I have owned 2 Maximas and 1 Pathfinder since I have been purchasing vehicles. Now that I finally earned enough money to purchase a BMW I cannot ever drive any other vehicle. The 530i is the most pleasurable vehicle I have ever driven. The interior and exterior quality far exceed any other vehicle I've ever driven. The new 530i design will withstand the test of time as far as style. Loving it, with no regrets on the money spent.
My favorite features are the sound system, Bluetooth technology, heated seats, heated steering wheel and of course the voice command technology.
I wish more features were standard instead of options.
If you are into cars, you owe it to yourself to own a BMW 5 series. The technology is seemingly endless. One can set the temperature to cool off the car 30 minutes before you are scheduled to drive off. It has a motion detector as part of the anti-theft system. How about being able to check the oil from inside electronically? It is a little pricey but if you can afford just a little more, don't hesitate. The iDrive actually becomes intuitive after a while. With so many ways to set the personal settings, the iDrive is a necessity. Don't let it turn you off.
Blue tooth phone technology - it increases safety and convenience.
2006 BMW 5 Series 530xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Great driving car, and very handsome. Gives a lot of confidence when driving in bad weather.
Transmission and engine combo is excellent. Nav system is great.
Third row (kid) seat, a la MB's wagon. Second row seats too low for kids to see out window. Getting to the radio is too hard. Got the "night vision" option, but rarely use it (not very safe) except as the "movie channel" for the kids. Wiper stalk is over tasked, and hard to manage when driving.
2006 BMW 5 Series 530xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Wow - what a car. took delivery on 11/05. It was the first one on the showroom floor. I had a 330xi before and this just blows it away. The ride is super smooth and much more powerful than you would guess. Plenty there to get you in trouble with the State Patrol. I live in the Rocky Mountain high country and this car can go anywhere and do anything in any sort of weather. You don't even notice the X- Drive handling the car it's balanced so well. Put a good set of snow tires on - Blizzaks- and you're good to go. IDrive is a breeze for the computer literate set. Set it and forget it.
X-Drive, smooth acceleration, Steptronic, satellite radio, automatic wipers, heated seats/steering wheel, VERY roomy trunk. Great handling.
None I can think of except maybe a supercharger - which will never be available. Dinan upgrades. 18" wheels might be nice.