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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 10-12-2012, 08:09 PM
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Test drove F30 335I

As title said I drove brand new 335i. This car has Economy, Comfort, Sport modes. So the car is very responsive and fast in the Sport mode, in the comfort mode car is trying hold gear long before drop to lower gear, in the economy mode the throttle is very unresponsive but safe extra .6-.8 mpg, so it seems to me car is good on sport mode only, remember it's 335 and has 0-60 4.8 sec per google.com search.
The interior feels nice, really the car feels like E39 in the term of size. It has very good screen and dash board. It has much better agronomic for cups, storage. Only one thing I have noticed it is noisy then my car at 60 mph and windy weather. I like it, but only concern throttle responsive. The car has very, really very feel good on ramp at 60 mph, I have not be able to scream tires, but car was equipment with Pirelli's tires. I would not say my car with sport suspension and ARS is better on same ramps.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:30 PM
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Thanks for the info, I will be test driving one tomorrow. I love the luxury and power of the 550i, but a part of me misses the nimbleness and tight handling of a 3 series.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:31 PM
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Wait for the new F30 M3 to come out.

F30 sedan is certainly roomy up front, but doesn't feel as big as an E39. The rear seating space is tighter and it feels like it has less head room.
Nice interior design, dash is way better and E90.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:00 AM
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I've contemplated going down to new country to look at the pre owned event.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:25 AM
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I think the biggest difference between V8 engine and I6 twin turbo is the car is going faster from dead stop compare to V8 (it's like the first .5 sec or something). Yes, I know 3-series is lighter car but I had same feeling with 535 when I had as loaner for 2 weeks.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:45 AM
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535i is over 200 lbs lighter than a 550i.
A 535 Xdrive weighs nearly the same as a 550i without.
This has a noticable effect on driving dynamics.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:07 AM
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535i is over 200 lbs lighter than a 550i.
A 535 Xdrive weighs nearly the same as a 550i without.
This has a noticable effect on driving dynamics.
True, it's lighter but it should compensate with higher torque on V8 engines. I did not drive X-drive neither 535 nor 335.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:24 AM
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The E90 335 vs E60 535, weight-wise only about 150lb due to alum fender and suspension on 5-series so very comparable in terms of speed and weight-power ratio.
Now the F30 uses plastic fenders and weight not much diff to E90 (albeit bigger), ~3500lb for non XI. Forget F10, 535i this car has turned into baby 7.

The biggest problem on F30 for me it's not power, it's the EPS(Electronic Power Steering), steering feel is all gone.
If you want a 3-series, right now get 335is, 340HP N54 (very tuneable), big brakes, killer 19" wheels, with no EPS ;last production is end of the year after that no mas 335is.

Just hope the M3/M4 3-series will uses diff kinda electronic power steering else BMW is crazy.
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True, it's lighter but it should compensate with higher torque on V8 engines. I did not drive X-drive neither 535 nor 335.
Yes, 550 is more powerful and a little faster. But it is carrying more weight, and that is noticable, especially on a twisty road.
I brought up the weight as you said the 535 felt quicker the first half second out the gate. This would help explain it, less mass to move.
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535i is over 200 lbs lighter than a 550i.
A 535 Xdrive weighs nearly the same as a 550i without.
This has a noticable effect on driving dynamics.
so true, i have a xdrive


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I was not impressed with the 328i i test drove. The interior and seating position were nice, but the seat was not comfortable, the steering was somewhat numb, and the start-stop was terribly rough. I'm far more likely to look at a GTI or Focus than the 3-series. The old i6 is also much nice. Not more powerful, not as good fuel economy, but nicer.
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