There's a reason so many people aspire to own a BMW 5 Series, and this car won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the sedan has evolved to focus on luxury and refinement rather than overtly sporty driving. Its steering has lost some of the feel we've come to associate with previous 5 Series. The ride is comfortable and steady and the cabin is quiet.
Alerts
There are 9 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
NA
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
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000. FCW, AEB, and BSW standard from 2019.
Road Test

There's a reason so many people aspire to own a BMW 5 Series, and this car won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the sedan has evolved to focus on luxury and refinement rather than overtly sporty driving. Its steering has lost some of the feel we've come to associate with previous 5 Series. The ride is comfortable and steady and the cabin is quiet. Its turbocharged engines are smooth and powerful, whether you opt for the four-cylinder in the 528i or the effortless six-cylinder unit in the 535i we tested. These engines are all super smooth, responsive and fuel-efficient. The eight-speed automatic shifts imperceptibly. Hybrid, diesel, and super-high horsepower M versions are available. All-wheel-drive is optional.

The interior is understated, luxurious and beautifully finished. The seats are comfortable and supportive. Rear-seat room is decent, though not exactly generous. High-tech controls take some getting used to, with a center dial that operates many functions and is monitored through a central screen. However, once mastered, the logic becomes clear.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (240 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

12V power plug

"2 of 3 no longer work"

Ron D., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Quit working two trips to dealer to resolve"

John H., NC (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Two modules failed. Cost approximately $2000 to fix and allow lights to work again. Also, sunroof may have failed according to one dealer"

Ron D., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Two modules were required to be replaced at a cost of $2200.00."

Ron D., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fog light lenses experienced "crazing of lens" requiring replacement under warranty. Would have cost $750 if out of warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Module failed along with one other lighting module"

Ron D., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Left headlight has formed heavy condensation inside headlight shell. This has resulted in alerts for malfunctions of Daytime driving lights and for turn signal."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Zenon light stopped working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sensors indicated a problem and dealership replaced them."

David M., FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Adaptive headlights stopped adapting. Modules had to be replaced."

Anonymous, LA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"At the time of delivery, there was an issue (nonfunction and warning light) with the nonfunction of one of the directional headlights (headlights that turn with steering around a corner)"

Anonymous, NV (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"The driver side bottom heated seat stopped working this last winter. Apparently this is not a common problem because they had to send to Germany for the part. It now heats perfectly but they had to keep the car for a week."

Anonymous, NV (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This is my wife's car, in my opinion she has had major engine problems through out the years, about years ago she spent around $8K to have the engine rebuilt and recently spent about $4K on other issues, when the car is running good it is great, but when things break, you better get out your check book."

Phillip T., LA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Keyless entry

"Electric door lock failed first on driver side door then on passenger side door; pulling interior handle would no longer unlock, required use of central unlock button. Expensive to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Keyless entry doesn't work on one side of the car and it has difficulty opening all doors"

Phillip T., LA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"It has never worked for me - too confusing: was that 1 touch or 2? did I touch the right part of the handle? why doesn't it recognize my fob?"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i)

"Touch door entry system work sporadically and had to be replaced under warranty"

Robert D., ON (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Had to replace all TPMs including module"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Erratic, alerts without real issue after double checking manually. has done this on several occasions"

Paul P., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"When temperatures cool (upper 30s?), the right rear tire pressure monitor will indicate a low pressure and direct me to pull over ASAP. However, when I check the pressure, it is always normal. The dealer has not been able to find any issues wiht th"

Anonymous, NV (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Various electrical problems"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on the dealer does not know why. Sun roof faulty"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 5 Series)

"Battery Discharge warning"

Jason G., OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Warning that battery needs replacing has been on for over a year. Warning that seat needs recalibration will not go off"

P E., ON (2011 BMW 5 Series)
Wiper motor or washer

"No pressure did not work"

John H., NC (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"It would not start below 16 degrees so through a lot of testing BMW replaced it with a much heavier battery which has worked perfect for two years"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Original batter was undersized. Replaced through service bulletin"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Battery was improperly sized by BMW and would frequently give low battery warnings and shut down electronic equipment. They have since issued a service bulletin, and replaced the battery with a larger capacity"

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Battery Warnings in very cold weather. Dealer said to replace battery. Found others with same problem that only show ups in cold weather. Did not replace battery"

Stephen C., CT (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Battery must be purchased through dealer because of the complexity of replacement as well as computer reseting performed by the dealer. Battery replacement costs around $550"

Doug O., IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Coil

"2 Cylinder had bad ignition Coils"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Total failure of one coil at 39000 miles. I was told by my independent mechanic to expect more failures"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One coil needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dashboard warning showed engine problem. Engine noise was difference and acceleration wasn't enough. Took it to the dealer and was diagnosed with coil problem. Replaced them"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Low power, intermittent and then constant Apparently failure of several coils which cost$1000 to fix. When replaced, car drivability was markedly improved over how it was since I purchased the car. should have been replaced much earlier on warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Coils failed over time. Dealer when told did nothing. Then car barely moved. Independent shop replaced for $1000 and informed me that the coils had been redesigned. BMW should have replaced these on warranty. Car drove much better than when new after coil replacement"

Douglas L., OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Coil failed at about 65000 miles"

David D., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"car had significant problem with the "eccentric shaft" and some of the ignition coils - $2,000 repair to replace"

Martin C., CT (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced spark plugs and coil to solve drive train malfunction error"

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Distributor or rotor failure

"Stalling and failure to power correctly"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Ignition coilsl were dry and deteriorated until engine barely ran"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"precautionary replacement"

Douglas W., NH (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"All of the spark plug coils and fuel injectors eventually were replaced over 4 visits to the dealership--one time I needed to have it towed to another dealership when I was 600 miles away from home for this issue"

David H., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Engine harness

"engine harness replaced for unstable idling: did not fix the problem. Subsequent to the change the engine shut off at a traffic signal. it did restart but was in the protection mode. Technicians found more wire harness issues. so far only the unstable idle remains. We have learned to live with it."

Brian F., FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"had to be ordered from Germany, and replaced because it had frayed wires"

Brian F., FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Injector failure, spark plugs required replacing"

Luis A., PR (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"All 6 ignition coils needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced spark plugs and coil"

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Starter

"Noisy, replaced under warranty"

Michael C., TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"I have a check engine light coming on. This has been happening since I purchased the car with 32,000 miles on it. BMW claimed to have unstuck an valve in the emission control system and charged me $150 as it was not covered by the warranty. A few months later the light came on again showing the same problem. As much as it bothers me to have the check engine light I was not in a hurry to pay the dealer again for unsticking a valve. A few months later my check engine light went our (problem cleared). Since then the same problem has appeared and disappeared over and over again. I will worry about a permanent solution when it comes time to get an emissions inspection and my check engine light is on. So far, I have avoided that happening."

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Evaporative Emission System Vent Valve Stuck Open"

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"Had to replace the Fuel Injector/Pump, because of failure"

Max N., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This was related to the fuel pump issue."

Barry R., CT (2011 BMW 5 Series)

"Fuel Injector replaced"

Jeffrey H., AL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"coils went out"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failure of injectors caused drive malfunction warning to light with diminished engine output and poor performance. Repair cost $1350 although I had purchased an extended warranty decreasing cost to $250 deductible"

Philip O., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Fuel pump

"Recall notice from BMW for fuel pump"

Chiacchio D., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I have a recall notice for the fuel pump. I have not experienced any operating problem with the pump"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"BMW has issued a recall to replace in tank fuel pumps in some models. Pump has been ordered"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"it stopped working completely"

Peter T., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Difective low pressure fuel pump"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The car has two fuel pumps. Both fuel pumps failed, as did the electronic fuel pump module that controls them. One fuel pump was covered by a "secret recall"; the other was not"

William M., NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Just stopped driving, Car had to be towed to Dealer and repaired"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Warning light came on and car stopped running within 10 miles. Cost of repair is over $1200.00"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel Pump went out, Car stopped running"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"No issues. Tank/pump replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It did NOT cause engine malfunction, but there was a problem that was diagnosed that needed repair or replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Faulty fuel pump caused engine to run very rough and stall"

Barry R., CT (2011 BMW 5 Series)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Have spent more than $2500 to try to get rid of a rpm gallop when starting a warm engine. Problem is only partially solved."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Keep getting serious warnings about these sensors."

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor was replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The turbocharger coolant pump stopped working, and after replacing it, it was discovered that in fact, it was not the coolant pump, but the engine control unit that was at fault and the ECU had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"At approximately 20,000 miles, the main engine control computer completely broke"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"coils had to be replaced at 60000 miles. $200 dollars"

Anonymous, AL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine has idled rough when started since the day I bought the car. It will actually rock when cold for about 60 seconds/ Dealer said it was normal but doesn't happen on newer models"

Thomas B., LA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valvtronic system caused inconsistent valve lifting and knock. Started approx. 6 most. ago. Problem on start up and inefficient running"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine shakes when idling. BMW initiated care package, "recall", to fix in V8 models"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Replaced intake and ex vanos gears"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"Fuel pump broke and gas started leaking under the car"

Anonymous, MO (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Oil pan sill"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Leaks from oil pan installation and inlet manifold to block"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Discovered a rear seal leak at my last oil change"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"valve cover & oil pan"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Due to oil leak the belts were damaged and had to be replaced."

Max N., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Engine had an oil leak. Cost $1500 to repair."

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Don't know where it was leaking"

David F., SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil filter gasket was leaking"

Chiacchio D., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This car is diagnosed with multiple oil leaks. The estimates for these repairs are very expensive. The car is a delight to drive and very comfortable to ride in. The dealer indicated that this model year is a problem regarding the multi oil leaks because of the turbo charged engine and the internal pressures that is caused as a result of it."

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaking from Oil filter housing and also from Valve cover. Repairs totalled approx. $1800."

Gregory P., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"leaking crankcase gasket"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Repaired but problems reoccured"

Anonymous, AB (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The heating system stopped working which included the compressor among other components of the A/C and heating system"

Anonymous, NV (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Hot air blossom out passenger side"

Deborah M., IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Failed and replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Debris clogged and then damaged the filter, resulting in the debris getting into the motor causing it to fail"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Extreme heat in AZ, air conditioner started to sound like an airplane trying to take off. Took it in for servicing and was advised that it was the flap on the fan blower."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Excessive noise at higher speeds of fan. This is the second blower motor I've had to replace in this car. The first was covered under warranty."

Doug P., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"lower and sensor went bad"

John B., OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"coil rusted out"

Stephen S., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"The evaporator filed. Replacement took three days and cost $3k"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"I'm not sure"

Anonymous, AB (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"vapor smell inside car which I assume comes from A/C"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Fitting leak. must be an awkward location as it is an all day fix"

J B., ON (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 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

Cylinder head

"$10,000 repair - new cam and shelves"

Stephen S., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This engine will not idle smoothly. All ignition components have been replaced. the injectors have been replaced. I will not idle correctly. the dealer has given up, and does not respond any longer. This engine requires top tier fuel, we are trying t"

Brian F., FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine completely seized one morning and needed complete replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Was using oil at 300 miles per qt. Was happening every 300 miles BMW rebuilt the motor, through a factory approval"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Oil leak/burning oil with exhaust entering into the cabin of the car. Very dangerous and foul smelling fumes. BMW has a class action lawsuit settlement for this problem and they rebuilt the engine."

Paul M., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"when accelerating hard, the engine would falter and go into failsafe mode. Dealer could not get to bottom of the problem and ended up replacing the engine and turbo charger"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Covered under factory recall and warranty"

Peter M., NC (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Oil valve seal failure"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"This area failed n cost us 6k"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"replaced as part of N63 CCP"

Douglas W., NH (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Excessive oil consumption. 1 Quart every 1500 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Covered by warranty/maintenance plan and was extensive repair $8k or so"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"turbo oil seals were leaking at 60,000 mi. Known BMW defect for 2011 models that BMW is dealing with"

Doug O., IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Fixed by replacing sensors"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Issues on two occasions. 1. Camera replaced. 2. Optical Wiring needed to be replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
CD player

"CD player was defective"

Richard R., NJ (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen difficult to see

"Colors are too muted to see and read. In bright daylight it becomes almost useless"

Donald A., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen goes blank so all navigation and radio systems are interrupted"

Debra A., NJ (2011 BMW 5 Series)

"Our computer froze up just after the warranty expired. We had to pay $450 to reset the software and the dealership said that it may not be a permanent fix"

Eric T., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Very expensive to upgrade for map updates. System itself is cumbersome to use. Not the most accurate system"

Donald A., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Does not pick up complete traffic information"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radio

"On/off button has failed. Radio always on"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Radio presets do not hold. After a day or two of use, all the presets are lost. Only clear solution is to replace the entire radio unit, which is extremely expensive. Also, at times the radio function reverts to a simplified German language screen, with limited functionality. It is still usable, but without being able to see the artist or song played and without being able to save the preset. Randomly, the German mode goes away. Seems that when the car is sitting in hot weather, it will go into this German language mode."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Wont turn off"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Antenna problem"

Richard R., NJ (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

"rear door vapor barrier leak causing water to saturate rear floor"

Gregory P., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Front and rear passenger doors retain water until door is opened"

Thomas B., LA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rear door or windows leak water in heavy rains"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Vehicle required radiator replacement outside warranty due to leakage"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear doors allow water seepage into the passenger compartment"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"This vehicle has had some issues with braking noise and squeaking, particularly at low speeds and in cold weather"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car has been flawless for years and has just recently started an annoying rattle"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Squeaking body noises when driving"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Suddenly the drive belt, upper and lower pulleys, and tensioner had to be replaced - started squeaking badly and appeared ready to fail. Cost over $500."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"interior rattle and squeaking is very loud"

Anonymous, AL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"dash board interior dealer fixed it twice"

Terry S., SD (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump, $3,500 to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This was related to the Dynamic traction control error messages that required 4 or more trips to the dealership to determine it was the power steering pump"

Don M., TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Failed and replacement required"

Ron D., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car's suspension made a clunking noise when travelling over small bumps at low speeds"

Robert D., ON (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"During required annual inspection, dealer discovered a broken rear spring. I replaced both rear springs & shocks."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle under car causing me to bring car to dealer. Diagnosed springs and struts needed replacement. Told probably due to a pot hole. However, I do not recall hitting any major road defects."

Ron D., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"pothole on highway damaged 2 run lat tires and broke the rear coil."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"rear coil springs both broken, repair cost approx. $800"

Gregory P., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Front axles had to be replaced"

John B., OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Front Tire wear abnormal - second set a tires with cupping issues. All mechanical issues are fine. Dealer is not free with information"

Paul P., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Cupping problem...per dealer that is a problem with this model. Have to replace tires frequently and they cause road noise"

Deborah M., IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Issues is recent and i am in the process of discovery and repair"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"turbo cooler lines were leaking"

Paul S., MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"beginning in 2015, the cooling system began leaking. dealer repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Overheating

"Burns oil n radiator fluid."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Water pump

"Water pump failed at 30,000 miles, which is extremely early for a water pump failure. Replacement, which included replacing the thermostat and some hoses, was very expensive, at $1,500"

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed while I was on the road away from home and required me to stop. After cooling down, the car was drivable and I was ultimately able to get home by keeping my speed down below 55. Repair was costly."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Over heating"

David F., SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Seems to be a BMW issue. Had water pump issues with an '07 and this '11 5 Series"

Brant H., AL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failure of pump"

Luis A., PR (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"turbo water pump failed causing the battery to fail. Was replaced under warranty, known issue"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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

4WD/AWD components

"Front outer axle boots failed which resulted in grease leaking out and eventually caused the CV joints to fail. This necessitated replacement of front axles."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
CV joint

"CV Boot Failure. Brought to dealer, quoted outrageous price to replace boot, and was recommended other service that was not needed. Ended up getting an entire axle installed for 1/4th of the cost of the boot at the dealer at Firestone, down the street."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rear seal leak rt axel"

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Failed regulator an d motor of A/C fan"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery discharged while stopped"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Door handle electrical shortage resulted in fried computers. Ower complicated electrical system. We indicated that we probobly buy another BMW but only with extended warrianty"

Saulius B., IL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"eventually replaced computer which starts the car (after trying many other things)"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Traction control

"Major issue with Dynamic Traction control, which too multiple trips for them to determine it was the power steering pump"

Don M., TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver door latch would not work intermittently. Neither dealer nor the independent shop would address even when the door would not close because of expense of repair and risk of not finding cause.. Finally independent took door apart and found corrosion. The lock had been redesigned to cover the lock to prevent water from leaking in"

Douglas L., OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Driver's door mechanism failed after ice storm"

James C., VA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Glass defects

"rear view mirror came loose. Dealer replaced the windshield and the mirror"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The front passenger door sometimes doesn't automatically unlock when you pull the door latch. (it should open on a double-pump of the latch.) You have to push the unlock button on the dashboard"

Thomas M., WA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Driver door lock froze...could not open driver door."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Unsure)

"The front door handles (inside) would not open the doors when they were locked. You had to push the master door-unlock button to unlock the doors first. These were separate, similar events for both front doors. The door actuators had to be replaced."

Thomas M., WA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"Sunroof opening and closing mechanism broken"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 5 Series)
Windows

"Electric rear window screen does not retract once it is raised into position"

David H., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Rear brake calipers stuck shut. Did not get any warning from system that there was a problem"

Jo O., TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"I became aware of worn brakes during a trip. By the time I got back to my home and brought the car to a BMW dealer one rear brake was metal on metal and the other rear brake was almost there. The onboard car status system showed all brakes as "ok""

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive tire wear on Goodyear Eagle tires Run flat"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brakes wore down to point that rotor needed to be replaced despite car info system indicated brakes were fine"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"They seem to need pad replacement early and the 19 inch good year eagle ls2 run flat tires are horrible. Have replaced 15 in the last 16 months at $500.00 each. They should be illegal to put on any car"

Robert D., NJ (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Needed to replace rotors Steering wheel assembly stopped moving up and down when exiting car"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car vibrating when applying brakes. Right front rotor slightly warped."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Mechatronic module which shifts gears failed, car would not shift into gear."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Tranny had a slight noise (like quiet marbles rolling around) at lower speeds (10-30 mph mostly, because it was quiet enough in the car to hear it) when new. Drove it 6 yrs like that, no performance problems. At 6 yrs, had BMW evaluate the noise...they replaced the entire tranny under warranty, no cost to us. Still works perfectly, just no noise now, so at now almost 7 yrs old, it drives like a new car."

Jeff A., FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"oring leak and had to replace with brand new one."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Repair shop put in an incorrect amount of transcooler fluid, which ruined the transmission"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Complete transmission rebuild required at 55000 miles"

Jo O., TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 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 exterior trim or moldings

"Underbody shield had large holes"

James C., VA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"parking dents are expensive to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint bubbling from underneath on the door panels made out of aluminum."

Baki C., CT (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Due to the fact that I live in Miami, some rubber interiors of the car are literally melting because of the heat. The paint on some icons on buttons is fading."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Revs high prior to shifting - too high"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Car continues to shift erratically and jumps once the breaks have been put on"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"hesitation when pressing accelerator due to software fault. Needed software fix/update. Apparently a common problem with this model. Your Survey is missing covering some important items...had to replace transmission transfer case (AWD), Replaced Fuel system vent valve and breather. Replaced turbo pressure converter"

Gregory P., PA (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"malfunction trans indicator light, transmission slippage"

Wendy E., CA (2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Warning light came on stating sensor failure"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Absolutely number one reason I will not buy a BMW again.Totally unintuitive.pain to change radio stations. The navigation is the worst and most difficult one I have seen on a car and I have had several different ones"

P E., ON (2011 BMW 5 Series)
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