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BMW's mid-size luxury sports sedan gets a boost in power for 2006 in the form of a choice of new 3.0-liter engines; the 525's is rated at 215 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, while the 530's is rated at 225 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. These are the first mass-production powerplants to make use of lightweight magnesium construction, as well as the first BMW six-cylinders to employ variable valve lift technology. Power on the top 545i continues to come from a 325-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Either powerplant can be mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift capability. Also newly offered this year in the 525xi and 530xi is the available xDrive all-wheel drive system, which was previously available in the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles. The 330 wagon comes with a Soft Close two-way tailgate - available in a power-operated version in the Premium Package - and a standard dual-panel Panorama moonroof. In addition, Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering is now standard on all 5-Series models. Like the larger 7-Series, the 5-Series comes with BMW's annoying iDrive control system, which unnecessarily combines various systems like the climate control, navigation, and audio functions into a single array that's operated via a center-console knob. The 545i includes both standard adaptive brake lights and adaptive headlamps that automatically pivot during steering maneuvers to help illuminate the road around curves. A sport "M" edition of BMW's mid-size sedan is added to the line for 2006, and while few details are as yet available, it will reportedly offer a 5.5-liter, 500-horsepower V-10 engine that comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

 

Preview: 2006 BMW M5 by Henny Hemmes (7/5/2004)
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Monday, April 13, 2015
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I have owned this car for ten years and still really enjoy driving it.

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I actually bought this as european delivery. Just rolled over to 100K and the car is still in great shape. No major rattles and feels very solid. Handling is very balanced and it is a blast to drive on windy... + More »
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Monday, August 22, 2016
2016 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535d RWD

Excellent ride, great acceleration for a Diesel.

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We were in the market to replace my wife's 2007 G35 Infinite Sport. We ran into a lot of problems with the add-on packages that did not equal the ones in the G35 Sport. My car is a Jaguar, so one our first... + More »
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
2015 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD

As I age I want a more compliant ride with the usual BMW feel-this delivers it to me.

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Almost 12k miles on it now and no real issues. The ride is what I want, and, after pressing the "sport" button each time i start the engine, the responsive gas pedal takes me where i want to go. Once you get... + More »
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