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      06-01-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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Edmunds choice of top 3 features of 2011 BMW 5 series

Edmunds blogs about the top three best features of the 2011 BMW 5 series (F10). Their choices are the Dynamic Handling Package, the automated parking assist with parking cameras, and the Eight-speed automatic transmission. What do our own F10 owners / test drivers think? Feel free to chime in.


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Weekly Top Three: Best Features Of The 2011 BMW 5 Series

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor, Edmunds


1. The Dynamic Handling Package

Going with this package equips the 5 Series with adjustable shock absorbers, adjustable stabilizer bars and Driving Dynamic Control. The previous 5 Series also had the adjustable shocks and stabilizers but the new car has the next generation that reacts more quickly and effectively. Driving Dynamics Control, as first seen on the 7 Series, lets you prime the car's automatic suspension by pre-selecting one of four modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. The different modes also affect engine throttle response, transmission shift patterns, steering effort and stability control settings (Sport+). The upshot is it gives the 5 Series even greater flexibility in being both a luxury sedan and sport sedan.


2. Automated parking assist with parking cameras

The 5 Series is the first BMW to be equipped with a new parallel parking assist system. In operation it's similar to the system that Ford uses for a variety of its vehicles. Sensors mounted on the side of the car measure the length and width of available parking spaces as you drive by them (up to 22 mph). As the driver, you're only responsible for the throttle and brake; the BMW handles the steering (which is possible now since the 5 Series has electric-assist steering). In action, it works pretty well and takes about approximately 30 seconds from start to completed park. Basically, parallel parking just got a lot easier for drivers who normally dread it. The 5 Series also comes with a new top-view camera and the side-view cameras as first introduced on the 7 Series.


3. Eight-speed automatic transmission

Heck, if six speeds is good then eight is even better, right? Well, in the case of the 5 Series, yes. As we found with the 550i GT, BMW's new eight-speed automatic is quite impressive in the way it shifts quickly and unobtrusively. Unless you're really paying attention, you probably won't even notice it's got eight gears to pick from. The biggest advantage though is that BMW has used the extra gears to give the 5 Series a taller top gear, thereby helping to improve fuel economy. The 535i, for instance, now has a 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined EPA fuel economy estimate, the best in the midsize luxury sedan segment.
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      06-01-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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edmunds.com is incorrect. The previous generation E60 5-series only had adjustable shocks on the M5 models only and the regular E60 models (528i, 535i etc etc) only had adjustable stabilizers on sport packages only. Couldn't get both.
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      06-01-2010, 07:11 PM   #3
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Automated parking assist with parking cameras surprised me. Except for major cities there isn't a lot of parallel parking in the US (not sure about Canada) whereas in Germany parallel parking is a way of life.

The collision avoidance system will probably at some point save a life, kind of surprised it didn't get a mention.

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Is the auto parking assist available with the manual transmission?
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The dynamic handling package is quite an attractive and useful feature of the car. The parallel parking may be also useful in cities.
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      06-02-2010, 09:21 PM   #6
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The only important question about Parking Assist: can you hide it from your friends?
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^ good point..
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      06-03-2010, 08:07 AM   #8
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The only important question about Parking Assist: can you hide it from your friends?
Depends on the friends. My car-geek and techno-geek friends will be out of their minds psyched/impressed. The rest of the crowd, however, will be giving me <bleep> the entire time I have the car.
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Uh...

#1 should be sport or M-Sport package, duh...
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Uh...

#1 should be sport or M-Sport package, duh...
Totally. Never mind the electromechanical stuff. It's a couple pieces of painted plastic that really matter. And that shadow line trim.
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^ yup, makes the car look MUCH better IMO, usually 1" larger diameter wheels, etc, etc...
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Hence the reason why I believe M-sport should be reserved for M's.
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Driver Assisst package is very important addition (specially lane change warrning)
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^^^^ that will def save some accidents
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Is the auto parking assist available with the manual transmission?
I doubt it.
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Dynamic handling (as part of the sport package)...no brainer. Better performance and handling + better, more aggressive looks. My 550i is on order- graphite on black nappa on aluminum. Trumps InfinitiM, JagXF, MercedesE, Audi6.
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I think the Dynamic Handing Package is silly. If I wanted a numb ride I would not buy a BMW. I would get a plush Lexus. I would not consider this option for myself since I would always have it in sports setting anyway. I ordered the sports package and I may lower it a little later on.
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