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Old 10-03-2013, 10:09 PM
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Colors:
I'll take pics with a good camera of mine and post them in the near future. The entire car has 3 basic colors that compliment each other extremely well: Gray, Black and Brown with some aluminum. The M Sport Line comes with a black headliner, black carpet and black dashboard. BMW calls the headliner Anthracite, but it's black. Anthracite trim actually has browns, grays and black in it- why does the BMW Marketing Department confuse people like this? There's some aluminum trim, but not much in the dashboard/armrest and the new style awesome steering wheel- believe it's from the 6 Series. The wheels are beautiful alloy and happy that the black tires are made by Continental.

Mocha Nappa has some burgundy in it which rich brown colors many times have. Think "cordovan" leather- more the type of leather, than the color. It looks like an old briefcase of mine and a current wallet. Cordovan leather is made from the butt of a horse- it's the most durable and arguably the highest quality leather that one may buy. It looks like cordovan leather, it obviously is not.

Now that the 2014 5's are arriving, do yourself a favor and go check it out in person. I'm a lousy photographer and even the professionally done BMW pics that I and others posted won't do this handsome color justice. It's difficult to capture exact hues and textures on the Internet even if the pics are well done.

Steering Wheel:
BMW lovers have strong opinions and the M Sport LCI steering is quite different from the 2013, but for me it's so much nicer. It easy to see the dashboard controls, the feel and size is ultra sporty and luxurious. Just a tasteful amount of aluminum mostly along the bottom.

LED Lights:
Love this option. Bright and a bit more obvious than the 2013's, but not the bling that M-B now carries and even more subtle than the Audis.

Technology:
Lane Departure Warning- steering wheel vibrates and yellow lines in dashboard. Blind Spot- amber triangles in side view mirrors. Collision Mitigation- audible beeps and red lights in dashboard. Extensive Outside Cameras- backing up into a space has never been easier. Active Cruise- haven't even used it yet, but know that distance from forward vehicles may be set. Luxury Seats- cool or warm air through driver's and front passenger's seats; active massage, wow- feels great even on short trips; feel more relaxed after sitting for a while. HUD- helps keeps eyes on the road.

Luxury Front Seats don't have the stitching across the mid-back. These are in the rear. Not sure why some don't like this- very tastefully done. Multi-Contour option or Luxury option will give you: electric side bolsters and thigh supports; makes the seats more comfortable- well worth it. My X3 has the side bolsters (electric) and thigh supports (manual)- I'd miss it if I didn't have them.

Trunk lid opens and closes by merely holding one's leg under trunk and in front of sensor. A one legged inward motion activates this. It's a conversation feature and does help if one's carrying packages.

Navigation:
New larger dial with the optional drawing of commands is something I'm getting used to- just another tech toy to play with. " The only difference between men and boys are the price of our toys". 2014 Nav is an upgrade over 2013- better than the one in my 2013 X3. Voice commands work better than my retired 2007 Acura RL.

Phonebook/Bluetooth:
Connecting with both my cell phone directories is automatic- one phone at a time. Super convenient.

H-K Stereo:
I hope that the people complaining about this sound system are total audiophiles. It's only a $875 option- well worth it for 95% of us. The B&O systems are the only ones that I've heard that are noticeably better. That's an extra $3700 in the 5 Series. No thanks. There's plenty of FM stations broadcasting in HD in New Jersey and New York and it sounds better than I've ever heard FM sound. My CD's sound extraordinarily good- and I can copy about 400 of them to the car's hard drive. Some AM stations broadcast in HD too- HUGE difference for those of us that also like talk radio and the news. XM/Sirius sounds better in my 5 Series than my H-K X3's.

Power:
For me plenty of it. 550 driver's looking for better MPG's go for the 535. I'm quite happy with the 4 cylinder engine.

Handling:
Having fun on the twisties and overall

Feel of the road:
Steering wheel gives nice feedback

Electric Rear Shade and Manual Side Shades:
Rattle free and shade from the sun and privacy. It won't satisfy many of you, but it is an alternative from tinting.

I picked up rear all weather mats and they didn't fit. It sounds like BMW screwed up. No mislabeling and no alternative. Parts guy is looking into it.

Front all weather mats and trunk tray fit perfectly.

Waiting for license plates. Bought BMW carbon fiber holders- have them on X3 and like them.

There was no Dynamic Damper Control option for the 2014 528- wish I had it. Love the extra tightness that it gives the X3. Will look into different Springs and M5 sway bars I guess.

Soft close doors may be a nice option to have. Doors need an extra push to totally close.

This is by a wide margain the best driving, fun, most technologically laden and luxurious car I've ever owned. It's superfantastic!

Have you seen a caricature of myself doing the happy dance lately? One for each week I waited:

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:33 AM
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Colors:
...Mocha has some burgundy in it which rich brown colors many times have. Think "cordovan" leather- more the type of leather, than the color. It looks like an old briefcase of mine and a current wallet. Cordovan leather is made from the butt of a horse- it's the most durable and arguably the highest quality leather that one may buy. It looks like cordovan leather, it obviously is not....
Mocha leather is Nappa which is a step up from Dakota in BMW leather pedigree. FYI, some of your photos are sideways.
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Trunk lid opens and closes by merely holding one's leg under trunk and in front of sensor. A one legged inward motion activates this. It's a conversation feature and does help if one's carrying packages.

Handling:
Having fun on the twisties and overall

Feel of the road:
Steering wheel gives nice feedback
The trunk lid is one of my favorite features! I thought, 'eh its something I will maybe use once in a while', but it is truly something I am so glad I have! Besides looking super cool while in operation, it is extraordinarily convenient.

Handling and road feel have been perfected on the 14's. It feels much different than the previous models I test drove. The steering feels much more connected, yet isolated. For me - its perfect!

Enjoy your new car!!
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The trunk lid is one of my favorite features! I thought, 'eh its something I will maybe use once in a while', but it is truly something I am so glad I have! Besides looking super cool while in operation, it is extraordinarily convenient.

Handling and road feel have been perfected on the 14's. It feels much different than the previous models I test drove. The steering feels much more connected, yet isolated. For me - its perfect!

Enjoy your new car!!
Thanks! It sounds like you're enjoying yours.
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Nice, to the point review.
How do you find the LED headlights in actual lighting coverage compared to say your X3, or if if you previously had an F10 with regular xenon headlights?
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Nice, to the point review.
How do you find the LED headlights in actual lighting coverage compared to say your X3, or if if you previously had an F10 with regular xenon headlights?
X3 is my first BMW

5 Series has brighter and more coverage than my X3

Both Bimmers are brighter and have more coverage than my Acura RL's Xenons
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Bmwlvr60- Thanks for sharing your impressions on your new F10. Our cars were on the Turandot and I was amused by your humorous posts. I guess I will have to live vicariously through you as my car had to be returned to BMW.
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Bmwlvr60- Thanks for sharing your impressions on your new F10. Our cars were on the Turandot and I was amused by your humorous posts. I guess I will have to live vicariously through you as my car had to be returned to BMW.
So our cars know each other- awesome!

Sorry to hear abut the return- what's the issue?
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I started with Bimmerfest about a year ago when I was looking to move from Acura to a German luxury brand. So many people here have been incredibly helpful, educational, full of knowledge and unselfish with their time. Making the decision to swap out our MDX for an X3 was easy. Switching from an RL to a 5 Series was a bit more difficult. At first I was looking at the 3 Series then I finally realized it was too small of a car for my needs. So many enthusiasts here who crave power and want a "more refined engine" talked about the 535 and 550 over the 528. For my needs in the end you folks helped me make the right decision. There's great information here and insider info that just can't be found anywhere else. A special shout out to all of you who post here- you are a sophisticated, knowledgeable, intelligent and articulate group of people. I truly expected no less in a forum where people own and discuss luxury automobiles. The Kool-Aid is delicious by the way; Audi and MB are not brands I have any interest in anymore. :-)

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Colors:
I'll take pics with a good camera of mine and post them in the near future. The entire car has 3 basic colors that compliment each other extremely well: Gray, Black and Brown with some aluminum. The M Sport Line comes with a black headliner, black carpet and black dashboard. BMW calls the headliner Anthracite, but it's black. Anthracite trim actually has browns, grays and black in it- why does the BMW Marketing Department confuse people like this? There's some aluminum trim, but not much in the dashboard/armrest and the new style awesome steering wheel- believe it's from the 6 Series. The wheels are beautiful alloy and happy that the black tires are made by Continental.

Mocha Nappa has some burgundy in it which rich brown colors many times have. Think "cordovan" leather- more the type of leather, than the color. It looks like an old briefcase of mine and a current wallet. Cordovan leather is made from the butt of a horse- it's the most durable and arguably the highest quality leather that one may buy. It looks like cordovan leather, it obviously is not.

Now that the 2014 5's are arriving, do yourself a favor and go check it out in person. I'm a lousy photographer and even the professionally done BMW pics that I and others posted won't do this handsome color justice. It's difficult to capture exact hues and textures on the Internet even if the pics are well done.

Steering Wheel:
BMW lovers have strong opinions and the M Sport LCI steering is quite different from the 2013, but for me it's so much nicer. It easy to see the dashboard controls, the feel and size is ultra sporty and luxurious. Just a tasteful amount of aluminum mostly along the bottom.

LED Lights:
Love this option. Bright and a bit more obvious than the 2013's, but not the bling that M-B now carries and even more subtle than the Audis.

Technology:
Lane Departure Warning- steering wheel vibrates and yellow lines in dashboard. Blind Spot- amber triangles in side view mirrors. Collision Mitigation- audible beeps and red lights in dashboard. Extensive Outside Cameras- backing up into a space has never been easier. Active Cruise- haven't even used it yet, but know that distance from forward vehicles may be set. Luxury Seats- cool or warm air through driver's and front passenger's seats; active massage, wow- feels great even on short trips; feel more relaxed after sitting for a while. HUD- helps keeps eyes on the road.

Luxury Front Seats don't have the stitching across the mid-back. These are in the rear. Not sure why some don't like this- very tastefully done. Multi-Contour option or Luxury option will give you: electric side bolsters and thigh supports; makes the seats more comfortable- well worth it. My X3 has the side bolsters (electric) and thigh supports (manual)- I'd miss it if I didn't have them.

Trunk lid opens and closes by merely holding one's leg under trunk and in front of sensor. A one legged inward motion activates this. It's a conversation feature and does help if one's carrying packages.

Navigation:
New larger dial with the optional drawing of commands is something I'm getting used to- just another tech toy to play with. " The only difference between men and boys are the price of our toys". 2014 Nav is an upgrade over 2013- better than the one in my 2013 X3. Voice commands work better than my retired 2007 Acura RL.

Phonebook/Bluetooth:
Connecting with both my cell phone directories is automatic- one phone at a time. Super convenient.

H-K Stereo:
I hope that the people complaining about this sound system are total audiophiles. It's only a $875 option- well worth it for 95% of us. The B&O systems are the only ones that I've heard that are noticeably better. That's an extra $3700 in the 5 Series. No thanks. There's plenty of FM stations broadcasting in HD in New Jersey and New York and it sounds better than I've ever heard FM sound. My CD's sound extraordinarily good- and I can copy about 400 of them to the car's hard drive. Some AM stations broadcast in HD too- HUGE difference for those of us that also like talk radio and the news. XM/Sirius sounds better in my 5 Series than my H-K X3's.

Power:
For me plenty of it. 550 driver's looking for better MPG's go for the 535. I'm quite happy with the 4 cylinder engine.

Handling:
Having fun on the twisties and overall

Feel of the road:
Steering wheel gives nice feedback

Electric Rear Shade and Manual Side Shades:
Rattle free and shade from the sun and privacy. It won't satisfy many of you, but it is an alternative from tinting.

I picked up rear all weather mats and they didn't fit. It sounds like BMW screwed up. No mislabeling and no alternative. Parts guy is looking into it.

Front all weather mats and trunk tray fit perfectly.

Waiting for license plates. Bought BMW carbon fiber holders- have them on X3 and like them.

There was no Dynamic Damper Control option for the 2014 528- wish I had it. Love the extra tightness that it gives the X3. Will look into different Springs and M5 sway bars I guess.

Soft close doors may be a nice option to have. Doors need an extra push to totally close.

This is by a wide margain the best driving, fun, most technologically laden and luxurious car I've ever owned. It's superfantastic!

Have you seen a caricature of myself doing the happy dance lately? One for each week I waited:



I find that the 5 Series doesn't have much storage space- interesting since I don't need room for CD's since the car has a 20MB hard drive. So I bought this:

BMW Backseat Storage Pocket 52120410752

and a place to store trash:

BMW Clean Bag 82270416591

I bought the all weather BMW floor mats and the fronts fit, but the backs don't for 2014 XDrive models. BMWNA knows about the issue and are fixing it.

Lots of compliments on the car. Color combination and all the technology. People really love the Mocha Nappa leather.

This is such a fast car. For those of you that are used to a 550 I'm sure you wouldn't think so, but for most people the 4 banger does a great job!

Everything is very tight which I love.
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I find that the 5 Series doesn't have much storage space- interesting since I don't need room for CD's since the car has a 20MB hard drive. So I bought this:

BMW Backseat Storage Pocket 52120410752

and a place to store trash:

BMW Clean Bag 82270416591

I bought the all weather BMW floor mats and the fronts fit, but the backs don't for 2014 XDrive models. BMWNA knows about the issue and are fixing it.

Lots of compliments on the car. Color combination and all the technology. People really love the Mocha Nappa leather.

This is such a fast car. For those of you that are used to a 550 I'm sure you wouldn't think so, but for most people the 4 banger does a great job!

Everything is very tight which I love.
Is not having a glove compartment with a lock a German car thing? Or is it a Japanese car thing to have one?

My X3 and 5 Series don't have one. Every Japanese car I owned had one.

The arm rest in my 5er can be locked, but the storage space is tiny. The point of having a locking glove compartment with a trunk lock inside, is to be able to valet the car and give them the key or fob that won't open the glove box or trunk. This way shopping bags and other valuable may be stored safely.

How about the handy storage box to the left of the steering wheel? Another opportunity to have a safe spot to store valuables- if it came with a lock.

Thieves, for the most part, like to be able to grab and run quickly. Please don't make the "it's not a safe afterall" argument.

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Is not having a glove compartment with a lock a German car thing? Or is it a Japanese car thing to have one?

My X3 and 5 Series don't have one. Every Japanese car I owned had one.

The arm rest in my 5er can be locked, but the storage space is tiny. The point of having a locking glove compartment with a trunk lock inside, is to be able to valet the car and give them the key or fob that won't open the glove box or trunk. This way shopping bags and other valuable may be stored safely.

How about the handy storage box to the left of the steering wheel? Another opportunity to have a safe spot to store valuables- if it came with a lock.

Thieves, for the most part, like to be able to grab and run quickly. Please don't make the "it's not a safe afterall" argument.

Put 400 miles on the new 5er this weekend. What a fantastic highway cruiser.

ACC worked flawlessly on the highway- was able to rest leg for long periods of time. Had some traffic Friday afternoon and it was so enjoyable to let the car do almost all the work automatically. Used ACC on a rural road and when the car in front of me turned off the car accelerated and I needed to hit the brake with my foot because the traffic light turned red- still need to use common sense with electronic gadgets.

Love the luxury seats- felt relaxed after driving straight for 190 miles. Massage was on and so was the heat- at a low setting.

How did I live without HUD? Makes it so easy to keep one's eyes on the road.

Figured out the 8 memory buttons below NAV. Programmed 1 button as HOME for NAV. Others are for family cell #s, and others are for fav radio stations. Love the way it allows us to mix/match.

LED's: quite the conversation piece with enthusiasts that have admired them in person. I will say to be careful: I had them on along with the engine or a coupe of hours while I was storing CD's onto the hard drive. They were facing my dark garage and I was walking in and out of the house and looked into them a few times. It's like looking at the sun- saw light halos when I closed my eyes that night.

Knucklehead move: mistakenly put some windshield wash in anti-freeze container. SA said not to worry; has some of the same chemicals.
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Heard from SA regarding BMW rear all weather mats. BMW is aware that they don't fit the 5 Series X Drive LCI- mats that fit should be available in a few weeks.

BMW trash bag: nice little add on. Comes with removable plastic bags which fit quite nicely. Keeping extra roll of bags in compartment in trunk.

BMW storage compartments add on fits nicely over the passenger seat. This way I have access to vitamins, gum, etc. I find the car has very little storage so this allows me not to clutter the glove box and front door compartments too much.

People think the trunk lid opening and closing feature with a leg movement is quite hilarious. The closing of the trunk with the backwards beeping truck sound brings a smile to everyone.

Driving the car around brings a smile to my face.
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I am happy for you that you are enjoying your 528xi. I actually prefer the 4wd but I dont need it here on Vancouver Island. I also like the 535xi. These autos are a "smooth operator" as the Shade song goes. I am fascinated about the BMW packages I am reading about on Bimmerfest. It is interesting that the packages available Stateside are not necessarily available here in Canada. It seems that a lot of people order their 5 series cars and select their options. I am not sure how that relates to here in Canada, specifically the West Coast where I live. I tend to look the car over, quantify the options and then decide. Maybe I should be ordering my car--not buying what the dealer has in stock. Of course, then you usually pay more, or do you...
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I am happy for you that you are enjoying your 528xi. I actually prefer the 4wd but I dont need it here on Vancouver Island. I also like the 535xi. These autos are a "smooth operator" as the Shade song goes. I am fascinated about the BMW packages I am reading about on Bimmerfest. It is interesting that the packages available Stateside are not necessarily available here in Canada. It seems that a lot of people order their 5 series cars and select their options. I am not sure how that relates to here in Canada, specifically the West Coast where I live. I tend to look the car over, quantify the options and then decide. Maybe I should be ordering my car--not buying what the dealer has in stock. Of course, then you usually pay more, or do you...
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Not sure how it relates to Canada. In the US, lower pricing is more likely when there's more local BMW competition. On a special order car, I was able to buy it $500 over invoice. I wanted exact colors/options so I ordered it.

If there's a car you like on your local BMW lot you can definitely save some money. You may even have your local dealer go online and see what's available in all the other dealers inventory.

I do know options in Canada are different than in the US.

Great time to buy/lease is December. End of year/quarter/month. Dealers have many incentives to move inventory.

Cheers!
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Thanks.Good observations. I missed the boat on the stereo system ending up with a HIFI system and not the Premium which is an additional 1200$ here. We all need to read the Sales Agreement because what they promise and advertise is not necessarily what you get. I learned that lesson the hard way, But, I find my HiFI ok as my wife doesnt like me cranking up the stereo anyway!!
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Is it me or do those rims look a little diff then the 535? Do the two engine types get diff rims on M sport?

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Is it me or do those rims look a little diff then the 535? Do the two engine types get diff rims on M sport?

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The rims on a 528i M-Sport are 613M style vs 351M on 535i/550i. Not sure why they do that.
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The rims on a 528i M-Sport are 613M style vs 351M on 535i/550i. Not sure why they do that.
I take it they are a bit smaller then the ones on 535/550?

But also these look more sporty then the 535 ones, at least to me, or is it the angle

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528 M Sport comes with 18" rims. 535/550 M sports come with 19" rims.
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528 M Sport comes with 18" rims. 535/550 M sports come with 19" rims.
Figured the 528 rims would be a bit smaller but their design also seems a bit thinner lines and if made in 19 with a lower profile tire would look sportier then the current 19's on the 535's... again judging from pictures alone.
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