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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
Mar 02, 2003 (8:30 pm)
I understand NY traffic, my wife and I just moved from the NYC area last summer up here to New Hampshire. Through the 10 years in NY, the 13 previous years in Chicago, and a couple of years before that in Los Angeles, I drove a stick shift. Now I am laid up with a broken leg, my wife is driving my 530i and I am stuck with the family MiniVan. I would Gladly trade driving a slushbox Caravan up here with this leg for the opportunity of driving a stick in NY traffic with a good leg any day. Hopefully, I can start driving my car again in a week or so.
Regarding your daily driver, go for the 540i, great machine. One thing to keep in mind, I had the tan interior in my previous BMW (1999 328i), and it is something of a pain to keep clean in the winter, that and scuff marks on door sills and seat edges are difficult to remove.
Mar 02, 2003 (8:42 pm)
Thanks and get better soon! I'll let you know my decision
Mar 03, 2003 (3:49 am)
My neighbor just traded his E55 for a 2003 E500, but had also considered a 540iA sport. The price that the BMW dealer went down to here (Atlanta area) for a perfect condition 11k miles car with navigation and all the goodies was $44.9k. If the one you are looking at does not have navigation, I think $44k is a realistic price.
My friend went for the E500 for two reasons - First, the Mercedes dealer gave him a much better deal on trading the E55 (they had a prospective buyer lined up in advance). Second, he is 6"4", his wife is 5'8" and they have three teenage kids all pushing 6'. The 5-series would have been a tight fit. I assume you have checked this out to your satisfaction.
Good luck on your decision. If you decide to go with a new 530iA, check up above for the latest on the never ending ED vs. US debate. As a Mercedes and Porsche owner (I've had both as well), you could lend some legitimacy to the claim that the BMW program / discounts are by far and away, the best in the industry.
Mar 03, 2003 (5:32 am)
This discussion in BMW Owners has been edited and to include all future BMW owners (3-series, 5-series, etc.) seeking purchase through European delivery.
BMW Owners: European Delivery
Mar 03, 2003 (6:45 am)
Shipo and others - may I suggest you either copy or link your recent ED posts into the discussion Karen links in her message?
That way, as I mentioned earlier, somone looking for information on ED sometime in the future will be able to find all that great information in one place.
Mar 03, 2003 (2:55 pm)
Go for the 540ia if you can live with the colors. I agree with what shipo said about the BMW beige interior; it is hard to keep clean, especially the carpets. I'd consider the clear plastic mats. Although I'm happy with the E-class MB, the 540i without meaning to use the cliche, is the ultimate driver with the SP.
Mar 03, 2003 (3:01 pm)
I have the sand interior and purchased brown floor mats from Griot's. The contrast is very nice to my eye.
#5783 of 12737 Need Information on defect codes: Lemon??
Mar 03, 2003 (5:11 pm)
I am looking at a CPO BMW from a BMW dealer. It is 2001 530i. I just received the Vehicle summary sheet, and it lists four defect codes at the bottom and repair dates. Four defects seems like a lot. Then, again, they have certified the car. Does anyone know how to read the defect codes? Any thoughts on this car with four defect repairs so soon?
#5784 of 12737 Just Ask The Dealer...
Mar 03, 2003 (6:28 pm)
and have the codes explained. They could be factory upgrades/fixes. I would be concerned about the "defects" that aren't picked up by the OBC or noted by the dealer.