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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#4367 of 12737 Have Good Independent Mechanic Familiar w/BMWs Inspect
Jul 04, 2002 (4:03 pm)
gchua... Is worth it to spend a little bit of money to have a good BMW-familiar mechanic inspect the cars. Key things to look at include engine, drivetrain, and transmission, not to mention steering and suspension.
Plus do some research on 530i V-8 reliability. From what I've read, there were some problems with these early 1990 small V-8s. That is why they didn't sell the 3.0L V-8 for long. The M60 3.0L & 4.0L V-8s were only used 1992-1996. Then replaced by the M62 3.5L & 4.4L V-8s. Think the big I-6 is probably more reliable and weighs less.
#4368 of 12737 decisions decisions
Jul 05, 2002 (4:07 am)
3 years ago I chose the MB 430 CLK over the 540. The CLK's looks were too good to pass up even though I thought the 540 was more athletic. I love my CLK but really miss the manual transmission. I am facing the same challenge again.
The CLK has a new design this year and the new 5 comes out next year.
Jul 05, 2002 (7:08 am)
I've actually only been to one dealer: Peter Pan BMW in San Mateo. (Those outside the Bay Area, I hear you chuckle; but maybe there's a little someone in all of us who doesn't want to grow up.) I'm still trying to decide on which model, options and color so I'm not ready for talkin' turkey.
The $1000 cash back sounds like a great deal and I'd like to go for it. But if my current ride tells me its time for that last trip to that great parts yard in the sky, I want to have a replacement in mind.
Sorry I can't be of more help, but I keep you posted.
Ta Ta For Now
#4370 of 12737 Should I worry?
Jul 05, 2002 (7:29 am)
I noticed that the left rear tire on my 540 loses about 5 pci every day till it gets to 25 pci (normal pressure is 38 pci) and stays there. At least that's what it looked like for the last 3 days I was monitoring it. I am planning a 300 mile road trip and do not have time to take it to my dealer. Unfortunately I cannot (can I?) use the spare, it is smaller (235 vs. 255) size.
#4371 of 12737 Should I worry
Jul 05, 2002 (11:43 am)
The spare can be used in a pinch, but not for prolonged highway use. Just fill the tire up before hitting the highway.
#4372 of 12737 Should I worry
Jul 05, 2002 (11:46 am)
Just as a thought, you might want to stop in at an autoparts store and pick up a valve stem tighting tool (about $1.79, if that much). Back the valve out a 1/4 turn then tighten. It may solve your problem.
#4373 of 12737 Slow leaks
Jul 05, 2002 (1:34 pm)
and if tightening the valve stem doesn't work, sometimes remounting the tire with a sealant along the bead helps.
Jul 05, 2002 (3:26 pm)
Thanks, I'll try and let you know.
#4375 of 12737 re: Slow Leaks
Jul 06, 2002 (6:15 am)
I've used the "Fix a Flat" stuff with a liquid sealant which goes in through the valve and fixes the leak from the inside.
#4376 of 12737 2003 pricing for 5-series
Jul 07, 2002 (11:42 pm)
anbody know anything about the upcoming 03 5-series sedans? I know this will be the last model year of the current body style, but does anyone know if they are raising the prices (or rather how much they will raise them), any new/deleted colors, wheel choices, options?
I am kind of stuck because my dealer can only special order 2003 cars from now, and all of the remaining 2002 he is bringing in are all fully loaded, which goes over my budget.
any info would be appreciated.