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Old 03-29-2016, 01:38 PM
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I am strongly considering a 2016 535i with pretty much all the packages. This will probably be the "biggest" car i've owned. Currently have a Mercedes C300 2015 and an Infiniti G35 before that. I test drove the car 2 times and enjoyed it. Curious to get your thoughts on everyday life with the 5 series.
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Old 03-29-2016, 03:35 PM
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I am strongly considering a 2016 535i with pretty much all the packages. This will probably be the "biggest" car i've owned. Currently have a Mercedes C300 2015 and an Infiniti G35 before that. I test drove the car 2 times and enjoyed it. Curious to get your thoughts on everyday life with the 5 series.
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I've been loving mine for the last 14 months and ~24K miles.
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Old 03-29-2016, 03:38 PM
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The 2016 has been tightened up a little bit, so I imagine that it will be a fun car to drive. I really like my 535 but the suspension was too soft to be fun. If this is your first BMW, then you will love it, compared to the other cars that you listed.
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Old 03-29-2016, 04:00 PM
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So much fun I traded it in for a Porsche Macan. The Macan is twice the fun yet it weighs the same and is taller.
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Old 03-29-2016, 04:25 PM
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Simply from the laws of physics, if you're used to a toss-around small sedan, like your C-Class or a 3-series, a larger car like the 5 simply cannot "act" the same. If you don't think you're looking for a sporty, yet more elegant riding and acting luxury sedan, the 5 (or an E-Class for that matter), may not be what you are looking for.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:27 PM
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the reason I am concidering the 535 is because it seems to be the best of both worlds. Nice balance of power and luxury. I test drove the 435 also but the interior didn't do it for me. The car is super fun to drive but IMO it's a little "dry" in the interior department.
Ill be getting it with the M power pack. I guess what I really mean to ask is does it ever feel under powered for the size ?
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:34 PM
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The 535i and, especially, the 535d do not feel underpowered in the least.

As others have said, moving to a somewhat larger vehicle will require a bit of an adjustment, but if you're looking for a nice balance between sporty luxury and sporty power, you're definitely looking in the right place, imo.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:35 PM
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the reason I am concidering the 535 is because it seems to be the best of both worlds. Nice balance of power and luxury. I test drove the 435 also but the interior didn't do it for me. The car is super fun to drive but IMO it's a little "dry" in the interior department.
Ill be getting it with the M power pack. I guess what I really mean to ask is does it ever feel under powered for the size ?
That is exactly why I bought my 2016 535x. It feels great on the daily in town drive, fast and secure in the mountains, and will get me home in the worst of Colorado weather, quiet, solid, great on twisty roads. It's a luxury car with refined aesthetics, as well as reasonable performance among its peers. I liked it best of all I considered and drove, despite pundit reviews. Fits me like great suit or pairs of shoes, understated quality and design.

My mood improves just walking up to it, and only gets better when I drive it, even in rush hour craze.

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I took delivery 3 weeks ago and am very pleased. It is definitely a fairly large car leaning more toward luxury than sportiness. BMW is probably stretching it a bit to call it a Sport Sedan but it is still a lot of fun to drive. I had a 3 series loaner for a month while my car was being produced and I am very happy I went with the 5 series. We use it primarily for road trips for 4 people so comfort and luggage space were important. I would take a nice long test drive in a car as close to what you are thinking about purchasing before making a decision.
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the reason I am concidering the 535 is because it seems to be the best of both worlds. Nice balance of power and luxury. I test drove the 435 also but the interior didn't do it for me. The car is super fun to drive but IMO it's a little "dry" in the interior department.
Ill be getting it with the M power pack. I guess what I really mean to ask is does it ever feel under powered for the size ?
Power is subjective, but for most people the 535 has plenty of power. The MMPK will boost yours another approx. 10% giving you a nice edge and 0-60 time in the mid 5's under normal acceleration (meaning not using launch control or similar launch techniques like the car magazines use). If your G35 was a 2007 or newer, then 535 acceleration with MMPK should be similar - maybe a few ticks slower. I've never found mine to be underpowered, but there's no confusing a 535 with a 550. The 550 is much stronger and faster.
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It's fun once you switch it to beast mode (sports mode). Otherwise, it's on the luxury cushy side.
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It's fun once you switch it to beast mode (sports mode). Otherwise, it's on the luxury cushy side.
Agreed, my thoughts as well. I like mine. Get the M-Sport suspension. While a big car it has poise. I am very surprised at how well it handles when pushed hard in sports mode on the twisties. This is my business car. I commute with it in South Bay traffic, take clients out in it and it is a long distance cruiser. The massive diesel torque, great transmission and aggressive attitude when needed makes this the perfect blend of sports/luxury for me.

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So much fun I traded it in for a Porsche Macan. The Macan is twice the fun yet it weighs the same and is taller.
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I have the RWD version with Msport suspension. If you drove it, you'd never guess it has the sport suspension-- it feels soft. And given the long wheelbase and relatively slow steering rack, it doesn't turn-in with the immediacy of a smaller car. That being said, if I really "commit" to driving it on some twisty roads it seems to come alive. But in everyday driving, it can feel quite large, soft and not sporty. For my next car, I plan to go back to a 3 series sized car FWIW.
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Coming from my E92 its not as much fun, but the ride is far more refined. Sport mode on my sport is more responsive.
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I have the RWD version with Msport suspension. If you drove it, you'd never guess it has the sport suspension-- it feels soft. And given the long wheelbase and relatively slow steering rack, it doesn't turn-in with the immediacy of a smaller car. That being said, if I really "commit" to driving it on some twisty roads it seems to come alive. But in everyday driving, it can feel quite large, soft and not sporty. For my next car, I plan to go back to a 3 series sized car FWIW.
I also have an RWD with M Sport, although mine is a 550i. I agree with most of the above observations.

On twisty roads, it's ok for its size and weight, but I much prefer driving my wife's 435i (or my Cayman) on such roads.
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Thanks for all the responses guys. Very active community. So it's done. Placed an order for a 2016 535i xDrive (I live in Canada not much of a choice here )
I went with Carbon Black metallic and Mocha interior
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The car should arrive early June.

I was reluctant at first because of the body change on the 2017 model. But the deal was good so i went for it.
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Thanks for all the responses guys. Very active community. So it's done. Placed an order for a 2016 535i xDrive (I live in Canada not much of a choice here )
I went with Carbon Black metallic and Mocha interior
-Executive package
-Drive assist package
M power and performance packages.

The car should arrive early June.

I was reluctant at first because of the body change on the 2017 model. But the deal was good so i went for it.
Congrats! That is going to be a beauty and you specced it nicely. Even though you already decided...I previously had a 2013 550 and loved it. I was really sad when we departed. I am young, and the F10 5 series is the car that I wanted and ended up getting. I loved driving it. Everyone knew how much I loved that car. The key is to love the car for what it is. This is a luxury sedan with a somewhat sporty nature. It has an intended purpose. It is not a Porsche 911 or an M3. With that said, there is still fun to be had! Don't worry about having the last model year. What you have is BMW with all issues ironed out from the previous years. It will most likely be reliable and will not age as bad as the E60 (previous body 5 series). Also, my friend has a 2012 535 and another has a 2008 G35, the 535 always beats the G35 believe it or not.
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Congrats! That is going to be a beauty and you specced it nicely. Even though you already decided...I previously had a 2013 550 and loved it. I was really sad when we departed. I am young, and the F10 5 series is the car that I wanted and ended up getting. I loved driving it. Everyone knew how much I loved that car. The key is to love the car for what it is. This is a luxury sedan with a somewhat sporty nature. It has an intended purpose. It is not a Porsche 911 or an M3. With that said, there is still fun to be had!
Thank you Sir. You are 100% correct i wanted a luxury car with a little push to it. I think this gives me exactly what I am looking for.
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Thanks for all the responses guys. Very active community. So it's done. Placed an order for a 2016 535i xDrive (I live in Canada not much of a choice here )
I went with Carbon Black metallic and Mocha interior
-Executive package
-Drive assist package
M power and performance packages.
The car should arrive early June.
I was reluctant at first because of the body change on the 2017 model. But the deal was good so i went for it.
Don't know if the Exec pkg (in Canada) includes multi-contour seats; They are one of the "best" options BMW offers and IMHO should be standard in every BMW.

That said, I'm confident you will find the 535xDrive a very competent road car with good comfortable handling + the poise of a "luxury" vehicle.

ENJOY!!
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The key is not to love a car for what it is. The key is to find the car you want the most and buy it because you want it the most.

OP - answers to your question divide across lines of people who have owned other BMWs in the past and those who have come across from a competing brand. BMW newcomers love the F10 immensely. BMW long-timers think it is too big, soft, and floaty. They are both right.

Personally, my one piece of advice is to also drive a 435 Gran Coupe. Those are a measure less luxurious and an equal measure more sporty. May or may not be the answer you're looking for, but it would be an interesting comparison.
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The key is not to love a car for what it is. The key is to find the car you want the most and buy it because you want it the most.

OP - answers to your question divide across lines of people who have owned other BMWs in the past and those who have come across from a competing brand. BMW newcomers love the F10 immensely. BMW long-timers think it is too big, soft, and floaty. They are both right.

Personally, my one piece of advice is to also drive a 435 Gran Coupe. Those are a measure less luxurious and an equal measure more sporty. May or may not be the answer you're looking for, but it would be an interesting comparison.
Hi Willi,
Thats exactly what i did. I test drove the 435 and 535. the 435 is definitely more agile and speedier. But i wasn't sold on the interior. Also i like the cabin space of the 5 series. I think its a good balance of power and luxury... leaning more towards luxury.

On another note i test drove the A6 3.0 and the new A4. I was very impressed with the new A4.. they did a great job
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On another note i test drove the A6 3.0 and the new A4. I was very impressed with the new A4.. they did a great job
They did. Right now if I were looking to replace my 535, the toughest thing would be deciding whether to hold out for the upcoming S4. I bet it will be great.
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The key is not to love a car for what it is. The key is to find the car you want the most and buy it because you want it the most.

OP - answers to your question divide across lines of people who have owned other BMWs in the past and those who have come across from a competing brand. BMW newcomers love the F10 immensely. BMW long-timers think it is too big, soft, and floaty. They are both right.

Personally, my one piece of advice is to also drive a 435 Gran Coupe. Those are a measure less luxurious and an equal measure more sporty. May or may not be the answer you're looking for, but it would be an interesting comparison.
Sometimes we have to buy cars that make sense according to our lifestyles and everyday lives. Don't you think some 750Li owners wish they had a 911 instead? Sure, but many have families and everyday duties that would not be practical with a car like that.
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