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      03-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
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Suspension upgrades

Hi all. I am currently waiting for the delivery of my F11 (530d SE) and browsing this forum I came across a few people changing their car's suspension to give the car a better cornering ability etc. I am currently driving an E46 (330 ci SE) and love the way it corners. I have not changed the suspension or anything, so I was wondering whether the F11 will need this done anyway or I can drive happily in the OEM suspension. Many thanks!
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Hi all. I am currently waiting for the delivery of my F11 (530d SE) and browsing this forum I came across a few people changing their car's suspension to give the car a better cornering ability etc. I am currently driving an E46 (330 ci SE) and love the way it corners. I have not changed the suspension or anything, so I was wondering whether the F11 will need this done anyway or I can drive happily in the OEM suspension. Many thanks!
Coming from an e4, you will most likely find the F10/F11 a bit floaty and heavy, they cater to different markets after all. However, previous 5 series were very capable in the handling department and they always attracted "drivers". Starting with the E60, BMW introduced more and more electronics to their steering and suspension and that has taken away some of the communication the driver would get from the car. The F10/F11 is still a very capable car and I would say still better than most cars of this size, but in my view 5 series reached its peak in terms of handling (so far at least) with the E39. You can however make modifications to the suspension that would eliminated roll and make the car more planted. The steering for most of us is here to stay. You, however, may be in luck. I understand the F11 still carries on with a more traditional power hydraulic steering. So, a pair of AC Schnitzer springs and better non Run-Flat performance tires may be all you need.

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      03-21-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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After three days of driving, I have to say that the car drives and corners well. Not floaty at all...
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