Sure, we wanted a larger back seat and a more modern instrument-panel design. Direct fuel injection with piezo injectors. Its main advance over the 1st-generation system is that it gives the engineers greater degrees of freedom in the calibration of fuel quantity and timing and the distribution of the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber. The third six-cylinder with High Precision Injection is the 2. Increased power and other improvements for 2008 only emphasize this. Given the same engine, nearly the same gearing, and a curb weight of only 110 more pounds than the last 530i automatic we tested, it's no surprise the new car runs about the same acceleration times as the old one. They took my old truck in trade and gave me a very fair trade value.
The door pockets now integrated even more effectively than before in the door panels provide greater storage capacity for enhanced convenience on the road. Acting on input from the rain sensor an element of the standard rain-sensing windshield wipers , the pads are periodically brought up to the rotors — just enough to eliminate any film of water between pads and rotors, but not enough to cause a brake application. Paul, Minnesota on Wed Oct 10 2007 Either the styling has grown on me or the '08 tweaks have matured this car out of its awkward adolescence. If you take a corner too sharply the rear suspension tends to bounce around a little, but all of this happens while you still feel quite confident and in control of the car thanks to the decent steering and the weight balance which makes you feel like the car is turning around you as an axis of rotation rather than you being pulled along for the ride by the engine in the nose up front. The E39 only had these miserable crappy can-holders at the front that tended to break very often and can cost you over 200 ringgit to replace. With either xDrive all-wheel-drive or traditional rear-drive, the 5 Series sets the standard for handling, ride and braking for the class. The advantages in fuel efficiency, power, torque and emission control are more significant.
Fast forward to a year later, this car fully optioned, except for cold weather package puts a smile on my face every time I back out of the garage. Front passengers have a fraction more shoulder and head room, but the improvement is more obvious in the back, where there's more shoulder room and a lot more legroom. Take, as one example, the control that electronically locates the steering-wheel position. In its bones, the new 5-series is perhaps a better car than the previous 5, a car that verged on sublime. Most notable, the Sequential Manual Gearbox has been discontinued, effectively replaced by the new Sport Automatic that arrives later in the year. With new twin-turbo engine, the 535xi Sport Wagon becomes the quickest 5 Series wagon ever offered in the U.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Perhaps in heavy fog it would be more useful. I have 1,500 miles on my new '08 550i and can happily report that not only have the defects been rectified but performance, if possible, enhanced. Heads-up display is very nice to have, especially with the active cruise and navigation info displayed there too. Power delivery in the 535i is very linear, even with the turbochargers, meaning that you'll get the same response and acceleration whether the engine is turning 2500 rpm or 5000 rpm when you step on the gas. Creepily, the active steering can automatically throw in a little countersteer yes, without your command should a strong crosswind begin nudging the car off your intended path.
There are two six-cylinder engines, a V8, and an ultra-high performance V10, manual and automatic transmissions and optional all-wheel drive. They were overhauled for 2006, starting with a new inline six cylinder that is the only current production engine with a magnesium alloy engine block to reduce weight. No issues in my first four months, surprisingly good fuel economy for a growling V8. All nine power units in the 5 Series Saloon and Touring ranges are either entirely new to the car, or have been significantly revised over the previous model. And see that that horizontal chrome bar running between the two foglights? Emission management has also been improved, with a particulates filter of the latest generation and an oxidation catalyst integrated in one joint housing. It's a perfect size, has a 6 speed manual, the Sport Pkg, powerful, smooth - a great cruiser. And if you opt for the optional Sports auto 'box available from summer as opposed to the regular auto , you get quicker shift times and a set of paddles behind the wheel for the first time on a non-M 5-series.
All three six-cylinder petrol engines 2. I film all types of vehicles from past, present, and future while broadening the knowledge of the automotive enthusiast. If only the 530's design were as gratifying. Refined and sophisticated style within the interior. Comfortable but sporty and fun to drive. So fantastic, in fact, that we never realized how fast we were going.
All registered in England and Wales. These exemplary engines reside in a chassis that includes aluminum suspension, large-diameter disc brakes, performance tires on 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels and options such as Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilization. The 523i is powered by the N52B25 magnesium-alloy engine, which is a 2. Primary Use: Commuting to work. As brake temperature rises, this function automatically compensates by increasing the hydraulic pressure relative to pedal force. And now the looks, driving experience and superior comfort offered by the 5-Series reach a new standard of perfection, highly attractive modifications on the exterior and significant, visible and tangible enhancement of style and sophistication in the interior accentuating the sporting, elegant and classy character of both the and the.
State-of-the-art safety and security features In terms of safety and security, the 5 Series is a state-of-the-art vehicle from a state-of-the-art vehicle maker. Yet over its history, turbocharging has also suffered some daunting drawbacks. We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip home. Previously Active Cruise Control would maintain a constant speed while monitoring the traffic ahead, and reacted to a slowing vehicle in front by slowing the. Exterior design: sporting character with new elegance. The door panels have been redesigned, with the window switches now integrated into the horizontal armrests. It works well enough - just like the old one in fact, but no better.
Although this option has been panned by the press it greatly improve the car's responsiveness. Off-the-line acceleration surpasses probably 80 percent of the vehicles on the road, and top speed exceeds anything you'll get away with anywhere outside desolate Nevada desert. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. It takes an inordinately long time to figure out that the mechanism will not allow the top of the steering wheel to obscure the view of the gauges. This option includes an 8. Too bad it's not part of the Sport package any more. The Varioserv steering assistance pump, varying the curve ring as a function of pressure and volume flow, avoids the usual increase in drive losses as a function of higher engine speeds.
When it's lowered, it automatically sucks itself shut, no slamming required. Average fuel consumption, finally, is 5. Even the head turning, stirring exhaust notes seem to hide away under the car somewhere on my final approach into suburbia. For the 523i state of tune it produces 190 horsepower at 5,900rpm and 230Nm of torque at 3,250rpm. When the system projects that the vehicle will drift out of the lane, it will warn the driver by producing a mild vibration in the steering wheel. Next month: Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience comments on the X3. Joined with the current rotational controllerwith its touchpad surfaceguiding wheel controls voice acknowledgment and focus stack catches and handles there are more routes than any other time in recent memory for drivers to conform the auto and its infotainment frameworks.