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2006 BMW 530 Consumer Reviews

4.7
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Excellent Vehicle, but buy used.

by from Portland OR on March 2, 2012

The 530 is the best that BMW has to offer. It is 50 grand brand new, but if you buy used you can get one for half that or less depending on mileage. We got ours with 54,000 miles and it runs like a to...
The 530 is the best that BMW has to offer. It is 50 grand brand new, but if you buy used you can get one for half that or less depending on mileage. We got ours with 54,000 miles and it runs like a top. Has all of the bells and whistles We bought the XI version for the AWD for the weather in the Pacific Northwest. The 255 HP motor is the one to get instead of the 215 HP motor in the 525 series. The inline 6 design is rock solid and proven. These are autobahn cruisers and built to be driven and they are much more comfortable and well optioned than American cars. The Dakota leather is awesome and the heated steering wheel is great on cold mornings. The iDrive system is simple to use if you take the time to read the manual for more than 2 minutes and set up the car the way you like before trying to drive it down the road while looking through the menus and attempting to avoid rear ending people at every stop light. People will say "if iDrive is so good why are there back up switches and dials on the dash for the same functions?" Hey, do airplanes have back up systems? If the iDrive does go bad, do you want to be able to turn the heat on and adjust the volume on the radio? The mileage is about 18 in town and 25 highway. Stay away from the run-flats and change your oil more often than the recommended 12,000 miles and the car will probably run forever.
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Just What I Always Wanted

by from NYC/VA on October 10, 2011

2006 BMW 530Xi Wagon. A rare beast. After driving SUVs for the last twelve years I was more than ready for a car. I commute weekly between New York City and Northern Virginia. It comes out to 35,000 ...
2006 BMW 530Xi Wagon. A rare beast. After driving SUVs for the last twelve years I was more than ready for a car. I commute weekly between New York City and Northern Virginia. It comes out to 35,000 miles a year. I need safety, reliability, comfort, size, economy and QUIET. This car has not let me down. The X-drive performs perfectly. I average 27 mpg on the highway. The 4-wheel disk brakes are so good that if I'm not careful they'll set the airbags off; and at 75mph, I can listen to to classical music on the 12-speaker sound system. After a 300-mile trip, I arrive more relaxed than when I started.
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BMW 530 XI = Fantastic

by from Richmond, Va on June 28, 2006

You don't have to buy an SUV to get extra cargo room and all wheel drive. You only have to look at the BMW 530 XI. Gas mileage is great compared to an SUV, and the handling is superior. BMW has a r...
You don't have to buy an SUV to get extra cargo room and all wheel drive. You only have to look at the BMW 530 XI. Gas mileage is great compared to an SUV, and the handling is superior. BMW has a real winner with automobile...ask the Europeans, they know...they sell double station wagons vs SUV's there has to be a reason and it is the BMW 530 XI with their X drive.
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I will buy one again

by from Boston, MA on November 18, 2006

I have had this car for 5 years. I just recently hit 90,000 miles, and the car still runs like new. It hass never broken down on me, and it handles great. I have also been getting close to 27 miles pe...
I have had this car for 5 years. I just recently hit 90,000 miles, and the car still runs like new. It hass never broken down on me, and it handles great. I have also been getting close to 27 miles per gallon on the highway. I would reccomend this car to anyone.
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A Satisfied Discerning Customer

by from Wyoming on February 1, 2014

I purchased my 2006 530xi wagon from a private party through cars.com. I was a little apprehensive about flying out and driving the car back 1,000 miles home, but was overall an excellent and memorabl...
I purchased my 2006 530xi wagon from a private party through cars.com. I was a little apprehensive about flying out and driving the car back 1,000 miles home, but was overall an excellent and memorable trip (for good reasons). A must for a purchase like this were a clean Carfax records, detailed service history, and great communication with the seller. All of these requirements were met, and I feel like I bought an exceptional car. If you are okay with working on your car yourself, a BMW is well-worth the money. Parts are more expensive, but higher quality. Paying for labor at dealerships is where most people begin to lose value with these cars (not that a qualified technician isn't worth it if you don't know what you're doing or have trouble). Little details with the car have been the nicest surprise. The passenger mirror rotates down to the curb for you in reverse, to aid in parallel parking. Cruise control allows you to bump your speed in either 5 mph increments or 1 mph. There is hill descent control. There is a built in cargo net partition (great for my dog) that can be used with the back seats up or down. The moon roof is huge and a great feature. It has a powered back hatch and the window also lifts on the hatch for easy access to groceries or cargo without opening up the hatch. Adaptive HID lights are a handsome and useful option (they turn with your steering and automatically adjust). The all-wheel drive system is a must for snow. Heated seats and steering wheel are great for cold climates as well. My purchase price (less than book) for a car that originally had a msrp north of 50,000 is an exceptional value. There are drawbacks to the car as well (iDrive is a little clunky with no Bluetooth streaming for 06', all-wheel drive changes the steering feel a little, and it takes a bit to learn the controls by feel as cruise control and the blinkers are right next to each other on the left side of the column). Gas mileage is as reported or better and it takes premium fuel. Recommended oil change intervals are 15,000 miles, and they take a lot of oil. Pay attention to figures by year, as gas mileage went down and power went up when they added bi-turbo in the newer models. Overall, if you want some luxury, power, utility, safety, and better gas mileage than an SUV you can't beat this very solid car.
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530iXT is awesome

by from Northern Wisconsin on September 24, 2009

I drive a lot of miles in 4 season country. I've owned Mercedes and Audi which were both pretty good driving cars (Audi's reliability stinks). The 2006 BMW 530iXT puts both Mercedes and Audi to shame....
I drive a lot of miles in 4 season country. I've owned Mercedes and Audi which were both pretty good driving cars (Audi's reliability stinks). The 2006 BMW 530iXT puts both Mercedes and Audi to shame. It's at least one step ahead of any other car I've owned in every driving category.
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Best Car Out There.

by from Long Beach, CA on June 19, 2008

This BMW has been a life saver. It feels solid and safe, but at the same time luxurious and easy to use. People like to criticize the i-Drive System, it may take you a second to get used to or you'll ...
This BMW has been a life saver. It feels solid and safe, but at the same time luxurious and easy to use. People like to criticize the i-Drive System, it may take you a second to get used to or you'll love it right off the bat. If you are looking into a car I would defiantly recommend this one. We had only one problem with this car and it was the onboard computer, it would flash lights but we went to our dealer and they fixed it for free because of their amazing warranties.
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sporty, comfy, roomy

by from Ottawa, Canada on November 7, 2011

3 litre 6 cylinder smooth and powerful, 6 speed automatic seamless and responsive, sport mode eager and willing to rev. I'm a manual transmission kind of person (few and far between on the used market...
3 litre 6 cylinder smooth and powerful, 6 speed automatic seamless and responsive, sport mode eager and willing to rev. I'm a manual transmission kind of person (few and far between on the used market!) and this was for commuting (have a 3er for the track) and I am impressed with the auto. Can shift it yourself when playing on the backroads. AWD seamless, can't wait for winter. iDrive works well and is easy to use, even my tech-adverse wife figured it out in about 30 seconds. Lots of room with rear seats folded down (got the wagon). A bit apprehensive of all the tech goodies- they're fantastic right now (park distance control, heads up display, HID steering headlights, self levelling suspension, panoramic roof, logic7 stereo) but I tend to keep cars for up to 10 years.. will they last? Still, car is fantastic right now, only time will tell.
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Best Car On The Road. Saved My Life!

by from Long Beach, CA on February 2, 2008

The Brakes Saved Me From Crashing Into A Piece Of Metal On The 405 Freeway. I've Owned 4 BMW's And Hope To Have More.
The Brakes Saved Me From Crashing Into A Piece Of Metal On The 405 Freeway. I've Owned 4 BMW's And Hope To Have More.
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An Amazing Car

by from San Francisco Bay Area on January 24, 2015

I'm not one to heap praise on cars, but the 530i is one of BMW's 'Best Efforts'. I've owned many BMW's, Porsche's, and Benz's and the 530i out performs them all. Not the fastest but it loves to be dri...
I'm not one to heap praise on cars, but the 530i is one of BMW's 'Best Efforts'. I've owned many BMW's, Porsche's, and Benz's and the 530i out performs them all. Not the fastest but it loves to be driven and with an experienced driver it's magical. I have a Porsche 993, which is a very nice car in all respects, but I find myself grabbing the keys to the 530i first unless my wife beats me to them. Take one for a long drive in the country and you'll understand.
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