Yet should you choose to pick up the pace, you'll discover handling and overall performance that's hard to match in any sedan. On the road, though, the Active Steering often felt artificially quick, swinging the nose into turns more abruptly than we'd intended and requiring some getting used to. On January 29, 2008, the 5 millionth 5 Series was manufactured, a 530d sedan in Carbon Black Metallic. At least there are separate, conventional controls to operate the stereo and climate settings. We had the good fortune to evaluate the 530i on a crystal-clear fall day along fast, two-lane roads tracking the Hudson Valley through upstate New York. This update included a new front bumper, fog lights, headlights, tail lights and trunk.
The control knob is easy to locate from the driver's seat without a glance and with each move of iDrive, menus appear on the video screen. Options incl Driving Impressions Unfamiliar styling, confusion with iDrive, and an abundance of gadgetry is all forgotten as quickly as you can settle into the 2004 530i driver's seat and turn the key. That said, even the 525i comes standard with lots of luxury features. What gets everyone's attention, of course, is the 5 Series' swoopy exterior design, and in this instance, attention may or may not be a good thing. It is the first M5 to use a turbocharged engine. Leatherette upholstery is standard; real leather is optional. Maneuvering through tight confines is a breeze, and filling an empty parking space is as quick a swoop on the steering wheel.
If you never drove the 5 Series quickly, you'd be left with a smooth, truly comfortable car with nearly all the bells and whistles and nothing to diminish the experience. The idea is to inform drivers in cars following the 5 Series that it's stopping quickly. By comparison, the previous 530i with a Sport package pulled 0. That is coverage for up to a total of 5 years with unlimited miles from the vehicle's original in service date. The sedan was launched on July 5, 2003 in Europe and in October 2003 in North America.
The most apparent change is its exterior styling, but we'll start with what isn't so obvious to the eye. Its appeal to luxury car buyers may ultimately come down to that new look. Archived from on 12 February 2012. Which is to say, we didn't need iDrive at all. When I decided to proceed with the purchase, he was very accommodating in answering my questions and delivering the car to my hotel, since I traveled from another state and was not familiar with Salt Lake City. Safety Initially the 5-series received a three-star rating for adult occupants. Combined with the odd steering, you get the sensation that once you throw the 5 into a corner, your work is done; the car will drive itself through the corner.
There are always things going on deep within the 5-series electronic cortex that you can't predict, can't access, and sometimes just plain don't understand. These prices are up to six percent higher than 2003, even as the auto industry as a whole including luxury brands has held the line on increases. In the 5 Series, the iDrive control moves in only four directions, as opposed to eight in the 7. The two-lanes through the Hudson Valley offered ample evidence of the value of Active Roll Stabilization. Still, three or four steps are required just to tune the radio. Also there are 2 fuses that have to be replace I don't recall the number but one is 7.
Depending on equipment, some 2004 models are up to 55 pounds lighter than their predecessors. Ultimately, the steering system's unpredictability makes it feel artificial and a bit distant. The E60 was also one of the first vehicles, as well as one of the first vehicles in the industry, to offer features such as , , , and auxiliary integration the latter became standard equipment on later E60 models , and technology. Wheelbase has stretched to 113. This is the master control for iDrive: the computer interface that can operate virtually everything in the new 5, from stereo to climate controls to telephone to navigation. Moreover, the soft plastics covering the new 5 Series' doors and dashboard are handsome and rich to the touch. In a tight slalom a 530i with Active Steering is more responsive than one without it and the standard car is already quite nimble as heavy sedans go.
None of these optional gadgets will make the 5-series a better car. There's a price for this responsiveness, of course, and it's most obvious traveling at high speeds on an Interstate. Some have suggested the new 5 has the appearance of a well-made mainstream Japanese sedan like the Honda Accord. Total production of the M5 was 20,548 units, consisting of 19,523 sedans and 1,025 wagons. Slashing through the cones is less work with Active Steering, requiring less sawing on the wheel and fewer corrections. In this regard, the 2004 5 Series is much nicer than both the current 3 Series and the 2003 5.
You have to replace the Micro Power Module and some pins and cables. The fifth generation introduced various new electronic features, including the iDrive infotainment system, head-up display, active cruise control, active steering, adaptive headlights, night vision, lane departure warning and voice control. Still, there's been some complexification of our beloved 5 Series that gives us pause. The lead designer was Boyke Boyer. If you want a sports sedan, you can probably forget about the 184-hp, 2. The F10 M5 is powered by the S63 twin-turbo V8 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The brakes using the same 12. At no time in recent memory has automobile styling generated such controversy. There are 2 white boxes, is the further one. It might not bother us so much if this cognitive distance were restricted to the cockpit, but it isn't entirely. Following generations have been powered by four-cylinder, six-cylinder, V8 and V10 engines that are either or. As of 2009, trim levels included the 520Li, 523Li, 525Li, and 530Li. A rear backup camera system could also be ordered at this time.