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  1. Newbie thinking of a 535D M Sport. Currently drive a 420Bhp Impreza 
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    Afternoon all.

    Never owned a BMW before but as I've just turned 40 I think it's about time to ditch my Impreza STi which I've owned for almost 8 years and taken from 300 Bhp to over 420Bhp & 400 FtLbs Torque. Fed up with 20 Mpg and the inclination I have to tinker with the setup. It's currently for sale and considering a 535D M Sport as It's replacement.

    Big question is this my daily commute is only 10 miles each way. 8 miles of which is on fast B roads and the other 2 in town.

    Will that be enough for the car to fully warm up enough and for me to see the benifit of a diesel over a petrol? I'm not worried about the cost of diesel in comparison to petrol as I currently have to use either Shell V Power or Tesco Momentum in my STi.

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    Mine warms up properly inside about 3 or 4 miles but the thermostats in them are notoriously unreliable as they age. Get ones that are good and yes it'll warm up ok in that time but they're pretty heavy on diesel when used in urban driving. 8 miles of B roads up and down gears when driving enthusiastically (are you aware the 535D is only available as an auto) will also take its toll on fuel consumption.
     
     

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    535d is a great car but not so good for short journeys or twisties its a bit big for that.
     
     

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    What sort of MPG do you think I'd be looking at for that sort of commute ? If were only looking in the 20s or low 30s then would a 530 M Sport Petrol be a better bet ? I get around 20 Mpg in the Impreza.

    I do a few long trips during the course of the year from Essex to both Cornwall & Manchester. But that is the exception to the rule.

    As for the handling I'm over the whole rock solid coilover laden, big ARB Impreza which shakes your teeth out but admittedly grips like a limpet. Having yet to drive the 5 series I'm imagining it to be softer and maybe less composed but in M Sport guise it must surely handle well ??
     
     

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    The ride is quite stiff on an M-sport but not teeth rattling so. Switching from run flats to non run flat tyres improves it a bit.

    Fuel consumption, I average low to mid 30's in mine (mine is a tourer though) but I do more distance driving than you do. For your use I would guess at mid / upper 20's.

    Remember the DPF factor too, these need time to regenerate and if you're predominantly doing town journeys then this could give you issues.

    I very much doubt a 530i will prove more cost effective than a 535d, especially once the difference in resale value is accounted for.
     
     

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    Very new to BMW's lol. What's DPF ??
     
     

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    Diesel particulate filter, but it's not a component that is particular to BMW. All modern diesels have had them fitted as a matter of course since 2009 but most manufacturers (including all 535d's I'm sure) have been fitting them for much longer.

    On the earlier cars they're considered to be a service item at 125000 miles and are very expensive to replace, though with proper use many people get a much longer life out of them. Later cars were redesigned and are claimed to be fitted for life but I don't know how true this holds.

    Some info on DPF's:

    diesel particulate filter (dpf) | AA
     
     

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    BMW have designed the diesels to warm up in 10km or 10 minutes on the older M57 engines but the newer N57 engines that appears in the F10 (new 5 series) and is badged as a x40d in the 6,7,X5,X6 and 5GT models warms up much faster as it has a manganese block and not case iron.

    As Vista says DPF's are an issue on all DERVS and need a good run every tank full to regen properly, I too have an M-Sport estate and the ride is just about family friendly and certainly not bone shaking but enjoyably firm.

    I would second the other comments though, if I were buying a BMW Impreza replacement, it would be a 2-3 year old 335i (turbo'ed straight 6 three litre block) M-Sport, lots of fun, lost most of the depreciation value and throughly bomb proof
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    Thanks guys. Great help
     
     

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    I average 42mpg in my (2009) 535d. I drive 30 miles to work each day, country roads, hilly and twisty. But this will depend how you drive.

    If you do less than, say 15000 miles, you may be better with the 530i. This should still do high 30s, and although the 535d has bags of power, it's still a diesel and will not have the same throttle response as the 530i. Best bet would be to drive both and see which you prefer.

    The main benefit you will get with either is to lose the boy racer image you get with the Impreza. Welcome to middle age!
     
     

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