I've been thinking a lot about getting an E60 M5...primarily because of the V10 engine, so I finally decided to do a test drive and headed to my local bmw dealer who had one in stock. The sales guy was pretty nice so just handed me the keys and sat shotgun. First thing I noticed at startup is how horrible the engine sounds at cold/idle...it almost sounds like a diesel tractor.
Anywho, started making my way through the parking lot and along came a series of three speed bumps....i'm talking about those nasty small concrete ones: http://www.champion-america.com/medi...72d/39187L.jpg
The sales told me to really slow down for those...so I gently lifted off the accelerator a bit and the whole car jerked & slowed pretty badly and as I slowly tried to go over the bumps...the experience was anything but pleasant. Ironically, right then, the first thing that came to my mind was Jeremy Clarkson's top gear review: "....at slow speeds, it's dimwitted and jerky"...because thats exactly what I felt. Now, I did double-check the settings and I wasn't in M mode, the suspension and gear box settings were all normal too.
I thought that maybe the clutch needed re-calibration etc, so I asked the sales guy and he said that's just the way this car is. Now I'm wondering if this car is suitable at all for driving to/back from work at rush hour. What do you guys think, is this just the way SMG is? how is this car to drive during rush hour/stop-and-go traffic? I don't wanna come home everyday throwing up.
PS. Once I got on the main road...the car was definitely nice....although the salesguy didn't let me go over 5K.