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Old 06-19-2012, 06:53 AM
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What's Not to Love??
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Join Date: Nov 2007
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Mein Auto: 2012 535xi GT MSport
Originally Posted by spack24 View Post
So, after a year with this car, I can say that I love it and hate it. I love it because it is unique, has tons of power, drives in between the five series and 7, has tons of room in the back for the kids and plenty of storage space. It is very comfortable and well laid out. It is truly a luxurious cross over vehicle.

Here is what I hate. It drives hard, not as hard as the M5 I had but hard nonetheless. Lots of rattles, some fixed some not. The sun roof was loose from day one. Other stuff just keeps on shaking. I have tuned it out but for 80k why should I. It does not grip well with 19" tires especially around banked exit turns. If you hit a rut or hole you will go sideways. Five series tracks much better. Burns oil like crazy. Have topped it off three times already. When turning at low speeds something under the car is popping and car creaks when you up go a short incline and then immedaitely down. You cannot see over the front windshield to the ground when ramping up a parking garage which is disconcerting for a moment. The rear window is basically almost non-functional it is so small.

All in all I am going to enjoy it and move on unless they figure out a better mousetrap. The hatchback is not made for this kind of performance vehicle in my view. The aerodynamics are just not there and BMW needs to work on quality build for the price they are charging for this car. It does move fast though and is a very roomy for a five series......
Hi spack24. Thanks for posting about your experience. Sorry to hear you have a love-hate relationship, rather than love-love!

I know how you feel - when I hear a rattle, it drives me insane, and somehow makes me feel like the workmanship is poor. I had a rattle in my steering wheel column the day after I brought the car home. I was so upset that I brought the car right back. A service guy rode in the car with me and then fixed it within 30 minutes. Sounds like you've tried to get the rattles fixed, but having the service guy ride in the car with me while I pointed out the sound allowed him to understand my experience better than just reading it on a service advisor's notes. Might be worth a try. I'd also ask about the oil.

Do you have the Dynamic Handling package on your GT? The center of gravity is higher in the GT than a regular sedan, so maybe that's why you are sensing a grip problem? I think I know what you mean though about the exit ramps. When I hit those ruts while at speed in a curve, the car shimmies a little, but I don't ever feel like I'm going to lose control. Do you?
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