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BMW i3 I01 (2014 - Current)
The BMW i3 and BMW i8 are the first two cars launch under BMW's new sub brand BMW i. The i3 is an all carbon fiber, all electric vehicle meant for urban mobility.

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Old 06-08-2017, 05:07 AM
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My i3 is getting a recall done, got a new 5-Series for a loaner.

My i3 is in the shop for a couple of recalls; one for the inspection of the fuel vent line and possibly replacement and two, for a software update. Because I made an afternoon appointment, the dealership had no choice but to keep it overnight and they gave me a loaner.

As much as I thought I was going to get either a 3-Series or X1, I was in shock when they decided to give me a brand new 2017 BMW 530ix It was so new that it only had 10 miles on the gage and there was still some white protective film that need to be removed off some of the body panels. With that said, I just wanted to share some of my opinions on the new 5-Series; my likes and dislikes.

For starters, I've owned a couple of 5-Series in the past; a 1992 E34 535i which I loved very much and a 2011 F10 535ix.

I live about 50 miles away from the dealership so I had plenty of time to get to know the new 5-Series. I took it on the highway and through the back roads on my way back home. First off, it didn't come with any packages such as Premium, Lighting, Cold Weather and such. It was a basic standard option car with a couple of added features such as comfort access, PDC and heated seats (does not come with heated seats as standard). It didn't even come with leather seats which was kind of shocking because I always thought the 5-Series came with leather seats as standard. It was Glacier Silver, I love this color, with a black interior.

So here's what I liked about it. First and foremost, it drives and handles like a BMW should. The steering responds very well for it being electric. It's very good going around corners but most impressive when you have it in sport mode. The inline-4 turbo with 8 Speed auto is very smooth when shifting through gears. I like the LED fog lights in the front. The rear looks nice with the duel exhaust system which has never been done for a BMW with a inline-4. I like the convenience of kicking underneath the rear and the trunk opens. Of course, I didn't do any spirited driving because you need to be gentle during its brake-in period. The interior is really nice, it's more stylish looking. The info-tainment and HVAC controls are pointed even more towards the driver compared to the previous generation, the F10. The navigation screen has touch capability. The turn signal stock is a real turn signal stock; it actually clicks and holds into place up and down.

Here's what I don't like about it. There's really not much change to exterior of the vehicle when comparing it to the previous generation. In fact, looking at it from a small distance away, it looks boring, it doesn't stand out. It's the same when your'e driving and you're looking over the hood an wonder, where are the lines in the hood? The turn signal lighting has been downgraded from LED to a bulb. The engine bay is full of plastic parts. Not just plastic but flimsy plastic; especially the engine cover. The engine itself has the power to push all that weight, but it sounds like it is struggling while it's doing it. I don't like the electric steering, it's not tight. I've always complimented on how tight the steering was on a BMW. Don't get me wrong, it does respond well while driving, but it just doesn't feel right. If your door is open before you shut off the car, everything on your dash remains lit, including the stereo and you can not cut it off even if you press the start button again. The driver/passenger door itself: when you open the door it will hit you in the chest. The back portion of the door does not line up directly with the door handles. It's angled back so you have to be a little careful when opening the door or the it will hit you. No leather seats as standard. The steering wheel is leather, but it feels cheap. In comfort mode, the ride is bad; you can feel every bump on the road regardless how big or how tiny the bumps are.

These are just some of the things I've thought about while loaning this vehicle. Everyone I'm sure has different opinions on it and these are just a few of mine. If I could choose one word to describe this vehicle it would be this...Meh.
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