I bought my 2000 528i (auto transmission) used a few years ago with 78k. I now have over 140k on the vehicle. Mine has the factory M-performance package which includes 17" BBS rims, lower suspension w...
I bought my 2000 528i (auto transmission) used a few years ago with 78k. I now have over 140k on the vehicle. Mine has the factory M-performance package which includes 17" BBS rims, lower suspension with tighter spring rate, M-steering wheel, blacked out trim and a few other goodies. Although not the M5, this car has a much more aggressive and sporty look than the stock 528k. A very comfortable, but Euro-firm cruiser. On tight curves, this is where the car is just amazing! Very little body roll for a heavy 4 door sedan, and quite stable both at speed (think emergency lane changes) or carving up a nice back-road somewhere.
The 2.8 V6 is very smooth, and the engine and transmission make a very pleasant, though muted symphony of mechanical music. Stability control eliminates wheel spin during rain or snow, even under full throttle. Very reassuring during bad weather. Power at full throttle doesn't come on strong until about 4000 rpm, but then it pulls effortlessly to redline and each redline shift sound as if it's a manual transmission! At highway speed, when punching it to pass, the auto trans upshifts very quickly, and never hesitates to find the right gear for strong acceleration. It's the perfect balance of performance and excellent gas mileage. In fact, with 4 people, I can easily get at least 28 mpg highway and that's cruising at 70+ easily. Around town, perhaps 18 mpg.
The factory sound system is great, with separate factory subwoofer and separate component speakers, and I really like the orange/red gauge lighting - very easy on the eyes, and looks cool at night! Heated leather seats are very comfortable and hold you nicely during spirited driving. And I love the rain sensing wipers - it's no gimmick, these really work well. The xenon headlamps light the road better than any car I've ever owned - they even level automatically. This car came with power everything, memory seats, telescoping wheel, even the head rests are powered and are set along with your seat/mirror/wheel position preferences.
I've replaced brakes, rotors, tires, etc. but that's expected for a driver's car like this. Had to replace the radiator (left me stranded) and cracked spark plugs (again, stuck on road), but besides these two unfortunate experiences, the car has performed very well.
Other than this, everything works very well after all these miles. I would definitely recommend this car to others. Once you drive a BMW, you'll not want to own anything else!