1999 BMW 5-Series Sport Wagon

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Sleak and FFFast! by wagon wheels on 02/18/2008. Trim: 1999 BMW 528iT, Owned 2 years.
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Pros: handles and turns on a dime , acceleration great , quiet cabin , sleak and fast. Great profile.
Cons: virtually no visibility when backing up , defrost mode is all or nothing.
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truly THE ULTIMATE DRIVING CAR! by RICHSNT on 03/01/2007. Trim: 1999 BMW 528iT, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: The ride is great,the car looks good ,drives good the interior is nice ,car has good power and will trun heads on the street trust me !
Cons: limited back seat space , not so good on gas ......dont goose it
Overall review: GREAT CAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great station wagon that falls shooooort on quality! by Realtor from Tucson on 01/01/2007. Trim: 1999 BMW 528iT, Owned 4 years.
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Pros: Fully loaded with premium/sports package. Bought used 2.5 years ago with 58K miles and have driven 45K miles (total 103K). Great timeless styling, quiet interior, good ride, responsive transmission, peppy acceleration, beautiful wood and leather interior, roomy back seat, good handling, great gas mileage (almost 30 mpg on freeway at 75 mph), great for hauling stuff and pets.
Cons: Tons of problems. Previous owner maintained it well & had already done some repairs (sensors, rotors, stuck seat belts, etc). Radiator broke 2x (60K, 73K), water pump out at 70K, 3 window regulators broke, rear hatch power pull down mechanism broke 2x, electrical shorts while using key fob (cured itself the last 2 months), lingering vibration since 50K (5 mechanics checked, 1 said cracked control arm bushings 2 others could not find any problems, some think it's the wheels). Vibration reduced sometimes after wheel balancing but came back often. Numerous plastic pieces break easily, cup holders break every year & useless. Have been stranded 3x because of problems. The list goes on....
Overall review: This car is great when it works or if it had the reliability of a Japanese or even American car. I was able to fix a few things myself so the maintenance costs have been manageable. It has reached a point that I was always driving with the fear of it breaking down so I traded it for a 2002 Infiniti Q45. Took the Q45 for a 2k mile trip and it drove flawlessly, no problems and great quality (everything tops the BMW except for handling, but not by much). BMW needs to learn a few lessons from the Japanese in terms of quality. Even if I could fix everything in the BMW myself, I don't think it would be worth my time and hassle to deal with all the problems. No regrets selling it!
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My dream car by An MSN Autos Consumer on 11/22/2006. Trim: 1999 BMW 528iT, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Beautiful, timeless styling, especially for a wagon. The sport package with its low profile and 17" cross spoke wheels is worth looking for - the wheels themselves sold me on this wagon, and I was looking at Subaru Outbacks and Volvo V70's much more seriously than the BMW. Excellent handling and braking, surprisingly good gas mileage, avg of 21 mpg but close to 30 mpg on the freeway. On board computer and navigation are very useful. This car was built to cruise on freeways! Built like a tank which is a plus for occupant safety. Engines can easily go 200,000 plus miles with proper maintenance.
Cons: Electrical gremlins abound - Instrument cluster LED pixels always fade, plastic climate control buttons crack easily (although a cheap fix), front bumper is very low and scrapes easily (especially on concrete parking blocks), useless cup holder, car cell phone cradle in center console is wasted space that should be storage space, heated seat wires fizzle easily, auto transmissions tend to break down between 80K-120K, Double VANOS timing systems prone to breakdown as well, sliding cargo load floor worthless and rattles, very poor AM reception, cross spoke wheels hard to clean and clearcoat peels off very easily.
Overall review: Love this car. Went into it knowing EXACTLY what it was worth and what needed to be repaired and negotiated a very low price knowing I would have to put in about $3,000 to get it to excellent condition. I don't take it to the dealership for any maintenance and repairs and do as much as possible on my own to save money. Even with the cons that I listed I have never regretted for a minute owning this car. I still spend a few minutes every day looking at it and knowing how lucky I am to own it. I get as much of a kick watching it being driven by my wife (who likes it much more than she admits to) as driving it myself. If you do your homework and know what to expect going in and all maintenance records check out AND you negotiate a hot deal on this car you will not be sorry you own this fine vehicle.
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  • Interior5.0
  • Quality9.0
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a worthy wagon by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/09/2006. Trim: 1999 BMW 528iT, Owned 5 years.
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Pros: power,styling,functionality,accesories.
Cons: front seat comfort is poor on long trips. cramped driver's quarters for long-legged drivers
Overall review: quality vehicle that needs more interior room
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