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By Joe on
2006 BMW 5 Series 530xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
The BMW 530xi: Motor - Smooth throughout entire RPM range although it lack the ummphh you would expect. Handling - You'll back down before the car will - outstanding Interior - Quality throughout-seats can wear on you on a lengthy trip. IDrive a snap for the computer literate generation, definitely not for you Mom. Lack of storage, center console useless. Cup holders work better than you would expect. Exterior - Germans can't match the Japanese for fit and finish, gaps large enough to fit your pinky in. Car is drop dead gorgeous but paint is very soft and scratches easily. Run flats are a no no - no tire life and flats abound, stick with stock.
The most copied car in the world. Secure in knowing that I'm driving one of the safest cars on the road. I've never pulled up to a traffic light wishing I had the other guy's car.
In-line 6 in need of a horse power boost. Clanky manual transmission with long overthrow needs to be improved on - difficult to provide passengers with a smooth ride, especially second and third gears Overall and awesome driving experience.