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#243 of 292 LATCH System in 2002 540iT ???
Oct 03, 2004 (8:53 am)
Would appreciate if someone could let me know if the 2002 540iT has the LATCH system (could not find it in a 2001).
Thanks Alec, Toronto Canada
#244 of 292 Towing Capacity/Capability
Mar 28, 2005 (10:37 am)
I'm looking for a 99-01 model import wagon and the 99 528iT is one model I am considering. One requirement is the ability to tow a small boat (about 2,500 lbs total). Has anyone pulled a boat with this car?
Mar 31, 2005 (2:03 pm)
2,500 lbs shouldn't be a problem. BMW makes a custom hitch for the iT, but it may only be rated to 2,000 lbs. Does the 2,500lbs inlcude everything (trailer, equipment, etc.)? How far will you be towing it?
#246 of 292 Newer model with LESS power? -- 528iT vs 525iT
May 06, 2005 (7:55 pm)
Just started looking for a 5-series wagon. A 1999 through 2002 would be in my price range. I am curious about the DECREASE in power going from the 1999-2000 528iT to the 2001 525iT. The 528 has 193 hp/206 ft-lb (7.9 sec 0-60) vs the 525 which has only 184 hp/175 ft-lb (8.8 sec 0-60). These figures are from Edmunds. I would not have guessed that 9 hp could shave almost a second off the 0-60 time, but the 528 does have disproportionately higher torque which would explain the better acceleration. Curb weight is the same.
What improvements in the newer 525iT would offset this significant decrease in power?
#247 of 292 Re: Newer model with LESS power? -- 528iT vs 525iT [blue911]
May 07, 2005 (3:36 am)
Improvements? Not worth going with the less powerfull engine. After much debate, we leased an 01 525iT. After two years we sold it and leased a 03 540iT. (Now BMW gets it right - they're offering the big 3.0L 6 in the wagon for 05/06).
Not so much the HP, the 2.5 in the 01 is lacking torque. The engine makes the car barely adequate in the driving experience. We have a family of four and sometimes fill the cargo space. The engine struggles during rapid acceleration and climbing any sort of hills. While the big V8 is really unnecessary (but a hell of a lot of fun!) the small 6 was a major disappointment.
If you can find a 99 or 00 528iT with low miles, get that over a 01-05 525iT.
#248 of 292 Re: Newer model with LESS power? -- 528iT vs 525iT [blue911]
May 14, 2005 (7:26 am)
The 2000 is the best year because it's the only year you can get the 2.8L with the 5 spd steptronic automatic transmission.
May 26, 2005 (2:51 pm)
I just pulled the trigger on a low miles 2000 528iT. Drives great. Actually preferred the feel vs. the two 540iT's I test drove, and obviously the mileage is better. Very psyched!
#250 of 292 New 5 Series Wagon
May 26, 2005 (6:20 pm)
Anyone know if the new ones have made it into the showrooms yet! You can configure one on the BMW site but I didn't see one when I window shopped today?
#251 of 292 87 octane gasoline
Jun 13, 2005 (11:35 am)
Does any one uses 'regular'?. My 00 528iT manual states that the engine is equipped with knock sensors so even lower grade gasoline can be used - provided 87 is met. So I pour the regular. No problems. So many people hesitate. Why?
#252 of 292 Cargo Volume Shrinkage
Jun 20, 2005 (6:56 am)
My 2001 525 wagon had been rated as having 65 cu ft of cargo volume with the seats folded down.
The 2006 model is rated at 58 cu ft. despite the larger overall dimensions.