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2007 BMW 525xi
BMW has always been known for its sportiness. Now, its X-drive all-wheel-drive allows you to enjoy that…
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A Finely Crafted Engineering Gem by E60 Driver in Atlanta on 09/15/2009. Trim: 2004 BMW 5-Series 525i, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Better cupholders than previous generation (E39), modern styling, so many awesome features that wannabe luxury cars can't top -- adaptive Xenon headlights, automatic windshield wipers, programmable dual-zone automatic climate control, and everything from power headrests to power tilt / telescoping steering wheel with automatic entry/exit. Beautiful styling....people are always complimenting me on how nice the car is. Good gas mileage. Great safety features (ABS, stability control, traction control, dual-stage airbags, head protection system). Impressive factory security system with interior motion sensor and vehicle tilt detector. Burly growl upon acceleration from all engine offerings.
Cons: TERRIBLE DESIGN for keyless entry to get into trunk. I set of my alarm every time I try to use my remote to open the trunk. Rather than one press to open the trunk, you have to hold it down...but holding it down for like one second longer sets off the alarm. Ummm. I'd like to thank the brainiac who came up with that idea. Teeny weeny storage console -- although I might look like Barbie, my accessories are bigger. Lots of brake dust, in true bimmer tradition. Costly repairs out of warranty. Should have more standard features. Trunk opens violently fast, and is quite hard to close. Non-height-adjustable seatbelts. The volume on the stereo needs to fade in slower than it does upon startup.
Overall review: Overall, this is a fantastic vehicle that cannot be matched by any competitor. It handles beautifully and acceleration is impressive across the board with impeccable braking. I am going to have a VERY hard time trading this car in for anything other than a 5-series, because after owning one, you really do feel that nothing else can compete. I might go for the M5 next time to complete the utterly selfish image, but even in 525i trim, the 5-series is absolutely a joy to own.
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