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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. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Senior member

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    Reviews are not favorable in terms of the fun to drive factor. I won't be selling my '06 330i for it, for sure. And with thoughts of a turbo 4 in the 2013 3-series, I may have the best last N/A engine BMW made.
     
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    I really want a 530(x)d Touring in dark blue, I walk past one in champagne on a daily basis and it's amazing [​IMG]
     
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    Any styling changes to the previous model's trunk lid are a welcome improvement.

    I'd stay away from the turbo models they produce. My neighbor has been through a 335i and 535i (now has the 528) due to fuel pump problems every 4k miles with both i models. Even with the new single turbo, they have evidently not changed to problematic fuel pumps.
     
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    I think the new 5 is great looking -- big improvement over the previous model.
     
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    No need for a 535i with the twin turbos

    BMW agrees with you. The N55 only has one turbo...

    "The N55 differs from the N54 in two key ways: (1) It has a single, twin-scroll turbocharger (which BMW calls "Twin Power") instead of two smaller turbochargers; and (2) it uses BMW's Valvetronic technology."

    "The addition of Valvetronic reduces fuel consumption by 8 percent. It also quickens response time when you're cruising along at low load and have a sudden, urgent need to be at wide-open throttle. And peak torque (still 300 pound-feet) comes in at just 1,200 rpm now instead of 1,400 with the N54 engine. Peak horsepower is still listed at 300, but the power curve doesn't taper off as soon."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_N55

    http://blogs.insideline.com/straight...55-engine.html
     
  6. Bartolo

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    Well I own a 2008 535xi, which I bought new in 2008 and picked up in Munich vie the European Deliver program, and today am driving a 2011 528 as a loaner from the dealership.

    There is no "right" answer about whether the 528 motor is powerful enough. For me, and I drive pretty gently, it is. I went from a 545i to a 535xi and I could see driving a 528 if the cost factor matters to me when I'm ready for a new car.

    I seem to feel a LITTLE less of the road in this 528. But that could be due to a lot of factors. I test drove a 2011 535 when they first came out, then got back into mine, and said to myself, "I like the new one but it's not nearly different enough to merit the large cost to move to it." In sum, I find the F10 to be "evolutionary, not revolutionary" compared to the E60. If I needed a new car I'd buy one, but I'd not take a big hit on my E60 just to get into one!

    The new electronics are pretty nice, but eh everyone has pretty electronics and maybe Audi's are a little prettier.
     
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    I like the way it looks (in person: I wasn't thrilled with initial pictures online), but haven't had a chance to drive one.
     
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    Much better looking that the garbage e60 but I absolutely despise the hood lines on all current bmws and the way they reflect.
     
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    I'm anxious to see the F10 M5. Although I'm not fond of the e60 body style in general, I love its M5; it's really nice looking. I hope the F10 M5 is just as impressive looking.
     
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    You guys are crazy. The E60 is one of the best looking sedans made. If only they released the E61 M5 in North America... (I know it's not an M5, see above comment). [​IMG]
     
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    It looks nice, but nowhere as nice as a Jaguar XF.

    It seems like someone shrunk an F01 7-series. Why do all the sedans from any given German manufacturer have to look like larger and smaller versions of each other?
     
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    It seems like someone shrunk an F01 7-series. Why do all the sedans from any given German manufacturer have to look like larger and smaller versions of each other?


    For some reason, that is what's "in" right now. This was the case for a while at BMW, then for a while it wasn't. Now it is again. :shrug:
     
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    For some reason, that is what's "in" right now. This was the case for a while at BMW, then for a while it wasn't. Now it is again. :shrug:

    Well, come on, everyone threw a fit when BMW made the cars look more individual, so you can't blame them for running back to the German "1 sausage in 3 lengths" design model.

    As for the current 5-series: I like the E60 a lot more, but Edmunds' Insideline is running a 528i in their long-term blog and they've been pretty happy with it. I don't like the new hood crease flowing around the roundel hood-theme, myself.
     
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    As for the current 5-series: I like the E60 a lot more, but Edmunds' Insideline is running a 528i in their long-term blog and they've been pretty happy with it. I don't like the new hood crease flowing around the roundel hoot-theme, myself.


    I like the E60 a lot more too (and not just because I own one). I've got this loaner F10 in my driveway right now, and when I walk up to it, or walk past it while walking the dog and look at it, it doesn't strike me with the 'wow that's a cool car to drive' feeling that the E60 still does.

    All that said, the 528i I'm 'borrowing' sure does drive very nicely. I would be quite happy owning one, but want my damn 535xi back. (There is a cold-engine hesitation problem that the dealership can't get to the bottom of.)
     
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    Reviews are not favorable in terms of the fun to drive factor. I won't be selling my '06 330i for it, for sure. And with thoughts of a turbo 4 in the 2013 3-series, I may have the best last N/A engine BMW made.

    The S54 was the finest NA BMW I6 engine.
     
  17. A Y

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    Saw one in white today. Not a fran. The 135 looks good in white, as do many other Bimmers, but not the F10.

    The finest BMW I6 is the one that only comes in sets of pairs: the S70/2 in the Big Mac.

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    I spent a few days tooling around in the new 550. I find the design a decided improvement over the previous generation, although in general I hate how the German makers are plumping up throughout their ranges - this one was about the size of a 7-series my dad had two generations back. Interior layout is outstanding, and I can finally use the iDrive without getting the urge to stab myself in the neck. Acceleration is terrific, although road feel is pretty poor IMO. Unfortunately, road feel is what I've loved most about BMW.
     
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    The S54 was the finest NA BMW I6 engine.

    [​IMG]
     
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    The new 550 can be optioned well into the $90K's, now that is insane.
     

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