2009 BMW 5 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,335 - $11,463
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
230-360
Seats
5
Color:  Jet Black
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,335 - $11,463
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
230-360
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2009 BMW 5 Series If...

The BMW 5 Series earned its deserved reputation as the supreme midsize sport sedan almost on driving dynamics alone. Combined with standout styling, a well-appointed cabin and some of the most sophisticated technologies available in an automobile, the 5 Series offers something for everyone.

BMW 5 Series Models & Trims

528i $8,348 - $10,541
Horsepower: 230 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
528i xDrive $9,020 - $11,463
Horsepower: 230 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
535i $8,429 - $10,662
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
535i xDrive $8,512 - $10,941
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
550i $8,335 - $10,684
Horsepower: 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 19 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.44

9 Reviews

5 star 56% 4 star 33% 3 star 11% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

It gets good gas mileage and holds up well over time.

Maintenance is pricy and most things need to be done at BMW which is a headache. It gets good gas mileage but is not the most comfortable ride. I do like how tight the steering is but the sports model side of it makes it hug the ground.

- Heather B

Amazing car!! Never looking elsewhere.

Love BMW for its sharp performance and reliability! I have had no problems with the car, since it is routinely maintained. Would never drive anything else!

- Cynthia B

Good on gas. That is about it.

I like how it looks, I do not like the seat comfort. I also do not like backing up my car. There are to many blind spots.

- Mark S

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front angle view.
Front Drivers side wheel at profile.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,348 - $10,541
$9,020 - $11,463

Horsepower

Horsepower
230 (hp)
230 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L DOHC 24
3.0L DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Standard
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.5 (in.)
41.5 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36 (in.)
36 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.1 (in.)
38.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14 (cu. ft.)
14 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Standard
Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/40R18
P245/40R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.7 (in.)
113.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 (ft.)
39 (ft.)

Length

Length
191.1 (in.)
191.1 (in.)

Width

Width
72.7 (in.)
72.7 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3505 - 3571 (.lbs)
3770 - 3814 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
230 (hp)
230 (hp)

Torque

Torque
200 (ft. lbs.)
200 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - (.lbs)
- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
23 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Night Vision
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
Not Available
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (5)

Engine And Engine Cooling Oct 30, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 30, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V683000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
Consequence:
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Engine And Engine Cooling > Cooling System > Fan Aug 9, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 9, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12E029000
Summary:
Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
Consequence:
This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
Remedy:
Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.
Electrical System > Battery > Cables Mar 23, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 23, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V126000
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 5-SERIES, MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 6-SERIES, MODEL YEAR 2006-2010 M5, AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2010 M6 VEHICLES. THE INSULATED BULKHEAD CONNECTOR FOR THE POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY ATTACHED TO THE TRUNK FLOOR PANEL, WHICH CAN LEAD TO A LOOSENING OF THE BOLT CONNECTION. AS IT LOOSENS, AN INCREASE IN ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE AT THIS CABLE CONNECTION IS POSSIBLE AND COULD CAUSE THE CABLE CONNECTION TO OVERHEAT.
Consequence:
OVERHEATING COULD LEAD TO A FIRE, EVEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS NOT IN USE. AS A PRECAUTION, OWNERS ARE ADVISED TO PARK OUTSIDE UNTIL THE REMEDY HAS BEEN MADE.
Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND SECURE THE BATTERY BOLT CABLE CONNECTION AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Power Assist > Vacuum Sep 30, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 30, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V446000
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 5-SERIES, 6-SERIES, AND MODEL YEAR 2002-2008 7-SERIES VEHICLES. A CHECK VALVE OF THE BRAKE VACUUM PUMP MAY LEAK A SMALL AMOUNT OF LUBRICATING OIL. OVER TIME THIS COULD RESULT IN CONTAMINATION OF THE BRAKE BOOSTER.
Consequence:
POWER ASSIST BRAKING PERFORMANCE COULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED. IN EXTREME CASES THERE COULD BE A COMPLETE LOSS OF POWER ASSIST BRAKING. AN UNEXPECTED REDUCTION OR LOSS IN POWER BRAKING ASSIST MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A REMEDY OR AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
Exterior Lighting Sep 11, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 11, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V407000
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 passenger cars manufactured from March 1, 2007, through December 31, 2009. Over time, increased resistance at the taillight electrical contact points may cause damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector resulting in an intermittent or permanent loss of functionality of one or more rear lamp functions (tail, brake, turn-signal, reverse).
Consequence:
Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear lamp bulb carriers free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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