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

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Old 06-16-2005, 04:34 PM
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Question for 545i 6sp owners

I have been driving stick all my life. I test drove a 545i and was bothered by the lack of space to the left and above the clutch. The tip of my toes and left side of my foot kept bumping against the side and roof above the pedal. I tried adjusting the seat a bit, but it didn't help. I have an 11 shoe size. Have any of you had this problem?? I test drove other cars with no problem. I liked the car very much, but this can be quite the annoyance. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2005, 05:38 PM
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I know you said you adjusted the seat but are you sure you played with it enough? It is quite adjustable. Do you know what style of seats the 545i you test drove had?

Any discomfort with the brake or gas pedal?

I have Comfort Seats in my 545i but with the SMG tranny...no clutch for me!
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:00 PM
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Agent 99,

The other pedals felt fine, no complaints. It's just that my left foot kept rubbing against the top and left side. I tried adjusting my sitting, leg movement, and even tried sitting in another car, all with the same results. This seemed very odd to me, since I have never had that experience, nor the size of my foot is out of the oridinary. The car had the standard 10-way front bucket seats, no sp package.
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:41 PM
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I have that problem too with cars other than the Bimmer. I agree with Agent99 on the SMG. With the latest SMG technology, I would highly recommend going that route vs. the manual. Plus, you CAN'T pass up the deals right now on the 545.
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:18 PM
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I have Comfort Seats in my 545i but with the SMG tranny...no clutch for me!
You forgot the word, "pedal".




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Old 06-17-2005, 08:43 AM
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Yes, William, I did exclude the word "pedal." My sincerest apologies to the 'Fest community for that greivous oversight.

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Old 06-17-2005, 09:13 AM
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Sorry for repeating but I just picked up my 530 ED on Monday....it's a manual as well. In driving 600 miles thus far I have to say I completely agree with you. More than once I have hit the brake and simultaneously hit the accelerator (not pedal). I too have had nothing but manual transmissions since my 1975 Plymouth Duster/slant six/3-speed (OK, got that out of my system)....I thought it was these new Merrill shoes I got at REI before my trip. There is simply too little space between the accelerator and the brake.

I tried adjusting the seat and the steering wheel to give my leg more space...I'll see tomorrow during my trip back to Munich.

Also does your steering wheel angle to the left as much as mine? It's almost as though the seat is oriented along a centerline that is well right of the wheel.
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:14 PM
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found the same "problem" with the diablo. pedals are close together. BUT, it's supposed to be that way specially for sportier vehicles so you can heel-toe more easily. i ordered the 545 manual. didn't opt for the smg since i like the complexities and the thrill of a manual. the best "manual" out there is found on a motorcycle, which is why i prefer racing those on a track than cars - besides the fact that bikes are far cheaper to fix than cars if you spill.
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:58 PM
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I didn't find the pedals too close. But if that's the problem, you can always train your foot to approach the pedal at a bit of an angle. After a while, it becomes second nature. I just found the space to the left and above the clutch limited, leading to friction with the side and top of my foot everytime I released the clutch. Maybe I have a deformed left foot. I hope I can find a way around this. I really don't want to settle on an S4.
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Old 06-18-2005, 11:07 AM
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I agree that training is going to solve this...but really BMW, how many 5er drivers heal & toe....really?
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Old 06-18-2005, 11:12 AM
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but really BMW, how many 5er drivers heal & toe....really?
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:20 PM
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OK, I stand corrected....
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:58 PM
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I've had this car since last year, and can't say that I have had any problems with pedal placement. BTW my shoe size is 10
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Old 06-20-2005, 05:55 PM
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I have size 13s and haven't had this problem.
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