4th Jun 2004, 07:41


Yes, I am, happily, the owner of the newly styled 530i. Don't believe all the things you hear in the reports, the car is a pleasure to drive, you certainly pay for it! ha ha. It's fabulous, the active steering is magnificent at low speeds and the general ambiance of the car is one of prestige and individuality. If you read the reports closely, the main gripe seems to be with the styling, you either love it or hate it. I love it, its definitely a head turner, that's for sure! Only one issue seems to be the some-what flawed i-Drive, which takes getting used to, and happily, I believe I have mastered the technique of driving and using the system at the same time. Great car!

4th Dec 2005, 21:23

I have a 2005 530i. I agree that the styling is quite horrible when you first see the car in print. However, the low, wide front give it a sinister and purposeful look in the metal. Rear end is still a bit unresolved, but certainly far better than pictures indicate. It actually has a great deal of on-road presence. As for the interior, it certainly doesn't have the class of a Mercedes, but it's far from low-budget. However, some of the plastics don't feel as though they'd last as long as they should (some have started to discolour slightly in my car)

22nd May 2006, 22:20

The Spangle BMWs look horrible in print, but I don't often look at pictures of my 530! I can honestly say that after initial reservations, I actually like the sytling of the car now. Most drivers spend their time looking out from the inside anyway, so styling shouldn't really matter as much as it does. The new look is interesting, if a little unresolved in places (I think someone slipped with the crayons when designing the Z4).