This feature, which we also encountered in the we recently tested, applies countertwisting forces to the front and rear antiroll bars to keep the car flat during cornering. It is faster than anything but the latest 2013 M5 although Stage 4 would fix that, Stage 5 is also coming , is cheaper, more fuel efficient, and can be a great daily driver. Both engines team with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. What's less likely to improve over the car's life is the shifter, which is long of throw and rubbery in action. This package covers the water pump, thermostat, and radiator for the 2006-2010 E60 550i and E63 650i with a manual transmission.
The optional heads-up display shows speed and route guidance, keeping the driver's eyes on the road. The good news is that the shifter has very short throws that are as satisfying as the Honda shifters I've owned. Exterior The 5 Series shares its platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan. An interlocking door-anchoring feature helps protect against intrusion from side impacts. It's smooth as glass in the comfort setting on one of the four ride controls.
. The iDrive control interface continues to foil attempts at intuitive operation. Perhaps it will mellow with age, but our tester, with 4800 miles, is all we have to judge. The biggest problem is the V8 valley pan gaskets and inner coolant tube seals. Logic7 surround-sound processing makes the most of the 13-speaker, two-subwoofer system. I guess you just have to learn the proper pace for lifting the clutch because I just don't feel any feedback from the pedal.
In the the sport setting it is blistery fast and loads of fun. I've had 545i and 550i with manual, so naturally I decided to continue with a manual transmission. Compared to the other vehicles in the luxury segment this car is hands down best of the best. A flat-tire monitor warns of low pressure, a key feature in a car with run-flats. Our car wasn't equipped with the active steering option, making do with the standard system, which still incorporates speed-sensitive variable assist and variable-ratio features. I drove the automatic and it was ok however I just couldn't find anything wrong with the manual. Kinda like shifting with hiking boots on.
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. Now 50 , I have owned many sport and luxury cars in my years. Heads Up display would have been cool too, but probably not worth the money. The 5 Series lineup includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback built on the 7 Series sedan platform. Exterior The 5 Series shares its platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan.
The water pump itself won't last more than 100,000 miles in most cases and the engine itself is prone to coolant leaks from multiple locations. The catch point is a bit higher than I am used to so my usual clutch movement leads to me stalling. I've had 545i and 550i with manual, so naturally I decided to continue with a manual transmission. 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. It's nicely weighted and feels great. All in all a great machine! 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.
The bizarre 5 Series Gran Turismo is separately. The clutch is way different from anything else I've driven. The 18-way power seats included in the Sport package make a Herman Miller chair feel like a pile of cinder blocks and save you the shame of the standard 10-way thrones. Though it carries the 5 Series name, this model shares as much with the larger 7 Series, and many of its measurements — including all seating dimensions — differ from those of the 5 Series sedan. But, none of the dealers in the area has one for me to try.
Not quite the handful that the 500-horsepower M5 represents, the 550i nonetheless leaves little to be desired in the performance department with its 360-horsepower V-8. All three use an eight-speed automatic transmission; the 535i and 550i also offer a six-speed manual. An M Sport Package that includes aero body trim, larger wheels and tires, and other performance enhancements is available. This package covers the water pump, thermostat, and radiator for the 2006-2010 E60 550i and E63 650i with a manual transmission. The steering in the 550i is by far its greatest downfall.