• (5.0) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,197–$20,101
  • 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
2009 BMW 550

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 BMW 550

What We Don't Like

  • Complex iDrive operation
  • Marginal rating in IIHS side-impact crash test
  • Reliability history

Notable Features

  • Google Maps search function
  • RWD
  • Only available as a sedan
  • Up to eight airbags
  • Lane departure warning

2009 BMW 550 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
BMW's 5 Series is the automaker's next step up in size and price from BMW's best-selling 3 Series. The top-level 550i is only available as a rear-wheel-drive sedan, unlike other 5 Series that can be had in wagon or all-wheel-drive configurations. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.

New for 2009
There are minimal changes for 2009. The 5 Series offers a new Google Maps function in navigation-equipped 5 Series; it allows drivers to search through Google Maps for restaurants, gas stations or other businesses.

Exterior
The 5 Series was given a going-over for 2008, when it received minor front, rear and side styling changes.

  • Xenon headlights
  • Adaptive headlights turn in the direction of the steering wheel
  • LED turn signals
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphic display
  • Metallic paint
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional 19-inch light-alloy wheels with performance run-flat tires
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional Aero package shares many of the same enhancements of the high-performance M5


Interior
Over the past few model updates, the 5 Series has received larger door pockets and increased storage capacity in the center console.
  • Leather trim
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Auxiliary input for MP3 player
  • Push-button start
  • Available navigation system with iDrive
  • Available head-up display projects car's speed and navigation directions on windshield
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available HD radio
  • Available active cruise control automatically slows car when approaching a slow-moving car


Under the Hood
While other 5 Series use six-cylinder engines, the 550i uses a 4.8-liter V-8 making 360 horsepower and 360 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Front, side-impact and side curtain airbags standard
  • Rear side-impact airbags optional
  • Lane departure warning system sends vibration through steering wheel when car veers from lane


Consumer Reviews

(5.0)

Average based on 3 reviews

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BEAUTIFUL! TEST DROVE, EXCELLENT CONDITION!!

by DJ from NM on January 21, 2013

Well taken care of by the owner! The condition of the vehicle is immaculate! From the interior to the exterior 100% pure BMW!

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2009 BMW 550 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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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.

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