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You are in the BMW 5-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#5679 of 12737 akirby
Feb 21, 2003 (2:31 pm)
I simply fail to see why you need to come over to this board to tout a car that only YOU need to be satisfied with. Frankly, you sound like you are desperately trying to convince yourself that you made the right choice. Again I ask, how many BMW owners visit the LS board to talk about how great their car is? Right. They don't have to. Just keep telling yourself that YOU made the right choice. Sooner or later you'll probably believe it. And as for your precious $40K LS "Sport", I'd rather buy a 1998 540i 6spd and pocket the difference. Heck, for $16K you could pick up a fine E28 M5. Throw a $250 chip in the ECU and you've got a naturally aspirated 3.5 I6 making over 290 hp. One more thing, can I assume that your LS won't be seen on the track anytime soon?
#5680 of 12737 Resale Value
Feb 21, 2003 (2:35 pm)
div2... Why fret? Check out the resale value for MY 2000-2001-2002 LS. From what their board talks about, it ain't pretty. Many wholesale figures in the under $20k. Huge depreciation hits. All that 0 percent financing and huge rebates & discounts really destroyed resale value.
#5681 of 12737 akirby: LS vs. 5-series
Feb 21, 2003 (2:38 pm)
How about resale?
A business associate sold his 1991 Acura Legend with 230k miles on it and got a 2001 Lincoln LS two years ago. In a little over 18 months and 30k miles, it was into the dealership more than his Legend was in 10 years. I don't know all the details, but it was not pretty. Once he came in smelling like he took a bath at the local Exxon gas pumps. His fuel system was discharging fumes into the cabin of the car and he had nearly passed out on his drive to work.
Clearly, he got a lemon and it's not fair to judge Ford/Lincoln by this one bad apple. But when enough was enough, he decided to dump the car three months ago. The best he could get on trade in or private sale was $19,000. That's $10-12k less than a comparably equiped 530i would have been worth.
You can pitch the value of a Lincoln LS over a 530i, but when a 2 year old one is worth less than 50% of what it sold for new, the "market" isn't buying your pitch.
#5682 of 12737 Help: Good deal on warranty?
Feb 21, 2003 (3:37 pm)
I bought a 2000 BMW 540 couple of weeks ago.
What a blast to drive!
Original manf. warranty will expire
on 11/30/03. Can anyone point to
a good deal on extended warranty?
It has low miles. I can live with 7 years/100k
miles. Dealer quoted $3000 with $100 deductable!
#5683 of 12737 Warranty: Living in CA
Feb 21, 2003 (3:40 pm)
I forgot to mention that I live
in California. I can't buy warranty
online due to state law. Does it mean
I've to get it through a dealer?
Feb 21, 2003 (4:31 pm)
Actually my LS sees quite a bit of track time. Let's see, Willow Springs, Buttonwillow, various autocross tracks. There are quite a few LSes that autocross and most people, including BMW owners, are quite complimentary over how the LS handles and how well it does against other makes, including BMWs. Although most of the BMWs that are seen at the autocrosses and the tracks are the 3-series, not the heavier 5 series. On occasion there is the rare M5 sighting.
#5685 of 12737 Wrong place
Feb 21, 2003 (4:35 pm)
Folks, lets don't turn this into a 5-Series vs. Lincoln LS discussion.
We can purse that subject on the Comparisons board if anyone wishes to fire it up.
I think we briefly had one of those that archived itself due to inactivity, but certainly we can try again if anyone would like.
Feb 21, 2003 (7:45 pm)
I'm not trying to convince any BMW owners that they bought the wrong car and I don't need to convince myself or any other LS owners that they bought the right car. That's an individual choice. I never said the LS was a better car or that the BMW was a bad car. All I said was it was competitive based on price/performance. Obviously nobody here will admit that so I guess it would be pointless to continue the discussion.
Resale value on the LS right now sucks due to the deep discounts on the 02s. But that's only a problem if you're selling the car - I'm not so I could care less.
Sorry Pat - I'm outta here.