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535i with Automatic transmission
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mann1970
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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I just bought black with Venetian beige 535i at Beverly Hills BMW.
I like the performance and handling on this car. I use to have 7 series but with this 5 I don's miss it. I got the sport pkg, premium pkg, convenient pkg and premium pkg2.


Best Features

i-drive and sport automatic transmission


Worst Features

Seats could be more comfortable.


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home link problems
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By njoylife
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2011 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8A)


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i just purchased the new bmw 5 328i it a great car. its a show stopper this is my second bmw in three years. but this is the hardest car to program the homelink pls tell me why.ive played with this. trying to program for 4hrs please tell me what im doing wrong


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Quick, nimble, refined and GREAT highway mileage
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By tommymight
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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I traded in my tired gas hog 2009 Tribeca for a 535 x drive all wheel automatic. I have put 1500 miles on the 535 in three weeks and it is a true BMW. Quiet, smooth, solid acceleration and rock solid handling. The iDrive still has about 300 functions I have yet to figure out and while it is better than the older iDrive systems it's still recommended ONLY for the truly computer literate. I am amazed by the mileage. 33 mpg on the highway is common so far. I do worry about the "run flat" tires and am thinking about buying a spare tire for long trips. 50 miles on a flat run flat will still screw over a trip quick.


Best Features

The Bluetooth cell phone hookup is awesome. The car uploads your cell phone contacts and the voice recognition is good. It does make some weird pronunciations. Judi is Judd-i but hey, it's German. The passing power of this car is great. It's like a 750 cc crotch rocket at 70 mph. It spools up to 85 mph in about 1.5 seconds and passing is not an issue. The iDrive owners manual is a great idea.


Worst Features

I still want a spare tire for long trips. The ambient outoor temperature vanishes when you run the navigation system. The iDrive is better but still needs work You cannot see the navigation button on the iDrive and have to know where it is from experience. The light for the rain sensing wipers is not visible on the stalk - put it elsewhere.


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Lots of Smiles - M Sport Package
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By chasman9
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2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Car is very fast (have no idea why anyone would want the V8).
Had a 2009 535i before this and it is every bit as quick.
Handling is excellent, but as reviewers have stated, steering gives your less feel of the road.
19" rims are nice, but now no spare.
Cup holders with 6-Spd Manual are a joke.
Totally non-functional and cups (any size) interfere with shifting and IDrive.
German engineering at it's worst.
Gray Traffic Info screen
is very hard to read.
Look, inside and out is terrific (really like interior lighting at night).
Also, and this is new, the sound this car makes under hard acceleration is shear music.
Wow.
Zero problems so far at 2500 miles.
It's a keeper.


Best Features

- 6-Spd Manual Transmission / Clutch is the absolute best in any car that I have ever diven - Lighting (Interior and Exterior) is very nice - Controls layout, feel and function is excellent - The way they tuned the exhaust is great


Worst Features

No spare? Ya, like 19" Run Flats are sold on every corner. No cable with Ipod option. Are you kidding? Did not oder Convinience Package, but still no slot for Key (I don't care for this) Traffic info was easier to get and clearer in old model - gray screen stinks Cup holders, never a strong point with BMW have hit a new low - do they not drink Coffee in Germany? No Tool Kit or Medical Kit anymore. All above are hard to believe in a car that costs this much.


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Tires, Tires and More Tires
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By sleepy8
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2011 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)


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This was the car I thought I always wanted-500xi with Msport package--what a mistake.
This car can not handle a single small road defects without the Goodyear LS2 run flats getting a bubble in the sidewall.
I have less than 2500miles and have gone through four tire and two rims.
This
all wheel drive car was not properly tested to handle the roads in the USA. It could do well on the autobahn, but not here. It should not have been marketed with 19 inch wheels and fragile sidewall run flats--what a mistake!
Look elsewhere if you want a car that you can actually drive vs on that just looks good in the driveway.


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