Last post on Feb 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM
You are in the BMW 5-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#10536 of 12737 timpdix
Jun 24, 2005 (8:15 am)
I have a 1997 528iA with 122000 miles on it. It still looks, runs, and drives like new. In the past 40000 miles all it has needed is scheduled maintenance and brake pads. 1997 was the first year for the E39 platform and thus they did have a few more gremlins than the later cars. That said, a car with 80000 miles has probably had those problems sorted out by now. As always, a thorough inspection by a good BMW tech would be money well spent. I'd also want to see a complete service history so that I would know that the car has been properly maintained.
Jun 26, 2005 (11:42 am)
I saw a new 530i today... in Olivin Green (yes, that is the proper spelling)..
It evidently is a non-metallic color... as there was no upcharge for it on the sticker..
Different, attractive, and will probably make the car sale-proof, unfortunately..
#10538 of 12737 Re: New color... [kyfdx]
Jun 26, 2005 (12:06 pm)
Olivin green is listed on the BMW site as metallic.
#10539 of 12737 Re: New color... [hpowders]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jun 26, 2005 (12:09 pm)
Weird... Maybe 5-series don't have a charge for metallic paint?
EDIT: Yup.. thats it... No charge for metallic paint colors on the 530i..
#10540 of 12737 Fuse Location Needed
Jun 26, 2005 (6:08 pm)
I have a 2002 525 and the A/C is working I have located the fuse box in the glove compartment and in the trunk - Fuse 75 and 76 is not numbered - can anyone tell me where they are located
#10541 of 12737 BMW 530ix versus Audi A6 3.2
Jun 26, 2005 (8:18 pm)
I have owned several audi's in the last 9 years and found their performance and all wheel drive to be very good. Now that BMW has come out with all wheel drive in the 530, it may be time to get my first BMW.
How do they compare?
#10542 of 12737 5 series audio upgrade and nav system
Jun 27, 2005 (7:05 pm)
What are impressions of the audio upgrade for the 2006 5 series? When I was considering buying a 5 two years ago the dealer didn't recommend the one available then.
Also, what are the pros and cons of just getting a Magellan nav unit rather than selecting that option from BMW?
Thanks for your views.
Jun 28, 2005 (8:09 am)
Handheld - Pros
Can use with other vehicles/camping, etc
Less likely to be stolen if it isn't in the vehicle
May have POI database built into a map basebase
Need additional s/w for turnbyturn type directions
No voice activation
Wires for power lying around
May not have POI database built into a map basebase
Integrated look/feel in dash (attractive)
Turn by Turn directions and POI database
Can be easy to use - it depends (shrug)
Use may not be as intuitive or easy as a handheld
I have a handheld Magellan Meridian Platinum. I use it in my Jeep, my BMW, my truck, and I use it when camping, hiking, and basically whenever I feel like it. You need to look at when you may want to use it. If you want to use it outside of your vehicle, then a handheld may be a better choice. If you want it for directions to a particular address, then the in-car version may be a better option.
However, the Magellan has a new software (Topo 3D) that is supposed to have addresses and stuff built into it, so you MAY be able to get the best of both worlds with a Magellan and the Topo 3D. I haven't used it, so I can't be 100% confident in these statements. I plan to get it, but my Jeep's modifications have had priority.
I have heard that the DVD-based nav systems in the BMW's are a lot better than they used to be, but I still don't know how they compare to the likes of Infiniti and Acura (who are supposed to have some of the best in-car nav systems available).
Jun 28, 2005 (10:04 am)
I'm a big portable Garmin advocate & agree with just about everything Paul had to say.
I'm not familiar with Magellan units or software, but the Garmin I use most (I have two) has software loaded into my two laptops that allows me to plan trips, then download the necessary maps to the handheld unit, which then guides me turn by turn to my destination, with beeps when things are approaching.
The complete map sets (I sprung for the European ones also) are almost as useful as the GPS itself. I can drill down to any city or town in North America or Europe to the street level, mark what I need to, and connect it all with a route. If I don't like how the system has routed me through an area I know, I can force it to go the way I want. All this on a 17 or 19" computer screen, with a mouse and full keyboard. I can plan and store an entire multi-day business trip in a file, then download each day's travel as I need it.
No fooling around with dashboard buttons, or learning on the fly that the GPS wants to take me on a shorter path that I don't want to use. Anyway, the ability to use a full-up computer to plan things, then a portable handheld to execute them, is the winning combination for me. Plus which, the thing cost $350 & works in any rental car or in the airplane on the way.
Oh, it also saves a track of where I've been, with time and altitude stamps. At the end of the day I can look at an altitude profile and/or verify when I was anywhere all day, or best of all, when I screw up and don't turn when/where I'm supposed to, it shows me where I actually went while I'm being guided back to my intended route.
#10545 of 12737 Magellans can do that too
Jun 28, 2005 (1:24 pm)
I believe - route planning and the bread crumb features... forgot about it cuz I've never used it.