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#5316 of 12737 '98 528i Sport Package
Jan 04, 2003 (11:42 am)
According to my dog-earred 42-page full-color 1998 BMW 5 Series brochure, in 1998 the 528i's Sport Package provided:
-Electrically adjustable Montana leather seats and leather door trim
-Technical Surface trim
-235/45R-17 93W high performance tires
-17-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels
-Shadowline Exterior Trim
-Choice of standard or metallic paint
Interestingly, the "Electrically adjustable sport seats with adjustable thigh support" were only available with the 540i. And there was no sport steering wheel for any 5 Series in 1998.
Is interesting to see how BMW has equipped the Sport Package over time and across the 6-cyl models: 525i, 528i, and 530i. I had half thought it had near universally come with the Sport Seats and Sport Steering wheel.
#5317 of 12737 '02 540iA SP Fuel Economy
Jan 04, 2003 (11:45 am)
stl540... What can of fuel economy have you been getting? City? Interstate? Wondering if the numerically higher final drive (3.15:1) and automatic lead to significant decrease. In my 540i6 I can get 26 mpg cruising 74 mph on interstate.
#5318 of 12737 Thinking of buying a 2000 528I ....
Jan 05, 2003 (6:26 am)
Thanks everyone for all the information.
The dealer (New Country Motors in Hartford, CT) has confirmed that this car does NOT have the Sport Pkg, but does have the Sport Wheels.
All this information will come in handy since I don't believe this is the car for me. I'm having a hard time getting "reliable" information from this dealer. Either their hiding something about this car or they don't really care if they sell the car (could just be the salesman's style, don't know).
Does anyone have any thoughts on the following:
1) car was CPO enrolled on 10/04/2002
2) on 10/11/2002 the car had service done by the dealer that showed 27,308 for miles.
3) the car now has 27,980 miles.
That's close to 700 miles in 3 months. Seems like an awful lot of test drives!
Could the dealer be using this car as a loaner or staff vehicle?
Again, thanks for all the info!
#5319 of 12737 Research and Questions
Jan 05, 2003 (7:07 am)
yadman... Have you run a CarFax report on the car? Ask the dealer who the prior owner was and talk to that person. Also, ask the dealer more questions. Was this dealer the original seller? If so, get them to print out all the options or produce a copy of the original window sticker (e.g., maybe the original invoice). Can't say I'd buy from a dealer I didn't trust.
Have you run a CPO locate on BMW NA site? Is very user friendly. There might be some other cars more to your liking in a decent radius.
If the dealer has the car on his/her lot for many months, wouldn't be surprising to see other people take for test drive or for dealer staff to put some miles on it. (At least it isn't just sitting there collecting dust. I'd rather have some light use over 3 months than 3 months of complete neglect.)
#5320 of 12737 Re: 2000 528I
Jan 05, 2003 (7:30 am)
Riez... I have not run the report, the dealer ran it for me. However, the dealer only gave me the first 4 sections of the report and not the Registration Check or Veh History Details. I'll be asking for those, but this is one reason for my hesitation with this dealer.
The prior owner was from NJ and moved to CT. I'd love to talk to this person but just assumed the dealer would not release that information. I'll ask.
I'll check out the CPO locater on BMW.
#5321 of 12737 The certified warranty is not available for lease buy outs.
Jan 05, 2003 (9:11 pm)
I'm interesting to buy my friend's 2000-528ia silver body with xeron light, 16" wheel, moonroof, 6-CD, premium upgrade plus 4 new 16" rim & new winter tires. The milage is around 28,500. Excellent conditions. The residue value is US$22,700+$320(admin fee). But I have to buy a extended warranty coverage from www.1sourceautowarranty.com it costs US$3,199 up to 100,000 or 2010. Do you think its a good deal?
Thanks It is very very Urgent!!!!!!!
Jan 06, 2003 (5:21 am)
I wouldn't do it at 3,199. Put that money in the bank as a continguency. Since you know the history, and if you maintain it properly, you should not have repairs that match that figure.
I would self insure, but that's just MHO.
#5323 of 12737 3rd Party Extended Warranties
Jan 08, 2003 (12:25 pm)
billytong... I concur with joatmon.
But I am also just inherently sceptical about 3rd party car warranties. You have to research the terms and conditions and limitations carefully (e.g., is there a deductible, exactly what is not covered, can they force you to use non-BMW parts, etc.). And you have to research the company very carefully. If they fold, you have nothing.
If warranty coverage and long-term reliability is the most important issue, maybe you'd feel more comfortable with the new 2003 Accord Coupe? If pure driving excitement is most important, you won't go wrong with a 528i. Keep in mind that you have the remainder of the BMW 4yr/50K bumper-to-bumper warranty plus the remainder of the MY 2000 BMW 3yr/36K free maintenance coverage.
#5324 of 12737 SOS 5-SERIES NOT STARTING
Jan 09, 2003 (7:01 am)
I JUST PURCHASED A 1997 520I AUTO. DRIVE WAS BRILLIANT 1ST WEEK. THEN I WASHED THE CAR. 2 DAYS LATER IT WOULD'NT START. I THOUGHT INITIALLY IT WAS DUE TO THE RECENT COLD WEATHER IN IRELAND AND THOUGHT THE BATTERY WAS DEAD. CHARGED THE BATTERY BUT STILL THE SAME PROBLEM. ENGINE CRANKS AND CRANKS BUT DOES'NT START. I THOUGHT IT COULD BE A FUEL OVERFILL AND TRIED STARTING WITH THE FUEL PUMP FUSE OUT STILL NO LUCK. HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED THIS? IT WAS WORKING PERFECTLY WHEN I PARKED IT. THERE ARE NO WARNING LIGHTS COMING UP AND IT STILL HAS 6000MILES TILL THE NEXT SERVICE. PLEASE KINDLY HELP WITH POSSIBLE CAUSES OF THE PROBLEM. THANKS
Jan 09, 2003 (2:38 pm)
Does anyone know the best price I can expect on a loaded 540i 6 speed. MSRP is approximatey 61,500. I have heard 96 % of MSRP (59,040). I am in New Jersey. Thanks.