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2008 BMW 535 Consumer Reviews

4.6
Average based on 34 reviews
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THE BEST RIDE EVER!!!!

by from BROOKLYN, NYC on September 25, 2010

I HAVE OWNED AOT OF OTHER CARS IN MY LIFETIME, BUT WHEN I DROVE THE BMW 5 SERIES I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CAR. THIS IS MY 3RD BMW 5 SERIES ALREADY AND I DON'T PLAN TO DRIVE ANY OTHER CAR BUT BMW. THIS ...
I HAVE OWNED AOT OF OTHER CARS IN MY LIFETIME, BUT WHEN I DROVE THE BMW 5 SERIES I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CAR. THIS IS MY 3RD BMW 5 SERIES ALREADY AND I DON'T PLAN TO DRIVE ANY OTHER CAR BUT BMW. THIS IS THE BEST CAR YOU WILL EVER OWN. THE RIDE IS JUST AMAZING. YOU CAN BE DOING 100 MPH AND IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE JUST CRUISING. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CAR FOR ANYONE!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Major Disappointment

by 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...
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 has replaced all injectors, a high pressure fuel pump (twice), fuel sensors, water pump, etc. Now that warranty period is over the problems continue.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Terrific Performance

by from Kentucky on May 21, 2011

This car has outstanding handling and performance. Although not as plush as the Lexuses I have had, this car is a lot more fun and it is still comfortable. Take this car on a country road and I dare y...
This car has outstanding handling and performance. Although not as plush as the Lexuses I have had, this car is a lot more fun and it is still comfortable. Take this car on a country road and I dare you to say it is not about the most fun you have ever had driving. It is a waste to drive this car on the Interstate because it is capable of so much more. I did replace the run-flat tires with conventional tires - less expensive and softer ride, but you can still get excellent handling if you buy the right replacements. Also, I like the I-drive - just dedicate some time to learning how to operate it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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535xi Wagon

by from Boise, ID on October 27, 2013

Purchased used and just completed a 1,200 mile fly and drive. Sport & premium packs, comfort seats, nav & logic 7 sound. We hope this is a great wagon for our needs. Snow, cargo space, performance, r...
Purchased used and just completed a 1,200 mile fly and drive. Sport & premium packs, comfort seats, nav & logic 7 sound. We hope this is a great wagon for our needs. Snow, cargo space, performance, reasonable gas milege and a comfortable ride were the selling points. Getting picky - interior egonamics get low marks - cup holders are silly and it really needs a better design for a wallet, glasses etc. Navigation is overthought and cumbersome however the I Drive is OK - pretty intuative once you fiddle around. Both the fuel & water pumps had been replaced under warranty and the car was checked by a Dinan certified shop prior to purchase. Can't speak of reliability and value - have not had the vehicle long enough to comment. Overall we are pleased thus far.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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My First BMW (2008) 535xi

by from Philadelphia, PA. on March 30, 2011

As a newbie to the bimmer world i say hello to all. I brought my 2008 535xi (Anniversary gift from the Wife) 36 hours ago and i love it. Its not the most lush car around but it has enough gadgets and ...
As a newbie to the bimmer world i say hello to all. I brought my 2008 535xi (Anniversary gift from the Wife) 36 hours ago and i love it. Its not the most lush car around but it has enough gadgets and buttons for most. good enough for me. that said this car so far has passed all of my expectations. The iDrive system isnt overly complicated it just needs a little patience to master. I looked for the AWD because I live in the NE. 300hp needs that in the snow. The pure thrill and throttle response when passing any car cannot be put to words. The handling, and minimal body lean puts my mind into F1 status. Plenty of creature comforts, but this car wants a driver who can put it through its paces on every highway and street. 36 hours and more to come. .. .... ..........
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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An amazing car! I love it!! Drive it!!!!

by from Newton, MA on August 19, 2007

Hi, I just got a 2008 Black 535 with a Dakota Brown interior. GORGEOUS!!! - I test drove over a dozen other vehicles before I got this one and it is everything I wanted and more!! The perforemance of ...
Hi, I just got a 2008 Black 535 with a Dakota Brown interior. GORGEOUS!!! - I test drove over a dozen other vehicles before I got this one and it is everything I wanted and more!! The perforemance of this car is incredible!! Holds the road so well and it is super fast and just so smooth!! Great engine!! Beautiful interior - comfortable seats - this is by far the best car I have ever owned!! - BMW is the only way to go and this new 535 is just a perfect choice!! - It is so much fun to drive - I am even starting to enjoy the I-drive - it was a bit confusing but only for a few days - I just love this car!!!............
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Great Car

by from Jackosn, Ms on April 7, 2014

Great car, very clean, the car was serviced prior to buying & very easy buying process, the two owners were very nice & took the time after we bought the car to show my husband & I how everything work...
Great car, very clean, the car was serviced prior to buying & very easy buying process, the two owners were very nice & took the time after we bought the car to show my husband & I how everything worked. This is our very first BMW/luxury car & we look forward to enjoying many years with it. Thanks & we will definitely recommend our friends & family.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Really the ultimate driving machine

by from NY on June 29, 2014

Superb performance, great MPG for 300 HP (arround 21 MPG combined) I simply loved. Good bye MB 350... the 535 is the perfect sport sedan.
Superb performance, great MPG for 300 HP (arround 21 MPG combined) I simply loved. Good bye MB 350... the 535 is the perfect sport sedan.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Best of the best!!

by from Central Massachusettes on September 13, 2008

This is "the BMW". 535xi I have only driven BMW since 1989 and have had 3's and 5's. This is the best of the best. I driven over a dozen differnt BMWs over the years this car is the top of the crop! H...
This is "the BMW". 535xi I have only driven BMW since 1989 and have had 3's and 5's. This is the best of the best. I driven over a dozen differnt BMWs over the years this car is the top of the crop! Handling un-real! Power out of this world! Comfort and service undeniable! Truly like a suit that fits.
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An incredible car

by from Philadelphia on February 22, 2008

I have had my 535xi for three weeks. I test drove Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Infinity, Cadillac and Acura before I drove the BMW. All of these cars are excellent cars and I could have been quite satisfied...
I have had my 535xi for three weeks. I test drove Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Infinity, Cadillac and Acura before I drove the BMW. All of these cars are excellent cars and I could have been quite satisfied with any of them. However, when I drove the BMW, they all faded in comparison. BMW got it right. The car has all of the acceleration, handling, and manners that the other cars aspire to but don't attain. I didn't think that the BMW would be that much better than the competition but it is by far the best driving car that I have ever had the opportunity to own. Trust me, if you are going to objectively look at the competition for this car, drive the other cars first...because, once you get behind the wheel of the BMW, you won't desire anything else. I feel incredibly comfortable with the vehicle. I'd love to see a bit more information about the car's engine such as temperature, oil pressure etc. however, that is really nitpicking. Idrive is quite intuitive after a bit of practice. It is certainly undeserving of all of the criticism that some of the professional reviewers have bestowed upon it. The voice command system for navigation, stereo, and bluetooth integration is sweet and obviates the need in many cases to even use the Idrive controls. I can speak into the system and it will allow me to choose radio stations, destinations and make phone calls with voice commands. The car is such a pleasure to drive that I look to take the "long" way home so that I have a just a bit more fun with the car. The seating and finish of the interior is incredible. If there is one complaint that I have about this car (and all of the current vehicles that I test drove) is the inability to see the back end of the car. I had been in a Mercedes ML and you knew exactly where the tail of the car was located. This current generation of cars doesn't allow you to see the end of the trunk when backing into a parking space. I probably should have purchased the optional parking sensor package. The New York Times called it perfect. I agree with them and BMW when it claims that the car is the Ultimate Driving Machine.
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