I have had this car since Dec 06, frankly a big disapointment. Talk about turbo lag - what turbo? Runflat tyres a disaster, road holding on anything but motorway very poor. Heads for ditches at any opportunity. Parking assist OK, idrive a lot of fuss for little benefit. This car supposed to have a top speed of 135mph, nothing much happens after 110mph ( private road of course ) Booked it back into dealer for investigation, surely it cant be this slow. Should be known as the 5 series boat. Back to AUDI next time.
my only problem is the noise from the run flat tyres can anyone help
This has to be the best real-world car I have ever owned. My ownership includes a 997 C2S; quick, frugal and practical.
The biggest bug-bear, though, is the run-flat tyres. I live in an area with poor road surfaces and the ride is really very bad. On smooth tarmac, it's great, otherwise the tyres really spoil a great car.
Moving from a 1.6 Golf my family and I had high expectations. It was a toss-up between this and the Audi A6 and now I wish we'd chosen the Audi. We wanted a car that combined practicality, looks and performance. The BMW is unbeatable on a long motorway journey, or to perform a safe overtake – thanks to a fabulous engine. But day-to-day niggles let it down. The electronics are a nightmare. The I-Drive is relatively straightforward to operate, but often crashes or refuses to accept inputs from the controller. The radio comes on every time the ignition is switched on; the gearbox software has an intermittent problem that causes grabby shifts and a worrying change in engine note; and the automatic headlights have a mind of their own. Other moans include flimsy switchgear; a jarring ride in pot-holed city streets, and a slight lag when accelerating from a standstill. Service has been mixed. A broken tailgate strut was fixed under warranty but attempts to book the car in to fix the electronics have been twice thwarted by the dealer's recommendation that I await the next gearbox software update – for which I am still waiting. Move out of the capital, however, and things improve. An oil service, for which I was quoted £297 in London, was performed with a smile and a mere £130 in Stirling. This car has great potential. But the quality of the engineering is overwhelmed by complex and unreliable electronics, and an interior which fails to live up to the standards now set by Audi.
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