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By Rick Popely | October 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 76,200 BMW Cars and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected:
Approximately 76,200 model-year 2012-14 vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines, including the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4.

The Problem: An interruption in the oil supply to a part could mean the loss of power braking assist; this could require the driver to press harder on the brake pedal in order to stop.

The Fix: BMW will notify affected owners by mail, and dealers will repair the problem in the power braking system.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker said drivers who lose power brake assist should pull over and call for roadside assistance. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com for more info; they can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 1, 2013 | Comments (6)

2013 BMW M5 Video

Like competitors in the high-performance sedan segment, the 2013 BMW M5 is big on bigness: big engine, big brakes, big wheels. But there are a few big differences that distinguish it from the pack, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. Its giggle-inducing quickness, optional six-speed manual transmission and gimmicky feature that reproduces engine roar in stereo are three of them. Before you drop more than $100,000 on the M5, you'd be wise to try out both transmissions and determine if you find the six-speed manual as "sloppy" as Bruzek did.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

2011 BMW 5 Series: Up Close

The 5 Series amends much of its predecessor’s cutline-and-eyebrow styling. In my estimation, it looks as good as the beloved 1997-2003 E39 5 Series – all the reserved elegance of the 7 Series without that car’s pointlessly wide lower air dam. The taillights, in particular, are a job well done.
By Kelsey Mays | April 7, 2010 | Comments (8)

2011 BMW 5 Series: 300 hp, 29 mpg

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BMW officials told us today that the EPA numbers are in for the 2011 5 Series — and they’re not too shabby. The 535i will get an EPA-certified 20/29 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission. That’s a full 3 mpg better than the outgoing 535i, and it vaults the car to the front of its class for fuel efficiency. Not bad for a car that’s slightly larger and weighs some 100 pounds more than its predecessor.

Credit the new eight-speed automatic as well as the single-turbo Valvetronic six-cylinder, which replaces the twin-turbo six-cylinder on the last 535i yet makes the same 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet torque. Spokesman Matt Russell said the new 535i hits 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, which is “almost identical” with the outgoing 535i.

The 550i uses the 400-hp, twin-turbo V-8 of X6 and 750i vintage; Russell said it will reach 60 mph in about 5 seconds flat, with EPA gas mileage pegged at 17/25 mpg. That puts it 2 mpg ahead of today’s normally aspirated 550i.

Premium fuel is recommended with either engine, but that’s the case for the vast majority of luxury cars. Manual transmissions drop mileage to 19/28 mpg on the 535i and 15/22 mpg on the 550i: “We’ve reached an age” where automatics have a clear advantage in efficiency, he said. Still, we like the fact that BMW remains willing to offer a manual here.

The 5 Series goes on sale this June in rear-wheel-drive 535i and 550i trims; excluding destination charges, prices start at $49,600 for the 535i and $59,700 for the 550i. Keep an eye out for a 240-hp 528i as well as xDrive all-wheel-drive versions later this year.
By Kelsey Mays | April 1, 2010 | Comments (2)

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo: First Look

  • Competes with: Infiniti FX, Acura MDX, Audi A6 Avant
  • Looks like: A cross between an X5 and 5 Series Wagon
  • Drivetrain: 400-hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2009

BMW has been rapidly expanding its lineup as of late. No longer content with wagons and SUVs, the company adds its second hatchback in a year’s time, the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Following on the heels of the X6, which got a lukewarm reception, the 5 Series Gran Turismo promises a lot of power and a unique cargo area. We’re not sure if the combination will entice consumers.

Like the X6, the Gran Turismo comes with a twin-turbo V-8 engine good for 400 hp, however, this is the only option for the vehicle. Also unlike the X6, this is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, which means the 550i Gran Turismo will be more of a performance machine. A 535 xi Gran Turismo will be offered in Europe, but there's no mention of it coming to the U.S. Sales of the 550i GT might be the measuring stick for BMW to consider bringing over the twin-turbo six-cylinder.

By David Thomas | May 22, 2009 | Comments (28)

BMW Extending Maintenance Plan, Picking Up Payments

M5sedan Buying a BMW isn’t just an expensive proposition on the MSRP front, many first-time luxury-car shoppers worry about maintenance costs. For years now, BMW has offered free maintenance on new-car purchases; it picks up the tab for the first four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Now, the company is offering an extended plan of six years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, at an additional charge of between $1,395 and $2,995. The plan excludes the limited Alpina B7, but it does include all M performance models and diesels. Any current owners under the four-year/60,000-mile plan can add the service.BMW recommends service every 15,000 miles on new models.

If that offer didn’t grab potential Bimmer shoppers’ attention, the company’s latest incentives might: BMW is back to offering low financing of up to 0.9%, and will also pay the first two months of payments on select vehicles. Depending on how expensive a car is, those two payments should be worth well over $1,000. Models included in the offer can be found below.

The 0.9% financing rate and first two months’ payments offer are good through May 31.

By David Thomas | April 16, 2009 | Comments (51)

2009 Geneva Auto Show: BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

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  • Looks like: A more hunkered-down take on the already hunkered-down X6
  • Defining characteristics: X6-like roofline, two-piece tailgate
  • Ridiculous features: That BMW calls it a Progressive Activity Sedan
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Good – BMW seems bullish on entering new segments these days

BMW calls the 5 Series Gran Turismo concept a Progressive Activity Sedan. The terminology leaves us nonplussed, considering it comes from an automaker that calls its crossovers Sports Activity Vehicles or, in the case of the X6, a Sports Activity Coupe. The GT concept’s lines are very similar to its SAC production sibling, though the face — with a lower, more upright grille and 7 Series headlights — isn’t quite as aggressive.

By Kelsey Mays | February 13, 2009 | Comments (6)

BMW Offers 0.9% Financing on 2009 Models

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BMW surprised many in August when it offered low-rate financing deals on its 2008 models. Now, the automaker has expanded its deal to many 2009 models as well. The updated and slightly redesigned BMW 3 Series sedan in its four trim levels — 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi — all get a 0.9% deal. The financing offers are available through Dec. 31. As always, the terms of the deal depend on how customers qualify, but the deals illustrate just how severely the economy is impacting all automakers.

Read below for a full list of 2009 models and their 0.9% financing offers. BMW’s full list of financing offers on 2009 vehicles can be found here

By David Thomas | November 6, 2008 | Comments (0)

2008 BMW Models Get 0.9% Financing

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The 2009 BMWs are on the way, and it’s time to get rid of the 2008s. Yep, BMW has model-year-end sales too, they just use fancy terms, like 0.9% financing, to promote them. Through Sept. 2, all 2008 BMW models — besides the X6, M3 and M5 — will be eligible for 0.9% financing for qualified buyers. What does that mean?

The current average loan rate is 6.78%, so say you want to finance a base 328i sedan, which starts at $32,700, over four years. Putting nothing down on the car (and let’s keep tax out of the equation), your monthly payment would be $779.70. That’s a lot of money for a 3 Series; in the end you’d wind up paying $37,426 with all the interest included.

Lower the rate to 0.9% and your monthly payment drops to $693.84, with total cost over the term of $33,304. So BMW is basically offering a $4,000 discount here. The math is rudimentary, but 0.9% is a good deal on any car, let alone a BMW. Oh, and because the 328i is one of the most affordable BMWs on the lot, the savings only go up as you move up through the model range.

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