March 9, 2010
This car was pretty much as expected. Less power than I thought a BMW would have (210 horsepower), but handling is simply amazing.
It's fairly quiet and smooth. The seats could be more comfortable, and the stereo seems to be fairly pedestrian (especially the lack of bass at low volume). I love the heated seats and heated steering wheel, and can't imagine ever not having them.
For the original list price ($50,0000), there doesn't seem to be a lot of options (no nav system, no backup camera - things that my wife's $38,000 Lexus IS has). The I-Drive is a joke - adjusting the climate system is ridiculously time consuming, which is the why the new 5-Series is putting many more control buttons back on the dash, where they belong!
The sunroof has a bit of wind noise even at low speeds. I like the interior and exterior styling, and the impressive wood dash sold me over the Lexus GS (which has a Toyota-ish dashboard, with no wood whatsoever).
These seem to depreciate quite a bit - I've seen several three year-old 5 Series listed at $23,000 - less than half their original price.
This car gets a lot of attention, especially when valet parked.