535d v 530d

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aeroresh

Original Poster:

1,424 posts

174 months

Friday 8th September 2006
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Ive been fortunate (or misfortunate enough depending how you look at it) to have been given a 55 plate 530d M sport hire car whilst an insurance claim goes through for the total loss of my old modded Volvo S60 T5 (A talentless Honda Civic driver travelling toward me failed to negotiate a left hand bend and wiped me out!)

Anyway Id kind of been hankering after a 535d for a while due to my £250 a week Optimax habit and was so impressed with the 530d's oomph I thought Id take a 535d M sport out for a spin with a view to placing an order.

It was clearly faster in the mid and upper range but the throttle response at the bottom end felt considerable slower to a point where the 530 felt substantially quicker away from the lights.

The test 535 car only had 700 miles on it but could this a contributable factor in its sluggishness?

Any 535d owners out there that could enlighten me.....I felt kind of dissapointed as I had my cheque book with me and everything!

The other bizarre thing was the car on standard 18" run flat tyres seemed to ride worse that on the optional 19" wheels with normal tyres fitted!

Ashok

539 posts

201 months

Friday 8th September 2006
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The runflats have stiffer sidewalls hence the poor ride quality.

Also, I understand the 530d is available with a manual gearbox whilst the 535d is automatic only - can anyone confirm this?

dannylt

1,906 posts

226 months

Friday 8th September 2006
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Yes, 535d is automatic only. Was the 530d automatic too? I'm surprised at your experience. After driving the 535d driving a normal diesel reminds you how much lag there is! Mind you, I don't think the automatic is the greatest.

dcb

5,316 posts

207 months

Friday 8th September 2006
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Ashok said:
The runflats have stiffer sidewalls hence the poor ride quality.

Also, I understand the 530d is available with a manual gearbox whilst the 535d is automatic only - can anyone confirm this?


True - the new shape five series is manual or auto,
SE or sport, giving four variants per engine size,
until you get to the 535d, which is auto only.

Then there's the 545 petrol, which is SE or sport, and
manual, SMG or auto, giving six variants.

All the shapes, in all the sizes.

Personally, I'm waiting for the I-distract system
to be changed from mandatory to optional extra, then
I'm in the market for a 535D SE.

aeroresh

Original Poster:

1,424 posts

174 months

Saturday 9th September 2006
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Both were autos. The only thing I can think of was that the 535 hadnt been run in yet....it was only showing 27 mpg average on the computer readout too compared with the 37 mpg I'm getting with a lead foot in the 530!

Anyone else driven both cars back to back?
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Beemer-5

7,897 posts

156 months

Sunday 10th September 2006
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I have driven both within a couple of hours of one another.

The 530d is a fine car but i would say the 535d is quicker in every situation, tbh.

eliot

8,326 posts

196 months

Sunday 10th September 2006
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Did you have it in sport mode on both? - my e39 (old shape 5 series) auto will start off in 2nd gear unless you put it into manual 1st or sport mode - makes a big difference to the starts.

kman

1,051 posts

153 months

Sunday 10th September 2006
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I tested both cars (both autos) before I made the decision to buy a 535d. The 535d is quicker in every situation and it does not have the lag nor the diesel-like sound (apart from when at standstill/1-2k rev range when pulling away) but it did sacrifice some fuel economy to the 530d.

If you're doing driving in town/city traffic expect 27-28mpg but up to 35mpg at motorway cruising speeds.

I also changed to normal Goodyear 19" tyres from the runflats (with E60 M5 alloys) and rides it much much better than the runflats did.

And on top of that, if you want more power, responsiveness and slightly better economy a lot of people opt to have a DMS remap (pushes the bhp to about 340). Lots of satisfied reviews of them can be found on the e60.net forums. I would get it done but have now been smitten by an RS4 hence I'm selling mine (in the classified section).

Beemer-5

7,897 posts

156 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Twin-turbo, has to be the way to go!

aeroresh

Original Poster:

1,424 posts

174 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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I think I m gonna get one with a view to getting the DMS remap straight away.

Ive since driven another 535d and it was completely different...in a good way.

Dont think I can wait the 6-8 weeks delivery so a specced up year old one it is then.

kman

1,051 posts

153 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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one available right here:

www.pistonheads.com/sales/98778.htm

Zod

35,295 posts

200 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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dcb said:

Then there's the 545 petrol, which is SE or sport, and
manual, SMG or auto, giving six variants.

550i now.

iDrive is here to stay as well.

phatgixer

4,988 posts

191 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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The runflats on the 535d are dire. Going to change them asap.

phatgixer

4,988 posts

191 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Zod said:
.

iDrive is here to stay as well.



Nothing wrong with iDrive

Beemer-5

7,897 posts

156 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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i-distract then i-crash is more apt.
Horrible.

phatgixer

4,988 posts

191 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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i-havenocogentability

i-cannotbebotheredtospend30minuteslearninghowtousetheMMI

i-amaluddite

dcb

5,316 posts

207 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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Beemer-5 said:

i-distract then i-crash is more apt.
Horrible.


My understanding is that when the new 5 series was introduced,
the prices on the old E39 5 series went UP, not down,
in response to the new model.

Was I-Drive to blame ? I am not sure.

Also, I might be dreaming this, but with a later car
[ 3 series ? ] and later I-Distract system, wasn't it made an optional extra instead of mandatory as on the new 5 series ?

Clarification sought.

phatgixer

4,988 posts

191 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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iDrive is fine. Just spend 30 minutes taking yourself for look around it, and it is actually quite well thought out. Just jumping in a renter or your mate's car and trying to fathom it out will not work.

If people can't use it, they haven't tried. They have the Clarkson disease... Intellectual laziness.

Zod

35,295 posts

200 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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dcb said:
Beemer-5 said:

i-distract then i-crash is more apt.
Horrible.


My understanding is that when the new 5 series was introduced,
the prices on the old E39 5 series went UP, not down,
in response to the new model.

Was I-Drive to blame ? I am not sure.

Also, I might be dreaming this, but with a later car
[ 3 series ? ] and later I-Distract system, wasn't it made an optional extra instead of mandatory as on the new 5 series ?

Clarification sought.
You may believe that to be true, but it is in fact complete bollox.

The reason iDrive is an option on lower 3 Series models is becasue they are cheaper.

Angus puts it succinctly. Only iDiots can't use iDrive.

aeroresh

Original Poster:

1,424 posts

174 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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iDrive is easy peasy.

If you have the ability to post or view this forum you can understand how to use iDrive!