35 reviews
2008 BMW 535
2008 BMW 535
Available Price Range $6,635-$16,183 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 19-21 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 BMW 535

Our Take

BMW pumps more power and accessories into its 5 Series for 2008, replacing the 525i and 530i with the 528i and 535i. The 550i rounds out the 5 Series lineup.Even though the U.S. doesn't get the torque-happy, fuel-efficient diesel versions European buyers enjoy, we do receive the 300-horsepow... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Complex iDrive operation

Notable Features

  • More-powerful engines
  • RWD or AWD
  • Sedan or wagon
  • Up to eight airbags
  • Lane departure warning


Our Expert Reviews

When the BMW 535xi arrived in my driveway, the first thing I noticed was it slyly glancing my way with its long-lashed cat-eye headlights. Admiring her understated feminine lines, I definitively decided she's a gal. After driving her, I can attest that this car is bursting with sleek, sexy she-power.Inside this all-wheel-drive sedan, I lazily lounged back in the lovely leather driver'... Read full review for the 2008 BMW 535

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Major Disappointment

by GeauxFast from Dallas on March 31, 2014

My 2008 535i is my first and may be my last BMW. I've lost count of how many times it's been in the shop for major repairs. Most of the problems (not all) are related to the turbo and fuel system. BMW... Read Full Review


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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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