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Pros: the performancce
Cons: not smooth in Auto
Advice: get option seats and over displayFirst I just read a review of some guy that wrote about a 2007 M5 stating how it does not handle ect ect... that guy by the way does not own a new M5, he has driven or own a regular 5 Series E60. This is my second M5, I had a 2003 M5 which I fell in love with while I had a SL600, and Lotus Esprit Turbo, that M5 embarrassed both my other cars, and I was crazy about it, after a year I sent it to Dinan and pumped another 75hp out of it. in a nutshell that car was a hotrod, it felt like I was driving a Barracuda and everyone around me was in a Prius. (it just was not fair to the other cars) When I first saw the new 5, I did not like it, I thought the M5 was attractive but not the rear, hated the interior, and hated the V10 specs, the I drive, and no Manual, because I am an 8 year racing school veteran, I am die hard fan of Manual. I first drove the M5 2 months ago when I was about to replace my s-class for the New body S550, there was an M5 there I drove it and left with it, never thought I would by one. but here it is, if the last M5 was a hot rod, this one is more like a Jet, considerably faster because it puts all the power on the road like nothing you have ever seen, kind of feels like a Ferrari F430, but with slightly worn tyres, the precision of the steering is unbelievable, and the shifting, I dont care how fast you think you can shift this will shift 2 gears before you can pass neutral, very addictive, overall a tottally different beast for a different Generation, truly impressed
Cons: Fuel Economy
Advice: If you have the moneyWhen I first went to test drive this car I was amazed by how little justice a picture could do to it. I already thought it was gorgeous when I saw the photos on BMW's website, but when I saw it in person, my jaw dropped. It is simply stunning. The powerful engine and excellent handling sealed the deal, and a few minutes and 90K later, this car was mine. The ride is amazingly quiet, and the only thing I can compare the acceleration to is lightspeed in Star Wars. The car sits for about a tenth of a second, and then just jolts foward. It is very easy to be going 90 without realizing you are breaking the speedlimit. I couldn't ask for a better performing car that looks better.
Pros: Putting it into Sports Drive
Cons: Brake dust colleting on the wheels
Advice: Make sure you get the Sports Package and Ride Flat TiresI have been driving fast cars since 1971. My first was a Dodge Charger (68-383). It was great since I lived in West Texas with plenty of highways and back roads. Its only flaw was taking corners. But, I joined the Army and was sent to Germany in 1979. I bought a 3.0 3-two barrel carb BMW Sports Coupe, it would beat a corvette in those days. Since then I have tried other spot cars. But, they just don't have that flair. Some are faster like the new GM Sky Red Liner - Looks compaired to other Roadsters, eh up to you :-) The RX 8 is also fast, the Camaro will blow past you. The Mercedez is well, a Merc a very classy car and well built. If you got the money go for it. But, I just love my Z4 - the 10 speaker Hardin-Kardmon serieo system. The way the front windshild is designed so the wind will not blow off your hat (over 80mph). You sit back with outstanding sound - low wind - quick responce - and SMOOTH ride. This car is just SWEET, outstanding BMW quality.
Pros: Heads up display
Cons: Too many things to list
Advice: Look somewhere elseBuyer beware: There’s a reason for all those mediocre reviews out there in the automotive press. In truth, many of the reviews sound as though the writers think even less of the car than what they actually write, but are reluctant to bash a car with the reputation of the M5. Well that reputation was built from the first three US models. This one is fundamentally different. This is a Mercedes posing as a BMW. Its all about speed and comfort and lacks the handling of the earlier cars. Its very heavy and you feel every pound. It about cruising; not about flogging down a twisty road in the countryside. You feel disconnected from the road, there is no sense of immediacy on turn in. Every bit of feedback is filtered through a layer of electronics. This is my fourth M car and the first one I am really disappointed in.
Pros: The seamless intigration of technology and style.
Cons: Gas mileage. But in order to go you gotta give.
Advice: Don't test drive it unless you have a healthy budget.. :-)The local BMW dealer wisely got me to drive one home for the night... i didn't want to give it back the next day. It really is a drivers car. The 650i becomes an extension of the person behind the wheel. Some cars are what you see, the 650i is more than meets the eyes. It surprises me every day. I love it.
Pros: Amazing power and handling.
Cons: Bit bumpy on bad roads (know the bad ones and stay off them, no big deal)
Advice: Get the Dinan racing software installed.The M3 is far above and beyond all my expectations. Be sure to get the Dinan racing chip installed, once you do this the acceleration and throttle response will blow you away. I was able to get up to 184 mph and it still felt comfortable. I know the saying is overused, but it corners like its on rails. Pick one up if you can, it will take you for the ride of your life.
Pros: the engine
Advice: life is shortA fabulous machine. The competition package is worth every penny. The nav system is extremely helpful on a trip. The SMG transmission is a hoot and my wife and kids can drive, too. The 333 horses under the hood are always ready to run. My 2 children can fit into the back if needed. A dream car that works for me.