2008 bmw 550i review

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  • Jun 11, Car and Driver presents BMW i. Read expert vehicle reviews and award-winning feature content at Car and Driver.

    May 16, Car Reviews There's no doubt the BMW i looks like a champ, what with its aggressive front and rear fascias and inch split-spoke.

    Interesting fact! In 1937, BMW built the world's fastest motorcycle. It was sped up to a speed of 278 km per hour.

    Aug 11, There are 32 reviews for the BMW , click through to see what your The changes from those E39 models to the E60 i Sport are.

    Perhaps in heavy fog it would be more useful. Next time, I will try for a manual again. For , it was time for an update, and as these midcycle makeovers go, this one is moderately extensive. Better dial up the dentist. The iPod mated Logic 7 sound system is incredible.

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    I've previously owned a '97 i and and i M-sport. The changes from those E39 models to the E60 i Sport are tremendous, and mostly for the better. Ride quality and handling have both been improved, which is normally tough to do.

    I credit some of that to the i Sport having Active Roll control amazing how flat this keeps the car in corners and non-run-flat tires. Rear seat and trunk space have both been improved, keeping the 5-series on par with it's competitors.

    The 19" wheels and M5-style bodywork on the i Sport make the E60 body style look much better in my opinion, but it is still not what one would call a beautiful car.

    It is distinctive, just not a design that will be revered years from now. I could not afford a new , but the BMW CPO program is great and really makes it practical to get a great car for a great price.

    I'm sure my mileage would be better with a manual transmission, but E60 manuals with the options I wanted were very rare, so I settled for the automatic. Next time, I will try for a manual again. Logic 7 audio with USB connection is a must-have. Night Vision is neat technology, and it works, but it's luck if you happen to see a deer on the screen before seeing it in the headlights.

    Perhaps in heavy fog it would be more useful. Heads-up display is very nice to have, especially with the active cruise and navigation info displayed there too. I have the standard light-colored headliner, but wish I had the anthracite headliner option - should be standard with the black and natural brown interiors. Oh, and don't be scared of Active Steering either - it really is quite seamless in normal driving, but you really get spoiled with the quick steering at parking lot speeds.

    If you're considering a 5-series, I hope this is useful. Your feedback has been sent to Cars. Much better than the 1st Bangle 5. Paul, Minnesota on Wed Oct 10 Either the styling has grown on me or the '08 tweaks have matured this car out of its awkward adolescence. And it certainly performed. The rock-hard seats, the Camry-ish yet blase appearance, and the raft of niggling problems did nothing to diminish my overall enthusiasm. It felt solid and sure. I have 1, miles on my new '08 i and can happily report that not only have the defects been rectified but performance, if possible, enhanced.

    The extra 35 HP is certainly welcome although the extra-low profile 19" Continental tires do not seem as sticky as the old Dunlops. Perhaps they will last longer. The seats have been vastly improved; they are actually comfortable with much softer leather and the way "comfort seat" option has side bolsters that lock you in with almost Recaro-like grip -- yet open up when you shut the car off.

    The overall look, I think, has been vastly improved. The front gaping maw below the kidneys and the protruding foglamps make the car look as aggressive as it performs. A couple other notes: Get the active steering.

    FANTACO.STORE's Agent 001 reviews the 2008 BMW 550i

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