I owned an all-black 2004 TL (6M), loved it, and traded it away to give my MVR a rest. Now circling back to sports sedans, my wife and I were eyeing a masculine, loaded 2010 535i, thinking it was abou...
I owned an all-black 2004 TL (6M), loved it, and traded it away to give my MVR a rest. Now circling back to sports sedans, my wife and I were eyeing a masculine, loaded 2010 535i, thinking it was about time to own one. We gave the new TL SH-AWD 5A a final squizz before we committed to BMW, and we never went back to the German dealership. We just couldn't walk away from the TL's vectored AWD driving experience, superior reliability, superior sound system and dizzying cabin technology. It's not a BMW 5, but it'll keep up with one on winding roads, for nearly $20k less.
The car we purchased in Atlanta is the 305-hp SH-AWD version with a 5-speed automatic and the technology package. We chose the bronzy gray 'grigio' color with a taupe and black interior, and we added 19-inch Acura upgrade wheels that happened to be a perfect color match for the car color. We also added Acura's ground effects pieces and a black chrome beak and tail. The car is a hot-looking ride.
We went for the 5A inspite of the fact that it underperforms the optional 6M introduced for the 2010 model year. Rationale: with less testosterone on the floorboard, the driving record will look better for longer. Fact is, though, the 5A in sport mode is plenty fun and plenty fast. Combine the AWD with the hairpins in North Georgia's mountains, and you have a recipe for exhilaration that would satisfy any sports car enthusiast.
But let's go back to that sound system. In addition to playing DVD-Audio discs, the system's onboard HDD will rip CDs (original and burned iTunes) for stored playback of about 3,500 songs. The system can remotely control and play playlists that are stored on a USB-connected iPod, iPhone or memory stick. Bluetooth-enabled music storage devices (e.g., iPhones) can pipe playlist selections to the sound system with amazing fidelity. Oh, and there's XM and FM. The most impressive aspect of the TL's sound system is the presence and clarity of its 440w Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. While DVD-Audio discs are limited in selection, you can find some road-trip music that will carry you away: Zeppelin, Santana, Eagles, Clapton/BB King, Crystal Method, and Fleetwood Mac, among others.