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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
May 18, 2005 (12:53 pm)
High miles? You must be kidding! My wife's 1997 528iA has 120K and is still going strong. At 62k you might be looking at a water pump before too long. If it goes replace the thermostat and thermostat housing while you are at it. Parts and labor shouldn't amount to much over $200, though it's a fairly simple DIY job. I would still have the car inspected by a good BMW tech and if it checks out I'd make an offer. Check KBB, NADA, and Edmunds TMV to get a good idea of what other 2002 5ers are bringing. I'd also ask this question in the "Real-World Trade-IN Values" topic on the Smart Shoppers board. Finally, search for 2002 5ers within a 100 mile radius of your zip code on Trader Online and on cars.com. My gut reaction is that the price is high-but that's just my opinion. Do the research and you'll know for sure. Good Luck
#10415 of 12737 Re: looking at a 2002 530 with high mileage- good deal? [asema]
May 18, 2005 (1:07 pm)
Is this a private party or dealer purchase? My 02 530i 5 spd 45K miles with sport, premium, xenons, and everything else except upgraded stereo and nav cost me 31,950 before fees and taxes (and third party warranty). I bought it in December from a dealer.
#10416 of 12737 Re: Decision Time HELP!!! [khoon]
May 18, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Actually according to the 2006 5 Series BMW brochure:
2006 530Xi: 6.9 Seconds AT - same performance as my 2003 530i AT
2006 530i: 6.6 Seconds AT
#10417 of 12737 Re: looking at a 2002 530 with high mileage- good deal? [cmybimmergo]
May 19, 2005 (6:42 am)
hi. this is a private party sale. I do intend to take it to the dealer to get checked out. Will let you know what I find. thanks for your inputs.
#10418 of 12737 Re: looking at a 2002 530 with high mileage- good deal? [asema]
May 19, 2005 (7:18 am)
BMW NA web site for CPO cars allows you to check nationwide for comparison vehicles. Their data base is set up to sort by model, transmission, distance, color, year, mileage, body type and price.
#10420 of 12737 BMW 5 Series Article
May 25, 2005 (2:44 pm)
Check out the following link about the BMW 5 series:
BMW MSN Article
Those head rests(in the Photos tab) look nice; I don't have that in my '05.
#10421 of 12737 Re: BMW 5 Series Article [juniorbmw]
May 25, 2005 (3:31 pm)
The seats shown are comfort seats, I think, a $1200 option. I had comfort seats in my 02 530 and those were very comfortable. As much as I like the sport seats, they are not as comfortable for me after 2-3 hours.
#10422 of 12737 Advice Please...!!
May 26, 2005 (4:00 pm)
I have a 2004 525 without the sports package( I did not like active steering..and that was in the package in 1/04). I do like the ride of the sports equipped 5 series.
So here is my question, I contacted the dealer and asked about upgrading my car add sports suspension. They stated that it would run close to $3,500. for new struts and springs. However, their aftermarket department said I could go with just new springs....I think the name manufacturer was HM springs, and I would not notice the difference between my 525 and one with the factory sports suspension. This would only run close to a $1,000. to upgrade with keeping the existing struts...
Is this a good idea? and can I get that sports package feel by just going with aftermarket springs???........... thanks for all responses....!!!
#10423 of 12737 Re: Advice Please...!! [fla528]
May 27, 2005 (6:33 am)
While I admit I am not the biggest fan of sports package for a 5-series (I find the stock suspension on my '02 530 to be plenty firm for our crappy roads around Chicago, plus I didn't feel like bi-annual wheel changes), I think that changing the springs for you 525 would make a noticeable difference in ride/handling. But without changes to struts also, which act in concert with springs, I question whether you "would not notice the difference" v. factory sport package--any chance they have one for you to try?
Have you kept the stock wheels/tires? I ask because these greatly influence the "sporty" feel, with lower profile, grippier tires enhancing steering precision and feel. You might want to consider this change as an alternative/addition to the spring change.