• (4.6) 50 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,627–$14,971
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 19-21
  • Engine: 300-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 BMW 535

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 BMW 535

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

2008 BMW 535 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
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-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter from the 335i. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in all 5 Series, and a six-speed automatic is available at no cost. In June, a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters will be available in the Sport Package for the 535i and 550i.

The 528i and 535i will be offered as wagons as well as rear-wheel-drive sedans; all-wheel-drive versions of the 528 and 535 sedans and the 535 wagon are also available.


Exterior
When introduced as a 2004 model, the 5 Series received mixed reviews for its somewhat unconventional styling. There aren't any major exterior changes for 2008, just minor touch-ups to the front, rear and side skirts.

Most notable is a new horizontal separator that spans the lower grille, with fog lights at each end. The upper kidney-shaped grilles now sit flush with their surroundings.

LED turn signals are new to the front and rear of the 5 Series and feature clear glass housings instead of amber-colored capsules.

550i models have an optional Aero Package that looks almost as aggressive as the high-performance M5's exterior. A gaping front air dam, bulging side skirts and a sporty rear bumper push the 550i's looks as far as they can go before entering M5 territory (and price).


Interior
A new MP3 adaptor allows drivers to control their player using steering-wheel controls.

Under the Hood
The 528i's revised inline-six-cylinder engine produces 230 hp, up from 215. The 550i retains its 360-hp, 4.8-liter V-8.

In the 535i, the 300-hp twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine adds 45 hp and 80 pounds-feet of torque over the previous 530i's non-turbocharged engine. The new power plant is the same direct-injected 3.0-liter found in the 335i.


Safety
Electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and front and side airbags are standard; rear side airbags are optional.

BMW's lane-departure-warning feature sends a vibration through the steering wheel to alert drivers if their vehicle veers from a lane of traffic when the turn signal isn't used. An interior-mounted camera on the windshield monitors lane markings.


Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 50 reviews

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The best Sport car I ever owned

by IT Guy from Inglewood CA on November 8, 2017

I love the design of this car is a sporty car but it feels like is not really responsive when hitting the gas but really comfy when stuck in traffic

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3 Trims Available

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2008 BMW 535 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 535 i

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
M

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 535 i

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
M
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on BMW 535 i

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on BMW 535 i

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

Other Years