BMW 535i F10 (Stage 3 Tuned) Review | Owner’s Perspective

 

BMW 535i POV Drive video :

I drive a 2011 BMW F10 535i which has about 500+hp, with the owner giving his thoughts on his car

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wah the driving position also very low ah. what’s up guys Syed here and today I am in a BMW 535i and

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the owner is right beside me so this car
as you can see from the outside has you

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know a list of mods that we’re gonna
take a look at later on but yeah just

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some quick specs for this car this has
the N55 3 liter turbo engine which you

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know you can find in all your other BMWs
that end with a 35 like your F30 F32 335 or 435 all

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that stuff yeah and this car stock I
believe it comes with about 300

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horsepower something like that, 302 horsepower and about

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400 Newton meters of torque so off the bat its actually quite fast 0-100 if I’m

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correct about 6.1 seconds but
this car has a stage three yeah this

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car has a stage three tune so it’s way
faster than that maybe you know Richard

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you wanna share with us like why you got this car? so I chose this car because

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previously I was driving a golf cabriolet it was two doors so it was a

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bit tough to ferry around friends and
family sometimes you just have to climb

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into the backseat so mainly I was
looking for something with four doors

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for family and friends
so yeah. why 535 why not like

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520, 528 ? I think 535 because the, it has a lot of

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tuning potential correct as you know N54 N55 it can really push up to five six

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hundred horsepower while maintaining the reliability correct so overall very

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tunable engine yeah and I saw condition
of this was very good mileage was quite

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low so 70 something 74k KM over 9 years so mileage is

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actually quite good. yep you’ve owned the car, you just

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got the car right? about one and a half to
two months okay maybe I mean reliability

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all put aside what how has the
ownership experience of a 535 been like

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for you? the ownership experience so far
is good I mean it is a step up from the

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Golf in terms of the interior. definitely
and performance for sure the what I

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like about it is that like I said again
the 4 doors and you can ferry around

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friends and also the boot space is way
bigger

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sometimes my dad and my friends like to play golf so the

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golf bag goes in without any problem
yep ok the thing that I probably will

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miss is being able to drop the top. golf
cabriolet. yeah so that’s the

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fact. worth it for the trade off. its worth it. but another downside is the size of the car oh yeah yeah yeah correct

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for the golf its very very placeable you
know carpark you don’t have to worry

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it’s like a mini pocket rocket yes u dart around traffic whereas this is

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more like you have to be more conscious
okay if I’m going in a parking lot you

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know if it’s tight you have to make sure
be extra careful okay

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the mods and all that was it from the
previous owner or most of the mods came

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along with the car okay but I realtered
a bit of the tuning the wheels

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the methanol injection here and there. so what do you know should we talk about the mods first?

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okay nvm we talk about what you
like first. so what do you like about this

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car? about this car what i like is that it is very sort of a sleeper spec in

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terms of in terms of this is not a sleeper. the way your car looks it’s not, but I know what you mean

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like it looks like a regular sedan yeah
like if you if you go next to like maybe

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performance like a Maserati okay and you
pull up next to a Maserati he wouldn’t

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expect that you will be able to keep up
to keep up or even be of a worthy competitor. maserati also not say super fast or anything

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yeah do I get what you mean
okay the engine is also very smooth

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correct. 6 cylinder so gear shifts all
you don’t really feel it unless you are

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in sport shifting yourself or
aggressively driving other than that you

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know it has two personalities ah. flip it into sport you can you know can be fast

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performance oriented comfort mode is
basically your everyday luxury sedan

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in terms of drivability
it doesn’t really shake it doesn’t

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really you know you still get your usual
five series comfort in terms of the

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seats and drivability. yup.

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maybe let’s talk a bit about the mods that you have on the car like the legal ones

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yeah let’s talk a bit about the mods that you have on the car

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maybe you wanna share like what kind of mods you have. I know there’s a long list maybe

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just the important ones la
yeah so this car the major mods are

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probably the turbo from pure so it’s a
hybrid turbo which increases the power

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by quite abit. this car also has a full
Eisenmann exhaust system

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yeap. performance methanol injection, it also has your

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Brembo GT6 & GT4, Wagner intercooler, okay so quite a few substantial

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mods but for me its really worth it because it changes the whole

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driving experience. okay for stage three tune, your gearbox is stock? my gearbox has also

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been tuned. oh no wonder. this is the ZF8-speed gearbox so I recently did a tune for

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the gearbox where it will.. to handle the
extra power and

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also the clamping force of the clutch
will be even faster so you get faster

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shifts you know if you were to floor it and
the car will drop gear it will be faster so in

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terms of response the stock tune has a limiter for the torque in 3rd and 6th gear okay

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so this derestricts that limit so in
the 3rd gear and 6th gear you will feel more of a pull I would say

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no wonder just now when u were pulling it felt.. the one that i say

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it’s a you know the wheel spin and all that. and then what do you dislike about this car?

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what I dislike is

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sorry before u continue, what’s your fuel consumption like?

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i have no idea. yeah yeah just now u mentioned. okay nvm maybe i’ll do a voiceover later on

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what do u dislike about this car? the price. one one of the things that I dislike is probably the price of the car

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yeah you said depreciation was a bit
higher that you wanted it to be yeah

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how much is the depre for this? the depre for this was 32k. oh ya, u got it at 70k oh yeah it didn’t occur to me

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oh damn so quite high for your standard 535 yea

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thats like M3 M5 depre. other than the price? other than the price would

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probably be it’s a bit contradicting but
the like it’s so unassuming it’s not I

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feel like the golf in terms of how it
looks i prefer looks off my golf better

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serious? ya. I think this is a fantastic looking car. ya f10 generation very good-looking and

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it’s so in a way modifiable you know
yeah you can modify it to look how you want

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yeah i mean looks are personal right, yeah

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I don’t think it’s a bad looking car I
just think that it’s not

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as good looking as your golf? for me
right the golf turns more heads. dont put it in

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serious? for me when I drive Orchard or whatever when I drove the golf people are looking.

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is it with the top down? ya. ok maybe it’s with the top down but for this. I will look at

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this. just me la. for this I have many friends calling me and say eh i saw you i saw you

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bro that’s not me i’m not at Jurong. because all the 5 series

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generally if you are not a car person they look alike. yes correct

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even though you change the diffuser, M-sport kit whatever it is people usually

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see the tail light okay the same color ah
that’s him but it’s not me so that’s what

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I mean by it and there’s a lot of 5
Series F10 specifically in Singapore. like

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everywhere yeah maybe there’s another
thing also la ok. but that also means the

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community is quite strong yeah and good
btw i was kicked out of an F10

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group last time because I was inactive. every day you know the Whatsapp chat

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cuz I was in two of them . 2 BMW
groups and then every day like hundreds

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or thousands or chats and I cannot
keep up. it way too much spam. yeah so I

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can’t keep up and then after a while I
didn’t go for their meetups because I

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didn’t even know there was a meetup coz of so many chats and they kicked me out

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coz i was inactive. then let’s say somebody is looking to

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get a five series or just a 535. do you have any comments or anything u wanna

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share with them? I think apart from the usual making sure

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all the reliability issues are in check.
I think overall so far it has been

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proven quite reliable even though you
may be exploring to tune the car. I would say

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probably don’t hesitate with a stage one. because the engine can take it because

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this type of cars are built for they are
able to actually they have more potential

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so with a stage one tune i feel that
you wouldn’t be compromising on anything

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reliability or anything. yeah I mean it’s
controversial to each and everyone’s

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perspective but so far some of my
friends they’re also driving N55

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M235 all these. all no problem. for this car its my first rear wheel drive car so

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previously the golf was front-wheel
drive I’ll say it is very different in

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terms of especially cars with slightly
higher bhp ok. this is not slightly higher this is way higher

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on rainy days which currently we have you
really have to take note in terms of

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how you drive because even on half
throttle the wheel may slip

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yep so the driving characteristics
although more fun than front-wheel drive

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arguably it is something that you sort
of will be reminded of by the car if

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you’re not careful so sometimes you know you’re just driving normally

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you press a bit more than you should
it spins and sort of like wakes you up

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abit scary yeah. right now your car
is pushing out about 500 horsepower

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500 horsepower. yeah okay have you tried
the 0-100 timing all that? I’ve

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tried but not accurately mainly off just
measuring from my phone now okay well

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because rear wheel drive I think if u floor it it’s gonna spin and it’s

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gonna affect your timing yeah
the 0-100 is not super super fast its

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its heavy also la. ya its a heavy car. its in the low four seconds four point oh that’s good enough

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yeah because stock is
about 6.1 I think

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5.8 to 6.1 so that’s about two seconds off its quite a lot

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that’s quite a big difference

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yeah so guys that’s about it for this
review thank you so much for watching

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hope you enjoyed it do like share
comment and subscribe and then I’ll see

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you guys in the next review

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