I have read these reviews, and don't necessarily agree with the repair expense issue. First off, all dealerships I have dealt with are charging FAR more then the service they are providing is worth. I...
I have read these reviews, and don't necessarily agree with the repair expense issue. First off, all dealerships I have dealt with are charging FAR more then the service they are providing is worth. If you find a good independent, you will get better continuous reliable service, and only what you need. BMW dealer service centers in the Dallas area are a lot like the traditional American manufacturers any more. It isn't about service, it is about how deep can they force you hands into your pockets.
All that said, the US auto manufacturers, still now 11 years later, can't build a family sedan like this automobile. This car is incredible. 400bhp, 0-62.5 in 5sec, beat a same model year Lambo through the slalom, and still maintain 24mpgs at 80mph or less highway, and if every traffic light isn't a rabbit start, then this car will continue to get 14-16mpg in the city. My combined sits around 18-20mpg. Now I am not saying it isn't always tempting to throttle it up a little when your light turns green, but even a casual acceleration is wonderful in this car.
Handling and safety, absolutely one of the best with good tires, like Pirrelli P-zeros, this thing will stick to the face of the earth!! This car has way to good of suspension for Bridgestones, tried two different sets, and I feel like I am on sand with them.
Maintenance over a standard 5 series is only expensive on parts cost. Example is that brake pads and rotors, at most, are 3x the price for parts as the 5 series, however the time to do the job is the same. So if you are thinking of buying a 5 series in this vintage, and the M5 is an option in your price range, find a good independent have them do a once over to insure the previous owner didn't have to much fun in this car, and then make your deal. I will never let anyone have mine, this is going to be garaged and driven only monthly as it ages. It is so fun to see the over priced and over promoted Japanese cars just fall by the wayside as this car runs with them. Just incredible, I truly believe there is NO better used car option out there over this car if you are buying for over all driving performance and safety. However if you want the latest and greatest technology car with little to no performance, look at Japan.