Boy oh boy! I've been waiting for this
car since late 2001 and I finally got
it in Feb 2004. This car is excellent
however the sport package is a
requirement if you choose to buy it.
Active steering is incredible and the
active roll stabilization which
produces almost no body roll while
cornering is incredible as well. These
two features are a must!! The interior
could use some quality improvement in
materials in certain areas. I'm sure
minor things like this will be worked
out over the cars lifetime.
Active steering, active roll
stabilization iDrive is great too, "set
it, and forget it!"
Certain interior quality improvments,
storage space and getting all the
options to work together, ie. NAV,
Sirius Radio, and Bluetooth.
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.
The new 545 has really made a mark for
itself in the automotive industry with
robust new technology, design &
performance. The design is GREAT,
technology (active steering) is none
like any other & the performance is
absolutely exhilirating (325 horses
worth). Overall, I've never driven a
better car. Definetely worth getting
for however much the cost or atleast
worth test drivign.
I have to say the active steering.
That technology is very sharp.
Another favorite would be the I-Drive
system where once you are used to it,
you cannot live without it. The I-
Drive system just makes sense. And
many other favorites.
hummm........let me seriously think
about this one....
I have the SMG transmission which is
superb. Can drive as a manual when
desired but also as an automatic while
sipping your coffee on the way to work.
The 545 is very quick and fantastic for
highway driving. Super stable at high
speeds. Fantastic brakes-stops on a
SMG transmission. The brakes are
amazingly good. And of course the
handling- BMW does it better than
There is a subtle noise that comes from
the doors when driving slowly across
parking lots. Hard to isolate where it
is from. Haven't been to the dealer yet
to investigate. (Too much fun driving
the car to take it in). The cupholders
are lame. The I-drive could be improved.
Beautiful exaust note. Super
accelleration of this very reliable and
well tested 8 cylinder. Greatest
feature with this engine is the active
roll stabilization. no lean in hard
curves. Very good workmanship as
expected. I have had no problems with
the electronics, incl. BMW phone.The
large wheels/tires make the look of