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    Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    I own a e60 525 n52 6cylinder 2.5L NA 210hp@6500rpm 250Nm@2750rpm 6speed.
    I itch to buy a f10 528 n20 4cylinder 2L turbo 241hp@5000rpm 350Nm@1250rpm 8speed.

    Why itchy:
    Play new toy
    Lower road tax
    Lower petrol cost
    More torque

    So I go test drive 528.
    My only concern was the drive feel which explains my current 6cyclinder.
    I will ignore other comparisons such as interior, exterior, idrive, cos newer generally better.

    My first rev: the engine dun sound BMW, slightly disappointed. Abit like those turbo charged taxis, very speedy, but sound like diesel van, ok maybe not that bad, but my raw thoughts.
    On the road: very nimble, the mighty torque overtook the heavy chassis. Excellent for city driving.
    On the way back: I thought a 5 series should not be like that, I asked for the 535 n55 6cyclinder 3L turbo 306hp@5800rpm 400Nm@1200rpm 8speed.

    My first rev: still dun sound BMW, it's my first impression, dun flaunt me. Definitely sound less hollow than the 528, but the difference is max 15%.
    On the road: not much diff, the 50Nm more din help much, the 350Nm on the 528 already did the job, but it felt more refined and creamy, again at the most 15%.
    On the way back: the 535 was at the most 15% better than 528. I tot the 535 would seal the deal, it did not.

    It was clear to me why the f10 did not silence me, not because of the 4 or 6 cylinder, it's the drive of a turbo engine versus the 6 cylinder NA. What was missing: elegance, refinement, spirited drive, silky smooth, creamy, classy, strawberry or whatever.

    Yet as I am typing, the looks of the f10 grows on me, makes the e60 dated. Worry if COE hits 120k, I may not lup the $ for a f10. Itchy again.

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    Quote Originally Posted by golilok View Post
    I own a e60 525 n52 6cylinder 2.5L NA 210hp@6500rpm 250Nm@2750rpm 6speed.
    I itch to buy a f10 528 n20 4cylinder 2L turbo 241hp@5000rpm 350Nm@1250rpm 8speed.

    Why itchy:
    Play new toy
    Lower road tax
    Lower petrol cost
    More torque

    So I go test drive 528.
    My only concern was the drive feel which explains my current 6cyclinder.
    I will ignore other comparisons such as interior, exterior, idrive, cos newer generally better.

    My first rev: the engine dun sound BMW, slightly disappointed. Abit like those turbo charged taxis, very speedy, but sound like diesel van, ok maybe not that bad, but my raw thoughts.
    On the road: very nimble, the mighty torque overtook the heavy chassis. Excellent for city driving.
    On the way back: I thought a 5 series should not be like that, I asked for the 535 n55 6cyclinder 3L turbo 306hp@5800rpm 400Nm@1200rpm 8speed.

    My first rev: still dun sound BMW, it's my first impression, dun flaunt me. Definitely sound less hollow than the 528, but the difference is max 15%.
    On the road: not much diff, the 50Nm more din help much, the 350Nm on the 528 already did the job, but it felt more refined and creamy, again at the most 15%.
    On the way back: the 535 was at the most 15% better than 528. I tot the 535 would seal the deal, it did not.

    It was clear to me why the f10 did not silence me, not because of the 4 or 6 cylinder, it's the drive of a turbo engine versus the 6 cylinder NA. What was missing: elegance, refinement, spirited drive, silky smooth, creamy, classy, strawberry or whatever.

    Yet as I am typing, the looks of the f10 grows on me, makes the e60 dated. Worry if COE hits 120k, I may not lup the $ for a f10. Itchy again.
    Hi golilok,

    if can stretch budget abit....how about 640i coupe??? (if coupe is allow otherwise must ask Andrew Fowley, etc etc)




    * go with your heart..............but 6 cyc really rocks.......
    cheers
    mod is the way to go.........(MTL)

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    535i > 528i is only 15% better? hmm, you have just help me make decision a lot easier

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    Actually to me, if want spirited drive, the 523i in sports mode is plenty good already la.....

    You still have a few options for strawberries drive:

    1. Could still have last few units of 523i in PML going for a song
    2. Some units of 523i or 528i 6 cylinders still with PI. I remember seeing a white 528i at Toh Guan centre a month back.

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    if is sound u are disAppointed, invest more on after market exhaust.

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    What's a "strawberries drive?"

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    drive with strawberries scented aircon, instead of blue white logo..you get pink white, limited edition strawberry pink F10 colour, when you press horn or accelerate , the car will fire out strawberries from the front and back.

    is that strawberri-ed enough?

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    Quote Originally Posted by Puffer View Post
    drive with strawberries scented aircon, instead of blue white logo..you get pink white, limited edition strawberry pink F10 colour, when you press horn or accelerate , the car will fire out strawberries from the front and back.

    is that strawberri-ed enough?
    So, it's the official car for My Little Pony?

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    for hello kitty

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    Re: Test-driven:528 f10 vs 525 e60

    Quote Originally Posted by golilok View Post
    Yet as I am typing, the looks of the f10 grows on me, makes the e60 dated. Worry if COE hits 120k, I may not lup the $ for a f10. Itchy again.
    Your worry is everyone's worry and hence partly explains for the escalating coe.

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