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.
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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

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

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.

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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 hybrid (335 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (256 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 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)

"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)
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)

"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)

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)
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)

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

"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)
Heated or cooled seats

"Passenger heated seats failed"

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

"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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"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)
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)

"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)
Condenser

"Leakage - repaired under warranty"

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

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Rotors

"Rotors were warped. Replaced under warrantee"

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

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

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

"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)

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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil pan was replaced as it was leaking"

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

"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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

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)
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)

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

"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)
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)

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

Transfer case

"Noisey"

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

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

"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)

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

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)

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)

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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