2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test


2011 BMW 528i: Mediocre Vibrations

December 02, 2010

Long Term BMW 528i Steering Wheel Vibrations.JPG

One man's "connected to the car" is another man's "intrusive buzzing," so I'm not sure how other people feel about the steering wheel vibration in our long-term 2011 BMW 528i.

I do know I've never had to question this trait in other Bavarian cars, but I find myself wondering if the straight six in our long-term car is running properly. It's not really apparent at driving speeds, but at idle the car's wheel has a thrum that feels like a bad fuel injection pulse or some other malady.

With our recent engine warning light because of a fuel filler neck leak I'm thinking the two are related.

Or maybe I'm just entering that age when every car has to be Lexus-smooth?

BMW's new tagline: "If it's too buzzy, you're too old!"

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large

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