1997 BMW 5-Series

  • 1997 BMW 5-Series 528i Sedan

    528i Sedan

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.8L I6
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  • 1997 BMW 5-Series 540i Sedan

    540i Sedan

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    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
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1997 BMW 5-Series Review

A midsize luxury sedan with flagship style and comfort.

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The 1997 BMW 5-Series is a small sedan with big sedan luxury. With better engines, better chassis, and improved safety, it's hard to find much wrong with it. Furthermore, sporty design and performance make the it perfect for letting loose on an open road.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: BMW 5-Series 528i, BMW 5-Series 540i

What's New

The 1997 BMW 5-Series receives a major overhaul as improvements are made on the brakes, exterior design, and interior design. Also new are the engines under the hood are much more powerful than past models.


The 1997 BMW 5-Series is attractive and sleek, while everything is streamlined and contemporary. Advanced design gives the chassis more durability and only slightly more weight than previous years' models. There are 10 standard color options, and other standard exterior features include 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, a keyless entry system, rear spoiler and a rear ski bag.


The 1997 BMW 5-Series has the small interior, especially the rear seats, which can appear as a drawback to some consumers. While the back seat is great for children and smaller adults, it may be more difficult to accommodate taller adults. Despite the size, it's loaded down with standard features, which includes automatic climate control, auto-dim rearview mirror, power windows and locks, and a trip computer. Interior options include heated seats, premium audio system, compact disc changer, and a power rear sunshade. Leather seating is standard and can be upgraded to more comfortable seating.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 BMW 5-Series 528i comes with a 190-hp 2.8-liter V-6 engine, while the slightly more expensive 540i comes with a 4.4-liter V-8 that produces 282 horsepower. The automatic transmission option takes away some of the power with the six-speed manual transmission bringing out all the power. Small in size and weight, the engines are capable of extremely responsive acceleration and a ton of speed.


The 1997 BMW 5-Series 528i comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, fog lights, and passenger, driver, and front side airbags. An impressive anti-theft alarm system protects it from criminals, and traction control helps keep this speedy little compact on the road. During crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it's received a ?good? rating for overall safety. In short, it provides plenty of safety features and a well-built design.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 5-Series 528i, automatic: 17/24 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 528i, manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 540i, automatic: 16/22 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 540i, manual: 14/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Style
  • Luxury
  • Speed
  • Decent fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • CD player isn't standard

Sum Up

A midsize luxury sedan with flagship style and comfort.

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