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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-20-2005, 09:34 PM
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active steering

what is the verdict on active steering? i read so much negative feedback about it. it is not an option on my new 530xit (it doesnt work with the x-drive), but i dont think i would have gotten it anyway.
the standard steering is so nice on bimmers and i have heard that the active steering is "twitchy" any thoughts?
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Old 04-20-2005, 09:54 PM
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It seems that active steering has had some software changes to it and it now works great IMO and I see the same opinion in car magazines lately as well. No twitchiness, no mid turn ratio changes...just excellent steering with easy slow speed maneuverability.
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Old 04-20-2005, 09:59 PM
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I've never understood the complaints. I have a 09/04 2005 545 and the active steering is great. I hate driving a car without it. There is no twitchiness, no erratic behavior. It's very predictable and makes the car easier to drive well.
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Old 04-21-2005, 07:41 AM
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Try to take a test drive in one, judge for yourself. I took a test drive in one of the first cars to arrive in the US and whilst it was on the highway and on the streets around the dealership, I thought it worked great.
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:08 AM
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I have an '05 545i with the sport package (which included AS) and I love it. As others said, it seems there were some teething pains in early releases.
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Old 04-21-2005, 09:22 AM
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i did test drive it back-to-back against normal steering. i "got it" but didnt think that the normal steering was bad. in any case, i have to live without it as well as smg, anti-roll stabilization since they dont work with x-drive. its ok, i wanted the touring more than i wanted the sedan and hence those options.....
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:32 PM
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I think it's great. I have an FFR Cobra roadster and my 545 sport is "almost" as much fun to drive. Being serious - it gives you great steering response at low speeds without being twitchy at high speeds. The two systems on my car that truly make the car what it is are the active steering and active suspension.
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:37 PM
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The A Steering is wonderful...especially nice in the often tight European parking garages and it seemed just as solid at 152 mph, too! The A Suspension will simply not allow any body roll no matter what. I took a turn pretty hard and couldn't get the body to roll one little bit.
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Old 04-22-2005, 07:12 AM
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It does feel different than the traditional "I am connected to the pavement feel" of my last 2 bimmers...... I've only had my E60 for a couple days..... but I'm getting used to it. It has a much more luxurious feel and the cornering is incredible!
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