2011 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Quick, nimble, refined and GRE

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Quick, nimble, refined and GREAT highway mileage
By tommymight on


2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


I traded in my tired gas hog 2009 Tribeca for a 535 x drive all wheel automatic. I have put 1500 miles on the 535 in three weeks and it is a true BMW. Quiet, smooth, solid acceleration and rock solid handling. The iDrive still has about 300 functions I have yet to figure out and while it is better than the older iDrive systems it's still recommended ONLY for the truly computer literate. I am amazed by the mileage. 33 mpg on the highway is common so far. I do worry about the "run flat" tires and am thinking about buying a spare tire for long trips. 50 miles on a flat run flat will still screw over a trip quick.

Favorite Features

The Bluetooth cell phone hookup is awesome. The car uploads your cell phone contacts and the voice recognition is good. It does make some weird pronunciations. Judi is Judd-i but hey, it's German. The passing power of this car is great. It's like a 750 cc crotch rocket at 70 mph. It spools up to 85 mph in about 1.5 seconds and passing is not an issue. The iDrive owners manual is a great idea.

Suggested Improvements

I still want a spare tire for long trips. The ambient outoor temperature vanishes when you run the navigation system. The iDrive is better but still needs work You cannot see the navigation button on the iDrive and have to know where it is from experience. The light for the rain sensing wipers is not visible on the stalk - put it elsewhere.
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