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Lots of Smiles - Update
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By chasman9
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Just turned 40,000 miles. After reading other reviews, I'm surprised. Not a fan of Run Flats, but the rears went 30,000 miles and I just changed the fronts, yep - 40,000 miles. Also, I have not had the car in for anything other than an Oil Change. The car has had zero defects. Still looks and handles like new and is a blast to drive (6spd Manual). If a single thing bugs me it is the phone book. Lets say you pull up a name and dial the house and there is no answer. If you want to dial the same person, only the cell, you have to start from scratch imputting the name etc.. Wish the back button worked just to take you to the other numbers for this same person.


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My first BMW
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jason60051
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

This is my first BMW and I am very impressed with the vehicle overall. I researched vehicles in the luxury midsize class and always came back to the BMW 5 series. Found a dealer with a brand new leftover 2011 and was able to negotiate almost $14k off sticker. Reading some of the reviews about the automatic transmission made me decide to go with the manual and I haven't looked back. The slick short throws make the driving experience top notch.


Favorite Features

My favorite features on this car is the 6 speed manual, soft close doors, premium sound system, streaming bluetooth audio, smooth engine with great mpg's, large navi screen, lane departure and blind spot monitoring to name a few. Also the vehicle has a fantastic chassis along with almost no rattles anywhere in the cabin.


Suggested Improvements

If I could suggest some improvements on the vehicle they would be: Less sensitive tire pressure monitoring system...the tires always seem to be low on air in the cold weather. Seems to be a little engine hesitation at low rpm's...I blame that on turbo lag.


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Lots of Smiles - M Sport Package
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By chasman9
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Car is very fast (have no idea why anyone would want the V8). Had a 2009 535i before this and it is every bit as quick. Handling is excellent, but as reviewers have stated, steering gives your less feel of the road. 19" rims are nice, but now no spare. Cup holders with 6-Spd Manual are a joke. Totally non-functional and cups (any size) interfere with shifting and IDrive. German engineering at it's worst. Gray Traffic Info screen is very hard to read. Look, inside and out is terrific (really like interior lighting at night). Also, and this is new, the sound this car makes under hard acceleration is shear music. Wow. Zero problems so far at 2500 miles. It's a keeper.


Favorite Features

- 6-Spd Manual Transmission / Clutch is the absolute best in any car that I have ever diven - Lighting (Interior and Exterior) is very nice - Controls layout, feel and function is excellent - The way they tuned the exhaust is great


Suggested Improvements

No spare? Ya, like 19" Run Flats are sold on every corner. No cable with Ipod option. Are you kidding? Did not oder Convinience Package, but still no slot for Key (I don't care for this) Traffic info was easier to get and clearer in old model - gray screen stinks Cup holders, never a strong point with BMW have hit a new low - do they not drink Coffee in Germany? No Tool Kit or Medical Kit anymore. All above are hard to believe in a car that costs this much.


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2011 BMW 535i Automatic, model not listed for review
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By batman38
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Have the car a month and all driving has been City. avg. 18 mpg. Car is exceptionally quiet and this car embodies all you would expect from this segment , from outstanding fit and finish to fine interior appointments. Ride and handling are excellent, surprising with the 18" run flats. For 2011 BMW still hasn't fixed the problem with a skittish non-navigation i-drive system as the radio screen keeps changing along with the station. It's as if it's possessed and the dealer still hasn't responded with a fix. The other annoyance is that the car does not come equipped, as most luxury cars do, with the driver's seat moving to its rear position when one leaves the vehicle.


Favorite Features

Power, ride and handling


Suggested Improvements

8 speed automatic is not smooth when rapid acceleration is required. Remove glitches from i-drive. Provide a memory seat and steering wheel that allows for easy egress. The seat should automatically move all the way back to its detente position and the wheel should not only tilt up but telescope back as well.


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BMW 535 M PACKAGE
2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By bmw4ever1
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2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

This is by far better 5 then the older model. I don't think there is a car on the market that can match all in one factors such as performance , comfort and style. M package gave it even more style and extra handling features. This bmw can't be compered to any other car in it's class.


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