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Old 02-13-2013, 10:14 PM
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Test Drive of 2013 550i

Hi All, I wanted to share a test drive I did of the 2013 550i a few days ago. First, the car is absolutely beautiful to look at, very hot! The car had exec package, lux seating, and a new package called "M-sport appearance" (never heard of this, more details as we go...). The car was alpine white with black dakota leather.

Got in the car, loved the feel and fit of the seats(I have bad back problems...), the heads up display was great, and we started the drive in sport mode. The car took off, the steering felt great, comfortable drive in sport mode and comfort, I really enjoyed it. Had a pretty good distance of a test-drive, had me test the brakes out from 60 MPH to 0 (that was a 1st), over-all loved the car.

I had two "interesting" things about the test drive. Was on the freeway, and the car kept pulling (inconsistently) to the right, it wasn't the road, as we were on a good section of freeway, I kept correcting for the feeling of it pulling right, and around the 3rd-4th time I thought, "this is odd, why am I keeping tension on the left side of the wheel?". Definitely something that gave me pause.

The last interesting thing was the cooling seats, I turned it on to max cooling, and about a minute later I looked into the rear seat and asked the sales guy if the rear air conditioner vents were on, it was really loud, I even put my hand back there, and then the sales guy said, "Those are the driver seat vents", that was a bit shocking. The sales guy was super nice and said I didn't have the seat positioned properly against my upper back, but still... Dannngggggg it was loud.. just weird (and the air coming out was minimal compared to the noise).

On to the M-sport "appearance" package... The car had carbon fiber side mirror caps, and then, along the edge of the side fascia (the bottom), it was painted partially black and had the words "M-Sport" written on it... it was a bit of a turn off, a little too, "wanna-be" thrown on the car.

Sum it up, good test drive outside the 2 "interesting" occurrences and that strange "M-sport appearance package" (totally something I would say no thanks to).

On a side note, the sales guy said that appearance package was something put on at the VDC in Port Hueneme, anyone hear of this yet? 1st time I had ever seen anything like that...

V/r, Tim.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:57 AM
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I think what you're referring to is an M Sport Package with "M Performance" parts. It's all a marketing nonsense confusion as "M Performance Parts" are like OEM parts that are put on like aftermarket parts (i.e not from the factory) and have the word "Performance" in them which is nonsensical as they're aesthetic, as you see (and how you're referring to them).

As for the front, I'm assuming this was the Carbon Fiber M Performance front lip? However, the way you describe it sounds different, and I've never heard of any part that has "M Sport" on the front bumper. You have any pics of this?
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:19 AM
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I think he meant the side skirt which luckily is only a vinyl sticker one can peel off.

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:20 AM
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Ahh, missed the "side" part. Makes sense now.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:35 AM
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I was under the impression the pulling to the right issue was limited to the 2011 f10.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:33 AM
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That M-sport "appearance" package sounds too JC whitney to me. As far as the vented seats, its just the fan noise, some fan designs are louder than others.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:23 PM
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I think he meant the side skirt which luckily is only a vinyl sticker one can peel off.

Alan
I was referring to the side skirt (I couldn't think of what to call it...) it looked pretty hokey...
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:25 PM
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I was under the impression the pulling to the right issue was limited to the 2011 f10.
I haven't driven a 2011, everything I read on this board seemed that the pulling to the right was solved after 2011, which is why I felt it odd it was doing that and wanted to mention as it was an obvious issue after only a few minutes of freeway driving, V/r, Tim
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I was under the impression the pulling to the right issue was limited to the 2011 f10.
Nope my 2013 550 was pulling right as well. Fortunately it was easily fixed with an alignment.
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My '13 550 M Sport doesnt pull to the right and it never has. As far as the M performance parts. They are not JC Witney at all. I have had nothing but compliment after compliment on my car. These parts fit the cars design and style perfectly. As as matter of fact, here is a note I found on my car when I got off work today. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own options ...
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My '13 550 M Sport doesnt pull to the right and it never has. As far as the M performance parts. They are not JC Witney at all. I have had nothing but compliment after compliment on my car. These parts fit the cars design and style perfectly. As as matter of fact, here is a note I found on my car when I got off work today. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own options ...
Any chance you have a pic of that side skirt "M-Sport" writing? I should've taken a pic at that dealer when I was there...
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No pulling on my 2013 550...
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I do not have the decals on the side skirt....I google a pic for you
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Thanks brother, I appreciate it, V/r, Tim
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My '13 550 M Sport doesnt pull to the right and it never has. As far as the M performance parts. They are not JC Witney at all. I have had nothing but compliment after compliment on my car. These parts fit the cars design and style perfectly. As as matter of fact, here is a note I found on my car when I got off work today. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own options ...
Found this on the car today
Maybe because it vday! Lol
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