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2011 535i Track Test by Inside Line

08/25/2010 at 10:00 AM
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Edmunds Inside Line has taken the F10 2011 535i out to the track for some testing. Here are the video and performance results they managed to achieve with the 535i. Performance measures recorded include 0-60 time, 1/4 mile, slalom speed, skid pad lateral acceleration (G’s), and braking distance.

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A popular modification on late model BMWs is swapping the chrome factory kidney grilles for blacked out versions. But, every model requires a slightly different method for the swap. 5POST member LACSTER has put together this great easy to follow DIY guide for the F10 grille swap.

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When a new BMW model is introduced, it’s interesting to see whether it ends up being a model which tends to be long term keepers or more short term leases. To our F10 owners, what are your plans? Indefinite ownership? 6-7 years until next 5-series model is available? Or just until lease is up? Share your plans.

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Here are the best F10 vs. E60 5-series comparison photos we’ve seen yet. Despite being visually larger, based on actual dimensions, the F10 is actually very slightly larger, being only 2 inches longer, .5 inches wider, .2 inches lower in height, with a wheelbase that’s 3.2 inches longer.

Alpina B5 in Classic Alpina Blue

08/13/2010 at 12:59 AM
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Here are the first photos of the new 507bhp Bi-Turbo Alpina B5 F10, in classic Alpina Blue. Previously, the new B5 had been shown only in Alpine White.

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According to Insideline, the take rate for manual transmission on the F10 5-series is only 6 percent of all orders so far, signaling an overwhelming preference by F10 owners for the automatic transmission. So what does this signal for the upcoming F10 M5? Will we see a manual transmission option? If so, will the percentage of manual transmission M5′s also be this low?

F10 550i Electronic Exhaust Cutouts

08/09/2010 at 8:30 PM
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The twin turbo V8 F10 550i sounds fairly aggressive from the factory, but never ones to leave stock alone, our members have begun to their F10 exhausts. These electronic exhaust cutouts have given this 550i some added rumble without the need for a full exhaust swap.

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BMW has released full U.S. pricing for all F10 5-series models and options, including M-sport package price and details. See inside for 528i, 535i, 535i xDrive, 550i, and 550i xDrive, options, and package pricing.

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BMW has announced the F10 5-series sedan and F11 touring M Sport package available starting this September. There are also new BMW Individual options which will become available for the F10 and F11 5-series this Autumn.

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Starting in the autumn of 2010, the BMW M GmbH product range will increase for the M3, F10 5-series, new X3, X5M and X6M, and the 7-series. Full details inside.

F10 535i Fitted With Quad Exhaust

08/02/2010 at 7:00 PM
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Unsatisfied with the tamer look and sound of the factory split dual exhausts of the 2011 535i, 5POST member Lacster has gone the aftermarket route and replaced the stock exhausts with a quad tipped exhaust producing a more aggressive sound and look.

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Here are real life photos of the beautiful F10/F11 M Sport alcantara and cloth interior with hexagon aluminium trim. Also some bonus shots of the M-sport front bumper and 18″ wheels.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced the 2011 BMW 5 Series as a Top Safety Pick. The F10 earned the top rating of “Good” based on its performance in each crash test. The F10 previously received a full five stars in EURO NCAP’s tests

3D Design F10 5-series Released

07/28/2010 at 3:00 PM
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Japanese tuner 3D Design has released its F10 5-series. Upgrade parts include a front lip spoiler, rear trunk spoiler, roof spoiler, black grills, rear diffuser, and 20″ forged wheels. Quad tip sport exhaust system is also available for the 550i and 535i.

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BMW is recalling approximately 6,400 2011 5-series in the US (and 12,400 worldwide) to fix the previously reported faulty fuel level sensor. The good news is that the fix should only take half a day and is of course fully covered under warranty.

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The 2011 F10 5-series is available with BMW new Night Vision option, part of BMW ConnectedDrive, allowing F10 owners to see objects in the dark up to 900 feet ahead of the vehicle. This is the first video we have seen of it in action in the F10 and it’s pretty slick.

Info from BMW:

BMW Night Vision, part of BMW ConnectedDrive, can see in the dark and warns the driver … CONTINUED

5-Series Fuel Sensor Recall

07/24/2010 at 12:00 PM
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BMW has issued a recall for 2010 and 2011 5-series and 5-series GT models for a faulty fuel sensor which may result in inaccurate fuel levels. Some of our F10 sedan owners have also been reported being contacted about a fuel sensor recall or having their cars held at VPC for the replacement. F10 owners should make sure to check with your dealers.

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The F10 5-series has been in owner’s garages for just over a month, but 5POST members have already started to tinker and work on their new cars, starting with the fundamental but important oil change. With these first DIYs, we have launched our F10 5-series DIY section. So for all you weekend garage warriors, come on in to share and absorb.