iDrive system is not an issue. Most of
the stuff it controls you wouldn't
change while driving. If you can use
an ATM, you can use the iDrive.
Candidly, the only thing I miss is the
control wheel on the dash that
controlled the temp of the air that
hits your face.
Great car! However, everytime the car
is started, the "mouse" must be pushed
to acknowledge the safety warning. This
is a pain. I also have a MB which has
the same message, but times out in
540i has plenty of power and feels very
BMW needs to let the enginers do their
job and get the legal department out of
For 2004 BMW has again produced an
excellent, top-of-the-line sport sedan,
whic I consider the best on the market.
After over 6 months of test driving
numerous BMW configurations, as well as
competive lines, I again bought a
bimmer. So far, I like everything about
it (including iDrive and exterior
* Good HP and torque from the 530ia.
* 6-speed Steptronic transmission.
* User friendly i-Drive allows driver
control of numerious features
* Comfort with sport car handling
* Xenon adaptive headlights
Make active steering a separate option.
(I did not buy the sport package
because I did not want active steering.)
My previous car was a Lexus GS400,
which I adored. Wanted better
handling, performance, etc. and the 545
is IT!!!! I have let several friends
drive this magnificient piece of
machinery and all have been wowed. The
I-drive is a pain in the behind but one
can live with it.
Sport Pkg., comfort seats, saphire
Have had 545 SMG for one month and one
day as a replacement for 540-6spd. Car
was delivered in pristine condition.
Absolutely no defects have surfaced in
the first month. Car is quieter,
smoother, more stylish, more technically
advanced, and more satisfying to own
than my previous wheels.
Active steering has been the best
surprise. Maneuvering at low speeds is
an absolute pleasure. Ninety degree
turns are amazing. Cruise control (not
active) has been improved and much
easier to change cruise speed. Also
would not want to be without HUD ever again.
Make HUD more programmable. Give more
options for four or five features in the
HUD screen, especially the tach. Add
AM/FM button to radio controls outside
of iDrive. Improve SMG so actual
performs as smoothly as brochures claim.