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#253 of 292 height of cargo area - 2003 525iT
Jun 27, 2005 (8:12 am)
I'm considering buying a 2003 525iT from an online post so I can't actually see the car. I have a tall dog motivating the switch from an '01 passat sedan to a wagon. Can someone with a 525iT possibly tell me how tall the cargo area is ... I need it to be at least 3ft tall or the dog won't be able to stand/sit in back while riding.
#254 of 292 Re: height of cargo area - 2003 525iT [ra1076]
Jun 27, 2005 (1:42 pm)
That's a TALL dog. I just measured our wgn at 29.5". Unless the eyes are set
somewhat low, he/she won't be able to see out. Most dogs -one would
think- will tend to lie down once 'settled'. I have added a two-piece plywood
(edged with plastic a la picture frame) floor panel. Something like this
would protect the material.
Good luck to your dog.
Jun 28, 2005 (8:25 pm)
just bought a wagon and I wish to customize it.....does anyone have one of this model 90-94 and have they done any work to it?
#256 of 292 Re: height of cargo area - 2003 525iT [ra1076]
Jul 03, 2005 (11:36 am)
I currently have two large Goldens (110# & 106#) that ride in the back of my '99 528iaT for short trips (vet, groomer, etc). My previous Golden (70#) was very content to ride in the back with room to turn around, look out the window, etc. I purchased an LL Bean extra large rectangular dog bed that fit perfectly in the cargo space. This combination, along with putting up the netting to prevent him from reaching over the seat and drooling on my two boys in their car seats, was very effective. Hope this information helps!
#257 of 292 Tires for a 528i?
Jul 08, 2005 (6:59 pm)
Any recommendations for summer and winter tires for a 1999 528i wagon?
Thanks for the help about octane levels and after market warrenties
#258 of 292 Re: Tires for a 528i? [janetk]
Jul 18, 2005 (7:15 am)
Without question, Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50s for the winter (www.tirerack.com). For summer tires I have Continental ContiPremierContact P225/55R 16 94H on the '99 528 iaT OEM rims (luxury - not sport - package). I noticed that these tires tend to cause considerable vibration through the steering column when they're inflated to the manufacturer's specs. This was determined after numerous troubleshootings with my BMW maintenance dept. My option is to run them slightly less than what is spec'd for air pressure. The ride otherwise is nice. Great grip and cornering with these tires. I just went to tirerack.com and noticed that they no longer carry these tires (by this name). I hope this helps with your search.
#259 of 292 Re: 87 octane gasoline [grek]
Jul 22, 2005 (12:59 pm)
The car will run OK on 87, but I wouldn't do it regularly. These engines run very high compression rations (10+:1). The knock sensors will keep retarding the timing until the knock goes away, but you'll be running at way less than optimal iginition timing. The result, power and mileage go down, and, worse, peak combustion temerpatures go way up. Over time, this will cause premature valve wear and pit the pistons.
Many will disagree with me, but as added insurance, pay the extra few $$ and get the high-test.
#260 of 292 Re: height of cargo area - 2003 525iT [vanalder]
Jul 22, 2005 (1:03 pm)
BMW also makes a nice cargo liner for the iT. There's a dealer selling them on ebay, and I got mine for about $55.
#261 of 292 Re: Tires for a 528i? [janetk]
Jul 22, 2005 (1:09 pm)
I use Bridgestone Potenza RE950's for year-round driving and am very happy with them. Quiet ride (compared to the OE Dunlops), good rain tread (important here in Seattle), and OK all-weather capability (not so important here in Seattle).
Where do you live? If you have heavy snow, I'd use dedicated snows on narrower wheels for the best bite.
#262 of 292 Re: Tires for a 528i? [janetk]
Jul 29, 2005 (5:33 pm)
I had Michelin Artic Alpin Snows for a season on my 528iT. Pretty darn good snows; night & day compared to the OEM Conti's on the car. But after reading the snow tire report in the Nov. '02 Consumer reports, I sold them & ordered a set of Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3's from the Tire Rack (I talked to Jim there). I got the same size as the orig. 16" tires (not narrower), & scored a set of like new BMW Style 33 wheels off a '99 540i for $400 out of a local "want-ad" publication to mount them on. (Now I just have to figure out whether to mount the snows on the new rims, or on my kind of beat stock rims, & use the new rims for summer).
Anyway, after reading CR, reading the owner ratings on Tire Rack, & talking to Jim, getting the Dunlop WS M3's seemed like a No Brainer to me. I also disagree with those who say that RWD bmw's are fine in snow with the summer tires--mine is almost undriveable in even 2-3 inches of snow w/the OEM Conti's.....