Off-the-line acceleration surpasses probably 70 percent of the vehicles on the road, and top speed exceeds anything you'll get away with anywhere outside a desolate Nevada desert. It's powered by a hand-built 500-hp 5. This vehicle most certainly meets all expectations. Leatherette upholstery and Dark Poplar wood trim are standard, but leather upholstery is optional. Either the driver or front passenger can operate the system's control knob atop the center console. By the completion of our test, we were fans of the Active Steering technology. The grille is flanked by quad headlights inside luminous rings and beneath clear covers.
Those new petrol engines are staggeringly efficient: the 530i gets to 62mph in 6. The 525 has more than enough power and standard equipment to match and car in its class. Not a normal do it yourself process to change a headlamp. For 2007, the 5 Series offers two new options. All registered in England and Wales.
The light-on-its-feet 525i makes clean, satisfying driving without a lot of high-tech drivers aids to get in the way. And while there are no significant changes for the 2007 model year, the 5 Series is anything but stale. This package also includes a dual-panel Panorama moonroof. The electric gearstick is new although we've seen it before on the X5 , but it's not that clever. The instrument cluster features two gauge pods, with the gas gauge wrapped inside the analog speedometer and a miles-per-gallon gauge inside the tach.
Active Steering is available for rear-wheel-drive 525s. Otherwise, the 5-Series is a carryover for 2007. A variable warning segment in the tachometer activates at a lower rpm when the engine is cold, and the three-spoke steering wheel holds multifunction controls. Replaced bulb but did not fix it. New for 2007: Xenon adaptive headlights are now standard on the 530i and above.
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. Almost all now have more power. The more powerful six-cylinder in the 530i matches some V8s, while the 550i delivers true high performance by any definition. In many respects, it's the benchmark for critics and auto industry engineers alike. The top-of-the-line 550i is powered by a 4.
Safety features that come standard include front airbags with dual threshold deployment, front-passenger side airbags, and full-cabin curtain-style head-protection airbags. So there is little point buying a replacement very often since they are not reliable. The glass window opens separately, which is convenient when dropping a briefcase or a couple of bags in back. First installed in the 7 Series, the iDrive control system uses a 6. From a stop or at high-speed roll, the six-cylinder 530i delivers as much acceleration-producing torque as some thirstier V8-powered sedans. One problem after the other. For those who don't mind a little work, we heartily recommend the six-speed manual transmission.
And see that that horizontal chrome bar running between the two foglights? Solid feel, well balanced, predictable, reliable and sophisticated are words that come to mind when describing the 530. Pushing the accelerator to the floor in this high-performance sedan is a truly enjoyable experience. Had to have it repainted. For the serious enthusiast, the M5 is available with a 500 horsepower V-10 engine and numerous chassis and other upgrades. This car has just about everything you could ask for in a luxury car. Three big climate control knobs sit below the display screen, for fan speed, temperature and airflow direction. The rear gate opens electrically, with a switch on the key fob or dashboard, and swings very high for easy access to the load floor.
All three six-cylinder petrol engines 2. This car has just about everything you could ask for in a luxury car. The 525 is equipped with a 215-horsepower, 3. The V-8 550i includes both standard adaptive brake lights and adaptive headlamps that automatically pivot during steering maneuvers to help illuminate the road around curves. I am told it is probably a frayed wire in the trunk compartment.
On the 5 Series at least, the curvy front-end, flat sides and high rear deck stand out less than they once did. A broad spectrum of pricing allows the 5 Series to be competitive with such cars as the , 300, Infiniti M35 and Mercedes E-Class. The 525 is equipped with a 215-horsepower, 3. Replaced it myself with refurb. The I-Drive is a joke - adjusting the climate system is ridiculously time consuming, which is the why the new 5-Series is putting many more control buttons back on the dash, where they belong! The only improvements I would like to see are: more room in the center console it has very limited storage room. It's one reason to choose the 5 Series over other luxury sedans, in which manuals are increasingly few and far between.