2011 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Lots of Smiles - M Sport Packa
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Lots of Smiles - M Sport Package
By chasman9 on

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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

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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.

Best 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

Worst Features

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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By bmwinmyblood
on 08/29/11 15:34 PM (PDT)

The reason German cars have such poor design for cup holders is that it is actually illegal in Germany to drink any beverage while driving.

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