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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
Pros: Comfort access seats. I leave them active all the time for when you get into corners that just grab you and keep you in place.
Cons: Fuel economyGreat car. The BMW badge says it all, 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' It's a great car to drive, handles well, awesome power, and seats 4 adults comfortably if you're going out. Just a fun car. It definitely doesn't go easy on the fuel. Other than that I love it.
The legend continues
Pros: acceleration and handling
Cons: a bit more head roomThe brand new 535 for 2011 is by a considerable margin, the best yet. Longer, wider and more luxurious. The new turbo 6 is fab. Everything about the car is fun. Pure driving pleasure
Rocket in a car shape
Cons: The narrow profile tiresThe BMW 550 with the sport package is a fantastic car. It has an amazing handling and performance. Eagerly reacts to the driver. The only down side, the narrow profile tires are not meant to be driven on New England’s pot holes.
Pros: driving it at any speed is enjoyable
Cons: the run-flat tiresThe 328 is a great sedan. It's quiet, quick, handles great, it's gorgeous, and is comfortable for long drives. No, it's not as fast as the 335 or the S4, but it's faster and quicker than 99% of drivers will ever need. It's also very reliable and a joy to drive. Suspension is firm but not jarring and the steering is very precise. The cockpit is attractive and the car is well-made, but without the sea of buttons and switches that some manufacturers add. I love my 328.