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#805 of 12737 535i battery question
Jun 06, 2001 (9:19 am)
I recently purchased a 1990 535i. According to the vehicle history at the local dealer, the battery was replaced one year ago with the standard BMW battery. I left the car parked for 10 days and the battery was completely drained. Took 2 days on a trickle charger to get it back up. The dealer said this is normal, as these cars have to be run at least every 5 days or the battery can go dead. Does anyone have experience with this? I can't believe this great car has this apparent flaw. I not yet convinced the dealer in this area is any good, so I need opinions on whether or not the dealer is correct about this.
#806 of 12737 $1000 off msrp is this a good deal
Jun 06, 2001 (11:28 am)
I'm offered $1k off MSRP of 530i-A, with convenience pkg., auto trans, Prem. Pkg., Xenon lights. (adding a 6cd changer). I was told this is a standard deal for year end model. I can get immediate delivery. Is this good or should I look for a better price?
#807 of 12737 $1000 off?
Jun 06, 2001 (11:33 am)
Seen better, but it depends on where you're looking.
#808 of 12737 Re:535i battery question by jarbital
Jun 06, 2001 (1:47 pm)
I have not have experience with this specific car,
but experience with similar situations.
Since you are not the original owner, there are some other variables to check into. The main one is "current draw". Something (an old alarm system, glove box light, or defective relay) can be drawing current from the battery, causing it to go dead. A qualified person specializing in electrical/shorts can check the car out with an "Ammeter" to see if there is excessive current draw. (A good car stereo/alarm shop can do this as well).
Another variable is to have the Alternator "load tested" to make sure it is charging the battery properly.
Good luck, and please share your outcome.
Jun 06, 2001 (3:57 pm)
I can't agree with you more about the Xenons. I tried them on a test drive and when I drove my own car home I thought the lights were off.
I looked through all the posts about the console. I saw it there somewhere. Its about removing the present telephone holding console and replacing with a space providing console. It isn't much space but it is in a very convenient location. My wife says no to the three hundred dollars. So that's the law until I can get a couple of new reasons like perfume and nail file holder. Go to eurobuyers.com and get in touch with Steve. I bet he will know the where's and how's on this issue.
Jun 06, 2001 (4:05 pm)
But a lot of the flames that you get are because you state everything as if it is a fact, and many of your posts are very condescending. No matter if you're talking about BMW's, or how salesmen are all slimy cheats, etc.
Until you tone down the rhetoric, people are going to flame you.
Jun 06, 2001 (4:11 pm)
I have asked about the comfort seats but nobody seems to know anything around my area. It's not listed in the options list and apparantly it hasn't been ordered before. So I don't know what it'll take to upgrade it. Maybe the salespeople just suck. let me talk to a manager!
#812 of 12737 To: steven36 $1000 off
Jun 06, 2001 (4:17 pm)
Depends on the area. I bought almost the same one for $2400 under MSRP, less another $2760 for euro delivery. Some areas are MSRP, period.
#813 of 12737 To: akuma1 - Comfort Seats
Jun 06, 2001 (4:22 pm)
They are listed in the US brochure, but I don't think many buy them. See if the Canadian BMW factory site lists them (www.bmw.ca). I didn't think they could be worth the $1200 until I tried them.
#814 of 12737 to: steven 36 re: $1000 off MSRP
Jun 06, 2001 (6:19 pm)
When I was calling around for quotes on my 2001 530i, I worked with the price starting at invoice, not going down from MSRP. Of course, no one will sell at invoice, but if you go into negotiations knowing invoice and even Edmund's True Market Value, you will do much better than trying to work a deal down from MSRP. I went through about 6 dealers before finding one who was reasonable and flexible. Good luck. Patience pays off.