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What do you guys think of the new style BMW 5-Series (F10)?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by IBJanky, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. IBJanky

    IBJanky Well-Known Member

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    I like the BMW 5-series cars, especially the 528i. No need for a 535i with the twin turbos, or the 550i V-8 model. I have no use for that kind of power/speed.

    Kinda early, but I'm thinking of getting one in a few years (once someone else takes the depreciation hit), just to have something nice to drive on my days off/weekends. Never owned a BMW before.

    This is the current body style (2010 & newer):

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    This was the previous body style:

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    I really liked the previous body style, but the new one is kinda growing on me.

    Anyone here owned a 2004 or newer BMW 5-series? How did you like it? Any problems to look out for?

    myke
     
  2. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Have you driven the 528? I think the engine is too weak for a car that size. The accelleration lags and the handling isn't that great. There is nothing impressive about it. The 550, on the other hand, has more punch, and that's what, in part makes it fun to drive. You should be able to get the 2010 550 in 2-3 years with about 36K miles for just over $40K, I'd imagine.
     
  3. A Y

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    The car is gorgeous in real life. I have not driven it, but reviews echo what TR says above about its handling.

    --Andre
     
  4. IBJanky

    IBJanky Well-Known Member

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    Have you driven the 528? I think the engine is too weak for a car that size. The accelleration lags and the handling isn't that great. There is nothing impressive about it. The 550, on the other hand, has more punch, and that's what, in part makes it fun to drive. You should be able to get the 2010 550 in 2-3 years with about 36K miles for just over $40K, I'd imagine.

    I have driven the previous body style 528i and it's more than enough power for me.

    I'm not a speed junkie/enthusiast anymore. I drive pretty relaxed.

    I have a 9-mile commute to work, takes about 15 minutes using all side streets, and I hit about 3 stoplights... get the picture?

    No doubt that the 535/550 model would be a lot faster, but I'd never have a use for it.

    myke
     
  5. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Well-Known Member

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    just out of curiosity, have you even been stopped for speeding? and what'd you say to the cop who stopped you?
     
  6. IBJanky

    IBJanky Well-Known Member

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    just out of curiosity, have you even been stopped for speeding? and what'd you say to the cop who stopped you?

    Never been stopped for speeding since I've been a cop.

    But then again, I don't drive fast anymore.

    I have to drive my motorcycle fast at work to catch speeders, and that's enough adrenaline for me [​IMG]

    myke
     
  7. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    I have driven the previous body style 528i and it's more than enough power for me.

    I'm not a speed junkie/enthusiast anymore. I drive pretty relaxed.

    I have a 9-mile commute to work, takes about 15 minutes using all side streets, and I hit about 3 stoplights... get the picture?

    No doubt that the 535/550 model would be a lot faster, but I'd never have a use for it.

    myke


    Well, if you like how the 528 drives and handles, that's up to you. In my opinion, and only my opinion and not to insult you, is that the 528 is a bit poseurish. I see buying a 5 series for the driving experience (not the experience merely to say they drive a bimmer), and the 528 doesn't deliver. To me, it's for the soccer mom that wants some level of luxury and people seeing her driving "a nice car", but she doesn't care about how it really drives, and it's cheaper. That might be unfair, but that's my view point on it.

    That's nice about your commute, but your original posted indicated you would be driving the for days off and on weekends. My point, is if you want a fun car to drive, the 535 or 550 would be the better choice, but it seems the 528 satisfies your desire for the "funness" of it.

    But to answer your question, no I don't own one. But with any used German car, you always need to be careful, certified or not. I was in the market for a used 550 and did quite a bit of research, but my co-worker put it in perspective. She bought a 2006 from the dealer, certified. She said she has had nothing but problems with it, and these problems are not covered by the warranty (naturally). It's in the shop all the time, and she said the car has done nothing to enhance her life - it's just one big headache and eats into her savings with the repair work. No one in SoCal care she's driving one since everyone has one. With that in mind I opted for an Infiniti G37. Just as nice of a car, if not nicer, for less money (compared to a 3-series that is).

    You might better off just leasing your BMW.
     
  8. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    I like the car and think its looks are a great improvement over the previous generation.
     
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    I don't think a 528 is poseurish. If you need the room and like the looks of the car, but want good fuel economy and not pay a premium for all the options they lard on the bigger-engined cars, the small engine is a good way to go. And it makes plenty of power anyway.

    One of the best 5 series ever made is the E39 530i with the sport package.

    --Andre
     
  10. IBJanky

    IBJanky Well-Known Member

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    I don't think a 528 is poseurish. If you need the room and like the looks of the car, but want good fuel economy and not pay a premium for all the options they lard on the bigger-engined cars, the small engine is a good way to go. And it makes plenty of power anyway.

    One of the best 5 series ever made is the E39 530i with the sport package.

    --Andre


    My thoughts exactly. Not everyone needs/wants all the power.

    myke
     
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    Wait, you smell that?
    If you need the room and like the looks of the car, but want good fuel economy and not pay a premium for all the options they lard on the bigger-engined cars, the small engine is a good way to go.

    Yah, sounds like a soccer mom. [​IMG] [​IMG] j/k. Point taken. I guess I was just way underwhelmed by my experiences driving a 528. It's not like I'm a speed/power junky either. My previous cars were a '79 Corolla, Nissan Altima and a 15 year old MB C280. No doubt the 5-series, regardless of model, are nice cars in any event.
     
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    One of the best 5 series ever made is the E39 530i with the sport package.

    This is what I have, but a 540i. Love it.

    I won't weigh in on the 528 vs. 5xx debate (but you can guess where I'd land), but someone down the street from me has a silver 2010 5 series, and I think it's a great car. no e39, but still. [​IMG]
     
  13. rocks

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    Speaking of large sedans I have the new Alpina B7 on my radar, hope to own one in the next 4 years after the bulk of the depreciation has occurred. I can't justify buying a new bimmer or any other car for that matter (plus I can't afford a new B7), my current bimmer was bought when it was 3 years old and it's been almost 4 years since I've owned it and the drive still impresses me today.
     
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    Speaking of large sedans I have the new Alpina B7 on my radar, hope to own one in the next 4 years after the bulk of the depreciation has occurred. I can't justify buying a new bimmer or any other car for that matter (plus I can't afford a new B7), my current bimmer was bought when it was 3 years old and it's been almost 4 years since I've owned it and the drive still impresses me today.

    Service on a B7 might be a nightmare, I can't even imagine what some of the parts catalogue might cost on that. I wouldn't want to foot the bill. I've seen the new B7 live though, and it is amazing. The new 7 with the M pack is great too. The new 5, I'm pretty lukewarm on. It doesn't really look like a Bimmer from the back, and the front is a little confused looking.
     
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    I second the comments on the 528i being a bit weak. Still better than a 523i though... is the 523 being offered in the US?

    What do you guys think about the M pack? I find it gorgeous - especially with the 19" wheels. The car looks a lot more sporty...
     
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    Service on a B7 might be a nightmare, I can't even imagine what some of the parts catalogue might cost on that. I wouldn't want to foot the bill. I've seen the new B7 live though, and it is amazing. The new 7 with the M pack is great too. The new 5, I'm pretty lukewarm on. It doesn't really look like a Bimmer from the back, and the front is a little confused looking.

    I know the maintenance will be high, but I do a lot of the maintenance on my E46 so I should manage fine. I think I'd rather have this than any AMG so there's nothing else that could suffice as a substitute. I'm not a huge fan of large sedans except this B7 and some other AMG sedans, namely the black series.
     
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    Like BMW tends to do, it's likely the engines will be revised soon - but if you want a 2010 car in 2-3 years, that might not matter.

    I personally like how BMW is unifying their design elements across their model range but isn't making their cars clones of one another like Audi. It was particularly bad when the E46 3 and the E60 5 looked like they shared no common theme - despite both being nice looking cars. I know they were designed by different people, but so are the current Z and 5-series which share a lot of lines.
     
  18. xpress

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    I've got a 2004 545i, so I feel slightly qualified to answer your question.

    For the OP: the 528i will be more then adequate. I've got a neighbor with the a brand new F10 528, and he absolutely loves it. The numbers (HP, TQ) are far from astonishing, but the power is all very usable.

    I decided not to extend the warranty on my 5. This decision was based partially on cost (about 4 grand for a decent warranty) and partially on reliability.

    You'll find that most things going wrong with these cars (and presumably the F10's) is small, and more of an annoyance then anything. ie: Bad alternators, seat pads, premature brake wear, etc.

    That all said, the 5 series has definitely taken a stab at Lexus and Mercedes with the F10. While the E60 was far sportier then the jap and german rivals, the new F10 has sacrificed much of that sportiness in favor of comfort. The interior materials are a touch nicer, the ride a touch less harsh, and the handling feels docile relative to the outgoing model.

    Keep in mind, these thoughts are solely based on a test drive (as I was considering an F10) what I've read on the forums, and my neighbor being kind enough to take me for a ride in his 528.

    If you have any direct questions pertaining to the E60 fire me a PM
     
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    I've got a 2006 530i Sport and I love it (apart from getting keyed the other day). I've owned it for a few years now and haven't had any major issues with it. More than enough hp for my needs and it handles/drives great. I would definitely buy another 5 series when I get rid of this one.
     
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    The new 5 series looks great but I feel like the 3,5, and 7 series look too similar to each other now.
     

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