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#11839 of 12737 Re: sdg380 and e500 [topspin628]
Jun 02, 2007 (6:49 pm)
Ok topspin this is Richard w/e500. Been away for a few days. In answer to review of e500 I will put it in context w/BMW 3and5's.Seat comfort is great, firm, but comfortable,great lumbar support yet still lacks the side bolsters I like. You may not think side bolsters are that important but believe me they are. Even on those 360 degree freeway exits I just about slide sideways off the seat(yes,I drive very fast).Not as good as bimmer sport seats(probable best in the business and Ive had a Ferrari for 3 years).Regular bimmer 5 seats are about the same as Benz as I dontlike"comfort seats" ,usually too squishy. Steering is another sore spot. The effort to steer is too easy and a little too isolated, probably my biggest complaint.Again I like the 3 steering effort as just about perfect.Car however, handles very well abeit with a comfort-luxury feel certainly not anywhere near asisolated and wallowy bad as Lexus(had an LS for 3 years) Yes, I spend too much money on cars!Stereo can be ordered up to one of the best. I have regular stereo and it is not so good but passable.I got a basic,if you want to call it that, e500, less to go wrong I think, and I'm right.Dont need all the gizmos. My service advisor is the same one Ive had for years and he said that at the 2005 year screw ups quietened down(2003 was the new body style).Same as with all cars. Always wait 2 years on any model, even Honda and Toyota, to iron all the kinks out. S class is very good looking,5 times better than the 7 but it also has the adjustable suspension which to me even in the sport setting is a little too isolated.The interior of my e is beautiful but functional with great cupholders in the console,not like those stupid cupholders in the 5. For a car that is one of the best driving cars in the world, the 5 sucks at piddling consumer ideas that piss everyone I know off and at the same time are ridiculously very easy to fix!
Jun 02, 2007 (7:06 pm)
To summarize my last post,Ive had 3's,driven 5's,owned two 6's, driven 7's and to a model all of them have driven better with more feel and control than all comparable models of all other luxury cars. I also feel that they all to a model have been grossly underpowered (not the m's) for their weights until the 5 got the 360 hp and the 3 got the 300hp.They also werent until now very quiet with wind and road noise coming thru more than merc or lexus which I hate!Also, their interiors are the most austere in the business, especially compared to Lexus.
#11841 of 12737 Re: 550 vs 535 [topspin628]
Jun 04, 2007 (4:25 pm)
I drove the 550. It was loaded so I'm assuming it had active steering. I did not find anything "twitchy" about the car, it rode like I would expect a BMW to ride. My one comment is: the first time I pressed the accelerator to the floor, I was a bit shocked on how fast that thing took off. Also drove the X5 didn't find anything to complain about the shifter or idrive on any model. Yes it takes some getting used to, but I figured it out while driving at 50mph without any trouble.
#11842 of 12737 2002 530i Maintenance Costs
Jun 05, 2007 (4:47 am)
After the 90,000 mile service, the total maintenace costs for my 2002 530i 5sp SP is $6922.55. The amount that would have been covered by an extended warranty/maintenance package was $1402.45, including a brake master cylinder. The total costs includes 3 sets of tires, a new wheel and repair of a wheel.
Also, after 90,337 miles my average MPG is 26.4 at an average 51.4 MPH.
#11843 of 12737 Re: 2002 530i Maintenance Costs [530ir1150r]
Jun 05, 2007 (5:01 am)
Have you tracked your scheduled maintenance, recurring replacement, damage repair and unscheduled repair costs separately? If you have, I'd love to know the breakout.
FWIW, I split out the above categories as follows:
- Mileage related service costs as outlined in the manual
- Time related service costs as outlined in the manual
- Wiper blades
- Lighting (assuming the elements last several years at least)
- Clutches (if so equipped and if it lasts at least 100,000 miles)
- Repair/Replace bent, scratched or otherwise cosmetically flawed parts due to road junk, parking lots and general "stuff" happening.
- Everything else not included in one of the above categories
#11844 of 12737 Adding Sat Radio to 2004 545i
Jun 05, 2007 (7:37 am)
I am looking at buying a used 2004 545i and would like to know how easy/hard it might be to add a factory satellite radio (Sirius) to the car to interface through iDrive. The car does have bluetooth and NAV, but the current owner says that it is not pre-wired for satellite.
Has anybody done this? If so, what are the ups/downs and estimated cost.
#11845 of 12737 Re: 2002 530i Maintenance Costs [shipo]
Jun 05, 2007 (10:20 am)
I have all the receipts, but recurring and maintenance are commingled. My spreadsheet is at home. The only damage repair is the wheel and wheel repair, probably $700 and the only unscheduled is the master cylinder, about $300 (and it was not the issue). My brakes still have 40% on the front and 50% on the rear and still have the original clutch.
#11846 of 12737 Re: 2002 530i Maintenance Costs [530ir1150r]
Jun 05, 2007 (10:30 am)
Good info, thanks.
#11847 of 12737 Radio Issue
Jun 05, 2007 (12:39 pm)
What am I missing?
I have an 02 5 series (e39), and recently jump started and then replaced the battery. Immediately following the replacement, the radio and cd do not work. The computer works, the clock works, but not the radio or cd. I've owned other bmw's in which a radio code had to be entered. According to my manual, my model has no such code. The dealer confirmed this. I checked the fuses and they are not blown.
Is there a trick to restarting the radio after a battery change? Could the jump start or battery change have caused a problem with the radio? I suppose it could be purely coincidental, but that does not seem likely.
I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.
#11848 of 12737 Re: 2002 530i Maintenance Costs [shipo]
Jun 06, 2007 (4:34 am)
I'll expand the spreadsheet, but I may not be able to do it for a few days.