Pros: Luxurious Ride (All Speeds), Very Roomy, Nice Looks, Safe, Heavy, Good MPG
Cons: Not Reliable, Bad Service People At BMW, Expensive Parts, Falls Apart In Old Age, Depreciation
I started driving a '93 BMW 525i when I was 16 (4 yrs. ago), it was a used car with around 40k miles on it. I was under warranty for 10K more miles. I figured that was enough time for me to get whatever was wrong fixed and take good care of it . . . boy, was I wrong . . .
This car has been nothing but trouble since the warranty ran out, and I mean right after the warranty ran out. It's had a sleu of electrical problems including lights all over that burn out abnormally early . . . had many failed parts like the computer, transmission, etc.
Not only is the car unreliable, but . . . when I go to the BMW dealership, they act like they are kings, and when they saw someone of my age . . . they treated me like junk . . . often ignored me, let others go in front of me, not talk to me seriously, pure arrogance. Made me so angry. Same reason I'm in a Toyota Supra Turbo now (bought new) instead of an M3, BMW lost my business forever.
And, the price of parts? Sheesh . . . don't even get me started . . . Over 2000 dollars for a replacement cell. phone that came with the car when my car was stolen . . . it was so ridiculous.
And, the price of this car dropped like a rock since it came out and continues to . . . I am learning that BMW's do not age gracefully . . . look at really old ones, nowadays, and you're like "Ewwww," 'cause you've seen a new one. That's what this 5 series looked like in '97 when the new 528i's came out . . . sad, this car depreciated in value a ton.
On the good side, it rides nice, is comfortable . . .
But, it is very slow . . . no power at all.
Basically, all in all . . . I was very unhappy with this car . . . I'm done with BMW. On the contrary, nothing but praise for my new Toyota . . . see the opinion I wrote on that, here, too . . .