The Road to Philadelphia – the BMW 535d’s Final Journey and Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 May 2015
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It feels like only yesterday that we took delivery of the Moonstone Metallic BMW 535d in Munich at the BMW Welt. The 5er was something we had waited for with great anticipation, after having spent over two years with BMW’s first clean diesel sedan, the 335d, which was followed by the X5 xdrive35d and the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.

The 535d was first announced for the U.S. market in early 2013, shortly after BMW debuted the 328d sedan and wagon.  It wasn’t alone in its market segment: Audi had just started selling the A6 TDI, and Mercedes-Benz had been offering an E-Class diesel sedan in the U.S. for several years.

Despite the wonders of the 335d, what I really wanted was a diesel 5er. My hopes were further encouraged three years ago by the late, great Jack Pitney, then BMW’s vice president of marketing, when I inquired about the possibility of a 5er diesel.  “You won’t be disappointed,” he told me shortly after I took delivery of the 335d at the BMW Welt.


He was true to his word.

The 535d took my nephews and me to St. Moritz, to Bozen in the South Tirol, to Verona, and back to Munich where we turned it over to The Diesel Driver’s European Editor, Christian Stampfer, who looked after it for two weeks before its voyage across the Atlantic.

In the interim, the 5er made numerous trips largely in the Northeast, including a drive to the Adirondacks a few months ago.

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