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Old 01-10-2013, 08:14 AM
denniscasey denniscasey is offline
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Mein Auto: 2006 pre-owned 550i
Need Advice Regarding Suspension Problems for 2011 550i

Looking at 2011 550i to replace my 2006 550i. Each model year seems to come with a new set of chronic issues and I read the thread in this forum titled Dynamic Drive Malfunctions.

The car I am looking at only comes with Sport Package and does not have the Dynamic Handling Package which I think is needed to get dynamic damper control, active roll stabilization and adaptive drive. So I need advice on following:

1. If in fact Sport Package does not include all the "dynamic handling" features will I also avoid the problems mentioned in the thread (mostly pump issues it seems)

2. I noticed mention of build dates in the thread on problems with Dynamic Drive so other than standard "early builds of new models have more problems" are there certain build dates with more problems?

3. My 2006 had Sport Package which at that time included "active roll stabilization". I will test drive the 2011 I am looking at, but what comments can you give me on how noticeable in "normal" driving (no track days, etc) will lack of these "active" features be?

4. There is only one 2011 CPO within 400 miles that has the Dynamic Handling Package. Were problems with Dynamic Drive enough of an issue for 2011's that the package was not normally ordered?

Would appreciate any other advice regarding problems with 2011 550i. I do intend to replace runflats on the 19 inch wheels with 245/40/19 tires which seems to be the general forum recommended replacement to avoid runflat issues and low profile (30 series) tire issues in my land of potholes. Thank you
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