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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#7934 of 12737 two part question: selling and buying
Nov 14, 2003 (4:11 pm)
part one / selling: my girlfriend is ready to sell her 1995 BMW 525i. it is in great condition and has 118,000 miles on it. is it better to trade it in or sell it privately?
part two / buying: she wants to buy another 5 series BMW. we don't like the newer 2004 model but we are interested in the models from 2000 to 2003. the question is: what year / model is the best one (overall) out there?
#7935 of 12737 Selling/Buying
Nov 14, 2003 (4:23 pm)
Looking for a 2003 5 series. Any suggestions?
How much from a dealer here in Southern California?
Nov 14, 2003 (7:21 pm)
Thanks for the reply on the winter tires.
I live close to your old stomping grounds. You may remember the rolling hills just SW of Chesterfield which is now called Wildwood (Wildwood was recently incorporated in 1995). We have 'city' streets (Manchester, Clarkson, Clayton, etc), but we also have very fun 2-lane roads. I sometimes take the boring, quick drive home. Other times I will take the low-traffic two lane road that is much more fun in the 540i. It is an absolute joy to drive the 2-lane roads!!
#7938 of 12737 safety recall
Nov 14, 2003 (7:24 pm)
I just received a notice from BMW saying that a defect exists in certain 2001 5 series vehicles in which the airbag control module's microprocessor could cause one or more airbags to deploy when placing the key in the ignition ON position, or when starting the vehicle. Owners are to contact their BMW centers immediately to have the necessary repair performed ASAP.
Geez, I'd hate to have that smack in the face first thing in the AM!
#7941 of 12737 Cat Convertor
Nov 15, 2003 (5:09 pm)
I have a 97 528i with 106,000 miles and am hearing a tinny sound from under the center of the car. Sounds like metal vibrating at idle. Had the dealer look at it and he says my catalytic convertor is starting to go and will need to be replaced at a cost of $1400. Anyone had a convertor go on them and what was the cost to replace? How long is one supposed to last?
Nov 15, 2003 (8:41 pm)
that vibrating could be something as small as a heat shield, hence replacing the cat converter a waste of money. Bring th car to an independent mechanic and have he/she check it out.
Nov 16, 2003 (4:56 am)
Any opinions about putting only rear winter tires on vs all wheels? I have 03 530 with SP.
I don't do a lot of long winter drives but live in NE - Boston area. Anyone kept the standard conti tires on all year around? Can you share what I can expect in the snow?