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  1. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

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    I really like the look of this new BMW 5 series. I think Bangle might have finally got one right ... or maybe he has been sacked or reigned in a bit :)

    The 7 series is just disgusting, the 6 series a big improvement with the 5 series looking like a very exciting car, which IMO a big improvement on the old staid model!

    What do you guys think?

    Pete
     
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  3. sjmst

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    Have you seen one in person? I like it better than the 7, but not as much as my 2003 530. Perhaps it will grow on me, but for now I am not thrilled. (since you asked!)
     
  4. Hubert

    Hubert F1 Rookie

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    you MUST get some real good **** "down under," huh?
     
  5. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

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    Haha ... expected response, but I am serious.

    No I have not seen one in person ... guess I should. I was never a fan of the boring old 5 series which to me was a bit of a barge (with the 7 series an oil tanker :(). Some models looked okay, but the 3 series always looked better to me.

    Pete
     
  6. 150shot

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    I'm with the 530 too. Love the body colored mouldings and rims- are they lower than stock?
     
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  8. TCM

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    The E60 actually looks better in person then it does in pictures and videos, but it is still ugly IMHO. BMW had an almost impossible task of creating a car that was better then the E39 with regards to the whole package. The E60 performs great but it looks awful. I like the E65 7 series much more.
     
  9. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

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    Okay I left my BMW conversion manual at home ... is the E65 the new 7 series?

    If so then you are the one taking something :), as that design just does not flow ... but each to their own I guess :)

    Pete
     
  10. aventino

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    Pete, 7 series has started to grow on me quite a lot. The S class outnumbers it about 4 to 1 in Hong Kong and doesn't look half as distinctive especially next to the japanese competition who seem to take most of their styling cues from MB. Saw my first 5 series yesterday and like it overall but the rear wheel arch area looks a bit funny, sort of makes the rear wheels look smaller than the front. Did you notice that?
    Roll on the M5.

    James
     
  11. zal333

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    If you see one in person, look at the back. The cut-out for the exhaust is very ugly and cheap looking. I am not a fan of the rest of the car as well...




    By the way, this is my first post, i have been looking around everyday for a while though....so hello to everyone (P.S. no Ferrari here, but hopefully someday!)
     
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  13. CCarlisi

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    I prefer the 7 over the new 5. The interior design (not material quality) of the 5 reminds me of a Pontiac rental car I rode in recently. The door panels are ridiculously busy looking. BMW is quickly becoming the Michael Jackson of the automotive world.
     
  14. Admiral Thrawn

    Admiral Thrawn F1 Rookie

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    I actually quite like the understated elegance of the old BMWs.

    Quite frankly, the new ones look like they're taken straight out of someone's 80's worst-nightmare.

    They're just simply bulbous, overly angular and awkward.

    The current model S-class Mercedes is my idea of a streamlined and graceful large-sized luxury sedan; I was aghast when it first came out in 1999 (especially when you consider what the previous model looked like).
     
  15. whart

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    I just finished test driving a bunch of sedans to replace our 740i Sport (which i dearly love, but it was hit, the lease is up, i don't want to own it). Among the cars i drove was a 545i Sport (i am not a fan of the new 7 series for two reasons: i think its ugly and its also a big boat.) The thing has great steering and moves impressively for a "stock" motor. The rear fender/wheelwell proportions are seriously whacky though; its got a large mass of sheetmetal coming down from the roofline over the rear wheel, and then what looks like a tiny cutout for the rearwheel. Unwieldy looking and disproportionate. The front end looks OK, and i agree, the Banglized design elements seem to work a little better on a slightly smaller car. BTW, it seems much bigger and roomier than the old 5 series. And, i agree that the ultimate effect of the interior is disappointing; its supposed to look spartan, and instead, it looks cheap.
     
  16. ty (360mode)

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    drove behind one the other day and the best i had to say was that it's not as ugly as the 7. but that's probably only b/c it's smaller so there's just less car to make fugly. bangle's quote about "the car HAS to look like this" to perform as desired is moronic.
     
  17. Johnny Bravo

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    I'll have to also agree with what most of you guys said about the new 5-series. I got behind one for a few miles on the Beltway a few days ago and feel the same way about it in regards to the new 7-series. Not quite as fugly, but it is in no way an improvement (styling wise) to the previous model. I will admit the new 7-series is growing on me a little bit, but it will never be a good looking car to me. The new 5-series on the other hand certainly seems to have potential and the one I was behind was black and it seems to work better in dark colors & the supposed M5 pics and vids I've found here and there seem to give it the aggressiveness it needs. The 6-series on the other hand....well, I find it overly bland...at least compared to the 8-series which it sorta replaces. IMHO the 8-series was the best looking Bimmer to date. Let's hope this Bangle-ization of BMW doesn't last tooooo long.
     
  18. TCM

    TCM Formula Junior

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    I just read a little rumor on the M5 board that Bangle will be resigning right before the 1 series is to debut, which is less then a year away. About damn time, he has ruined all BMWs classy designs.

    Psk:

    Sorry for the BMW terminolgy. E65= new 7 series, while the E60= new 5 series. I am sure the 5 will grow on us as the 7 is now but it is still never going to be better looking then the E34 (two generations ago) or E39 (last generation) versions of the 5.
     
  19. a8guy

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    some crappy pics i took this summer of an M5 testing in death valley
     
  20. a8guy

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    front- largest air intake ever- almost looks like an intercooler
     
  21. a8guy

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    ass shot
     
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    proctologist view
     
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    another out of focus shot
     
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  28. mjgermane

    mjgermane Formula Junior

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    Last summer when I was in Germany, I saw dozens of E60's. I also saw a few E60 M5's, that was exciting. Anyway, maybe it was the jet lag, or something else, but by the end of the trip I started to really like the new 5. I saw the e60 next to a e39, and I liked both of them. I love the e39, but imho it looks a little dated. Maybe all the new technology in the e60 makes the whole car look better to me. But, the e60 definitely looks better in person.

    On a side note, in the 5 series factory, I saw an e60 M5 come down the line. I saw the v-10 and the smg tranny. A lot of BMW engineering is white lab coats rushed out and started taking notes on the M5. They actually stopped the whole production line so the engineers could look over the M5. Luckily we had an awesome tour guide, and he let us just sit and watch the E60 M5 the whole time is was available to see. It was very exciting.



    MJG
     

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