2009 BMW 550

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Key Specs

of the 2009 BMW 550. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 360-hp V-8
  • Handling potential

The Bad

  • Complex iDrive operation
  • Marginal rating in IIHS side-impact crash test
  • Reliability history
2009 BMW 550 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 BMW 550

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

2009 BMW 550 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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



Latest 2009 550 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
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Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

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! Read full review

(5.0)

vehicle is remarkable nice best car I've owned

by Toos from Stockbridge, GA on February 12, 2011

The performance is remarkable, the handling and comfort is really nice. The styling is off the chart. I love it Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 BMW 550 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 BMW 550 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 550 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker