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#1 of 16 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience
Dec 30, 2011 (8:56 pm)
I would like to start this thread for those of us just getting into the new 2012 528i. Given the new engine and efficient dynamics features, we may all benefit from each other's experience and input. Personally I never imagined getting into a 4 cyl BMW because I love the inline 6, but after test driving the new 4 cyl turbo, and thinking about where the industry (and consumer needs) are going with regard to efficiency, I was very open to the new engine and am even excited about a "new" car in every sense of the word.
I pick up my car next week. Anyone have any experience in their 2012 yet and want to share your experience or offer tips?
#2 of 16 Re: 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience [tenet1]
Dec 30, 2011 (10:16 pm)
The problem for many of us is that the 528i is no longer available with a manual transmission. I'd love to have a 528i 6-Speed manual (my previous BMW was a 530i 5-Speed), but if I want the stick I'm going to have to spring for a 535i; looks like I'm going to have to "settle" for a new F30 328i. Oh the sacrifice.
#3 of 16 Re: 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience [shipo]
Dec 31, 2011 (6:35 am)
Hi Shipo - I remember you from the e46 board many many years ago. Nice to see you are still around. You always had great information to share and stories to tell. I take it you are in the market for a new BMW. What are you trading from?
After 10 years with my e46 325i I must report that I am always going to drive a BMW. My e46 is the most reliable and fun car I ever had. Only reason I am moving to the 528 is because of the new car itch, and because it's probably time to move one. It will be sad to see the e46 go to another home. Hope all is well.
#4 of 16 Re: 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience [tenet1]
Dec 31, 2011 (8:43 am)
After the 530i my business parterner and I decided to launch a new niche business, and as part of that we opted to lose our nicer rides in favor of, ummm, errr, lesser mounts. In my case I went from the 2002 530i to a 3.8 liter 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport which I drove until the clock was showing nearly 180,000 miles. Then, as money was still tight and as I needed a new car which could be relied upon to put in 100 miles or more per day, I switched into a 2.0 liter 2009 Mazda3 i TVE 5-Speed.
Now that our finances are finally starting to look up, my wife just traded our last Caravan (of three) in on a new 2012 GTI 6-Speed, and in another year or so I'll (hopefully) be in the market for a new BMW, once again via European Delivery.
Funny thing; had I known we'd start that new business I would probably have kept my 1999 328i for the duration instead of moving up to the 5er. How many miles do you have on your 325i?
#5 of 16 Re: 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience [shipo]
Dec 31, 2011 (12:44 pm)
Good to hear. I have put 105k over 10 years but likely to put on more every year moving forward. Wish you well in the new year.
Personally, I am excited about the 4 banger with all it's new efficiency. I'm going to stay the trend with BMW. I think they are on to something. I personally would like more mpg.
#6 of 16 Re: 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience [tenet1]
Jan 03, 2012 (11:19 am)
Have a 2012 528 xi for about 2 weeks now. I also drove the 335 xi and would say that the 528 with the turbo is quick when you need it while getting high mpg. My experience has been very good.
#7 of 16 Re: 2012 BMW 528i Driving Experience [ssi05]
Jan 03, 2012 (11:28 am)
ssi05 - What do you think of the stop/start feature? is it noticeable, and under what conditions does the car turn off? Do you leave the feature on or off? I pick my car up tonight!
#8 of 16 2012 528i Gasoline grade
Jan 06, 2012 (8:55 am)
Ok, so I have been a long time BMW owner and have always put premium as suggested by BMW. However, I picked up my 2012 528i this week and the dealer told me that the new engines require 89 octane gas. However, upon closer reading of the label by the tank, I see it says that fuel with 89 minimum, and BMW recommends 91. I am confused. Should I fill it with 89 or 91? In the past they clearly specified 91 or higher.
What are your thoughts
#9 of 16 2012 Start / Stop feature
Jan 06, 2012 (8:51 am)
Anyone with a 2012 know how the start/stop feature works. Mine stops at some lights and not at others. Then sometimes it even stops in stop and go traffic. I know that i can turn it off, but i think the system is not very smart. Any thoughts?
#10 of 16 Re: 2012 528i Gasoline grade [tenet1]
Jan 06, 2012 (10:22 am)
Here's the deal, your engine is able to detune itself so that it can safely run on midgrade fuel, that said, you will get your best power and fuel economy if you run Premium.