The new 5 series is a completely
different car in all aspects --
comfort, handling, sophistication, and
luxury. I opted for the 6-speed manual
just for the fun of it, and with the
smaller 6 cylinder engine, I thought it
would be a help. I test drove the
automatic, though, and that would have
been fine. For about 4 grand more, you
can get the 530i. The extra horsepower
[225 I believe]makes a huge difference
in acceleration from 40mph - other than
that, I felt the 525i's power was more
The seats are fantastic - I'm 6'3" and
225 lbs -- and I have plenty of room
all around. And, the legendary feel of
the road is still there.
I'd prefer a separate radio/cd system -
not connected to the central "I"
system at all. SLightly wider side-
view mirrors would eliminate a slight
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