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Old 04-18-2015, 02:45 PM
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Help with Building 535 msport

I'm looking to do a minimum msport build of a 2015 535i.

What options do you guys think are close to being mandatory?

In Southern CA. So no need for cold weather features.

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ZDA Driver Assistance Package
2ND 19" Double-Spoke w/Performance

I want HK speaker upgrade. I'm not sure if the 2TB and ZDA are necessary but I do want HUD.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:37 PM
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I also wanted to do a minimum build when purchasing a 535 in 2013. My build appears in the signature block. Good luck!
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:06 PM
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Your build is almost exactly like mine for the 535D. Do get the ZDA. When I ordered it I thought it would be a novelty but it is now a critical part of my daily driving experience. I got the cold weather package because even in the Bay area on those cool damp nights the heated seat feels good on a tired back. Also I recommend the HK audio... it is not that expensive and a big upgrade over the std. stereo.

If I am not mistaken doesn't the M Sport pack. come with the 19 in staggered wheel set-up? Mine did.

Good luck on the order

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Old 04-18-2015, 06:46 PM
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I'd say get multi contour seats.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:16 PM
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I'd say get multi contour seats.

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I'd get those before adding HK audio
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:31 PM
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When I was looking for my used 2014 M Sport, I came across so many 535i s with blind spot detection and parking assist. I did not want all that extra stuff bc I was planning to keep the car for many years and I didn't want to deal with those extra electronic gremlins down the road.

I found a beautiful bmw executive car with all the options I wanted except for HK sound system. To me Multi-contour seats was more important than the HK radio and I like the stock radio- guess I am getting older!

I also wanted rear and side sunshades but this was not an option that would make or break me.

So basically my Alpine white 535i Xdrive has: MSport, drivers assistant, hud, multi-contour seats, Black Dakota leather, moonroof,

I love my car and sometimes less is more!

U have to think about what u really want and set those priorities.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:44 PM
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I'd get those before adding HK audio
The base sound system is terrible, but You can always upgrade the base sound system later with the Bav Sound speakers.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:58 AM
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Thanks for the replies.

Yes it comes with 19"s but it's listed when making it. I'm going to add the HK audio for sure.

Looking into multi contoured seats as my last 5 series didn't feel so comfortable without it.

Looking into Bav also. Some modding sounds fun.

Is HUD only available with the ZDA option?
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:24 AM
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I'm looking to do a minimum msport build of a 2015 535i.

What options do you guys think are close to being mandatory?

In Southern CA. So no need for cold weather features.

I'm at
2TB Sport Automatic Transmission
ZMM M Sport
ZDA Driver Assistance Package
2ND 19" Double-Spoke w/Performance

I want HK speaker upgrade. I'm not sure if the 2TB and ZDA are necessary but I do want HUD.
For me the following is manditory for a 5 series..

Drivers Assistence Package
Luxury Seating Package
Heated Seats
ACC active cruise control

63K
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:53 AM
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The base sound system is terrible, but You can always upgrade the base sound system later with the Bav Sound speakers.

Meh- I've had HK before and it's certainly better but the stocj system is decent and better than in past bmws. But If you are leasing and thinking you might upgrade the speakers later it's cheaper to just add HK from the beginning.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:57 AM
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For me the following is manditory for a 5 series..



Drivers Assistence Package

Luxury Seating Package

Heated Seats

ACC active cruise control



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Ha - the funny thing about these type of threads is that before long you have recommendations to get every single option on a "minimal" build.

I do personally regret not getting ACC but the options that the OP listed would still be higher priority I think.

Luxury seating adds ventilation and "active seats" to the multicontour seats. If you're trying to stick to a budget and get the most bang for your buck I'd spend the extra 1k over the cost of the multicolontours
elsewhere. I point this out only because sometimes the 2 options get confused when the discussion comes up.

And if you are going all out on the seats, I'd add nappa (included in a line) or merino leather to the "mandatory" list. Actually the upgraded leather is one of my favorite parts and makes it feel much more special than my old 3 series
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:22 PM
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I'm looking to do a minimum msport build of a 2015 535i.

What options do you guys think are close to being mandatory?

In Southern CA. So no need for cold weather features.

I'm at
2TB Sport Automatic Transmission
ZMM M Sport
ZDA Driver Assistance Package
2ND 19" Double-Spoke w/Performance

I want HK speaker upgrade. I'm not sure if the 2TB and ZDA are necessary but I do want HUD.
2TB is great and inexpensive - gets you a nicer shift lever in addition to the paddles. I use the paddles all the time to drop gears for passing, and when driving other cars my fingers "ghost shift" for the paddles.

I consider the side/top view cameras ($750) a requirement. They make parking so easy and will pay for themself in savings from curbed wheels and dinged bumpers.

Multicontour seats are "only" $1300 vs $2400 for Luxury Seating Package. The Multicontours are more of a "necessity" versus the active/ventilation of the Luxury Seating.

But, yeah, everyone's version of a "minimum build" will come out as their car essentially.
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Old 04-19-2015, 10:19 PM
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If I could do it over again, I would have added the multi contour seats. My favorite features are the ACC active cruise, heads up display, side/top view cameras, 19 inch wheels, and the after market easy to install Bav Sound Speakers. The HUD is color, shows your speed, speed limit of the road, has navigation in the HUD plus radio channel / media information. the ACC Cruise makes traffic so much better and less stressful.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:16 AM
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At first, I kind of wished i'd gotten the top view cameras, but whenever I drive a car with them I find myself using the rear camera more. I'm able to parallel park my F10 in some pretty tight spots using the rear camera. The one scenario where top view might be nice is pulling into a narrow parking gargage with a driveway that slopes steeply and curves. You can't see where the sides of the car are relative to the curb and a topview could help. Only time I had to deal with that was after picking my car up in a Munich parking garage however. BMW is starting to include a forward camera on their newer surround view systems (new X5 for example) and I would find that more useful.

In terms of priority, I'd probably spend roughly the same money adding HUD, sports auto, upgrading to HK or even rear sunshades before speccing topview.

There are so many tempting options on the F10, that I could easily build a 75k 535 before getting down to the options I really dont care about.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:10 AM
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Just a comment: if you're buying this car, a super-minimum build could be tough for resale/trade-in.

If you're leasing, well then it's BMW's problem.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:08 PM
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I've tried to have a "necessary" build on my last F10. Ended getting a 67k car, and still wished I would have had 2 options in the end (luxury seating and ACC). While truly first world problems, I would obsess over the fact that I "should have ordered those options".

Alas, now I moved to a 75k build F10, where I could literally add no more options that I ever cared for, and I can say I'm enjoying this car even more.

Obviously, stay within the budget, but don't skip options you really want because you'll regret them later... And unfortunately, you can't retrofit most things without spending considerably more than you would have to start with.

For a minimalist build:
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Premium
ZDA
HK

Options:
Sport transmission is nice, but 95% of the time you won't know the difference. Same with the paddles.

Luxury/comfort seats are nicer than standard. If you take a lot of long trips get this.

Some people don't value tech as much as others. If you're a techie, get ZDB, although I don't even have lane departure enabled, as its really annoying to use. Car shakes at me even when using the blinker to signal lane change because it wants the blinker on before you even start...

Soft close doors it's a nice touch, certainly not mandatory.
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:54 AM
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Ha - the funny thing about these type of threads is that before long you have recommendations to get every single option on a "minimal" build.

I do personally regret not getting ACC but the options that the OP listed would still be higher priority I think.

Luxury seating adds ventilation and "active seats" to the multicontour seats. If you're trying to stick to a budget and get the most bang for your buck I'd spend the extra 1k over the cost of the multicolontours
elsewhere. I point this out only because sometimes the 2 options get confused when the discussion comes up.

And if you are going all out on the seats, I'd add nappa (included in a line) or merino leather to the "mandatory" list. Actually the upgraded leather is one of my favorite parts and makes it feel much more special than my old 3 series
I agree that a budget dictates what you will get, but the OP asked for what is manditory, our 328i GT would have ventilated seats if offered, but for me, the ACC and Luxury seat package is manditor, I could do without the M Sport package..
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:56 PM
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I agree that a budget dictates what you will get, but the OP asked for what is manditory, our 328i GT would have ventilated seats if offered, but for me, the ACC and Luxury seat package is manditor, I could do without the M Sport package..

I agree on the Msport pkg. Actually prefer the standard bumpers and 18" wheels. Personally I think some form of upgraded leather is necessary on the 5 so I'd have to add merino leather or attempt to order nappa without a line.

As for ACC, I totally agree. My next car will have that for sure.

Have you tried the ventilated seats? From what I've read they don't work as well as similar sears on other cars.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:05 PM
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It is so difficult to limit options when ordering a car. Before you know it, you have the price of a 535 to the price of a new M5.

I have sat down many times and built a 535 just the way I would want it. Every time I come to a hair under $80,000.00. This is a few bucks less than my 550.

Basic equipment needed on a 535:

You are fortunate to live in a warmer climate--no X Drive and no cold weather pkg.

M Sport Pkg
Premium Pkg
SAT (Sport Automatic Transmission--Shift paddles and a shorter/better looking shifter)
Multi-Contour Seats
If you are into music, the Harmon Kardon is an enormous upgrade from the base system.
The B&O system in not necessary at all--in any model.
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I agree on the Msport pkg. Actually prefer the standard bumpers and 18" wheels. Personally I think some form of upgraded leather is necessary on the 5 so I'd have to add merino leather or attempt to order nappa without a line.

As for ACC, I totally agree. My next car will have that for sure.

Have you tried the ventilated seats? From what I've read they don't work as well as similar sears on other cars.
I personally have not tried the ventilated seats, but I would assume they are better then no ventilated seats..
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I personally have not tried the ventilated seats, but I would assume they are better then no ventilated seats..
MUCH better, plus they can be coded for a lower temperature.

I would add ZLP to the "must have" list. The LED's are an incredible improvement.
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MUCH better, plus they can be coded for a lower temperature.

I would add ZLP to the "must have" list. The LED's are an incredible improvement.
There's been so much debate about them, for the price I'd rather get something else
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There's been so much debate about them, for the price I'd rather get something else
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They certainly look nicer than the standard units, but 1900 buys a lot of more tempting options.
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When I bought my used 2014 535 I definetely wanted Multi-contour seats and I was open to luxury seating package but it was not a game changer. I buy my cars & I believe that having too many options is just something else to possibly break down the road.
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They certainly look nicer than the standard units, but 1900 buys a lot of more tempting options.
I agree...
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