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#10708 of 12737 Want to buy a 99' 528i Wagon - Is 120K Miles Considered High?
Aug 29, 2005 (9:14 am)
I'm considering the purchase of a 120K mileage, 1999 528i BMW Wagon. I've never owned a BMW and have heard that if cared for properly will last a long time.
Can anyone comment on a 1999 528i with 120K miles from the following perspectives:
1. If cared for, how long should a model of this year/make last before a major engine overhaul?
2. What "expensive" maintenance shoudl I be certain has been done, or will need to be done given the mileage of the vehicle.
3. Anything else I should look out for as a buyer of this used vehicle?
#10709 of 12737 BMW 530i - European pick-up program
Aug 29, 2005 (10:16 am)
Hi - I am thinking about buying a new BMW 530 and happen to be going to
Europe in a few months. I wanted to see if anyone had done the European
pick up before and how everything went. Thanks
Aug 29, 2005 (10:19 am)
I am thinking about buying my first BMW - I am thinking about the 530 - What should
I expect to get off the MSRP. I am thinking around $2000, does that seem about right.
What do you think about the prium sound package, it seems a little much for $1800.
What do you think about the navigation system, it to seems a little high sense the car
already has the screen from the I-drive. That leads me to the next question, how
do you like the I-drive, is it helpful or a pain to workwith.
Anything that you can tell a new BMW owner will help!
#10712 of 12737 Re: BMW 530 [tyart]
Aug 30, 2005 (9:12 am)
I purchased my first BMW recently as well -- a 2006 530xi (all-wheel drive) that I am delighted with. I paid $2500 off the MSRP of $58,205 in the Boston area, and was able to thankfully do all of my negotiating painlessly by email with four or five different dealerships.
I got the Navigation and Premium Sound and think they are worth it. I am a HUGE fan of Navigation systems and will never buy a car without one. All my friends who buy cars without navigation systems end up regretting their decisions once they use one. IDrive is very easy to use for me (I work with computers although I am NOT a software engineer) and I very much like the way the console is clean and uncluttered because of IDrive. They have done a lot to make it easier to use (the programmable buttons on the steering wheel, the menu button, etc.) and it is really not a problem at all. In fact, it is beginning to grow on me and I like it.
Hope that helps.
Aug 30, 2005 (12:30 pm)
Got a stationwagon, and discount of three thousand...They had three on hand and were motivated at the end of the month...Tried to get a 7 and they would not come down (2500) on that so am now looking at Audi.. The navigation is o.k. but after you have had them for a while you really need to know where you are going and be careful as they will route you the long way if not careful....The upgraded stereo is very nice...Tony ps the bmw was msrp over sisty one thousand
#10714 of 12737 Re: BMW 530 [tyart] NAV System
Aug 30, 2005 (4:47 pm)
I too got my first BMW in Nov ‘04 (‘05 530i) & I got the NAV.
And the NAV is indispensable to somebody who uses their vehicle on the road a lot to earn their living, such as any sort of a salesperson, or any sort of a field person who visits clients in the field.
And while I hear that Acura has the NAV system, BMW’s does take some getting use to, but after one long road trip with it, any driver should be comfortable with it.
It’s the best $2K I’ve spent for this accessory, I would strongly recommend you get it & you won’t be sorry.
#10715 of 12737 BMW 550i 6-speed Road Test.
Aug 30, 2005 (5:22 pm)
I just returned from a spur of the moment trip to Germany in whcih I had the opportunity to drive a new BMW 550i 6-speed and accompany a business partner to pick up his new 997S coupe. Well worth the frequent flier miles and slight abuse from my wife for missing my mother in law's birthday party.
Rich545, I've got bad news for you. The new 550i is much faster than the 545i verses what BMW published test times would indicate. The engine revs much more freely and I'm guessing that in actual performance, it would split the difference between my 2002 M5 and the 545i 6-speed. It might even be closer to the M5. It's that good. The particular car I drove was a BMW executive's personal car with 8,000 kilometers on the odometer. I was assured that it was a standard production car without any extra goodies under the hood.
On a side note, I also got to try out a 911 S out on the Porsche test track. That was also quite an experience. Porsche is even worse than BMW in low balling the performance of the new 997 S. Their published figures show 4.6 seconds 0-60. However, the car I drove - also properly broken in - was every bit as quick as a 996 Turbo (sans X50 package). Based upon my experience, the 3.9 figure Road and Track got was no mistake. Equally impressive to me was the improvement in handling and overall build quality and refinement.
Nice time to be in the market for a performance sedan or sports car.
#10716 of 12737 Re: BMW 550i 6-speed Road Test. [spiritinthesky]
Aug 31, 2005 (7:01 am)
Ah man, you had to rub it in huh? That's okay, I'm sure it will be the next car I get in about 2-3 years from now, and I can live with "much faster" when it equates to fractions of seconds anyway! Glad that it was fun to drive. I'd love to try one just for comparison's sake (though my wife would kill me because she'd be convinced I'd trade the 545 in for a new 550!) I bet you're right that it's closer to the 2002 M5 performance. Hell, it might even be as fast. The '02 M5 had 394 HP at 6600 RPMs and 368 ft/lbs of torque at 3800 RPMs and weighed 4023 lbs. The 550 has 360 HP at 6300 RPMs, 360 ft/lbs of torque at 3400 RPMs and weighs 3803 lbs. So with the 200 lbs weight difference we're probably splitting hairs with perfomance in terms of speed at least.
#10717 of 12737 Gas @ $4 a gallon soon!
Aug 31, 2005 (11:34 am)
I searched the forums but couldn't find any recent posts on the use of regular vs. premium grades of gas in a 530. Does the talked about loss of engine efficiency i.e. poorer gas mileage completely offset the savings?