One of the first customers to pick up a new 2011 BMW 5 Series

5-series | March 22nd, 2010 by 12
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A UK national, Rich535d, and a member of,  is the first person, at least to our knowledge, to come in the possession of the …

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A UK national, Rich535d, and a member of,  is the first person, at least to our knowledge, to come in the possession of the new 2011 F10 BMW 5 Series Sedan. At least for a day or so, he will be some sort of a web celebrity since this is the first report of a consumer taking delivery of the new 5.

The model in question is the BMW 525d which employs a turbocharged 2,993cc inline-6 diesel and it’s been tuned to deliver 204 hp at 4,000 rpm, plus 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. The 525d gets to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is 146 mph.

Now let’s find out the owner’s first impressions.

I picked my car up today.
I have still to spend lots of time becoming familiar with it, but thought I’d post some pics asap.
If any member wants pics of a specific part, let me know and I’ll do my best to accomodate.
My first impressions?
I’m a hard guy to please with cars, but the car did exceed my high expectations.
Driving is EXTREMELY smooth and VERY quiet
The 8 speed sport-auto is very quick changing; the paddles are great!
I’ve not thrown the thing around yet, but handling appears great. The ride comfort, compared to my M-Sport E60 on 18 inch runflats, is very noticeable. Bumps and potholes do not jar the whole car!
The windscreen wipers are actually the correct way for us guys in the UK as well!
The interior is extremely high quality. I had seen the prof. i drive screen at the preview evening, but it is still HUGE.
The speed limit display is remarkable (see pics). Every time you pass the spped sign it updates (there is somme feedback from GPS as well as it even knows the difference between single and dual carriageway roads (the limits are different in the UK)
And it seems like a very minor point, but the instant fuel economy gauge / efficient dynamics indicator is a LCD screen. It is amazing.
I’ll post further when I have had a chance to play some more!
P.S. The DVD playing feature is rather cool…

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12 responses to “One of the first customers to pick up a new 2011 BMW 5 Series”

  1. Arman says:

    The car looks better in real life pictures than in those from the photo shoots..
    is it possible to take a picture from the front like right in front of the car…and maybe some views of the back seats and some of the engines.. thank you
    if possible please send them to :

  2. Mirza says:

    First of all..Congrats on a great new car:)

    I have to second that.
    europe(Norway) had release of 5-series last Saturday and the Car looks amazing.
    Pictures does not do it(of her:) justice.
    I was really blown away by how good it looks compared to the pictures.
    After having sat down behind the weel of the car it became smaller.
    Car is huge big from the outside but as you step in the whole car surrounds you and feels so tight.

    I am looking forward to testdrive later this week.

  3. Gil says:

    Wicked cool!!!!!!!

  4. etuoyo says:

    Hold on that speed limit indicator thing I assume it only works if you have the in built sat nav right? Or if you have one of the external cameras upgrade? Surely not standard right?

  5. efoza says:

    its not as exclusive as the GT but it still looks good. i have so far seen 4 of them in London

  6. Harmon says:

    Still need to wait for the crash tests. Hope it does better than the last one.

  7. kcsnayud says:

    Now that I think about it, it doesn’t look like a baby 7. The door handles are a little bit below the door( the 7’s door handles are right on top of the doors), and the interior, while similar to the 7, is nowhere near as exclusive as it. You guys realize that there are no leather stitching on the top panels, or nappa leather or Exclusive wood?
    Exactly. So the 5 won’t dethrone the 7 anytime soon, but that said it’s one heck of a car……

  8. badger says:

    awesome car. hope you enjoy it!

  9. AJ says:

    Anyone else thinks the back looks sort of copied form Jaguar FX’ish???

    Know this is a “bmw”blog and people like to defend them but this new 5 series looks suspiciously familiar to the Jag XF

  10. 100$ GUY says:


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