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2009 BMW 528

$5,632 — $12,292 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • 230-hp six-cylinder engine
  • Handling potential

The Bad

  • Complex iDrive operation
  • Marginal rating in IIHS side-impact crash test
  • Reliability history
2009 BMW 528 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 BMW 528
  • Google Maps search function
  • More-powerful engines
  • RWD or AWD
  • Sedan or wagon
  • Up to eight airbags
  • Lane departure warning

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
BMW's 5 Series is the automaker's next step up in size and price from BMW's best-selling 3 Series. The entry level 528 is available as a sedan or wagon with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.

New for 2009
There are minimal changes for 2009. Like other BMWs, the 5 Series offers a Google Maps function in navigation-equipped 5 Series that allows drivers to search for restaurants, gas stations or other businesses.

Exterior
The 5 Series was given a going-over for 2008, when it received minor front, rear and side styling changes.
  • LED turn signals
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Available 18-inch alloy wheels with summer-only tires
  • Available headlight washers


Interior
Over the past few model updates, the 5 Series has received larger door pockets and more storage capacity in the center console.
  • Simulated leather seating; available leather trim
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Auxiliary input for MP3 player
  • Push-button start
  • Available navigation system with iDrive
  • Available head-up display projects car's speed and navigation directions on windshield
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available HD radio


Under the Hood
The 528i received a new engine in 2008 borrowed from the 3 Series. A higher-performance six-cylinder making 300 horsepower comes in the 535i, while the 550i has a 360-hp V-8.
  • 230-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 200 pou...
Vehicle Overview
BMW's 5 Series is the automaker's next step up in size and price from BMW's best-selling 3 Series. The entry level 528 is available as a sedan or wagon with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.

New for 2009
There are minimal changes for 2009. Like other BMWs, the 5 Series offers a Google Maps function in navigation-equipped 5 Series that allows drivers to search for restaurants, gas stations or other businesses.

Exterior
The 5 Series was given a going-over for 2008, when it received minor front, rear and side styling changes.
  • LED turn signals
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Available 18-inch alloy wheels with summer-only tires
  • Available headlight washers


Interior
Over the past few model updates, the 5 Series has received larger door pockets and more storage capacity in the center console.
  • Simulated leather seating; available leather trim
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Auxiliary input for MP3 player
  • Push-button start
  • Available navigation system with iDrive
  • Available head-up display projects car's speed and navigation directions on windshield
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available HD radio


Under the Hood
The 528i received a new engine in 2008 borrowed from the 3 Series. A higher-performance six-cylinder making 300 horsepower comes in the 535i, while the 550i has a 360-hp V-8.
  • 230-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 200 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive (528i)
  • All-wheel drive (528i xDrive)


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Front, side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard
  • Optional rear side-impact airbags
  • Optional lane departure warning system sends a vibration through the steering wheel if car veers from lane


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Great car

by CCC from WAKE FOREST on July 11, 2018

VERY comfortable. Fantastic interior. GREAT handling. OK power. OK exterior styling. Car was quick, but not really fast due to lack of HP. But the handling was fantastic. Read full review

(5.0)

Fabulous handling

by MK-NJ from BOCA RATON on April 14, 2018

I love this car. Very nimble and responsive, with that dreamy BMW road feel. It has lots of convenience features that I really like such as i can open the locked door without taking the key out of my ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 BMW 528 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 BMW 528 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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 528 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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