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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:09 PM
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Has my apetite for torque and power grown or has my F10 become more sluggish?

So it's been 15k kms on the clock (~10k miles) and all is good except... I'm either too hungry for instant power OR (more likely) my F10 has started exhibiting that silly in-motion downshift/response delay so many others have been compalinging about for months. Say I'm doing about 40mph and press the gas 3/4 of the way to get some instant boost. Sometimes I have to wait for 1-2 seconds before anything happens! I seriously do not recall that from the first few k miles. Maybe, and there is a small likelihood of that, I've simply grown used to the power and am asking for more of it and delivered more quickly. Don't know, but I don't think it's the correct intended behaviour that my car is exhibiting. Or sometimes I will gas it 3/4s of the way and see the rpm jumping into one gear then into another, as if it could not make up its mind or struggle with too many gears (and did not read my initial command correctly - gave me too high of a gear and quickly reduced even more). Either way, not boost for 1-2 seconds at times which is a bit frustrating.

By the way, I've been driving rather "dynamically" so if the tranny and computer are "learning" anything they should not be in doubt what sort of driver sits at the wheel.


Time for some software update? Mine is Aug '11 build with no visits to the dealer just yet.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:36 AM
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Time for software update. This is exactly the behavior my car was exhibiting.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:26 AM
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Get new software. I'm hopefully picking mine up today.

I would never let people drive my car because unless you've been "trained" in knowing how the car will respond, it could be very dangerous. When most people press an accelerator pedal, they expect a car to go. Not these things pre-software upgrade.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:38 AM
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Do you have sport auto tranny? I click the left paddleshift before I tap the power. Especially on the highway, there are too many gears and they're spaced for efficiency. I'll either slide the shifter to DS,or blip the paddles. And yes you should get the software.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:34 PM
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Regular tranny.

When I push the gas just a bit, it will accelerate with slight gear reduction and some light torque, but ironically the problem seems more significant when I push it further, ie. 1/2, 3/4s of the way in. It seems to "think" way too long rather than quickly getting an obvious hint.

Crap, as much as I want a loaner, I don't want to see the stealer (my old mentality of fixing my own cars myself and never ever allowing anyone to touch anything, unless I absolutely cannot fix it myself).
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