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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
Jun 11, 2005 (10:28 am)
Just had H&R sport springs installed.. and what a difference. They made my 2004 525 handle about 90% of a sport packaged BMW. Of course I will NEVER order a BMW without the sport package again. I was trying to keep my cost down when I ordered the car back in 12/2004 ( I traded a 2000 323 with sports/premium) .
However the lesson is : if you want a BMW then get the sports package , if you want a luxury ride ; buy Lexus...
Because there is no vehicle made that handles like a BMW... !!
History: 1984 318i , 1990 323. 1992 BMW 525i, ( went to Lexus SC400 from 1996 to 2000) 2000 323, and last but not least 2004 525i.
#10469 of 12737 Re: Update... [fla528]
Jun 11, 2005 (10:48 am)
No software glitches with your 2004 525i?
Jun 11, 2005 (11:14 am)
No software problems, the dealer actually installed the springs. Just took out the old and put in the H&R springs.. still do not have active steering or active roll stabilization. But the upgrade only set me back $1,1000. This was done by their motorsports department. This was a LOT cheaper than trading my 2004 for a 2006 525 with sports/premium/nav...
NOTE: anyone looking at buying a 5 or even 3 series... BUY the car with the sports option!.. ..you will regret it if you don't!
Jun 11, 2005 (11:15 am)
thats $1,100. not 1,1000........
#10472 of 12737 Euro Delivery
Jun 12, 2005 (9:06 am)
Folks, sorry for the redundant question - I know its been asked countless times.....what is the lead time from order placement to delivery in Munich for the Euro delivery program? I'm planning to order the 525 Xi
#10473 of 12737 Sport package for 2006 530xi touring
Jun 12, 2005 (8:01 pm)
The sport package option on the BMW American site for the 530xi touring 2006 model lists only sport seats and the shadow trim. I have a couple of questions for you experts about this option. 1. Are there any other changes (e.g., more firm suspension) that are also part of the sport package option on this touring model that are not listed? 2. I have the impression (but not much information) that sport seats are not very comfortable. Is that the case? How different are they in comfort from the standard seats? I have seen the power thigh extension (or whatever they're called) that appear to come with these seats and liked those--but I don't want a very uncomfortable seat for longer trips.
Finally, on a different issue: When I was exploring getting a 5-series touring before the major model change a couple of years ago, I found a dealer here who seemed to be willing to set a price that was essentially the American invoice price minus the European delivery discount. That helps! Is that pretty common?
Thanks for your expert advice and opinions.
#10474 of 12737 Re: Sport package for 2006 530xi touring [rwenger]
Jun 13, 2005 (8:10 pm)
I'll defer to the experts for most of your questions, but I can tell you that a preference for sport vs comfort seats is entirely subjective: I have an 02 530 with sport, and I much prefer the stiffer sport seats. My neighbor has an 05 545 and he likes the comfort seats.
FWIW, I just took a trip to LI (from MD) this weekend, some 230 miles or so. On the way there, I sat on a pillow because my hamstrings have been acting up (baseball injury) and driving becomes uncomfortable after some 40 minutes. (At home I have found that sitting on a firm/hard surface is very uncomfortable after awhile but sitting on a pillow relieves the pain.) The trip was agony (6 hours of burning, shooting pains up and down my legs) anyway, so on the way back I ditched the pillow (I figured it couldn't be any worse without it). To my surprise, the trip home, while still painful, wasn't anywhere nearly as bad as the trip up. The moral of the story is that the sport seats might be stiffer than the other seats, but stiffer is not necessarily bad. The best way to know which you want is to drive the car with both seats and see which you prefer.
Jun 13, 2005 (8:34 pm)
For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath--and you know who you are --here are my mileage numbers for my long-awaited trip to LI for my reunion:
For the trip up and part of the trip home, I went 356.6 miles and burned 12.554 gals of gas. 28.405 mpg. BUT--while I made excellent time cruising at 80 (and over) mph for the first 4 hours, I sat in miserable, nasty, stop-and-go traffic for the last two and a half hours . So I think 28+ is respectable. (I had thought I would try to make the entire trip on one tank, but I just couldn't pass up premium for $2.159/gallon.)
For the rest of the trip home (which I swear is entirely uphill)--and a little bit of local highway driving--I went 198.4 miles and used 7.410 gals. 26.775 mpg. Trip home took 3 hours 45 minutes. (I think I set some kind of record.)
I keep the OBC reading on range, and while I drive I keep an eye on what it says. My best range was either 555 or 560, which means at some point during my trip, I was getting a good 30-31 mpg.
Driving this car is a BLAST. I wish I had more long distance places to go...
#10476 of 12737 Re: Well, that was fun [cmybimmergo]
Jun 14, 2005 (4:58 am)
Glad it worked out.
#10477 of 12737 Re: Well, that was fun [cmybimmergo]
Jun 14, 2005 (6:18 am)
Now yer talkin', them's the kinda numbers I would expect. So, in the end, what proved to be the problem? The ECU firmware?