1999 BMW 5 Series 528i Sport Package 2.8L inline 6 gas from North America
Enjoying the ride, but not the costs or time spent in fixing it
The radiator cracked, then blew at around 100,000 miles.
Power windows have had issues - first the front passenger window would stick, requiring dealership service, and now the rear window has broken from the motor (at least it's all the way up at the moment).
The left turn signal switch stuck in the "on" position. I bought a new part online and replaced it myself - having to take the steering wheel off and get into the column. Cheaper than a dealer.
Front bumper was replaced - it has low clearance and scraped one too many of those parking concrete slabs. Eventually, the outside temperature sensor (located under the front passenger side bumper) was knocked out. When that happened, the AC stopped working because it requires a minimum outside temperature to function.
Currently, the engine in idle seems as though something is rubbing. We'll see how that goes.
Dashboard console buttons are pretty cheap. Replaced several. You can buy these online and DIY.
I never had the master key from the time it was purchased (I'm the 3rd owner) so I couldn't use the keyless entry feature. The valet key that I had wore out. Replacement master key was $100 from dealer. At least now I'm good.
Cupholders are the worst ever created. Biggest flaw with the car.
Most other things are rather routine with cars - alignment, replacement of tie rods and such.
When this car is properly maintained, it is the most comfortable/sporty thing to be in. It's not a racing vehicle - you might find it sluggish since it is so heavy - but at least it doesn't say "retiree" like a Mercedes or Lexus.
Driving is precise and fun every time the weather is nice. I liked driving my Accord before having this car. I love driving the 528i in the summer.
Winter driving is another matter - it doesn't handle slick conditions very well. I haven't tried the xDrive versions that BMW has. I've slid quite a bit in this thing - maybe because I have driven FWD cars until now (my Accord seemed to handle icy or slick roads pretty well). I have feared for my life on two occasions in the 528i with RWD (including one time driving about 10 mph with chains on!)
Getting about 22 MPG with mostly city driving.
So far it seems that I've had to put an average of about $1200 per year of service into the car.
Too many replacements or repairs seem to require specialty service or dealer work. Headlights for instance - Xenon bulbs are ridiculous to replace. DIY for cheaper, but you gotta find the right place to buy them. Same thing with wiper blades. Dealer wanted $200 in parts for a change of spark plugs! DIY and tell them to stuff it.
Message boards are good online resources. So is Bavarian Autosport (online parts store). Purchased many parts from them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th January, 2012