2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test


2011 BMW 528i: We're Going to Montana

July 09, 2011

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As you all continually remind us, it's important that we drive our long-term cars the way they're meant to be driven. As such, an F-150 SVT Raptor needs to romp around on fire roads, while a Sienna or Odyssey should be packed full of preschoolers. And what do you do with a midsize luxury sedan like our 2011 BMW 528i?

You take it on a hero's road trip.

Historically, that's the whole point of the BMW 5 Series. It's a driver's car -- and one with enough room and creature comforts that you can and should drive it for considerable distances.

Of course, we've complained variously that this F10 generation of the 5 Series doesn't live up to its forbears, that it's not a pure sport sedan anymore, that it has overbearing electronics that get between the driver and the road.

Well, now I'll see if a 1,236-mile drive to Greenough, Montana -- and back -- changes my mind. Right now, I'm digging the fact that we have a 528i with the soon-to-be extinct normally-aspirated inline-6, as this promises to be a quintessential 5 Series experience. We'll see if I feel the same way once I hit some serious elevation.

I have a long time to get to know this car. If you have any questions, post them here and I'll do my best to field them.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,148 miles

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