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BMW E60 535d Review...............

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Oracle, 29 Jul 2006.

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  1. Oracle

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    Well today I had the pleasure of testing (for a good few hours) a BMW 535d

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    In the prep room.

    Just for those unsure of this model, the specs are as follows:-

    2993 cc Straight 6 (24 Valve) Twin Turbo.
    272bhp at 4000rpm / 560nm at 2000rpm
    18" alloys, M-Tec body kit, Alloy Interior
    6 spd box, etc, etc

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    Sorry for papish photo.

    I've got to admit, up until about 3 years ago I was a total petrol head. Anything Diesel was smokey, dirty, pap performance, and only good for one thing...........economy. Then I was introduced to a 330d and everything changed. Voted on numerous occassions as the best Diesel engine in the world the x30d was an engine to aspire to and even in 182bhp trim it flew, and shifted failry heavy exec. cars to 100mph in 17.4 seconds and onto 148mph where it finally ran out of puff.

    So, 5/6 years on, BMW have fundamentally retained most of the M57 whilst giving power increases and adding harmonic balancer units, etc, etc, but now, they've gone one better.

    Behold, the 535d.

    I've got to be honest, if you've driven a BMW you'll understand that they are worth their price. New, this car is £40k basic for the M-Sport. This is a second hand car which had over £6ks worth of extras and is on the forecourt at £35995. The interior is nothing short of amazing. Totally luxorious and the quality of materials used really is second to none. The i-drive system initially received large criticism, but please remember, the average age of someone driving a car like this (NOT A 520d rep mobile) could be well into their 30s / 40s, etc. The i-drive to someone reasonably technically savvy (and it has been redesigned) was a doddle to work and all the main functions were easy to find. There were loads of sub menus, but again they were easy to scroll through and select what you wanted. This model came with air conditioned seats which was really really nice! Very roomy, and at 6ft 3" there was a load of room in the back had someone wished to sit behind me.

    The drive was well...........awesome...........absolutely stunning. Turn the key, I had to check the Rev counter to ensure this was the 535d and not a petrol variant. The 4500k redline confirmed that yes this was indeed the diesel. Funny, I couldn't hear the engine, lets blip the throttle. WOW, the car rumbles from side to side as the 6cyls start doing their thing.

    Out on the road, this car is unbelievable, power everywhere, I pootle around town in 4th and am able to shove my foot to the floor and roar off from 30mph with no lag, its like someone has hit the N O S! Take it onto the A338 and wait for the NSL signs. BANG, I floor it, 50mph to 80mph in 4th takes seconds, I mean seconds. The second turbo comes in completely smoothly, you don't feel it apart from a 'greater' shove into your seat, 5th pulls you round the dials even more rapidly, i'm hitting well into three figures now on my private test track! 130mph indicated and I could have put it into 6th and let the second turbo carry me on to the 155mph limited top speed. The problem was it felt like I was only going 80mph until I glanced at the speedo and realised that the owners of this private test track would have something to say if I had been stopped! Onto the A31, a long dual carriage way with 4 rapid round a bouts in succession. This thing handles too, very very well. For a 5m long car it hogs the roads on its 245 shod tyres and doesn't let go. I want more......MORE. Not even a squeel as I punch the last round a bout a good 15mph more than i'd have felt comfortable with in any other car! Floor it and the wave of torque kicks in again, and my grin just gets wider and wider!

    This is the car i'm aspiring to own in the next few years, and test driving one today as just re-affirmed what I always thought the car would be like. A complete and utter mental motor car that shows clean heels to almost everything else on the road and returns a healthy 40mpg in the process!

    I love it, but I would have loved it more in black!
     
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  2. willd58

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    Whats the modding potential, can it get to 350bhp with just a chip or anything?
     
  3. Oracle

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    Yes, sorry, should have mentioned that I guess.

    BMW actually offer a warranty covered chip which boosts bhp to 345bhp and torque increases to........................wait for it..............710nm!!!!(650nm in the auto / step as the boxes cant handle the torque as well as the manuals)
     
  4. Oracle

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    sorry DP
     
  5. Scania

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    Sounds like you had a blast mate! :cool:

    I've read somewhere the 535D refered to as "The Thinking mans M5" - No offence ment to Spie! :o
     
  6. Oracle

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    LOL, that is exactly what the dealer said to me. I really really didnt want to hand the card back! I fell deeper in love today, and it was probably the worst thing I could have done as I really want one bad!
     
  7. Tdh1987

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    In what way is a 535D better than a M5? And don't say fuel economy, because someone who spends £40,000 on a car is not going to very bothered about achieving over 30mpg.
     
  8. Oracle

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    Umm, we havent said thats its better, and its not. Its just really not that far off!
     
  9. Scania

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    In "the real world" whatever the hell that is, the 535d is the better car, better economy, sure.
    Far cheaper to run overall, yet little difference in performance.

    If we all had our own private race track, then, obviously an M5 would be the car to go for.

    However, for the price of a M5 e60, you could buy an e60 535d and have a second hand e30, e36 or even e46 M3 for your weekend track car! :cool: I know which I'd do i think, especially with an engine re-map in the 535d !

    No substitute for sheer torque mate. ;)
     
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  10. Tdh1987

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    Someone referred to the 535D as being the 'thinking mans M5' Suggesting that anyone with sense would choose the 535D over the M5. I can't think of any reason why I'd chose the 535D, except for the initial purchase price. :p
     
  11. Oracle

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    This is true, but how else am I going to pull my Sunseeker!? :D
     
  12. Joe T

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    I thought all 535d's were auto boxes, as at standard the manuals cant handle the torque?

    Anyways, the 535d is gonna be my upgrade from my 330d. Thats one thing for sure! :D
     
  13. triggerthat

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    0-60 times?
     
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  15. [TW]Fox

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    Nope, but they might be bothered about tank range. People who buy this sort of car often due HUGE journeys in which a 700 mile tank range would be very useful.
     
  16. Fusion

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    They are.
     
  17. Joe T

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    Thank you.
     
  18. Smiley Man

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    the pic oracle shows it as a manual, but i thought they were all autos too :o
     
  19. JRS

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    What kind of crappy autobox are they using if it can't take 710nm? Mind I shouldn't be all that surprised, Euro manufacturers still haven't quite got the hang of building an autobox that a) lasts and b) can take stupid levels of power and torque. A standard Mopar 727 3sp or 4sp auto in 1969 could take more than that.

    And that's my BMW fan baiting done for today :)

    Back on topic - decent car. It's not pretty, and I'm not sure I would own one if I had the chance, but I do have a certain level of respect for it. Just not for it's gearbox.....:p


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    The plot thickens. So which is it - can they not build a proper manual, or not build a proper auto? Either way I can heap derision on them for it, so I'm not all that fussed :)
     
  20. Joe T

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    BMW website says six-speed steptronic only for the 535d M Sport and 535d SE. I wonder what the pic above is then. Hmmm :confused:
     
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