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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#12540 of 12737 Re: Considering CPO 2006 BMW 530i or 530xi [cecilt1]
Nov 04, 2008 (6:37 pm)
I bought 2006 used 530 (no sport) and the vehicle does not have run-flat tires. I understand some do, particularly with sport option. I would not buy a vehicle with runflats -they're expensive to replace and ride rough.
I find the i-drive to be no big deal. It's quite intuitive to use, though pretty tedious. Other systems like the audi are better, but I would not base a car-buying decision on i-drive. I do not have nav, so i-drive may be worse with nav.
Nov 05, 2008 (8:10 am)
I recently got a price from Rallye BMW in Long Island, NY:
2009 BMW 535i xDrive
Heated Rear Seats
High Beam Assistant
Lane Departure Warning
Park Distance Control
Buy for $58,755
I thought this was an okay price, but with this recessionary era upon us, and hearing that auto sales are the WORST they've been in years, coupled with the fact that MB is offering $6K cash incentive on their E series, I believe in the coming months, I can get a better price.
What does the community think?
Should I be plucking that much money down on a car during these recessionary times? Wait for a better offer?
#12542 of 12737 Re: 2009 535xi [juniorbmw]
Nov 05, 2008 (9:23 am)
I believe in the coming months, I can get a better price.
I strongly agree. I'm not currently in the market for a new car, but if I were, I'd wait until after Christmas. By then, the market for luxury cars will be the softest that we've seen in years, & buyers with money in the bank or A+ credit will write their own tickets.
Assuming that you live in Nassau or western Suffolk counties, you should also shop Habberstad (in Huntington), Oyster Bay & Competition (in Smithtown). Take advantage of your proximity to 4 dealerships within easy driving distance of one another.
#12543 of 12737 Re: 2009 535xi [juniorbmw]
Nov 05, 2008 (5:35 pm)
MSRP and invoice price of your package are $63,260 and $58,175, respectively. Your quote of $58,755 is $580 over invoice. That's way better than my best quote in MA of about $1,500 over invoice for a 2009 535 Xi with somewhat fewer options. The 0.9 % financing up to 60 months has been extended to include 2009 models, but no other factory incentives evident at this point. I agree time and patience should benefit the consumer. All brands including luxury ones like BMW are way down based on October results released the other day. There are virtually no 2008's left in New England per my dealer's inventory search.
#12544 of 12737 Logic 7 Sound System
Nov 05, 2008 (5:40 pm)
Professional reviews rave about the sound quality of this sound system upgrade, yet in MA very few 5-Series cars come with this $1,200 option. I plan to bring my IPOD to the dealer to compare/contrast between cars with and without the Logic 7 system. Any thoughts why so few cars come with the upgraded sound? Is it because these systems have been failing? I do note in reliability data that BMW sound systems across different models have had reliability problems. I'll listen for myself, but wondering about other people's experiences.
#12545 of 12737 Re: Logic 7 Sound System [emedway]
Nov 05, 2008 (5:45 pm)
I'm on my third BMW with Logic 7, in three years. I've had no problems with any of the sound systems thus far.
#12546 of 12737 Re: [crmgr]
Nov 08, 2008 (5:45 pm)
I have comfort access on a 2008 535xi (built in December 2007) that has never worked right. My previous BMWs with comfort access worked great. In this vehicle, however, I have to push the start button multiple times or hold it for long periods of time before it will start. The doors take several seconds to unlock, multiple pulls on the handle, etc. I get frequent error messages "key not recognized" when trying to start the car. The dealer "tested" the system and found no faults. Everything works fine if I insert they key. I've tested both keys and get the same problem.
I know that comfort access uses RF signals that are susceptible to electromagnetic interference from power lines and such. I know that you have to charge the key by inserting it into the ignition occasionally. But this vehicle has consistent problems in locations where there is no interference and that were never a problem for my previous vehicles.
Has anyone else had this problem?
#12548 of 12737 Re: Logic 7 Sound System [emedway]
Nov 08, 2008 (6:09 pm)
"Any thoughts why so few cars come with the upgraded sound? Is it because these systems have been failing?"
Keep in mind that EVERY BMW is custom ordered, either by the dealer or by a customer. (That is one of the differences between BMWs and mass produced vehicles like Toyota/Lexus). Dealers decide how the BMWs on their lots will be optioned/equipped and dealers order the options that tend to sell well in their market. Upgraded sound systems must not be a hot item in your market. The typical dealer build (in northern states) is Luxury Package, Cold Weather Package, and a couple minor options because they don't want to over price the vehicles. They usually order a handful of vehicles with Nav and/or Sports Package to keep a few on the lot.
I have owned several BMWs with Logic 7 and I would not buy one without that system. It has significantly better sound quality, especially if you use it with an iPod. The current Logic 7 system has been used in BMWs (with a few enhancements) since the E65 (2002) 7 series and any systemic bugs in the system were worked out long ago. I have had no problems with the stereo in any BMW.
If you can't find a vehicle in your area with the options that you want, you can custom order (which can take as little as 6 weeks to deliver) or transfer from outside your area.
#12549 of 12737 Re: tires for 530i [vokey1]
Nov 08, 2008 (6:15 pm)
I never buy a set of tires without researching them on tirerack.com first. Most tires at that site will have dozens or hundreds of customer reviews in addition to tools to find tires that are a fit for your vehicle and driving tastes.