yeah, I am pretty lame in that I think if you pay 60-80k for a 5-7
series, you would expect the car not to be on someones top 15 worst
I do love BMWs, always have, but over the past 10 years the 5 and 7
series have lost their way in terms of quality. The only reason why I
think they sell so many 5/7 series is because they are leasable cars.
By that I mean the typical 5 or 7 series buyer does not know a lot
about BMW's or Mercedes for that matter. They are just buying the label
for a 2-3 year lease and if things break they really don't care so much
becuase they are just renting.
The 3 series tends to be financed more because of a lower price point
and of course BMW sells a lot more so the bugs are worked out quicker.
I apologize for sounding so negative, but the initial poster was
looking for objective answers. So I did not want to paint a rosey
picture when they are not rosey at the moment. I had a brand new E39
(1998 540i) and I will never forget my first service call at 2k miles.
The interior door handle on the driver's door broke off. And then again
every 10k miles. Dealer said the 7 series exterior doors handles had
the same problem. Of course the car had other issues. But geeze, and
damn door handle.