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      12-22-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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New '13 528i

Just picked up my new 5 Series in Germany (military buy). Loved the $5,500 discount!

Chose space grey and cinnamon brown.

Coming from a 3 series and the interior is big upgrade in my opinion. The ride is a lot smoother as well.

Can't wait until the spring so I can put some new wheels on her. Not a fan of the 18in wheels it came with.

What is the best size wheel for the 5 series? I don't plan on lowering the car.

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      12-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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      12-22-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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I asked about that and they told me it hasn't hit the US market yet. My ride is US spec.
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      12-22-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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adorable exterior colour

Congratulations!

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      12-22-2012, 04:58 PM   #5
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Those are nice, but would have to see how the look on a 5 series. I was thinking the M5 or M6 reps.
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      12-22-2012, 07:47 PM   #6
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Congrats! Love the interior
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      12-23-2012, 06:53 AM   #7
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There are many cheaper alternatives
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      12-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #8
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The suggestion of "cheaper alternatives" prompts this: If you're changing wheels, consider quality. The wheel expert who has fixed mine from time to time says after-market wheels are often inferior. And when you get that car back to the States, you'll need strong wheels for the potholes here. Another point I've noticed on these forums is that people with larger wheels have more problems with impact damage to tires, wheels and suspension components.
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      12-24-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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nice color combp. The wheels...becareful of what you get because it can cost you in the long run.
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      12-24-2012, 01:06 PM   #10
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Just picked up my new 5 Series in Germany (military buy). Loved the $5,500 discount!
Let me guess, Pentagon Car Sales.

Congrats, It looks great. Enjoy your new car.
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Congrats. If you're thinking of wheels and suspension, don't cheapen an F10 by throwing on cheap stuff. Every mod should improve your car's look AND performance, or don't do it at all.

On wheels, work with companies that offer rotary or full forged wheels. These are lighter and stronger, compared to your stock wheels. Those are usually order to build, so they're custom fitted for your car (vs. using spacers and trying to locate hub rings). Cast wheels are very heavy, increasing your unsprung weight so your performance will decrease.

As for suspension, if you play then play all the way. The best in the industry is KW suspension.

Take it from others who have been through this. Do it right the first time, so you don't have to do it again.
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      12-24-2012, 04:24 PM   #13
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Let me guess, Pentagon Car Sales.

Congrats, It looks great. Enjoy your new car.
Yep, Pentagon car sales makes the purchase very easy w/o any hassles. I get a $400 second buyer discount as well.

I can't believe how quiet the car is.
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      12-24-2012, 04:28 PM   #14
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Congrats. If you're thinking of wheels and suspension, don't cheapen an F10 by throwing on cheap stuff. Every mod should improve your car's look AND performance, or don't do it at all.

On wheels, work with companies that offer rotary or full forged wheels. These are lighter and stronger, compared to your stock wheels. Those are usually order to build, so they're custom fitted for your car (vs. using spacers and trying to locate hub rings). Cast wheels are very heavy, increasing your unsprung weight so your performance will decrease.

As for suspension, if you play then play all the way. The best in the industry is KW suspension.

Take it from others who have been through this. Do it right the first time, so you don't have to do it again.
Thanks for the tips. When I picked up my ride the guy at the BMW Euler said don't mess with the suspension, so I am on the fence about touching it. I would have to see how the car looks w/o a drop. I am not into super low stance, I want keep the smooth ride.
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      12-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #15
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Just picked up my new 5 Series in Germany (military buy). Loved the $5,500 discount!

Chose space grey and cinnamon brown.

Coming from a 3 series and the interior is big upgrade in my opinion. The ride is a lot smoother as well.

Can't wait until the spring so I can put some new wheels on her. Not a fan of the 18in wheels it came with.

What is the best size wheel for the 5 series? I don't plan on lowering the car.

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tech pkg
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Congrats and nice build

Mine is being built, taking delivery in March
I went with Alpine white,
Cinnamon brown with hexa

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      12-24-2012, 10:18 PM   #16
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Thanks for the tips. When I picked up my ride the guy at the BMW Euler said don't mess with the suspension, so I am on the fence about touching it. I would have to see how the car looks w/o a drop. I am not into super low stance, I want keep the smooth ride.
Doesn't surprise me. "It is German, must be perfect." I remember dealing with them when I wanted my navigation switched back to the US maps. Needless to say, while they do it all the time, they made it seem like they were going out of their way to do it.

My opinion...if you're going to put aftermarket wheels on your car, you have to lower it. The fender gap on the F10 is atrocious. With the different choices of spring out there, you won't be affecting your ride that much.

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      12-25-2012, 06:15 PM   #17
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Thanks for the tips. When I picked up my ride the guy at the BMW Euler said don't mess with the suspension, so I am on the fence about touching it. I would have to see how the car looks w/o a drop. I am not into super low stance, I want keep the smooth ride.
KW offers V1 (factory set damping), V2 (rebound setting), and V3 (fully adjust - track and street). This is quality and it is very smooth. Don't just take it from me, talk to other F10'er who has KW installed.

You will never hear one negative thing about KW. I don't work for KW or sell it, just passionate about good products.
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      12-25-2012, 06:55 PM   #18
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Got mine in the summer through a similar program. Ordered wheels from modbargins.com and winter tires from tirerack. No issues thus far.

Congrats on the new ride.

Trying to figure out the best way to remove the salt off the undercarriage. Difficult to find a touchless wash place in this area. Appreciate any insight you may have.
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      12-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #20
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      12-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #21
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Great color combo. I have just ordered my 535i with the same combination. Enjoy your ride.
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      12-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #22
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I love the interior, great choice!
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