600-Mile Road Trip - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

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2011 BMW 528i: 600-Mile Road Trip

January 19, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I drove our long-term 2011 BMW 528i from L.A. to Vegas and back. It's about a 600 mile round trip through absolutely nothing. Before I left I asked you for questions you would like answered about the BMW. Things I might learn on the trip.

Well, here are the answers to some of your questions.

throwback says:

11:28 AM, 01/ 5/11

How are the seats? I have found that many modern cars have seats that are no designed for long distance travel. Its as if manufacturers are only building cars for commuters. My '02 Saab 9-5 Aero has spoiled me when it comes to supportive comfortable seats.

Throwback, I found the BMW's seats to be a B+ on the long drive. For me, (I'm 5' 11" 180 lbs.) they're comfortable for about 300 miles. When I arrived in Las Vegas I was happy to get out and stretch.

apinault says:

01:07 PM, 01/ 5/11

What do you think of the power of the vehicle? Is the 528 "enough" or is the 535 necessary?

On a drive like this the 528i had plenty of motor. No complaints, even up grades.

joefrompa says:

01:18 PM, 01/ 5/11

How's the car feel at very high speeds? Does the steering tire you after a few hours with twitchiness, or does it feel solid and stable?

Can you do a powerslide on pavement in the desert? Was it hard? :)

Joe, the 528i is solid and stable out on the highway. No twitchiness. No fatigue. And no, for powerslides on pavement you've got to pay up for the 535i or 550i. Better yet the upcoming M5.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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