2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo User Reviews
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- $33,823 - $42,579
- No trim specified for this review
- Well built, great handling, luxury and performance
- nav system leaves much to be desired; battery charging system is strange
Purchased As New
First, several "reviewers" have l;eft comments on this vehicle that do not belong. One stated that BMW took 4 years to handle his problems. The vehicle has only been available for two model years so he obviously has the wrong model in mind. Another complained about tires. Tires are not what makes the vehicle, and fortunately, do not make the entire vehicle poor. Tires on the 5 series are run flats and several brands have been less than great in longevity. If they fail within warranty, complain long and loud and make the manufacturer handle the warranty.
The vehicle has been excellent in every way. Two shortcomings I find are the navigation system which is difficult to see in some light conditions. That however is offset by the secondary display in the drivers module directly between the speedometer and tach. Setting directions by the iDrive is not all that convenient either; a touch screen would have been preferable.
As for the battery charging system...the vehicle is charged only when it coasts or the grakes are applied. Thus at idle or when running at speed, there is no charge to the battery. Numerous complaints about the battery warning coming on and electrical components being shut down automatically to save the battery. In my opinion, a bad trade-off to up fuel mileage that makes you wonder if you could end up stranded somewhere due to all the high drain electrical and electronics on this vehicle.
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