The Paddles Help - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

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2011 BMW 528i: The Paddles Help

September 02, 2011

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It's a bit unusual to find paddles shifters in mid-sized luxury car, but our long-term BMW 528i has them. And they help.

It's been noted in these blogs several time before that the drivability of our 528 isn't great, with slow tip-in followed by abrupt acceleration.

So I've been trying the paddles as workaround and it seems to work. I'll put the transmission setting in Sport, and with the paddles I can choose my own gear and zing the engine all the way to top.

Which is good because this engine doesn't have a lot of bottom end.

And you? Do you use the paddle shifters in your everyday driving?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 19,750 miles

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