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#12033 of 12737 dealer service
Aug 23, 2007 (4:58 pm)
is there much difference between BMW dealers and the service they offer quality-wise? i just bought a cpo 2004 545i with extended warranty.
is location the only factor or are there other things to look for when hooking up with a dealer for all service needs? i live in the los angeles area, with three BMW dealers within a reasonable distance, Pacific (Glendale), Beverly Hills, and one in Studio City/Universal City.
Aug 23, 2007 (6:15 pm)
Zoelman how do you like the 5? I wondered if you could review it? All the 5's with sprt pkgs. in the forum have been 6 cyl. cars. How is the ride and handling and power? Did you drive the non spt? Do you know if you have driven the 3 sprt. and can you compare the 3 and the 5? Did the non sprt handle very well? Are you young? I am taking a poll of whether mostly young people want the sprts. Thanks
#12035 of 12737 Re: BMW safety [bdkinnh]
Aug 23, 2007 (6:15 pm)
~"Not entirely. They made changes on the 2008 driver's door and armrest, which is ~actually what caused most of the damage to the dummy.
~Did anyone else notice that the tests were done with a small female dummy? Wonder ~what they would be like with a 5'10" 180 pound male.
Good point about the changes. My guess is that the larger occupant--having more inertia and being closer to the action--would fare worse.
#12036 of 12737 Re: Like roadburner said [shipo]
Aug 23, 2007 (6:45 pm)
I don't doubt you for a second shipo, but they do sell MB diesels in CT. Living in Westchester, I see them all the time.
#12037 of 12737 Re: 545 spt package [richardga73]
Aug 24, 2007 (12:01 pm)
Not sure i can review it, it would be a novice review as that is not my profession. i'll give it a shot!
i do have the 545i with the sport package - and i have to say i love it. the ride, handling and balance is awesome, and the power is the icing on the cake that pushes it over the top. it feels very stable at all speeds and in all situations, i wish there was a track around i could really open it up in, alas...but just driving on the freeways and around town it has really performed. on freeways at speed, a slight tap and it jumps around or down the road quite handily - and you know there is more available if needed.
i was actually looking for a 530i, as i wasn't angling for a v8 in a sedan, but came across this one (cpo, loaded and with low miles) and they gave me a great deal on it. and epa mileage estimates for the 530 and 545 were basically the same for the 2004 models. where's the downside? ok, depending on how heavy your foot is, the 545 has the potential to use more gas. but the fun factor and knowing that extra hp is there if needed (or wanted) is worth the small savings in mpg for me. and i did drive several 530i's in my search and they were fine and i am sure i would have enjoyed that car if i found one at the time.
and i did drive a non-sport package 530i, it felt a little less responsive in some ways, but it was not a long drive so my comparison is limited.
but to take a quote from a movie that opened up and delved into the intellectual aspirations of all of mankind and the human condition, "this one goes to eleven......"
i am over 40, if that's of any help.
no, i didn't drive a 3, as we already had a 3 that we traded in, because with two kids and my wife, i wanted something a bit bigger, etc. but not ready for the 7.
#12039 of 12737 Re: dealer service [zoelman]
Aug 24, 2007 (8:31 pm)
FWIW, I go to Pacific and have always had a pleasurable experience. I bought my 530 from them in 2001 and enjoy the fact that I can get a loaner BMW car when I schedule a service. I think I am correct in saying that if you didn't purchase from them you can get a rental car from Enterprise on the premises. My car has always been well taken care of there, with all issues addressed, in a pleasant manner.
Where did you buy your CPO? To me, being able to get a BMW loaner rather than just any rental is worth traveling for.
#12040 of 12737 Re: Check Out This [nyccarguy]
Aug 25, 2007 (1:50 pm)
>"Completely Mangled E39 M5..."
Would you happen to have a link that doesn't require me to purchase a subscription or provide an account number?
#12041 of 12737 I just Clicked the link
Aug 25, 2007 (7:35 pm)
And it comes up. I'll try again...sorry folks!
#12042 of 12737 Re: Kia Amanti safer than 2008 5 series [priggly]
Aug 26, 2007 (8:52 am)
In spite of the video I would take my "chances" any day in a BMW vs the Amanti and would put "my money where my mouth is" in a hearbeat.