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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#10620 of 12737 Re: is the i ok on snow and ice [humphrey1]
Aug 10, 2005 (8:43 pm)
I doubt that you need an xi. I also live in Kentucky; I have a 1997 528i that serves as my wife's commuter sled. I have a set of Michelin Artic Alpine winter tires mounted on steel wheels with BMW OEM wheel covers. In early December I install the winter tires(a very easy 45 minute job) and in mid to late March I re-fit the summer tires and wheels. Your car will need winter alloy wheels and I'd advise buying a wheel/tire package from Tire Rack. Couple some good winter tires with BMWs traction/stability controls and-in my opinion-only the most incompetent, bone headed drivers will have trouble in the wintry stuff. An added advantage is that you can then run true summer tires from April through November instead of under-acheiving all-season rim protectors.
#10621 of 12737 Re: is the i ok on snow and ice [humphrey1]
Aug 11, 2005 (4:11 am)
I also live in Kentucky and have a 2002 530i w/Sport Package. Last Christmas was the only time I could not or should not get out. The price difference and maintenance cost difference will rent alot of cars from Enterprise.
#10622 of 12737 Re: is the i ok on snow and ice [530ir1150r]
Aug 11, 2005 (5:49 am)
That storm last Christmas was a real mess-snow on top of a layer of ice. I live at the end of a 1/2 mile gravel farm road and it took me over 45 minutes to get my Jeep Wrangler out. Aside from that incident, the only time I haven't driven the 5er in the nasty stuff is when ground clearance has been an issue.
Aug 11, 2005 (6:55 am)
Although, I have a 3-series..
Skip the Xi, and get winter tires/wheels...
#10624 of 12737 Re: 1997 BMW 528i w/ 80,000 Miles [timpdix]
Aug 11, 2005 (6:59 am)
Maintenance is everything on this car. Plan on spending real money to keep in perfect running condition. The PLUS side is my car at 103000 ('97 528i) drives perfect and looks like almost new inside and out. The material quality and build quality make these cars defy age. BUT a vehicle service history and inspection by a real BMW facility is very important. I think with 80k and it being 8 yrs old any gremlins of a new model are already addressed. Know BEFORE you buy what service and how much will be needed. I wouldn't worry about '97 if you do the right things and would be a lot less money.
#10625 of 12737 Glad we're having this discussion now
Aug 11, 2005 (7:22 am)
I must tell you all that I'm glad to see this discussion (about the snow tires) going on now.
This way, those of us intrested can do the necessary research to have everything in place for Winter
Aug 11, 2005 (3:35 pm)
People just don't get it. Maybe it is ingrained in their head that they NEED AWD. Last Saturday after work I went and test drove an E90 325i. While waiting for my salesguy to finish up, I struck up a conversation with 2 different people checking out cars in the showroom. One guy said he was there to drive a 530Xi. They don't have any Xis yet, but had a 530iA w/ SP for him to drive. I tried to explain to him that a Sport Package 530i will drive much different from a 530Xi. His reply was that he'd get the Sport Package on the Xi as well. I tried to explain that all he'd need was a good set of winter wheels & tires and he wouldn't need AWD. He replied that he drives a lot from New Jersey to Long Island. Long ISland is FLAT! I just gave up at that point and told him good luck with the rest of his car shopping.
#10627 of 12737 nyccarguy
Aug 11, 2005 (8:35 pm)
Back in the early '90s I bought a five speed Thunderbird Turbo Coupe for a work beater. The previous owner maintained that it was horrible in the snow. I wound up driving it in all sorts of crummy winter weather and I only got stuck once-when I high-centered it on a pile of plowed snow. Years of FWD propaganda has convinced most US drivers that RWD is dangerous in any climate short of an arid desert. I've even heard people say that they need AWD because it rains a lot where they live. Sad...
#10628 of 12737 a question about safety
Aug 12, 2005 (1:17 am)
I have been searching online for safety info on the 04-06 530i (xi)
I am trying to decide on the purchase of a 530 or Volvo S80. I want the safest car possible of the two, but can't find the safety info on the 5 vs the wealth of info that I've found on the S80. I know that both are 'safe' cars, I'm just looking to see the information/build reports. Any suggestions?????
#10629 of 12737 Re: Too Thin? [hpowders]
Aug 12, 2005 (1:56 am)
I don't feel the E60 steering wheel is thin—though I have small hands. Perhaps is because of that. What I feel very comfortable with the E60 steering wheel is that one can grip very firmly the steering wheel with the thumbs applied to the steering-wheel radius when driving sharp corners.