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I smile every time I drive it !
It's a hard top convertible. with the M-Sport pkg. In the iS it has a performance oriented firm ride, which makes for sometimes a jarring ride. (south-eastern PA roads) RFT tires don't add any suppleness to the suspension either. BUT, this is the most fun to drive, best looking (inside or out), best performing vehicle I have ever owned. Ultimate Driving Machine? You Bet! Oh, by the way, it has averaged 22.5 MPG in 20,000 miles of mainly suburban driving. The N-54 engine is sweet & powerful.
Fourth BMW I've owned...quality and outstanding comfort combined with smooth, powerful performance.
Truly an outstanding car. Great on the highway with 32-33mpg. Unbelievable!
2011 528i Great balance and power!
Pros: Car quality
Cons: nothingAbsolutey hands down best of its class. I have owned many fast sport cars and fast sedans. But have to say for the money the 2011 528i has the power, handles great and gives you the luxury you expect in this class. Seat of the pants feel is great. The ZF transmission makes the best out of a strong, exceptional engine, the powerband is perfect. Also I payed much less than the $48k sticker with premium package which gives you leather and luxury comforts, Metalic paint and satelite radio with USB. Thats makes for a very refined car for the money. BTW my other cars were 911's, Viper, M3, E500 Rentech, 745i, 750i, 535i twin turbo. Of course were just getting out of a recession now. But I'm not settling, I could have bought the single turbo 535i didn't feel the difference was warranted and the E 350 was not as sporty or as roomy. The BMW 2011 528i makes sense all the time. You can push it to it's limit or pull up to any valet at any resort. It's a drivers car with luxury!
Why Make the Seven
Pros: Luxury personified
Cons: Luxury personifiedI recently took ownership of a 2011 535xdrive. I never drove the vehicle since I had owned two prior 5 series vehicles. This car is as close to pure luxury when kep the the comfort mode as anything you can find. It is much larger and rommier than it's predecessor. In the sport mode, it behaves a little more like what we would expect, but still not quite what it was. I think there are going to be a lot of BMW enthusiasts who are not happy with this car for the above reasons. I dont know who would buy the seven. You can buy a 550 and save 15k. Since I am not a kid anymore (67) and I have an E550 coupe that in the sport mode or otherwise feels much more sporty than the BMW I can live with it and enjoy it. It is still a techno monster. But overall i would endorse it