The BMW 5 Series Review
The BMW 5 Series was originally built for executive types more than 40 years ago helping it earn the designation “executive car”, also better known as a mid-sized luxury car. BMW set the bar high for itself and all the other competitors that continue to try and replicate the 5 Series’ blend of handsome design, sheer power and luxurious comfort.
It’s the second bestselling model for BMW, which means we have seen our fair share of 5 Series models at German Auto Center. When you’re behind the wheel of a 5 Series it’s easy to see why after all these years it’s still the luxury car of choice for thousands of drivers.
The BMW 5 Series Essentials
Who said high performance couldn’t be put in a sophisticated, mid-size sedan frame? Surely not the engineers at BMW. No detail has been overlooked in the 5 Series, and it shows.
BMW 5 Series Body Styles
The 5 Series could stand alone with just one model, but to keep things interesting BMW has added a second option into the mix. The 5 Series currently offers:
•5 Series Sedan – Classically attractive and unexpectedly powerful is exactly what you’ll get with the sedan model.
•5 Series Gran Turismo – For sportier, roomier driving experience that’s on par with the 7 Series the Gran Turismo is the model of choice.
There are three trims to choose from: the 528i, 535i and 550i. Each model is also available in all-wheel drive.
BMW 5 Series Performance and Pricing
In the world of BMW, a bigger frame means one thing – more room for a more powerful engine under the hood, because this automaker isn’t about to put out a sluggish luxury vehicle. The 5 Series is also packed with the latest technology that makes handling easier and more responsive. As a result drivers enjoy a sense of control like never before.
The performance specs for the latest BMW 3 Series models include:
•Up to 445 horsepower
•Up to 480 lb-ft torque
•0-to-60 in 4.3 seconds
•Up to 31 MPG on the highway
•Adapative LED headlights
•Active Cruise Control
•Active Blind Spot Protection
•Dynamic Driving Control with 5 driving modes
The price for a 5 Series BMW varies widely depending on the model and amount of upgrades that are selected. The base price is just under $50,000 for the sedan and $61,000 for the Gran Turismo. However, if you plan to go all out on a Gran Truismo expect the final cost to be closer to $90,000.
BMW 5 Series Interior
There is an unforgettable elevated level of style in the interior of a 5 Series BMW. It has a feeling of grandeur that doesn’t let you forget you are in a luxury vehicle. But if you want the ultimate in comfort there are upgrades like the 20-way power front seats and supple Nappa leather upholstery.
The interior has sweeping, smooth curves that give the inside of the 5 Series a continuous, cohesive look and feel. Another notable design feature is the oversized moon roof, windshield and windows that connect the comfort of the interior with the road ahead.
BMW 5 Series Model Repairs, Service and Maintenance
The BMW 5 Series is as highly reliable as one would expect. However, there are a few quirks that can plague these models. Here are the top 5 Series BMW repairs in Austin that we handle at our shop:
•Leaking oil from the engine
•Coolant leaking from the radiator
•Failure in the front tension strut brushings
•Failure in the front thrust rod brushings
•Simultaneous failure of multiple power steering hoses
Don’t trust your 5 Series to just any Austin BMW maintenance shop. At German Auto Center we are a Bosch-authorized service shop that has operated in Central Texas for more than 35 years. We understand everything there is to know about driving a BMW in Austin. Call us today if your 5 Series BMW needs a repair, performance enhancements or regular maintenance.