The power rear-window shade is controlled from a console switch; the side-window shades are easily raised or lowered by rear-seat passengers. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Owners, however, have access to information on how to get out if one is locked in the vehicle from the outside. After the first year of ownership, a subscription fee is required for Sirius service. The 550i does not suffer from a power shortage.
Another aid to fast engine warmup; during this phase it transfers heat from the coolant to the oil circuit. Beyond that, it's the mere possession of a device that's capable of pinning everyone against the seatbacks. State-of-the-art safety and security features In terms of safety and security, the 5 Series is a state-of-the-art vehicle from a state-of-the-art vehicle maker. Options: possibilities new and familiar Changes to the 5 Series array of Packages and stand-alone options are limited but still significant. For 2007, Package highlights include substitution of 20-way Multi-contour seats for the previous sport seats, and the addition of a 3-spoke sport steering wheel in the Sport Packages. Dealership said it was acid rain.
The wheels are driven with a variable differential lock and a special Dynamic Stability Control program unique to the M5. Nevertheless, from a standing start, nothing in this group -- or, for that matter, in this class -- can touch the Benz for getaway, and it was the only car to accompany its efforts with some pleasant backbeat from the exhaust. Drives like a sports car, rides like a luxury car, has a wealth of power from the V8, an exceptional Logic 7 Harmon Kardon sound system, and multi contour seats that caress your body everywhere. Switches had a nice feel and were legibly labeled. In the case of the new 530s, this amounts to an impressive 85 hp per liter. Although it's hard to attach that word to a car costing more than 50 large, it's applicable here.
I work in software interfaces and it took me a long time to figure out iDrive. Nor were we surprised that the 550i's optional front seats were the best in the group: power front buckets with articulated upper backrests, active head restraints, and adjustable thigh and torso bolsters. The result is an ultra-rigid, yet remarkably light engine structure. Active steering is amazing, makes you feel like you are driving a racing car, you hardly move the wheel at all and it responds. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.
The logbook commentary seemed to favor the Infiniti for its eagerness -- a light steering touch with good feedback, brisk turn-in, quick transitions, a general sense of being quick on its feet that made the Bimmer's responses seem a tad heavy and, well, Teutonic. Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. In addition, the doors are automatically unlocked; the interior lighting and 4-way hazard flashers are switched on. Once our elite little herd was rounded up, we piled in and headed for the green hills of southeast Ohio. Data Unavailable Third Leg Room in. Although the midrange 5 Series remains one of our favorites, it still has a few quirks and idiosyncrasies that annoy us.
The Multi-Contour seats also include Active Head Restraints as a further safety feature. Joining the bedplate at the level of the crankshaft main bearings, this too is a weight-saving casting. The 530i comes standard with the six-speed manual. In the next step, the upper crankcase, consisting of magnesium shell and aluminum insert, is mounted onto the magnesium bedplate from above. And there's a seven-speed automatic to make the most of the big power increase.
Data Unavailable Third Hip Room in. Here's the answer: The M45 emerged at the top of the charts in that '05 showdown, and it returns to defend its title against even tougher competition. The driver can then start up without doing a ballet with the clutch, brake and accelerator manual transmission or rolling backward on a steep hill automatic transmission. Again Data Unavailable Suspension Sedan-550i Suspension Type - Front Data Unavailable Suspension Type - Front Cont. As a throttle closes, it poses a restriction to incoming air. Conventional oil pumps, too, deliver oil in direct proportion to engine speed. Additionally, owners of model year 2006-2007 3 Series with standard seats, 5 Series with comfort seats, and Z4 models, will receive an extended warranty on their front passenger seat occupant detection mat.
The Bimmer was slowest in many acceleration categories -- not a good toy to bring to a power-hungry party. But try as we might, we can't factor agility out of our scoring. I am told it is probably a frayed wire in the trunk compartment. The system uses thermal imaging to provide a real-time, long-distance view of the road ahead, regardless of weather conditions. This latest techno trick's constant chirping had several drivers ready to pull the wiring loom. Heated front seats as a stand-alone option. Beginning as steel tubes, the camshafts are shaped in a hydroforming procedure, subjected from the inside to a water pressure of 4000 bar 58,000 lb.
And so far I've not had any service problems. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Xenon Adaptive headlights with auto-leveling. In this context, we're talking faster than the rest of the herd, or at least most of it. The 525's inline-six produces 215 horsepower, while the 550's V8 produces 360 horsepower. The carefree draw on deep power reserves when some mouth breather just will not give up the left lane.
Less time is spent opening and closing the valves; thus they are effectively open longer, further reducing pumping losses. Although all the faces here are familiar, the only one that's a real rerun is the Infiniti M45. Not only is the fuel tank designed to remain sealed even in severe impacts, its location has been chosen to provide optimum protection from impacts. First, the aluminum insert is cast by conventional methods. Then, during a newly developed die-casting method, the magnesium upper shell shrinks onto the insert while cooling; structural rigidity and stability are ensured by interlocking ribs where the two castings meet. Nigh Vision offers particular benefits when driving over land, down narrow lanes, through gateways leading into courtyards, and into dark underground garages, significantly enhancing driving safety at night. The 550i and M5 sedans are rear-wheel drive only, and the 530 wagon is available in all-wheel drive only.