We opened this treatise on the idea of your ship coming in and your kids moving out. Go ahead, treat yourself to something nice. As with every used car purchase it's buyer beware. The controls are perfectly rational and matter-of-fact. It's a glorious car, one that excels for high-speed straightaway work and winding through canyons. On the intake side, there is an additional element between the cam lobe and rocker arm, an intermediate follower. The smile on your face will be ear to ear.
Have we railed enough against the odious iDrive controller that substitutes German computer mouse-think for simple knobs and buttons? Steering wheel movements are precise. In the 5-Series, Servotronic comes with Active Steering, as part of the Sport Package. There's no information coming back through the steering. At first, some of our drivers, particularly the younger ones, were put off by this lack of submissiveness. Most of its components are of aluminum, which reduces unsprung weight and thus optimizes the suspension's response to irregular road surfaces. The new 6-Series is utterly consistent with that tradition. Valvetronic varies lift - but to a far greater, and more fundamental, degree than any other system.
Should you want to invite passengers three and four into the rear--don't even think about it for average-size adults--the right-front seat makes a welcoming gesture: When you fold the backrest to open a passage, the seat itself automatically powers forward on its track. It's all so perfectly analog. Or press the M button on the console to activate shift buttons on the backside of the wheel. I would have liked to see the fuel economy guage and an option to look at the readouts through the digital readouts that the driver can scroll through. This is ground zero for combustion, and you're invited to enjoy it. The climate-control system responds to 11 buttons, two knobs, and a pair of four-way rockers all tightly spaced like some Chinese mosaic.
Had an Active Steering fault occur, but it was addressed by topping up the Pentosin fluid. I love the convertible top. Each of these 6-Series forebears was a unique automobile, distinguished in both engineering and esthetics from its sedan stablemates. The variable-ratio feature not to be confused with variable assist, nor with Active Steering's more dramatically variable ratio is achieved by special profiling of the rack-and-pinion mechanism's gear teeth. This car makes you want to risk getting a ticket every day of the week. The engine revs higher on the freeway in 6th gear than I would like but, is probably more responsive because of that.
For rear passengers, it's the same coupe story of too little headroom. The hood's aluminum outer and inner skins - the latter essential for strength - are bonded together with a new adhesive that gives it both longitudinal strength a factor in crash-energy absorption and vibration resistance. No waiting for the fronts to cut. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds during acceleration. Again, there are aftermarket solutions if the lack of these instruments truly bother someone. Let's just say, in the clinches, big horsepower gets respect.
Once these repairs have been done they are life time repairs for the most part. At some point, slip turns to slide and then to uncontrolled trajectory. The material used for most of the underbody fairing is Superlite, which is some 40% lighter than materials previously used for such applications. Acceleration tops the others, and the brakes outstopped them, too. The Valvetronic mechanism sits atop the intake valves on each of the V8's two cylinder banks. The car handles very crisply with the standard suspension setup.
When a five-figure sum will buy you something this rare—only 960 Maseratis were sold in the U. Upon contact by the camshaft lobe, this intermediate follower actuates the rocker arm and, in turn, the valve. Also look for cars that have had the main coolant pipe replaced as well. My spirits remained aloft with the cloth roof. But, there is an oil temperature guage. Powered by a 4-cylinder engine in 2-liter form, it came in two forms - 2000 C with 100 hp, with 120 hp.
Look for cars that have had oil valve seals, valve cover gaskets, timing cover gaskets, and anything else associated with an oil leak or oil burning repaired. Hey, we promised nice, remember? How about 0-to-60 in a -estimated 5. A followed shortly thereafter, as did a new and more powerful engine. Exterior styling is sporty, slightly aggressive, but still refined. There are 3 repairs that can be costly for an individual but relatively inexpensive at the dealer level as these repairs have become routine.