2011 BMW 550i xDrive sedan: Great on snow and ice -- an AutoWeek Long-Term Update

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We averaged 18.4 mpg throughout  our primary  quarter by means of  the 2011 BMW 550i xDrive.
We averaged 18.4 mpg throughout our primary quarter by means of the 2011 BMW 550i xDrive.

By: Roger Hart on 6/30/2011

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Our BMW 550i xDrive arrived in Detroit now in occasion to ferry us from side to side one of the snowiest winters southern Michigan has recorded in a century. And as,at the same time as the car arrived by means of the store Goodyear Eagle LS2 run-flats so as to are scheduled as "all-season tires," we wrap up chill tires preceding to the staff was turned loose by means of the car. After creation it from side to side the spirit of the sour chill secure and sound, we now all thankful for so as to decision.

The first-quarter log book is full by means of praise, not merely for the Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3s but for the ,whole 550i itself.

"This is the the majority excellent 5-series I've person's name in yet," one not practical wrote.

"This is a terrific car, not so as to I was expecting no substance which less," one more said.

The twin-turbo V8 underhood is creamy smooth, and the eight-speed routine broadcast intended the intended to maximize all 400 hp available. But by means of the chill we experienced, the 550i was additional snowmobile supposed sports education sedan.

Driver following intended noted the car's constancy in the snow and ice and the self-assurance it instills at the wheel. "With snow tires and all-wheel drive, petroleum car's a genuine sled dog," one not practical wrote. Another was additional succinct: "This obsession rocks in the snow."

Our merely hiccup in the primary inquisitiveness months was, incidentally, tire-related. The store run-flats now swapped for normal radial snow tires, and we now absent with no a spare. Pothole season has person's name cruel. One not practical couldn't avoid slamming eager on a chiefly big pothole and blew out the correct front tire. The wheel wasn't damaged but the tire was toast.

A name to Tire Rack establish the Dunlops out of stock. The closest it might approach to matching the tread pattern was by means of a Pirelli Winter 240 Sotto-zero. So, $289.20 and a day later, we now rear on the road.

Now that we've covered those aspects of BMW, let's turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.

While the snow tires ,advertising huge footing for the winter, in the after that update, you'll discover out precisely how healthy we managed April showers.


2011 BMW 550i xDrive Sedan



FUEL ECONOMY: 18.4 mpg

FUEL COST: $1,000.05


MAINTENANCE: Purchase and install chill tires ($1,092.34); put back correct front chill tire ($289.20)

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