went off. It never happened again, but"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Interior lights

"They never worked properly. They don't always turn on when you press the switch. Probably bad bulb seating or poor workmanship on installation by the dealer mechanic. They are non-essential and thus not worth fixing"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi Unsure)

"This module was located in the bottom of the spare tire well, and due to a water leak coming in through the trunk because of a faulty trunk lid gasket, the well flooded thereby short circuiting the module. The dealer now relocates the module on as th"

Nicholas G., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Fuel injectors needed replacement"

Stephen F., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover is cracked - apparently a plastic (& very expensive) part which commonly cracks"

Mark S., CT (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"problem with valves subject to previous recall. Repair by BMW was not a full fix but they would not repair subsequent problem which was engine running rough and excessive smoking in cold weather"

Anonymous, BC (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Due to severe overheating, I had to purchase a used V8 motor and paid a mechanic to install it. Total expense was $9,000"

Donald C., GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)

"3 of the 6 fuel injectors failed and needed to be replaced. Very expensive"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I completed a major engine repair due to carbon & tar buildup"

Chuck F., OH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4.8-L V8)

"I had to replace my head gasket after I completed a major engine repair"

Chuck F., OH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4.8-L V8)
Turbo or supercharger

"Tubo rattles when accelerating. Had to replace injectors"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine codes are showing on low rev acceleration. Most likely the turbo isn't working perfectly in a vacuum. Checked vacuum system - that seems fine"

Joshua N., NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had replaced 4 times over life of car. Once in last year. Twin turbos = twin headaches"

Scott E., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leakes in the turbo system tubing & other connections"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Turbo charger failure Repeat oil filter housing leaks"

Anonymous, MD (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both turbo waste gates required replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Turbo failed but dealership replaced free of charge as it was under warranty"

Dan J., VA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"wastegates failed, turbos had to be replaces"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Warranty repair. Fixed before I purchased it"

Anonymous, WI (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"All four doors leaked water heavily during rainy season due to a defective vapor barrier/seal inside the door. So much water leaked that my carpets were soaked and had to be replaced at high cost. Repair shop said it used a different sealant at recommendation of 3M, the vendor. And shop said it had repaired other BMW' models with same problem. However BMW is still using the same vapor barrier and sealant. Also there was a major engine problem not on your checklist. The eccentric shaft sensor i"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump leak"

Anonymous, WI (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the drains around moon-roof were clogged; in a heavy rain the water was unable to drain and poured in the car"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Can't find where the leak is coming around the radiator"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sunroof drains send rainwater into spare wheel well, where all car's electronics are located, destroying car's entire electrical system. Design defect, which BMWNA won't admit"

John V., MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 4.8-L V8)

"Water pump replaced"

Satish P., SC (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Vapor Barrier in rear doors failed causing rain to enter and fill in the back floor wells of my car. At times, more than three gallons has been removed after sitting out in the rain"

Michael R., FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Oil pan seals failed.. and they've failed on all BMW 5 series 2008... but they have done nothing"

William R., NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 4.8-L V8)

"the weather stripping on the front windshield was crumbling and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The rubber seals around the windshield as well as the rear windows are cracked & flew off"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rear windscreen seal weatherstrip need to be replaced and failed"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Window seals on edges dry rot"

Mike F., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace output axle seal, cost more than $300"

John H., MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Brakes make a HORRIBLE metallic screeching noise under normal USge - was told by BMW this is "normal" for this model"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The car has experienced oil leaks that have dripped onto the alternator and caused it to fail"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Second time battery has completely failed while sitting in garage within first 65,000 miles. Had to have vehicle towed in and battery replaced"

Michael B., IN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"My second battery needed to be replaced this past January. When I brought it to the dealership, they tested it and said it was fine. Over the next four days, I had to jumpstart it every morning!"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery goes dead. Dealer wants $400 to replace"

Paul A., MN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Coil

"Ignition coil failure, cost $2000+ to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One ignition coil failed - replaced all 6"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There are 6 individual ignition coils. 3 of them were melting down and faulted. This is a known problem with the car model"

Michael D., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine message said to stop driving car. Dealer replaced all spark plugs and said if that didn't work, needed to replace other parts..total of $5000 estimate. Luckily only plugs so 2500"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Spark plug failure cause rough running plus they did a walnut carbon blasting to intake manifolds due to heavy carbon build up. Said this happens turbo models"

Anonymous, AB (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Starter

"Stopped working required replacement"

Anonymous, SC (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the starter just quit at about 88000 miles. It made no noise as if it was disconnected from the engine. This was about two years ago"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery cable with explosive disconnect was causing fault to engine car diagnostics. Had cable replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmission seal needed replacement"

Elliott W., AZ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Transmission pan seal"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Was told by dealership that my transmission had a leak however I never saw any indication of a leak"

William G., FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)

"$1200 to replace transmission seal at 77k miles"

Anonymous, WI (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Lovely Winnipeg pot holes...need I say more?"

Mj W., MB (2008 BMW 5 Series M5 4.8-L V8)

"Gasket replacement with only 36000 miles on the car"

Mike F., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW Service dept indicated signs of leak and should replace 2 seals for about $2000. Not sue this is true. No leaks on floor of garage. Have trouble with the service department"

Carol S., IL (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"The electronic shifter would not move out of Park. The repair was very expensive (covered under an extended warranty I purchased)"

William C., TX (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"transmission was slipping, allowing the engine to over rev"

William G., FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)

"The cruise control occasionally fails to activate and gives an error"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"only one side of car is air conditioned, with decrease in cooling ability"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"At times it blows warm air rather than cool"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
A/C compressor

"some sort of internal system fault in the compressor that required the replacement of said compressor"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Air conditioning comes on slowly...sometimes it can take 5 min to get clod. Dealership cannot fix the problem"

Marc P., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the cooling system would not cool and the repair was done at significant cost (>1000)"

Anonymous, MD (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fan got very noisy. Plastic blade failure caused it to rub and made noise"

Richard C., IN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"Replaced leaking heat exchanger/cooling gasket"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The temperature control does not allow a heating setting unless it is totally to max clockwise position and then only a modest feel or heat occurs"

R L., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"The A/C leaked at the high pressure hose in the front by the radiator"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Potholes kept knocking it out of alignment"

Stephen F., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bushings in lower control arms became brittle causing a severe shimmy while braking"

Mark S., CT (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The front left strut had lost its oil and was ineffective and made a crunching sound. So I had to replace both front struts which was costly"

Jason H., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Unsure)

"They were leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Various issues with steering linkages. BMW dealer couldn't get it right. Fixed by private garage"

Tim O., QC (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"apparently BMW uses low cost plastic clips for connectors on the lines to the brake fluid fill container. Over time the clips deteriorate and leaks start. Easy fix by replacing with new metal clips"

Christopher B., MD (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"The dynamic sway bar was leaking oil. This was over $2000 to repair"

Brian B., WI (2008 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.8-L V8)

"rusted out"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 5.0-L V10)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The CCD system (I think thats what its called) that runs the GPS and the radio has issues. It cannot read the GPS DVD and the radio intermittently (and somewhat randomly) resets itself"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Telematics module failed, leading to no bluetooth, and no emergency notification"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"does not work"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"even when fixed, "idiot lights " stay lit up"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The time and date function inlcuded in the in-car entertainment system does not work properly. It will only keep time for a couple of days max"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Radio system reboots regularly. Requires a replacement of the radio/nav module"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"3 fuel injectors needed replacing"

Anonymous, NH (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"High pressure fuel pump - second one that has been replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed"

Joan F., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car was less than 3 years old the car stopped and I had to replace the fuel pump"

Anthony B., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"After 4 visits to the dealer and > $3000 of repairs including the O2 sensor, I took to another dealer and the problem was the air filter, < $150"

Anthony B., CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Maddening that you need to replace the rotors when that brake pads need to replaced"

John B., MI (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

"in cold weather on starting will get a warning that either says TPM system failure (not low tire pressure) for 4x4 system and break failure"

H C., NJ (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replacing rotors seems to be necessary and costly"

Frank C., TN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW dealer didn't check brake at regular maintenance appointment. They were near failure point when I noticed the problem"

Anonymous, AE (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi Unsure)

"Brake pads and rotors didn't last as long as I think they should have; service very expensive"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The unit slowly died. Replacement and reprogramming $1400"

Anonymous, IN (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Has a short bought used no warranty Does not work, useless much too expensive to fix"

Lee M., VA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Music would not play. Had to replace component. $2000 cost"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water got into the rooftop 'fin' antenna, shorting pit I_drive. It cost $750 to replace the antenna"

David M., ON (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"hydraulic pump on lift gate failed. Repair cost $2,100"

John M., NC (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The reservoir for the hydraulically operated rear hatch is upside down underneath all of the electronics in the rear of the car, $500 to refill 4 oz of fluid is a horrible design"

Glen R., CO (2008 BMW 5 Series 535xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The "motherboard" failed and had to be replaced. It affected multiple systems. Also, the electronics that deal with the trunk opening latch failed and are being replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 5 Series 528xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"lining fell/detached at 52,000 miles!"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"At nearly 200,000km I had to have the clutch replaced. I was stunned that it took this long. I expected it at much closer to the 100K mark. It was expensive, but I am very happy it lasted so long"

Larry W., ON (2008 BMW 5 Series M5 5.0-L V10)
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