The center of the 5 Series' dash is dominated by a large electronic screen that displays various control functions, system readouts and the navigation map when the car is so equipped. 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. If a driver turns the steering wheel 10 degrees off-center, the front wheels will turn more at lower speeds than at higher speeds. Interesting, we suppose, but it would seem to work only if the driver following the 5 knows how to interpret the varied intensity of its brake lights. The full Terms and Conditions of using this website and database can be found.
Our only quibble is that we can barely hear its rousing trill of an engine note. The new 5 is 2. The front track is increased by 1. Cupholders for the front seats are located to the right of the center console. On a gusty highway drive, though, 20-mph crosswinds had their way with the 530i more than we expected. Overall though, while this version of the 530i is an excellent car, it doesn't live up to the high expectations set by its predecessor. Rigidity of the unibody structure has been increased, and more use of aluminum for suspension, body, and subframe components decreases weight, especially important unsprung weight.
But push the control that makes the steering wheel recede from you, and you can lower it another half-inch or so. Rain-sensing wipers are another safety feature now standard. In profile, the greenhouse looks narrow compared with the tall side body panels. Instead of a fixed ratio, the steering wheel is connected to the rack via a planetary gearset with another input shaft linked to an electric motor. Creepily, the active steering can automatically throw in a little countersteer yes, without your command should a strong crosswind begin nudging the car off your intended path.
Impact harshness was bad at times, but the suspension had absolutely no problem with mid-corner heaves. The Sport Package adds firmly supportive power front sport seats that are designed for long-term comfort. Can't wait for the V-8s. Weight distribution front-to-back is close to 50-50. Maintenance wise, I have done everything I am supposed to do and more. 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.
It is, as ever, spectacularly smooth and spectacularly torquey. That power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a six-speed transmission, with manual standard and an automatic available. 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. Without going into technical depth on how this system works, it adjusts the effort and steering ratio to greatly reduce the amount you have to move the steering wheel to make quick maneuvers, and it also interfaces with the stability control to help intervene and restabilize the car. Active roll stabilization, taken from the 7-series and part of the 5's Sport package, can effectively disconnect and reconnect, automatically, the front and rear anti-roll bars. Push the Active Steering car into a skid, and recovery is more immediate, and more likely. Passive features include the latest airbag technology for front, front side, and front and rear side head protection bags.
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. And, of course, the V8 engine. Much appreciated is the traditional ignition switch that does not require too many different steps to turn the car on and off. In this way the 5-series is frighteningly similar to a modern Mercedes. This car is not for the faint of heart, and if you just need a cheap luxury car to drive everyday, I'd go for a Lexus. And at the rear, the taillights angle upward, not quite as severely as the headlights, in an almost Japanese treatment. In its bones, the new 5-series is perhaps a better car than the previous 5, a car that verged on sublime.
All three versions have a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Repairs, though few and far between so far, are costly. Every couple of months I go test drive another round of models and makes that I cant bring myself to buy. It looks relatively new and is spotless in and out. The commercial copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited.
These most-frequently adjusted systems can be managed without using iDrive, and information is still displayed on the electronic screen. 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. The only real benefit we noticed, though, was in low-speed, around-town driving where you will be shocked at what a sharp angle this large sedan can turn and will very likely run the inside rear tire up on a curb or two as you cut corners too closely on first try. Despite the firm suspension calibration and the stiff sidewalls of the ultra-low profile run-flat tires the ride is remarkably comfortable - and cornering ability is first-rate. And the tall, square trunklid covers 14 cubic feet of cargo space where the old car's pretty rear end covered only 11. Which is to say, we didn't need iDrive at all. Still, three or four steps are required just to tune the radio.
Wrapping the new 5 Series is a body nearly as controversial as the iDrive. All three boast precise handling, impressive power and outstanding brakes. The clutch is now self-adjusting for a longer service life. Between visits, we'd forget just how good the ride-and-handling compromise was-how true the steering felt, how calmly the car could accomplish dynamically difficult tasks, how trusty and predictable a companion it was. It might not bother us so much if this cognitive distance were restricted to the cockpit, but it isn't entirely.
Zf trans has connector sleve that leaks and uses special fluid. Was thrilled when i drove it home from Panama City, Fl to Altanta and averaged 29 mpg. Along the way, those lines highlight areas of convex and concave body parts, metallic arcs, and high chopped rear ends, which have drawn the most ire from critics of. Components for the so-called double-pivot front and multi-link rear suspension are also made of aluminum. Since its inception in the 1970s, the 5-Series has been the class benchmark, and the 2004 edition will only make life more difficult for the competition. It's worse when their thinking is wrong-headed and they can't be persuaded otherwise.