• (4.7) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,479$18,643
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 18
  • Engine: 360-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 BMW 550

Our Take on the 2008 BMW 550

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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The last-generation 5-Series served with profit-producing distinction for BMW from 1997 to 2003, so when the all-new 2004 model arrived, expectations were high. It delivered. There were some criticisms -- the mildly peculiar styling, the anti-intuitive "iDrive" joystick controller that made simple functions such as changing radio stations a multistep process -- but overall, the car has been a s... Read full review for the 2008 BMW 550

Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 26 reviews

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550i Sport

by BMW Fan from Ann Arbor, MI on July 31, 2011

I've previously owned a '97 540i and and 2001 540i M-sport. The changes from those E39 models to the E60 550i Sport are tremendous, and mostly for the better. Ride quality and handling have both been ... Read Full Review

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 550 i

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
M

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 550 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 550 i

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on BMW 550 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 2 recalls for this car.


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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.

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