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      12-14-2011, 02:56 AM   #1
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2012 530i....any opinions?

I've just been offered the new 530i as an option, costs just around 2k Euro more than the 528i. Its a 6-cyl 3.0 ltr against the 528's 4 cyl 2.0 ltr so the 528 is pretty much out of the equation. Everyone talks about how "refined" the V6 is....does that mean no technical issues or is everyone talking about its sound & performance? If I do get a 4-cyl I would get the 520d. Good choice?

The 535i is too far out of my range to be an option, at least with all the optional features I added. So should the 530i be a strong candidate? Or do I just accept the 520d at a MUCH better price? Would choosing the 520d be a compromise against the 530i? I don't need to be the first past the finish line but I do really, really want to enjoy the drive. This will be my second Bimmer, my first was a 1992 316i (auto) many years ago and I liked it.

I like engines with quick response times and the feeling of power. I never race or attempt to redline. I only drive within the city and roughly not more than 100 km in a typical day, even less on weekends. How's fuel economy on the 530i given this scenario?

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      12-14-2011, 02:57 AM   #2
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And I can't test drive any of these cars as none are available at the dealer. And there is only one dealer for the entire country.....so yeah, pretty much sucks. You guys are my only hope of making a smart decision.
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If you dont redline or dive at high rpms and only spending most of the time driving in the city, you have to consider how the power is delivered in those two cars.

As we know the bmw 6 cyl NA engines delivers power at the high rpms so you have to push it in order to enjoy the drive.

unlikely the 520d with turbo gives you a kick at the low rpms which could be something for you in stop and go traffic in the city.

530i: NM 310 / 1.600-4.250 rpms
520d: NM 380 / 1.750–2.750 rpms


all the hp fo the 530i is kickin in at 6.100 rpms and the 520d hp's kicks in at 4.000rpms
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Sounds logical. How worrisome should be the turbo-lag on the 520d? I've never owned a turbo-diesel and keep wondering if its slow to respond in stand-still -> go! situations.
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i dont think its so noticeable the turbolag, but im actually gonna try out my dads new f10 520d which has been on order for 2 months and he received it today! so im going to give you more info after trying it out later today
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      12-14-2011, 06:12 AM   #6
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That would be awesome. I'm really stuck between these 2 cars, my gut says 520d but my heart yearns to feel the I6 and find out what everyone's been talking about. But like you said, if I won't be pushing it to the max will it even matter?

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...my gut says 520d but my heart yearns to feel the V6...
You mean I6. The F10 530i's power unit is the "N53 6 cylinder inline DOHC 24v Direct Injection naturally aspirated, Double VANOS, auminium / magnesium petrol engine."
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You mean I6. The F10 530i's power unit is the "N53 6 cylinder inline DOHC 24v Direct Injection naturally aspirated, Double VANOS, auminium / magnesium petrol engine."
I stand corrected.
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