2010 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Worth the Wait-Factory Order-6

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Worth the Wait-Factory Order-6sp Manual
By Ian T on


2010 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Replacement vehicle for a 2008 535xi wagon with engine hesitation issues. This sedan is perfect however, after a month. Optioned w/manual trans, value pack, cold wx pack, Sat radio, fold rear seats, and nav. The turbo motor/manual trans combo is flawless. Ample, smooth power w/lots of torque early. Great clutch. Standard tires and suspension sublime over all surfaces and silent on highway. Handling tight and neutral-no drama. DSC kicks in too early but is defeatable. Much less ponderous than wagon. Interior is artwork. Newest idrive much friendlier than 08. Cup holders still too small. Front pax one will break if left open and long legger gets in. 20mpg city. Overall beautiful in and out!

Best Features

3.0 turbo. Manual transmission. Hill holder clutch. Auto up/down on all windows. Fold down rear seats. Turning headlights. Mileage. Small turning circle-great parkability. Heated seats and steering wheel. No dumb badges yelling out "TURBO."

Worst Features

Could use a power bump like Dinan software but wish BMW would do it. Console storage still strangely over-engineered and thus less useful. Talk to Acura about cup holders.
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