Compared to the other vehicles in the luxury segment this car is hands down best of the best. The feel from behind the wheel was of confidence-inspiring solidity and precision, especially with our test car's Sport Package. Exterior The 5 Series shares its platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan. For certain phones, a cradle hidden in the armrest is available to ensure seamless operation, and the system is capable of keeping up to four phones paired in memory. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Infiniti M. Information shown includes current speed; the next route instruction when using navigation; settings for the active cruise control, which is one of the few options our car lacked; and any vehicle warnings. It is a beautiful color though.
Up front, the car's signature kidney grilles sit low and are upright. They have somewhat refined the design that comes with auto-shift, but not so lucky with the stick shift. But this marriage of manual transmission to M5 is not an especially happy one. It's fast and handles like no other car I have ever had. It works well, but there's no easy means of disabling this function the way there is on the Nissan.
The time has long since passed when we expect manual-transmission cars to be quicker than their auto-shifting counterparts. While saying it doesn't give much up to its bulging big brother the M5 is probably not giving that V-10 beast enough credit, few drivers will find the 550i wanting in any regard. Additional items recommended to be replaced during the water pump job are: cooling hoses, expansion tank and cap, temp sensors, drive belts, and pulleys and tensioners. Now obviously you will feel the car going the wrong way and you should be able to stop your movement. Gear shift is crisp and clean. I must agree with others as far as the reliability of the first years model goes I have a 2011 535i x-drive with M package. Seat, steering-wheel, and side-mirror positions are retained for each fob.
The good news is that the shifter has very short throws that are as satisfying as the Honda shifters I've owned. It's smooth as glass in the comfort setting on one of the four ride controls. Try as hard as we might, a run through all the gears had all of our passengers nodding their heads in sympathy with every shift. I have done this a few times. In the the sport setting it is blistery fast and loads of fun. An interlocking door-anchoring feature helps protect against intrusion from side impacts.
Our car's sport package included 18-inch wheels, hardened suspension settings, and shadowline exterior trim to give it presence and a stance to match its grunt. All in all a great machine! There's no doubt the 2008 550i looks like a champ, what with its aggressive front and rear fascias and 19-inch split-spoke wheels, all of which impart a particular M5 wickedness. The good news is that the shifter has very short throws that are as satisfying as the Honda shifters I've owned. It is a great choice of a sport luxury car. I can not believe the ride on this car. The manual-equipped car, on the other hand, is not afraid to speak up, growing louder as you near redline. I have a 6-speed stick and I have never seen a car take off in first gear that quick and it absolutely explodes in third gear! My car was just over 70K list.
This new level of comfort broadens the sport sedan's appeal, but at the same time the newly redesigned car gives up even more of its old visceral experience, which has been abating generation by generation. The clutch delay valve takes the fun out of spirited driving. I've had 545i and 550i with manual, so naturally I decided to continue with a manual transmission. It's nicely weighted and feels great. When pushing the car, though, we find that the lack of feedback leaves one guessing the precise amount of input needed to control the vehicle.
I do not like the clutch delay valve or hill assist. The optional navigation system includes a massive high-resolution 10. Vehicle Overview The five-seat 5 Series is offered with a twin-turbo V-8 550i , a single-turbo six-cylinder 535i and a turbocharged 2. I've had 545i and 550i with manual, so naturally I decided to continue with a manual transmission. Speaking of its steroidal sibling, the 550i isn't that much slower than the M, blitzing to 60 in 4. Adaptive xenon headlights are optional on the 528i and standard elsewhere.
The optional heads-up display shows speed and route guidance, keeping the driver's eyes on the road. The differences among the settings are mostly linear, with each setting sportier than the last, and they all do a fine job of managing the 550i. I wish I could remove it. Just two complaints with the 2011 model that I own; first I'm not too fond of run flat tires and second not sure why a company who can produce the finest engines can miserably fail to come up with a cup-holder design. Up front, the car's signature kidney grilles sit low and are upright.