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    Hi, i have a 2012 318d which is a very nice car and my first bmw. However, i wish to buy another, allbeit older. I have looked at a couple of 2000 523i's as i am after the smooth 6 pot.
    My question is this, do the older cars drive a lot more sluggish? I ask this as the 2 i have driven were so slow it was embarrassing.. I had my foot planted and they just did not pick up.
    I realise that the diesel is going to very torquey but they even felt worse than my 2ltr petrol vectra.
    Is this how they drive? They were autos by the way. It was almost as if they were in too higher gear..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoocars View Post
    Is this how they drive? They were autos by the way. It was almost as if they were in too higher gear..
    Was the acceleration from a stand still or while driving? Normally, when you plant your foot on the gas, the car kicks down a gear or two and flies! Maybe you were in eco mode?

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    It was from still. Kickdown worked. I didnt know they have an eco mode.. My new one has. I put it in the manual sport mode and it was the same- just didnt want to pick up. I have had several V6 engined cars and they were a lot more spritely.
     
     

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    Maybe they "felt" slow but in actual fact, they were flying LOL BMW tends to be like that.

    What were the 2 that you test drove, mind me asking?

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    They were both 523i se models. The only difference was one had sports seats and the other didnt. Both autos. Its kind of hard to explain. My inlaws bought a MB s class 320d last week and that is the same- has no oomph until higher revs which is odd as its a d. The BMWs drove really smooth and I like that. When idling you couldnt tell if the engine was on or not..
    I think I need to check out some more.
     
     

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