2006 BMW 525

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Key Specs

of the 2006 BMW 525. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    215-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Enthusiast-oriented reputation
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Refinement
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

  • Complex iDrive controls
  • Somewhat controversial styling
  • Wet-weather traction with RWD
  • Seat comfort, especially in back

Notable Features of the 2006 BMW 525

  • New 215-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder
  • RWD or AWD
  • iDrive control system
  • Luxury amenities
  • Distinctive appearance

2006 BMW 525 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
BMW launched a slightly larger fifth-generation 5 Series midsize sedan for 2004. Trunk capacity and backseat space increased. A new weight-saving, all-aluminum front-end structure was used.

Three 5 Series models are available. For 2006, the 525 is equipped with a new 215-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, and the 530 gets a more powerful 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. BMW's V-8-powered 5 Series has a larger, stronger engine and is now known as the 550. Both the 530 and 550 are covered separately in the cars.com Research section.

An all-wheel-drive 525 joins the traditional rear-wheel-drive version for 2006. All 5 Series models now incorporate an engine start/stop button. Dynamic Stability Control gains brake-fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying and a start-off assist feature. Heated front seats are now available as a stand-alone option.

BMW offers quite an array of optional equipment for the 525, including Active Roll Stabilization, adaptive xenon headlights, run-flat tires, a head-up display and Active Cruise Control. Active Steering is available for rear-wheel-drive 525s. Adaptive brake lights and BMW's iDrive control system are standard.


Exterior
The 525's styling follows on the heels of the company's controversial 7 Series but is subtler. Short overhangs and what BMW calls "lean-forward dynamics" highlight the design. Standard tires measure 17 inches in diameter.

A prominent twin-kidney grille provides a connection to BMW t...
Vehicle Overview
BMW launched a slightly larger fifth-generation 5 Series midsize sedan for 2004. Trunk capacity and backseat space increased. A new weight-saving, all-aluminum front-end structure was used.

Three 5 Series models are available. For 2006, the 525 is equipped with a new 215-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, and the 530 gets a more powerful 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. BMW's V-8-powered 5 Series has a larger, stronger engine and is now known as the 550. Both the 530 and 550 are covered separately in the cars.com Research section.

An all-wheel-drive 525 joins the traditional rear-wheel-drive version for 2006. All 5 Series models now incorporate an engine start/stop button. Dynamic Stability Control gains brake-fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying and a start-off assist feature. Heated front seats are now available as a stand-alone option.

BMW offers quite an array of optional equipment for the 525, including Active Roll Stabilization, adaptive xenon headlights, run-flat tires, a head-up display and Active Cruise Control. Active Steering is available for rear-wheel-drive 525s. Adaptive brake lights and BMW's iDrive control system are standard.


Exterior
The 525's styling follows on the heels of the company's controversial 7 Series but is subtler. Short overhangs and what BMW calls "lean-forward dynamics" highlight the design. Standard tires measure 17 inches in diameter.

A prominent twin-kidney grille provides a connection to BMW tradition. The grille is flanked by quad headlights inside luminous rings and beneath clear covers. The turn signals have clear lenses. Amber LED front parking lights are thin and wedge-shaped. The 525 incorporates BMW's traditional reverse kink at the rear door windows. The contemporary rear end features a high trunk lid. An aluminum suspension is installed.


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the 525 sedan. Leatherette upholstery and Dark Poplar wood trim are standard, but leather upholstery is optional. Both front occupants get a 10-way power seat adjustment with driver memory. Options include 20-way power front seats.

A variable warning segment in the tachometer activates at a lower rpm when the engine is cold. The three-spoke steering wheel holds multifunction controls. Rain-sensing wipers and a 10-speaker CD stereo with twin subwoofers are standard.

First installed in the 7 Series, the iDrive control system uses a 6.5-inch display screen. Either the driver or front passenger can operate the system's control knob atop the center console.


Under the Hood
The 525 uses a 215-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder that develops 185 pounds-feet of torque. A rear-wheel-drive 525 equipped with the standard six-speed-manual gearbox can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, while the six-speed Steptronic automatic requires 7.6 seconds, which is about half a second quicker than the 2005 model. The automatic incorporates Manual and Sport modes.

Safety
Antilock brakes, a tire-pressure-monitoring system and Dynamic Stability Control are standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags are standard, and rear side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats are optional. Active Roll Stabilization is part of the Sport Package, and this technology yields flatter cornering.


Latest 2006 525 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Mr reliable

by Shanzgood1 from Bay shore, ny on February 5, 2018

Great Ride. Roomy, comfortable, clean exterior and interior. Good mileage and very well maintained. So far no complaints Read full review

(5.0)

BMW 525 2006

by BMW girl from Las Vegas , NV on December 6, 2017

Love this car, beautiful, smooth, mechanically reliable, and most comfortable . It has everything a great car should have. I have 120,000 miles on it and love it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 BMW 525 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 BMW 525 i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 525 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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