Another day, another 5-series generation. Today we have the F10. Stylistically speaking, the F10 series was more conservative than it’s E60 predecessor. Engines were largely carried over, but the V-10 of the M cars was replaced by a twin turbo V-8. The wagon died for the US market and unfortunately so did the manual transmission. When the lessons learned from my E60 ownership fade away, I’ll probably seek out a MT F10 and relearn them. From a model perspective, the F10 is interesting in that 3 manufacturers playing in the same market segment made models; Welly’s GT Autos did the 535i (and I believe a long-wheelbase version for China), Norev made the F11 550i Touring as well as the 550i sedan, and Paragon made the M5. They’re all pretty close in general, but the Paragon has a sloppy front suspension that allows that camber that Androo loves sooooo much. At least the play is in the suspension and not the wheel, so the fix should be more simple to do. Of the 3, the Paragon is the only one that is still relatively cheap. But don’t go to ebay, go to BMW. My local dealer has it for about $60. That’s what I call a good value, camber issues be damned.

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