Diesel Engine Coming to BMW 5 Series Lineup

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BMW plans to offer a six-cylinder diesel engine in its 5 Series midsize luxury sedan in the second half of 2013. The debut joins a new diesel engine option for the 3 Series. Dubbed 328d, the compact luxury car uses a turbo four-cylinder diesel engine. Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW of North America, said the numerical designation for the 5 Series diesel hasn't been decided on yet.

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The last time BMW offered a six-cylinder diesel in one of its U.S. passenger cars was the 335d, sold from the 2009 to 2011 model years. Rated at 265 horsepower, the turbocharged diesel engine developed a commanding 425 pounds-feet of torque for impressive off-the-line performance. Six-cylinder diesel versions of the 5 Series already available in Europe offer similar levels of torque.

After years on the margins in the passenger-car segment, diesels are on the upswing in the U.S., and the gains are most apparent in the luxury segment. Audi plans to sell diesel versions of nearly all its passenger cars; BMW hasn't made that big of a commitment to the U.S. market, but it appears willing to test the waters a little more.

By Mike Hanley | March 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW M5

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The topline version of BMW's 5 Series sedan may be thrillingly fast, but a vague shifter and numb clutch ruin some of the fun, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The manual is a no-cost option that Bruzek thinks shoppers should skip in favor of the seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual, which Bruzek says is surprisingly fun to drive by comparison.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 24, 2013 | Comments (6)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week ushered in an almost entirely new crop of videos on our most-watched list, with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee shooting straight to No. 1. The second through fourth spots also were occupied by 2014 vehicles on display at the Detroit auto show. The lone holdover from last week was the 2013 BMW M5, which fell four spots to No. 5 from its previous perch atop the list. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

By Matt Schmitz | January 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In the 2013 BMW M5 video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek notes the high-performance sedan's class-consistent "big engine, big brakes, big wheels." The video put up commensurately big numbers, landing in the top spot among the most watched of the week. That knocked previous champ, the $26,000 Midsize Sedan Showdown video, to No. 3 while PickupTrucks.com's peek at Chevy's and GMC's new heavy-duty trucks for 2014 held its ground in second place. Check out the M5 video above and see which others were popular this week:

By Matt Schmitz | January 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW M5 Video

Like competitors in the high-performance sedan segment, the 2013 BMW M5 is big on bigness: big engine, big brakes, big wheels. But there are a few big differences that distinguish it from the pack, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. Its giggle-inducing quickness, optional six-speed manual transmission and gimmicky feature that reproduces engine roar in stereo are three of them. Before you drop more than $100,000 on the M5, you'd be wise to try out both transmissions and determine if you find the six-speed manual as "sloppy" as Bruzek did.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 BMW M5 and M6

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BMW is recalling 696 model-year 2013 versions of the M5 and M6 coupes and convertibles due to problems with engine's oil pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 19 through Sept. 11 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb); a manufacturing defect could cause the oil pump's driveshaft to separate from the rotor. This could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure and the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners later this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 5, 2012 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: High-Powered BMWs

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BMW is recalling turbocharged versions of several of its vehicles to address a faulty water pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles include model-year 2011 5 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo and model-year 2012 6 Series convertible, 7 Series, X5 and X6 vehicles. They use turbocharged eight- or 12-cylinder engines. A total of 2,846 units are being recalled.

In the affected vehicles, the circuit board that controls the electric auxiliary water pump could overheat. This could lead to a vehicle fire. In February, BMW received eight complaints of water pump failures. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this recall, according to the automaker.

BMW will notify owners this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 BMW 5 Series

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The real draw to any BMW is the driving experience, according to Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. But the 2012 BMW 528i disappointed in that department because it didn’t feel athletic on the road, Kim says. However, the sedan’s high-quality interior and roomy backseat redeemed it during her weeklong test drive.

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By Jennifer Newman | April 11, 2012 | Comments (2)

BMW Recalling 368,000 Vehicles

BMW 5-SeriesBMW is recalling 368,000 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles from the 2003-10 model years because of a potential problem with the car battery, according to Reuters.

In some of the vehicles, the electrical system may malfunction because the battery cable cover was incorrectly mounted, BMW told Reuters. As a result, the vehicle may not start or a fire may be ignited, BMW said. Less than 1% of the vehicles tested exhibited the issue, BMW says.

BMW says it's not aware of any injuries resulting from the defect. The carmaker will repair the cable free of charge, and the repair should take about 30 minutes to complete, Reuters says.

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By Colin Bird | March 26, 2012 | Comments (3)

2012 BMW 5 Series Hybrid Pricing

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BMW announced pricing for its 2012 5 Series hybrid sedan. Called ActiveHybrid 5, it will retail for $60,950 when it goes on sale in late spring. Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine found in the 535i, but it's joined by a 55-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack in the ActiveHybrid 5. It uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and has a total of 335 hp.

BMW expects the ActiveHybrid 5 to deliver an appealing blend of performance and fuel economy, with a 5.7-second zero-to-60 time and rumors of high mpg figures. BMW says the 5 Series hybrid should get see a big increase in fuel economy compared with the 535i's 21/31 mpg city/highway rating, though official figures haven't been released. The hybrid can operate in all-electric mode, but only for 2.5 miles at speeds below 37 mph.

Unlike BMW's short-lived sales dud, the X6 Hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5 won't be the priciest 5 Series in the lineup. Rather, it will sit midpack between the base 528i's $46,900 sticker price and the higher-level $64,300 550i xDrive sedan. The range-topping M5 model returns to the 5 Series lineup for model-year 2013.

All prices exclude BMW's $895 destination fee.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

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