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 4 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.
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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
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.
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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
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (256 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (560 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Multipule failures of the tire inflation level sensors"

Joel N., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I've had the car in at least 3 times in the 4 years that I've owned it for warning messages about the side view camera. Whenever they've fixed it, the camera works again for a few months and then fails again. Not huge deal since I don't use the side view camera really, just annoying that they can't really seem to fix it"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"multiple malfunctions with the lane change sensors and back up warning sensors"

Ronald T., OR (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sensors totally failed"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One of the sensors is out for the distance control. The dealer as well as private shops want a fortune to hook up the computer to diagnose which one it is. Then I was told the minimum to replace the sensor is over $400."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"About 5 times this happened. However iphone got new software and then it stopped. Dealer said they could not find a fault in system"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Main control module went out, which causes all functions, i.e., navigation, radio, back-up camera to not work. Dealer provided loaner, replaced control module, reprogrammed module, in a two day repair. All has worked well since"

Kenneth W., HI (2013 BMW 5 Series M5 4.4-L V8 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Does not consistently show playlists as they appear on the iPhone"

Anonymous, IN (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"When attached via USB, car does not recognize Pandora from iPhone, but can via bluetooth. iPhone 6 was difficult to pair for music or phone use, while iPhones 5 and 4s were easy"

James M., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System update could not be achieved, Dealer kept vehicle for a week to determine major CPU failng"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After entering a correct address as my final destination the GPS sent me to a totally different place. This happened several times"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS acts strangely sometimes. Tells you to make a U-Turn while on the Interstate, for no reason. Finds addresses and yet sends you elsewhere, in the wrong area. Just buggy sometimes. I don't trust it. We use a Garmin as the primary GPS"

John K., NC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes have connection problems where will not recognize bluetooth. Constantly having issues with phone audio going to the car"

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"car does not understand any rich text formatting in contacts or messaging so it does not synchronize any of this information correctly"

Noreen W., ON (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"radio quits working. Then starts again sometimes shortly, sometimes the next day"

Robert I., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio Presets disappeared in 2 waves over a few days, requiring some sort of restart to recover. Entire system goes dark and resets occasionally (2 times in 2 years). While neither is problematic for driving, both undermine confidence in the auto"

James M., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Never gets it right. Calls the wrong people, I have to repeat the command over and over"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Water inside."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear break light"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Headlights

"Moisture got into the headlight assembly. In freezing weather it caused all sorts of error messages and malfunctions of the headlights and turn signals. Having repaired was over $2000... for moisture in the headlight!"

Anonymous, MO (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"headlight error warning light came on. dealer replaced the assembly under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"driver side headlight formed condensation, and eventually electronics inside the assy failed (until the lamp dried out). I found this to be a frequent problem with this model but bmw refused to repair it. repair cost is about $3500."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water got into the headlight assembly. Freezing caused it to create problems with the adaptive controls, and cause the turn signals to malfunction. Fixing it required removal and replacement of the entire assembly."

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Seat heater on the lower cushion on driver's side failed. This was the second such occurrence. On both occasions the seat cover (which contains the heating element) was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger heated seats failed"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Bottom cushion seat heater on driver's seat stopped working. Back seat heater and bolster heaters worked fine. Dealer fixed problem under CPO warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Sometimes, from the inside, one could not open the passenger door. The door would remain locked after car had been placed in park and car turned off. Problem was fixed under warranty"

Don K., CO (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"could not open door with key by touching the door handle with key in hand"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wanted to adjust the car so that all doors unlocked when car was parked and turned off, but no such adjustment was available"

Chris K., DE (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"remote keys do not stay programmed to user and mirror setting does no get saved"

Noreen W., ON (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Effective Fall 2019, keyless entry failed to work properly. First incident, driver door did not lock/unlock and I had to use manual key. Fix: Fuses replaced. In July 2020, rear passenger door not responding to keyless entry. I have to manually open & lock door from inside."

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The locks are sluggish with the remote and hard to open from the inside of the car. We replaced an actuator and may have to do so for more locks. Annoying problem but doesn't compromise the safety of the car."

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper no longer parks, and it hits A column"

Anonymous, PA (2013 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

"I just replaced the a/c compressor and condenser. The car stopped cooling completely."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Not sure if it was the compressor or condenser, but both the A/C as well as the heater stopped working, completely, at different times; the A/C stopped during a heat wave in September, and the heater stopped working, also completely during the winter."

Carol S., MA (2013 BMW 5 Series)
Automatic climate control

"The air conditioning doesn't always turn off. The light on the button does, but it continues to produce cold air for hours. Or even the next morning when you start it up again"

Dan M., CO (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"The system will not keep the car at the temperature setting. It gets hotter and hotter, and the only way to cool the compartment is to manuall choose Max Air. When Max Air is running, you can't hear your passengers, your radio or your phone"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system is not consistent and sometimes unsuffcient"

Anonymous, QC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"fan speed would rise to maximum speed, then slowly fall to off. After a couple of minutes, fan would come back on, after 30 seconds or so, slowly fall to shutting off. It was fixed about 8 months ago, but is starting to do it again. I will have to live with it for a few months until it does it consistently, then I can take it in and leave the car at the dealer for 2 weeks so they can fix it"

Alex A., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"When I bought the car it was 3 years old with only 15K miles on it. The blower motor failed for unknown reasons and was not covered by any warranty. It was an expensive repair. I wasn't happy."

Roy S., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series Hybrid 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace both front and rear blower motors at different times and involved weeks of waiting"

Anonymous, OK (2013 BMW 5 Series M5 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Fan refused to function intermittently, meaning no warm air was directed into the cabin or onto the windshield in cold weather. Diagnosed by BMW technicians as total failure needing complete replacement of the fan unit, at a cost of $4,000."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When cold it automatically switches on and works until the engins is hot"

Anonymous, QC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Filter deteriorated and allowed leaves getting sucked into the fan causing imbalance and noise, cleaning and filter replacement required"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Condenser

"Leakage - repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"In Aug 2019, AC was not blowing cool air. I took car to my mechanic for a refrigerant charge. It was 1.5 lbs low on refrigerant. Mechanic also added a dye in system to detect where leak is occurring upon future inspection."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"All of the remaining items were not physical problems but relate to illuminated warning lights which seem to be caused by the previously described underlying problem which is yet to be resolved"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Calipers

"Front caliper was warped thereby causing the vibration. Fixed under extended warranty."

Anonymous, CO (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"It was due"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"At 104,000 miles we had front brakes replaced, including new rotors, because there was a vibration (rotors) when you stepped on the brakes. The front brakes had never been replaced. So, we were extremely happy that we got that many miles out of the brakes (my commute work was a lot of highway miles making them last longer)."

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Car would vibrate and shake when stopping. Dealer tried to tell me this was natural. Finally had to replace brakes and rotors which corrected problem"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brakes pulsate when stopping over 50 mph. At lower speed does not occur. Bmw couldn't checked and said brakes were OK"

Silvia D., NJ (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"warped rotors"

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors were warped. Replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear rotors wearing out at 30,000 miles seems a bit much. The rotors on this car are replaced with the pads. I think the rears cost $800 to fix."

Anonymous, OR (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Rotors warped by a tiny amount and were immediately replaced under warranty with no expense or bother to me"

Stephen P., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rotors warped. Dealer believed it to be caused by over heating rotor then too quickly cooled."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"See previous comments. Rotor replacement was due to normal wear and tear. No faulty car workmanship."

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"One cylinder head replaced due to loose fuel injectors"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"This engine family is notorious for having valve stem seals that leak. Replacing the seals addressed the problem and the oil consumption is now normal."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Excessive oil consumption necessitated replacement of valve stem seals and guides."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"The engine completely died and could not move car. Had it towed. Information we got in code is that if oil change isn't more frequent sometime metal chips get into engine and destroy it. Researched online and other people had similar problems. It had just past warranty so BMW gave us a deal and charged us $6000 for new engine instead of &18000 according to the BMW employee we dealt with. They tried to blame me for a past oil change delay by previous owner but it had been certified when we bought it so they gave us a discount."

Anonymous, (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i Unsure)

"The engine broke a rod bearing possibly due to an oil leak. The dealership was adamant about not replacing the engine despite the fact that the engine was not of such an age that it should have failed. When the problem occurred the vehicle was pretty much not drivable. It took about 3 weeks for BMW USA to authorize covering 60% of the repair which is simply too long. The problem was resolved by installing a rebuilt engine to replace the broken engine."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"At 59992 miles, complete engine stop due to failure of vtc eccentric shaft and servo motor. $4000 to repair. Was told this was typical wear as these parts usually require replacement after 50000 miles."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i Unsure)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo failed and was replaced by BMW under extended warranty"

Bruce V., MA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both turbos replaced at 40K miles"

Anonymous, MO (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Oil blow-by caused by failed turbo failure. During dealer fix, spark plug coils were damaged. Two 3 one c week dealer visits to identify and address issues"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak"

Anonymous, OK (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo malfunctioned - detected when smoke came out of exhaust when firs starting. BMW replaced turbo unit"

John M., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Smoke discharge through exhaust identified as oil in turbo charger, fouling plugs. Miltiple attempts to repair before success."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Cold start stalling, rough running in cold weather"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW 5 Series 535d xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"car display simply indicated: Major system failure ,drive to your BMW dealer immediately""

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"I had to replace a head cover gasket that was leaking oil, and apparently is common with this vehicle."

Robert D., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pan was replaced as it was leaking"

Anonymous, NH (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"No issues at all with the car until shortly after the warranty expired. We have then had two different oil leaks that were $500-$700 to repair each."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Leak in oil valve cover caused oil to drop on exhaust and cause burnt oil smell. Separate oil leak at oil filter housing as well"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Slow oil leak not requiring immediate service but causes large cloud of blue smoke each time the engine starts after sitting overnight."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i Unsure)

"Valve cover and oil pump gaskets were leaking and were replaced at dealer (non-warranty repair)."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Valve cover gasket leaking oil on exhaust manifold after 100K miles. When stopping at a stoplight with the car idling, occasionally the vapors from the oil burning on the manifold would enter the cabin through the fresh air intake. I had the valve cover and gasket replaced at 104K miles."

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"BMW issued an engine recall since some models are consuming excessive oil. Believe this is due to gasket leagkage"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 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

"When it rains, water collects in the plastic storage bin located in the trunk. It does not collect water when it is being washed at the car wash, or by hand however."

Robert D., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo lines had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal failure rear driver's side. Seal first reset then replaced. Still have this issue"

Richard F., TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The vehicle was very quiet for the first 40000 miles, then areas in and around the dash board started squeaking. No one can pin point the source."

Robert D., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle in dashboard, problem was finally resolved after 4 attempts at three different BMW dealerships"

Anonymous, DE (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"when stopped at a light you can hear a hum from the trunk. sounds like a fuel pump kind of noise. Dealer wanted 500 to take the rear bumper off to find it. I said no. very slight so im living with it"

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I brought the car back to the dealer because of the rattling sounds and he was able to fix most of the problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Annoying squeak in the dash that can't be identified."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl 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

CV joint

"Cost of $4500 to fix both boots and one axle."

Anonymous, RI (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

"This has been a recurring problem with my 550 car. This has happened 4 times total, whereby the car shakes uncontrollably and is not driveable. I experienced it the last time after accelerating very quickly. Turning off the engine and restarting solved the problem. I no longer aggressively accelerate."

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"The axle boot was discovered to be torn upon a routine inspection. I had the axle and boot replaced at the same time. The problem was undetectable while driving."

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"I'm calling it electrical but the comfort access system is a problem and i think I need a new Footwell Module. I walk up to the car and it unlock without my touching the fob. Also, because this system is faulty i am getting a battery discharge warning light."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"For months. I have had a check engine light showing on the dash even though the car's computer says there are no issues and everything is operating properly. Also, the car's clock now only advances when the ignition is switched on, i.e. if the clock says 11:19 when I park the car for the night, when I start it in the morning the clock will say 11:19 and begin keeping time from there. The dealer has been unable to fix either of these issues."

Roy S., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series Hybrid 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)
Stability control (ESC)

"3 times in last 1400 of trip miles all major warning lights illuminated: 1) Dealer replaced the battery. 2) Vehicle also went into "limp" mode same day and another dealer replaced a high pressure fuel sensor. 3) Now at third dealer who suspects ESC"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transfer case

"Noisey"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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 cap

"fuel cap/senor needed to be replaced $600 at only 72,000 miles, ouch"

Andrew V., NH (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"2 of the injectors malfunctioned, and BMW replaced all 8 with an upgraded injector"

Dan M., CO (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Fuel pump

"failure and recall of high pressure fuel pump"

Bradley A., NE (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Warning lights come on for no reason after many repairs"

Todd H., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl 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

Bushings

"Related to bearings problem"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"Had to replace two rear differential mounts because one was cracked. This crack was discovered when I took the dealers for routine oil change. The mounts cost me 980.00"

Robert D., CA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"front tires had uneven wear, but I cannot rotate tires due to different sizes on front and rear. replaced fron struts to correct problem"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"The car started making a relative thumping noise which got worse over a month. The first repair did not fix the problem. I live 5 hours from the nearest dealer. I found a local Chrysler dealer under same ownership of the BMW dealer who had done the first repair. The second repair ended taking a month with wrong parts....lack if understanding..... Once fixed correctly all is well. Car drives very well"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Cooling leaks in turbo lones"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"A (plastic) hose clip on the radiator broke causing radiator fluid to leak everywhere. The repair was a relatively quick repair which took about a day. The plastic clips get brittle when they age. They should probably be repaired as part of preventive maintenance."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"A small leak in turbo cooling lines, postponed repair due to cost Battery old (6 years) and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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

"Bearings failed causing abnormal squealing noise"

Brian D., SC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Original battery had to be replaced due to poor starting."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"Starter would continue to engage for 1-2 seconds right after the car started. They replaced the starter under warranty and that resolved the issue"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 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

Sunroof

"at speed glass sun roof cracked and blew out. Nothing impacted it. Messed up paint and need a new paint job on roof, rear deck"

Ed B., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof was tilted up for air flow, but then we couldn't close it with rain approaching"

Chris K., DE (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"window regulator needed to be replaced"

David M., MA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Ongoing problem with dashboard trim piece loose and rattling"

Anonymous, DE (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint was cracking and peeling off of two of the exterior entry handles, on the non-driver side of the car, meaning these two handles were not used very often, at all. They were fixed by the dealer."

Carol S., MA (2013 BMW 5 Series)
Rust

"The drivers door had a small spot of rust on it by the mirror. It was under warranty, but cost $2000 to fix. The car is 3 years old, I can't believe this"

Alex A., FL (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Rough shift from 1st to 2nd when traveling show. Mechanic replaced the whole transmission"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Auto start/stop malfunctioned and car would slip into park when restarting"

Anonymous, GA (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Slow leak.Resistant so far to repair."

Anonymous, MD (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The issue happened twice within the first two years; no issues since last repair in 2015. Car jolted forward when brake released. They recalibrated the electronic transmission which fixed the issue."

Anonymous, SC (2013 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
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