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Old 08-10-2010, 08:42 AM
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Mein Auto: '11 35d, 01 325ci
Originally Posted by barbja View Post
When I drove all three 2010 X5 models before placing my 2011 35d order, I considered not buying it because the steering was way too light. I had made a comment about it to my CA and he thought I was bananas; I guess because a lot of people comment that the steering in his current line X5s is heavy. I guess that they don't come out of E53s...

My E53 had steering that was quite similar to the 335 sport loaner that I had been driving at the time. The 2010 X5s made me feel like I was more isolated from the road. When I went back to that loaner after the test drives, I thought to myself: yes, this is like my steering.

My dad had commented only a couple of months before that he thought that my E53 steering was pretty heavy, however he drives a Town Car. By comparison to a Town Car, Everything is heavy.

Before making the decision on the 35d, I had driven many other vehicles in the price and trim range, and they were all even lighter [I could spend much more and get a Porche, but no]. I decided that I'd get over it because I needed to replace the E53 because of the increasing maintenance costs; the E70 was the best alternative.

I loved that E53; If I could have done the surgery to add all the new toys and put a bigger engine in it, I Definitely would have done it. However, being used to a standard xmission, using sport mode, shifting it myself when I needed to, and the will and knowledge to b*tch slap a 25yo in stupid car that thinks they can outdrive a 40+yo woman in a 5k pound SUV, definitely more than got me by. They'll think twice about attempting it again ... at least to a BMW . I think that acting that I don't know that they're there adds to the embarrassment.
Hi Barbja,

I am picking my 35d up at the end of the week and leaving behind my '06 E53 w/ sport package. I agree that the steering was really great on the E53. Better than on my 2000 5 series. People who complain it's too heavy should be getting a Lexus. My only concern is the steering on the 35d will not be as communicative as the E53. It was really a fun car to drive and steering feel is everything to me. (I replaced the steering rack on my wife's 2001 325ci to a 2003 ZHP rack because it had the dreaded "overboosted rack" from the 2001 model year.) However, I ordered the 20" staggered wheels/tires on the new one, and I hope that helps. I pick up this Friday, so we'll see. I'm still plenty excited! (By the way, I think I read somewhere on Bimmerfest that the 2011's were a different steering set-up from the 2010. Anyone know?)

Cheers, Rob
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