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Old 05-01-2014, 06:29 AM
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Best F10 to buy?

I own a 2006 325i that i bought from a bmw dealership here in LA in 2006, and now i am ready to purchase a 5 series.

Does anyone know if there were better years (f10) than others? Or which one is the best if looking for v6 for city driving and prefer to be somewhat loaded.

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Old 05-01-2014, 06:58 AM
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As always, stay away from the first year model.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:58 AM
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I'm new to the 5 series too, I used to drive a E46 M3. Started reading tons of posts on the 5 series this week after test driving the 535d. My wife wants a plush mobile with good fuel economy. We don't want a 4 banger since they're too loud. She didn't want a big car and prefer a 3 or 4 series, but we really wanted to try out the 6 cyl diesel, so we decided to step up the the 5-series.
The N55 (gasoline version) inline 6 engine has been around for many years and the N54 before that (single turbo vs. dual turbo). Both are good engines, although I heard there is a recent recall on the vanos bolts, there was also a fuel pump (HPFP) issue when the n55 first came out. The more recent years should have most of the engine bugs worked out by now.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:53 AM
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better years are 2013+ but beware the steering feel coming from older cars.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:47 AM
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535 has the best balance between speed and economy. The N55 and the 8-speed transmission are very refined as well.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:27 AM
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My personal choice would be a 6 cylinder 528. But that was only made for the first model year which brings a whole host of issues. So in reality if get the latest model year you can afford with the lightest setup possible. I'd also try and get one with the msport suspension. So that probably means looking for a 2013, rwd, 535 msport.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:01 AM
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Stick with 2013 and up F10's. Focus on handling packages (DHP, Msport etc...) if you want a sporty feeling sedan. Go test drive it before buying because the F10 isn't like any other BMW of the past in terms of handling and feel.

528 for good fuel economy
535 for a good balance of power and economy
550 for that rocket ship experience

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Old 05-02-2014, 01:52 AM
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:16 AM
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Told you you'd get lots of help on this forum. Looks like they've narrowed your choice down pretty well.

2013 and up F10's. Focus on handling packages (DHP, Msport etc...)
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:15 AM
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Told you you'd get lots of help on this forum. Looks like they've narrowed your choice down pretty well.

2013 and up F10's. Focus on handling packages (DHP, Msport etc...)
It is a given that the first year model introduction will have some issues. However, how is a 2013 better than a 2012?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:51 AM
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I drove a 2014 550 and 535 for a couple of days each before deciding on the 535. The 550 is very fast, and the 535 has solid performance. I do a fair amount of highway driving and having the extra power and price tag of the 550 was something I couldn't justify. I also have a fairly new Corvette ZR1 when I want to play.

My 535iX M-Sport came with most of the bells and whistles. Regardless of what you get, the car is very nice to drive. I particularly like the seating package and the LED headlights.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:04 AM
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2013's was confirmed to have a all new revised navigation system. It was a full hardware change which made the sytem graphics much nicer and worlds faster than the old system. I am sure there were other misc throttle lag type fixed introduced as well.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:17 AM
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I think BMW sneaked a few steering upgrades into the 2013s without saying too much about it. They didn't advertise the navigation update either; you kind of had to know where to look.

The 2014 model is the mid-cycle refresh, so there are more things different. It's actually a pretty mild refresh though, as far as those go.

Relative to power and the three models: On paper, the 535 is at the level of previous generation V8-powered 5 series - acceleration numbers are roughly equal to the 2010 V8 E60 550. The current N20 (4 cylinder) 528 is getting rave reviews from anyone who has ever driven one. It's still below 6 seconds in most 0-60 tests I've seen.

The 550 is "holy crap" fast. No doubt. However, unlike previous generation mid-level 5 series, the 535 itself is fast enough so that the extra dough for the 550 may not make sense to a lot of the market.
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:21 PM
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Best F10 to buy?

Hi guys
Thank you for all the info

I am on the fence now. A 2014/2015 535M, 528M or 528?

My daily 1.7 mile commute to work I clearly don't drive very much. I live in Hollywood.

My '06 325i e90 I have driven 17k miles in these past 7 1/2 years.

I want a great upgrade (keeping the e90 though) but not sure I need 535m vs 528m.

Thoughts?

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Old 06-14-2014, 02:47 PM
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Here is some info on the 528i which is an entry level 5 series.
http://zautos.com/car-review-2014-bmw-528i-sedan/

On the other hand the 535 has the time tested inline 6 cylinder which is darn right reliable.

More information on their other 5 series...lots of reading so find a comfortable place, lol

http://autos.aol.com/cars-BMW-535-2013/expert-review/
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:53 PM
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:00 PM
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Enjoy. I'll bet you'll opt for the 535i (M package or not)
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:03 PM
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:10 PM
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Now that would be a treat!
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:20 PM
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Hi
A 2014 gran turismo 535i seems what I want.
Pretty sure driving the various options will not be significant enough for me to make a decision off of.
Reading research and stats/facts seem my best guide.

What's the m going to do at an added 4k?


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Old 06-14-2014, 03:24 PM
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At an additional $4k for the M package, you may just decide to live without it. It's one of those added options which come down to a personal choice and how much someone is willing to pay extra for.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:25 PM
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Hi
A 2014 gran turismo 535i seems what I want.
Pretty sure driving the various options will not be significant enough for me to make a decision off of.
Reading research and stats/facts seem my best guide.

What's the m going to do at an added 4k?


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Have you test drive the 535 gran turismo yet, it drives different from a regular 535i sedan.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:29 PM
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I never knew of it's existence until I just read the link you sent.
I love the 740Li ahhhhh

Maybe the 4" stretch on the 535i isn't the same as the six inch stretch on the Li.

I am leasing. (thoughts?) I Iike a new car every three years idea.


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Old 06-14-2014, 07:23 PM
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better years are 2013+ but beware the steering feel coming from older cars.
Xdrive has slightly better steering feel because hydraulic but a waste for OP who lives in CA.

Maybe look for one w DHP?
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