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Old 07-13-2013, 06:37 PM
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I'm a BMW noob, looking for a 5 series. A few of the cars I'm considering have the M Sport package and feature what appears to be a button behind the shifter. Is this indeed a button and if so, is this what activates the Active Roll Stabilization?

Also, how would you rate the M Sport package? Does it make the car hande alot better or just screw up the ride?
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by bimernoob View Post
I'm a BMW noob, looking for a 5 series. A few of the cars I'm considering have the M Sport package and feature what appears to be a button behind the shifter. Is this indeed a button and if so, is this what activates the Active Roll Stabilization?

Also, how would you rate the M Sport package? Does it make the car hande alot better or just screw up the ride?
It depends on what model year F10 you're looking at, as the packages changed since 2011. In 2013 for example the MSport package consists of the aero kit, a slightly lower ride height,stiffer coil springs, different rear struts and a different front stabilizer bar, and the MSport steering wheel. This is a passive suspension unless you have the dynamic handling package, which replaces the passive suspension with an active one. Yes, the mode switch controls the active suspension if the dynamic handling package is installed, otherwise it just controls steering, throttle response, and shift points.
The passive MSport suspension is stiffer without being harsh and in my opinion provides a much better driving experience.
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Originally Posted by Sonicendeavor View Post
It depends on what model year F10 you're looking at, as the packages changed since 2011. In 2013 for example the MSport package consists of the aero kit, a slightly lower ride height,stiffer coil springs, different rear struts and a different front stabilizer bar, and the MSport steering wheel. This is a passive suspension unless you have the dynamic handling package, which replaces the passive suspension with an active one. Yes, the mode switch controls the active suspension if the dynamic handling package is installed, otherwise it just controls steering, throttle response, and shift points.
The passive MSport suspension is stiffer without being harsh and in my opinion provides a much better driving experience.
Passive MSport suspension is great but it deletes the Active Roll Stabilization. My previous car, E60 550i, had both passive MSport suspension and ARS. It's a shame we can not order F10 with both MSport suspension and ARS.

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Originally Posted by geobmw View Post
Passive MSport suspension is great but it deletes the Active Roll Stabilization. My previous car, E60 550i, had both passive MSport suspension and ARS. It's a shame we can not order F10 with both MSport suspension and ARS.
Agreed. That would be a nice combination, especially with the heavier F10.
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Agreed. That would be a nice combination, especially with the heavier F10.
Just browsing, and noticed the ship tracker link in your sig. That's awesome!

I have an ED scheduled for 9/20. We'll get to drive the car for 10 days, then I'll start obsessing over its re-delivery to the US. Much like I imagine you are doing right now. (actually - you probably have your car. Right?)

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Hi - My E60 is in for repairs and the dealership provided me a 2013 528i as a loaner. I am a little surprised how 'quick' the car is for a 4 cylinder. The veh is a non sport model so I presume that the mode switch comfort/sport does not effect the suspension...am I correct. Also, the car is an automatic transmission (my car in manual) so does the sports shifter and the sport mode enhance any thing other than shift points ?
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Originally Posted by sportzfan76 View Post
Hi - My E60 is in for repairs and the dealership provided me a 2013 528i as a loaner. I am a little surprised how 'quick' the car is for a 4 cylinder. The veh is a non sport model so I presume that the mode switch comfort/sport does not effect the suspension...am I correct. Also, the car is an automatic transmission (my car in manual) so does the sports shifter and the sport mode enhance any thing other than shift points ?
You would need to have the dynamic handling package in order to have the driver experience switch affect the suspension. The switch controls throttle response, shift points, and steering feel.
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