24 hours and 1000 miles later... My 535i

by Bimmerfest.com Member - alex_c on August 14, 2010, 12:23 am
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As some of you may already know from another thread, I took delivery of my 535i on 8/12 at the Performance Delivery Center. I already described the experience here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=475681

Right after the delivery, I drove 250 miles around town and got to Atlanta to spend the night. Today, I drove the rest of the way down to Houston, for a total of 1004 miles.

Here are my impressions of the many hours behind the wheel of this car.

The HiFi sound system
Let me begin by saying that during the delivery, my son connected his iPhone and selected "Secrets" (theme song from the movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice). All I can say is that it gave me goosebumps. Impressive. Deep, deep base, cristal clear sound. Everyone in the car was impressed. This alone made Premium 2 well worth the price.

The looks
I read somewhere else that the F10 was bland. That this was not the type of design to make you look back for a second take. Well, my friends, that was not me. Everytime I stopped for gas, I couldn't help looking and the car constantly, and apparently everyone else at the station too. Every time. If you have not seen the F10 live, and only in pictures, you owe it to yourself to go and see one live.

The engine
OMG! Sublime. Smooth power all from 1000 to 5000 rpms. I behaved and babied the engine for the first 1000 miles, but right after that, I couldn't help it and semi-flored it once at a stop light. Wow. The growl of the engine, the super-quick gear changes, the push-you-in-the-seat feeling. Fantastic. I remember that after I test drove the 528 I had second thoughts if I should have saved a little money and just ordered the 528... Those last 4 miles convinced me that I made the right decision by selecting the 535. It just puts a smile on your face.

The Active Ventilated Seats
105 degrees. 12 hours seating in the car. Active ventilated seats: $1,950 Having the seats massage your butt after seating down for hours on end: priceless!

Steering
Well... It's not bad, but not as precise as my former 3 series. Having said that, selecting Sport mode -from the Dynamic Driving Control that comes with the Sports Automatic Transmission- firms up the steering and improves considerably. I guess that it's just a matter of getting used to it.

Suspension
After my test drives, I decided NOT to order the ZDH (Adaptive Drive). I thought during my limited test drives (EVERY test drive is limited...) that the standars suspension was good enough. When I read many posts complaining about the ride, I had second thoughts for not ordering ZDH. Well, after 1000 miles on almost every kind of road, I can say that I'm impressed at how compliant, and at the same time how fun it is to drive this car. It feels secure, stable communicative, and at the same time, extremely comfortable.

While doing the driving excercises at the Performance Delivery Center, I had a chance to drive a 550. Phenomenal power. But felt much heavier, specially in the front. I thought that I would feel "underpowered" in my 535 after driving the 550, but that was not the case. The 535 has a great engine, and the overall power/weight balance is, in my humble opinion, better than the 550. For raw power and straight line acceleration, the 550 is undisputed.

Funny thing: While visiting the Performance Delivery Center, one of the instructors mentioned that if he could choose to have only one BMW, it would be the 535 F10.

Before my final conclusion I need to mention that this is my 5th. BMW, and I've owned 2 Mercedes Benz, 2 Audi's (2008 and 2010), 2 Porsches, 1 Saab and 1 Cadillac previously.
Well, none of them comes close to the F10. By far the best car I've ever owned. Well worth the wait for a custom order. Beautiful exterior; impressive, refined and elegant interior; fun to drive. Quite frankly, I couldn't ask for more. Well, maybe a software update to steering v. 2.0


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17 responses to 24 hours and 1000 miles later... My 535i

dallas528 commented:
August 14, 2010, 2:27 am

Great review and congrats! I changed my order to include the Active Ventilated Seat Package after this latest heat wave, this 105 degree weather is getting old!
Hoss NY commented:
August 14, 2010, 6:50 am

Congratulations and thanks for the write up. I agree 100% with your comments on the sound, looks and engine, although I sometimes wish I had ordered the ventilated seats. It's great when you have such a positive experience with a new product. The F10 is a fantastic car. Mine's a blast -- I look forward to driving it whenever I can.
pharding commented:
August 14, 2010, 8:07 am

Is your car black sapphire? Which interior?
alex_c commented:
August 14, 2010, 8:25 am

T is dark graphite metallic with oyster black interior, anthracite headliner and anthracite wood.

Cheers!
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Feco commented:
August 14, 2010, 9:21 am

Nice review dude. About F10's look I have to agree with you. Here at Curitiba-Brazil isn't common see a F10 on the streets ( I guess there are only 15, including the GT ) so when you pass by everyone stops and comments about the car!



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kssod commented:
August 14, 2010, 3:26 pm

Looks IMO are very subjective. I did have the pleasure of passing a new 528 on the road this AM, black and shining in the sun. I must say it is very striking from all angles. I particularly liked the view from my rearview mirror. The light rings and the creases in the hood really played well with the sunlight. It looks very muscular and taut, really very nice. My difficult decision lies ahead, replace my perfect 2006 RL with a F10, or keep and buy a vette, or cayman S.
tturedraider commented:
August 14, 2010, 3:35 pm

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Originally Posted by kssod View Post
Looks IMO are very subjective. I did have the pleasure of passing a new 528 on the road this AM, black and shining in the sun. I must say it is very striking from all angles. I particularly liked the view from my rearview mirror. The light rings and the creases in the hood really played well with the sunlight. It looks very muscular and taut, really very nice. My difficult decision lies ahead, replace my perfect 2006 RL with a F10, or keep and buy a vette, or cayman S.
That is a difficult decision. Lots of different variables.
alex_c commented:
August 14, 2010, 6:58 pm

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Originally Posted by Feco View Post
Nice review dude. About F10's look I have to agree with you. Here at Curitiba-Brazil isn't common see a F10 on the streets ( I guess there are only 15, including the GT ) so when you pass by everyone stops and comments about the car!
My car was shipped aboard the Curitiba from Bremerhaven to Charleston SC. Thank you for your kind words!
Feco commented:
August 15, 2010, 11:12 am

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Originally Posted by alex_c View Post
My car was shipped aboard the Curitiba from Bremerhaven to Charleston SC. Thank you for your kind words!
Serious? Didn´t know they came down here to go deliver at USA...nice!
richschneid commented:
August 15, 2010, 11:18 am

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Originally Posted by kssod View Post
Looks IMO are very subjective. I did have the pleasure of passing a new 528 on the road this AM, black and shining in the sun. I must say it is very striking from all angles. I particularly liked the view from my rearview mirror. The light rings and the creases in the hood really played well with the sunlight. It looks very muscular and taut, really very nice. My difficult decision lies ahead, replace my perfect 2006 RL with a F10, or keep and buy a vette, or cayman S.
Adding the trade in value of your RL to the price of a new Cayman or Vette will allow you to buy an F10 M5. Of course in Cleveland you will need xDrive which won't be available on the M5.
kssod commented:
August 15, 2010, 2:50 pm

Have available 2007 C6 with every option 6k miles low $30s reliable source, my brother
Munich77 commented:
August 15, 2010, 5:16 pm

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Originally Posted by richschneid View Post
Adding the trade in value of your RL to the price of a new Cayman or Vette will allow you to buy an F10 M5. Of course in Cleveland you will need xDrive which won't be available on the M5.
You could always take a look X5 M or X6 M.
dalekressin commented:
August 15, 2010, 5:20 pm

The 535i is a great car.
Luckily we can have more than one BMW :-)
alex_c commented:
August 15, 2010, 7:32 pm

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Originally Posted by Feco View Post
Serious? Didn´t know they came down here to go deliver at USA...nice!
No, I meant that the ship's name was Curitiba, not that it came from Curitiba.
Feco commented:
August 16, 2010, 3:58 pm

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Originally Posted by alex_c View Post
No, I meant that the ship's name was Curitiba, not that it came from Curitiba.

Now it makes sense! LOL! I misread it.
tntexan72 commented:
August 24, 2010, 11:54 am

Thanks for the writeup and I agree with most of what you said. However, the design is rather non-sporty/bland to some as you stated and I think BMW gonna lose some of those buyers - who are looking for something more sporty in terms of apperance. Unless they come up with a more aggressive body package similar to the e60 550i m/sport or 360 M5, I don't see myself lining up to grab one off the dealer showroom. In the end, I guess it would have to grow on you but after seeing a few on the road within the past month, I must say, it doesn't catch my eyes as it should. Only time will tell....
raleedy commented:
August 24, 2010, 2:34 pm

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Originally Posted by tntexan72 View Post
the design is rather non-sporty/bland to some as you stated and I think BMW gonna lose some of those buyers - who are looking for something more sporty in terms of apperance. ....
Yeah, those people will definitely buy the Lexus or the Merc!