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Old 11-29-2012, 07:49 AM
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Mein Auto: 2011 535ix
Originally Posted by Needsdecaf View Post
So I have had a 2013 528i loaner since Tuesday, although I have only driven it one day (long story). In that time, I've put about 60 to 70 miles on it. Thoughts are as follows:
  • Throttle is VERY smooth. I have not experienced one bit of lag, delay, lurch, whatever. I'm very jealous. I wish my 2011 535 drove like this.
  • Throttle / transmission response is decidedly better than my car. You give it some gas, it downshifts and goes. None of that "think about it" that hampers my car.
  • Eco pro is fun to play with, but definitely a hinderance when you need to move through traffic.
  • Stop start is much improved over the F30 loaners I've driven, but still noticeable compared to, say, an M35 hybrid. Still needs work, ut it doesn't annoy me too much. Driving my MDX today I kept waiting for the engine to cut out and I was sad that I was wasting gas.
  • The 240 HP N20 is definitely more than enough engine for the base car. The sound is much, much better than in the F30. It's pretty peppy, not fast, but certainly not slow. And in decidedly stop and go driving, I am averaging about 26 MPG. Again, more than enough for the base model 5er, does not let down the side for BMW.
  • Definitely do not care for the standard seats.
  • Can really feel the reduced weight over the nose and the lighter 17" wheels. The car feels very nimble.

Overall, I have to say I'm ver impressed with the baby funfer. Good job to BMW making the 4 pot really work in this car.
Thank you for the informative and valuable write-up, Needsdecaf. It is regrettable that you continue to experience "lag, delay [and] lurch"in your '11 535xi. After ~800 to 1k miles in my '11 535xi, these issues seemingly worked themselves out within the "break-in" period (and I have not requested or received a software update)--though it is clear from several threads on this forum that many of our fellow festers still contend with them.

I cannot speak to the auto start/stop feature that is now included in many of the vehicles in BMW's line-up; I have not tested a vehicle with this feature. Your experience and impression is helpful. I am concerned about auto start/stop's long-term reliability and possible wear on the ignition system, for the modest trade-off in mpg's. Without auto start/stop, I try to find a few other ways to compensate for the "lost" mileage such as not "gunning" the vehicle from a stop.

BMW (Audi and other automakers) are showing us that "less can be more." With the N20, while it makes good business sense--developmentally and in economies-of-scale--for BMW to promote it with the new ZF eight-speed transmission, it is effectively addressing the new "reality" (consensus) in promoting environmental responsibility while still retaining the BMW DNA in their fleet. This bit of "magic" is a "win/win" IMO.
His: 2011 535ix, Dark Graphite, Oyster/Black, ZAV, ZCV, ZCW, ZPP, Nav & Some Goodies
Hers: 2008 335ix Coupe, Space Gray, Dakota Gray, Loaded, Special Ordered ZKS (the Kitchen Sink)
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