With the rear seat in use, this hold measures 24 cubic feet. He believes that the issue is becoming progressively worse. An endless array of technology and polarizing sheet metal may distinguish the current generation in the minds of consumers, but in the end, it's the 5's continued status as a true driver's car that will make the sale. The 255 hp is enough but, as is the case with every car, it slowly becomes insufficient as one gets to know the car well. The versatile wagon body style is also back in the lineup this year, as is an all-wheel-drive system dubbed xDrive. But this mobile is much more about driving than wagoning. Perhaps this is the result of a cargo hold dominating the rear.
Yes, I admit station wagons keys have passed through my greasy palms in my British automotive horror chamber. No big deal, but I expect better. Odd, eye-catching cars are a particular Jaguar forte, it must be said. The sports wagon is the heaviest model of the 3-series line; ours weighed 3733 pounds, 273 over our favorite 330i rear-drive four-door. Bargains are what you make of them, I suppose. There we found well-toned suspension muscles providing firm, stable roll control. Passenger space is excellent in the sedan and now in the similarly sized wagon.
I spotted it several months ago at an auto show and was intrigued by some of its innovative family friendly features. It is 50 grand brand new, but if you buy used you can get one for half that or less depending on mileage. So if you like working on your own car then its perfect. There are drawbacks to the car as well iDrive is a little clunky with no Bluetooth streaming for 06', all-wheel drive changes the steering feel a little, and it takes a bit to learn the controls by feel as cruise control and the blinkers are right next to each other on the left side of the column. A friend in Europe has the same car and has already over 500.
Technological highlights On the engine front, the 530xi features an all-new 3. On the dry pavement we encountered, it accelerated and handled like a 2005 sedan with 375 pounds of salt in the trunk and a mild Dinan chip reflash. All three bear more-or-less comparable lists of standard and optional features. The angel light bulb burned out and when I went to replace it, the wire covers started to come off exposing the wires completely. The handling is superb, the seating position very comfortable, and power is adequate. In terms of overall philosophy, the largest shift from the previous model came in the form of technology. The active steering system transfers steering responses fast and accurately, and the xdrive comes into its own on fast curves and during abrupt steering corrections.
Cruise control allows you to bump your speed in either 5 mph increments or 1 mph. Even though there is a typical automatic-transmission lever, you must apply the brakes to start the vehicle and to shift out of park or, below 5 mph, to shift out of neutral-causing annoyance while trying to emerge from a carwash. After a 300-mile trip, I arrive more relaxed than when I started. The dealer did not have the part available, but assured the contact that the vehicle was safe to drive. Our Sport Wagon was a hoot to drive on the frozen rivers and roadways of northern Finland.
I saw another 530xi sport wagon and on the side next to the marker light, was an Xdrive emblem in chrome. I did receive a call a few days later and felt I didn't want to go through that again, three hours of driving and treated poorly. In and around town, the 530xi is aided by it park distance control so you don't bash into things when parking. I believe it is specially on a car still new. Otherwise, the car would had shut down if it was moving and could cause an accident happened to someone as discussed in the bimmer forum.
We left, the vehicle had many scratches and paint bubbles on the hood. You might spend a few hours playing with the idrive multifunction control system that seems to annoy many people. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. However, our wagon bettered that 530i in grip 0. The failure mileage was 40,000.
This approach to optimal effectiveness of safety systems now becomes even more precise, thanks to a new sensing mat in the front passenger seat. It's not cheap, but is very, very good at what it does. It comes out to 35,000 miles a year. Brake fade occurs as the brakes heat up under hard use; a given degree of deceleration requires more pressure on the brake pedal. Within a month, the failure recurred.
The passenger mirror rotates down to the curb for you in reverse, to aid in parallel parking. The clutch ordinarily sends 40 percent of the torque to the front, tapering to zero as speeds rise from 100-125 mph for improved steering feel. This means the car can keep moving even if only one wheel has traction. Folding both split seatbacks doubles this to 50 cubic feet. It's nicely done, but adds to the obsessive style of the cabin.