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    Hello everyone, new member, Mark in essex.

    Not sure if ive made the right decision here,

    After running my T reg mondeo zetec into the ground between 1998 to June 2009 I finally took plunge and bought an 06 535D M sports, always wanted a BMW one day and after a long period of research and hard saving I think I made a good choice. Unfortunately it opened my eyes to BMW and what it was actually like to drive a fantastic fast car and after a further years saving and a little help from Tesco finance i've now been the owner of an 06 plate M5 for 3 weeks. My wife thinks the 535d just went in "for some modifications" as its still silver (slightly darker but she hasnt noticed) and same interior trim colours.

    Trouble is its actually not been a great 3 weeks, the in town driving experience has been even poorer than I was expecting and rolling back on slip road inclines is plain scary. Im sure there's a learning curve but im already wondering if ive sacrificed a great car and approx 10 grand for something altogether too complicated to compensate for the occasional M mode blast when I havn't got the kids in the back. Most of the reviews I read said the M5 could still act as a practical everyday family car but im not so sure now.

    Thanks for reading my post, what do people think?

    here's some pics of my now departed 535d and the new arrival
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    you should have hill assist to stop you roiling back on hills my brother in law had the same problem then he found the button
     
     

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    AN M5 is never a bad decision mate, many welcomes you lucky bugger
     
     

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    Welcome Mark

    The E60 535d is an excellent car, the E60 M5 is an amazing car. You say town driving experience is poor - in what way?

    Could you explain rolling back on slip roads more? Sounds like something that could happen on any car surely?

    Either way I hope you start to love the car, I'm sure it won't be long. Nice selection of BM's on the drive too
     
     

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    the hill control only holds the brakes for about 2 seconds iirc, you've gotta be pretty quick with it, which in turn makes you look like a plum as you shoot forward It also doesnt work if you've used the handbrake
     
     

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    Thanks everyone,

    Deano16v has summed up the problem, if im too quick and forceful moving over from brake to accelerator pedal I lurch forward, looking like a real idiot, if i'm too slow I start to roll backwards. Checked the manual, you actually have 1 second to switch pedals. On the occasions Ive tried to use the handbrake as part of the sequence ive completely made an ass of myself. Having size 12 shoe size doesnt help!

    Hope practice will make perfect. Need more time trying out the different auto/manual gearbox settings and gear change timings I suppose before I make any informed comment on town riding. Obviously everything else about the car is awesome, as long as I can keep a license to drive it.
     
     

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    just make sure you're already in 1st gear and dont use the handbrake. The hill-assist wont work with the handbrake or while you're in neutral. Easier said than done. Putting it in Auto isnt much better round town either to be fair
     
     

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