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2011 BMW 5-Series

The BMW 5-Series is a four door five passenger mid-size premium performance luxury sport sedan, and wagon loaded with technology. Fifth generation of the BMW 5 series has been one of the best automobile available in terms of luxury, performance and reliability. The BMW 5 Trim-levels are grouped as ‘Sedan’ and ‘gran turismo’.

The BMW 5 series base 528i features a 3.0-liter engine producing 230horsepower and 230lb-ft of torque. The 535i gets a turbocharged 3.0liter inline-6 producing 300 horsepower and 300lb-ft of torque. The 550i comes eqquipped with a 4.4liter twin-turbo V8 that producing 400hp and 450lb-ft of torque. Each model comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is optional. BMW xDrive all-wheel drive is optional on the 535i and 550i.


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The 5 Series is equipped with standard features that include 12-speaker CD audio system with HD radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, the iDrive control interface, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a sunroof, power seats and Bluetooth. Upgrade options include night-vision camera, active cruise control, 14-way front seats, parking sensors, navigation, an automatic parallel parking system, ventilated front seats and adaptive xenon headlights.

Standard safety equipment in BMW 5 series includes front-seat side airbags, stability and traction control, night-vision system, antilock disc brakes, blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning system, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and the BMW Assist emergency communications system. When equipped with active cruise control, the 5 Series also comes with a pre-collision warning system.

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Inside the cabin BMW 5 Series is very comfortable for drive and front passenger with good amount of head and leg room. The backseats are also specious and cofortable for two adults. The adjustability of the seats adds to the comfort. The overall look of the dash is clean and eliminated with standard iDrive interface. The trunk can hold upto 14 cubic feet of load, which is decent enough for a sedan.

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2011 BMW 3-Series

BMW fans can only be thankful that BMW didn’t botch the styling of its new, early 2006 3-Series sedan by

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tacking on a bulky rear end and adding bizarre styling touches that it has given new-generation models in the past few years. The compact, iconic 3-Series 4-door replaces the 1999-2005 version. The 3-Series long has been the automaker’s top seller


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and is widely considered the standard for small sporty sedans, although models such as the new Audi A3 are a definite threat.

The long-awaited new sedan is the fifth generation 3-Series model. Some folks won’t be jazzed by its heftier appearance, but it’s faster, larger and roomier, with more standard features and prices that remain reasonable.

The heritage of the 3-Series goes back to the small, sporty 1600 and 2002 four-seaters that arrived herein the late 1960s. The first 3-Series was sent to America in 1977, and when it comes to sportiness or prestige, nothing has been able to touch a 3-Series sedan.

The 3-Series currently is sold only as a rear-wheel-drive sedan. A station wagon version arrives this fall with all-wheel drive—a feature that also will be offered for the sedan. Coupe and convertible 3-Series versions debut next year as 2007 models and carry their current design until then.

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A sizzling hot rod M3 version will be offered in 2007.

The new 3-Series sedan technically remains a compact car, although it’s 2.2 inches longer, 3 inches wider and nearly an inch taller, with a wider track and a wheelbase increased by 1.4 inches.

The redesigned model is more tightly built than its predecessor, which was pretty good in that regard. The main benefit of the 2006 up sizing is more rear leg room. Two tall adults fit comfortably in back, which was never the case with earlier 3-Series cars. However, the center of the rear seat is stiff, so it’s best to fold down the center rear armrest and use the cup-holders that pop from its leading edge.

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2011 bmw 3 series

The front seat area offers decent room for tall occupants, but there isn’t much space to spare up there. Front doors have storage pockets, but the glove compartment is a joke and the center console cargo bin doesn’t hold much.

The new sedan is up to 88 pounds heavier, but horsepower of its butter-smooth new 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine has been upped from 184 to 215 in the base $30,300 trim level and from 225 to 255 in the higher-line 330i version, which lists at $36,300. The new sedan is fast with either engine, which delivers an estimated 20-21 mpg in the city and 29-30 on the highway.

For instance, starting my test car’s engine called for inserting a small plastic fob in a dashboard slot and pushing a button to start the engine. I also had to push the button to stop the engine and then pull out the fob.

2011 bmw 3 series Review

2011 bmw 3 series

Why not just start and stop the engine by turning a regular ignition key? If memory serves, you started the engines of really old Fords with a dashboard button. The standard transmission is a slick 6-speed manual, which allows the most driving fun—or at least the most driving involvement.

The new car has nearly perfect 50-50 weight distribution and was a kick to drive even without the manual gearbox. All that thanks to a superb chassis and BMW’s legendary intuitive steering which was rather heavy, but not objectionably so. The ride occasionally got choppy even on fairly smooth freeways, despite the improved standard suspension. It might have been worse with the Sport Package’s firmer suspension and wider tires, which have narrower sidewalls that don’t absorb road shocks very well.

BMW’s infamous, overly complicated iDrive system is too much of a pain to use when driving. The new 3-Series sedan is clearly better than its predecessor. It continues to provide one of the best small sedan driving experiences, but no longer has a stranglehold on the small sports sedan market.

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