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2011 BMW 550 Consumer Reviews

4.2
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2011 550 ix sport

by from LI New York on November 22, 2010

Dear all readers, I am one of those guys that truly enjoys driving and not just the status. Now 50 , I have owned many sport and luxury cars in my years. Audi A8, MB S430, porsche Boxster, BMW 650i co...
Dear all readers, I am one of those guys that truly enjoys driving and not just the status. Now 50 , I have owned many sport and luxury cars in my years. Audi A8, MB S430, porsche Boxster, BMW 650i convertible among a few. I just received my pre ordered BMW 550ix M sport just last week. I can not believe the ride on this car. It's fast and handles like no other car I have ever had. It just feels right. It's smooth as glass in the comfort setting on one of the four ride controls. In the the sport setting it is blistery fast and loads of fun. My car was just over 70K list. I went through a broker and saved 5K on this bad boy! I would highly recommend this car to all who are reading up about this car and ready to pull the trigger. It is a great choice of a sport luxury car. Enjoy!!
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Beauty and a Beast (especially if Dinan upgraded)

by from Fairfax, Virginia on March 30, 2013

I bought a used 2011 550i with 25K miles with the Dinan Stage 3 performance software, upgraded suspension, and free flow exhaust (Dinan is the only BMW approved performance upgrade company matching BM...
I bought a used 2011 550i with 25K miles with the Dinan Stage 3 performance software, upgraded suspension, and free flow exhaust (Dinan is the only BMW approved performance upgrade company matching BMW's warranty and still qualifying for extended warranties from Fidelity). The Dinan upgrades TOTALLY change the car. Before the upgrades (I have driven stock 550i / ix's before) it was a very nice, sporty car, but a bit too "luxury oriented" for my taste and I really wanted the combination of a great daily driver AND a beast of a sports car (but the older M5s are more expensive, the new one $100K+, and all terrible on gas at 10-13 mpg). Now I have it. It is a fantastic car with the Dinan upgrades.... You get the best of both worlds because of the Sport Transmission settings and the Turbo engine. In Normal Transmission mode keeping the revs under 3,000 (i.e. not engaging the turbo), I got 20 miles to the gallon driving it 500 miles from the dealership to home. By the way, with the 8 speed automatic, it does only 2,100 RPMs at 90 miles an hour (and feels like 50). However, if you want to have fun, the Dinan Stage 3 takes it to 511 horsepower (from 400) and 580 ft/lb of torque (from 450). 0-60 in low-mid 4s and doesn't stop all the way up from there. It is actually hard to keep it under 100 on the highway. It is faster than anything but the latest 2013 M5 (although Stage 4 would fix that, Stage 5 is also coming), is cheaper, more fuel efficient, and can be a great daily driver. Only complaints: - Sound System is great, but my 2008 750i sounds a little better (significantly better bass). Also, to get the Playlist option for a loaded Music library took me 5 tries and lots of research to get working since there is no explanation in the manual or on BMW's website. Water under the bridge, but a huge pain for a cool new feature (I have my entire music library of 25 gigs of music loaded into this car). - I don't like the new seat adjusters, but you can deal with it. - Options: I wish it had the Active Ventilated Seat package. It really makes a difference on long trips (with the ventilation) and sport driving with the side support. Heads Up display would have been cool too, but probably not worth the money.
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WOW what an amazing car

by from NY on November 16, 2011

There is no other vehicle in the segment that comes close to the new F10 5 series. I must agree with others as far as the reliability of the first years model goes (I have a 2011 535i x-drive with M ...
There is no other vehicle in the segment that comes close to the new F10 5 series. I must agree with others as far as the reliability of the first years model goes (I have a 2011 535i x-drive with M package). The one I have right now may turn out to be a lemon, but I love the car so much that I will be going right back to the dealer to get a 2012 one :) Performance of the car is amazing! I have a E46 M3 which is my joyride/track car...the F10 won't see the track but it's definitively creeping into the M3's joyride territory. It is an absolute blast to drive and it handles it's weight and size like a sports car. Comfort, style, etc are top notch as well. Compared to the other vehicles in the luxury segment this car is hands down best of the best.
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Almost M5 for 30K less

by from Tamworth, NH on April 9, 2014

I've traded my A6 S-Line for BMW 550 M sport package. Nobody paid attention to my A6. Now all of my customers can not stop talking about my new ride. I looks like M5; has far more power I can utilize ...
I've traded my A6 S-Line for BMW 550 M sport package. Nobody paid attention to my A6. Now all of my customers can not stop talking about my new ride. I looks like M5; has far more power I can utilize on New Hampshire roads yet it rides smoother than my Audi. It's the best car I have ever owed. Only one problem with this car is what kind of car I am going to trade it for in few years. I guess I will keep it forever. .
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wowww

by from New YORK NY on August 25, 2011

an amazing vehicle... make sure to opt out for sport or M pack. there is no other car that compares to this in this segment. truly amazing. insanely powerful, yet very luxurious
an amazing vehicle... make sure to opt out for sport or M pack. there is no other car that compares to this in this segment. truly amazing. insanely powerful, yet very luxurious
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Looks great -- burns too much oil

by from Southern California on July 25, 2011

The past 15 years i have owned 735, 740, 750 and now the 550. Fun to drive, but at 6k miles have been adding a quart of oil every 2k miles. Never added a drop to other BMWs. So although they say the 5...
The past 15 years i have owned 735, 740, 750 and now the 550. Fun to drive, but at 6k miles have been adding a quart of oil every 2k miles. Never added a drop to other BMWs. So although they say the 550 does this ... i would steer clear till thebugs get worked out.
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550i

by from Dallas, TX on March 31, 2014

This car has exceptional power. I have a 6-speed stick and I have never seen a car take off in first gear that quick and it absolutely explodes in third gear! Driving is truly an experience without do...
This car has exceptional power. I have a 6-speed stick and I have never seen a car take off in first gear that quick and it absolutely explodes in third gear! Driving is truly an experience without doubt. Of course you pay the prize for it in poor gas consumption, which gives you on an average 15 mpg. Just two complaints with the 2011 model that I own; first I'm not too fond of run flat tires and second not sure why a company who can produce the finest engines can miserably fail to come up with a cup-holder design. They have somewhat refined the design that comes with auto-shift, but not so lucky with the stick shift. All in all a great machine!
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550i!!!!!!

by from on December 13, 2010

the new 550i is the best car tht i have ever owned and i have owned many mercadies and audies but nothing lived up to the power and the comfort as well as the luxurey this car offers. the power is eff...
the new 550i is the best car tht i have ever owned and i have owned many mercadies and audies but nothing lived up to the power and the comfort as well as the luxurey this car offers. the power is effort less and will have a perminant smile smaked onto ur face!
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Oil burning engine spoils the BMW experience

by from Southern CA on July 25, 2011

This oil guzzler burns a quart every 2k miles !! BMW says it is normal for the 550 ... my 750 & 740 never needed oil , not a drop between 15k changes. I'd recommend waiting for this mess to get fixed...
This oil guzzler burns a quart every 2k miles !! BMW says it is normal for the 550 ... my 750 & 740 never needed oil , not a drop between 15k changes. I'd recommend waiting for this mess to get fixed before you ever buy a 550.
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great car

by from on October 9, 2011

ive owned many luxury cars. this car has the performance and style of cars costing thousands of dollars more. if your looking for a car that does many things great and has the ability to get you from ...
ive owned many luxury cars. this car has the performance and style of cars costing thousands of dollars more. if your looking for a car that does many things great and has the ability to get you from point a to b in a comfortable manner, this is the car. great accelleration and style. you cant go wrong. i find myself looking for reasons to use the car.
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