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#9929 of 12737 Re: Just joined the 5 series club.... [cassidym]
Feb 26, 2005 (5:41 am)
I have had 2 BMW 3 series since 1993 and the driving experience has been incomparable. Only one problem in 12 years-right front passenger airbag opened for no reason in 2002.
Would like to move up to a 2005 530 or 545 this August.
Have you had any mechanical issues with your 545?
How does it perform in typical slow-moving every day traffic situations? I believe Edmunds said something negative about this vehicle's control in slower situations.
Thanks for your input.
#9930 of 12737 To wait or not to wait
Feb 26, 2005 (9:22 am)
Ahhh the agony. After months of research & test driving, I think the 530i is the winner. But then I hear that the 2006 with larger HP engine is soon to be available. I can probably get a decent discount today on a 2005, or wait for the 2006 and pick it up in Germany in May. Since pricing and options are not announced, this is a tough decision. Being a first time luxury sedan buyer, can anyone make this decision easier for me?
#9931 of 12737 Re: To wait or not to wait [big_jim]
Feb 26, 2005 (10:28 am)
He he. That's an easy one. Do the ED thing and pick it up in Germany in May. Not only will you save considerable amounts of money (even compared with a "good deal on a 2005"), but you will get to drive one of the greatest driving machines in the world in its native environment.
I did the ED thing on my 530i and I can tell you first hand, "It Rocks!" Oddly enough, we just had a little thread creap over at BMW 3-Series Owners: Problems & Solutions, if you want to give it a look.
#9932 of 12737 Re: To wait or not to wait [shipo]
Feb 26, 2005 (12:33 pm)
I am leaning towards ED (my wife is too, of course), but it just seems odd after having driven the 2005. To make a decision sight unseen on a 2006 is proving hard for the ex anal accountant that I am. Obviously I will be thrilled with either, as I am currently driving something made in South Korea....
#9933 of 12737 Re: To wait or not to wait [big_jim]
Feb 26, 2005 (1:11 pm)
Hmmm, well, here are a couple of points for your brain:
1) You will probably save an easy $3,500 (less airfare) on the ED 2006 vs. a good deal on a domestically sourced 2005.
2) The difference between the two model years is primarily the engine, which produces an extra 30 HP in the newer car, while achieving greater fuel efficiency at the same time.
3) A vacation in Europe in a 5er is something that cannot be valued very easily. For Mrs. Shipo and me, it was priceless.
#9935 of 12737 Re: Just joined the 5 series club.... [hpowders]
Feb 26, 2005 (2:38 pm)
Hi hpowders. Absolutely no problems yet with the 545. I have 7K miles on it and commute 50 miles a day round-trip, about half of which is stop-and-go with the rest at freeway speed. I've experienced no problems (apart from low morale) at slow speeds. The car is obviously designed to cruise at 80 (ooops, er, officer, I mean 65) but seems to do fine at lower speeds.
My last car was an 86 325eS which I bought new and picked up in Munich (as I did my current one). Loved that car and felt a little heart tug when I sold it but quickly forgot that as soon as I started dring the 545.
#9937 of 12737 Re: Just joined the 5 series club.... [cassidym]
Feb 26, 2005 (5:32 pm)
Yeah cassidym. I know what you mean. It's going to be tough to give up my 2002 325i in August. But the timing happens to be great. New 3 series with bigger engines. New 5 series engines.
I really do want to move up to the 5. 530 or 545. Was even thinking X5 4.4 but wouldn't really have that "ultimate driving machine" handling I got used to.
Regards and thanks,
#9938 of 12737 Re: Just joined the 5 series club.... [hpowders]
Feb 27, 2005 (3:46 am)
hpowders, I was going to be conservative and get a 530. Afterall, I am a responsible citizen who always drives the proper speed (pay attention NJ State Police) so I wouldn't need the 545. So I took a 530 out for a long test drive and, to my astonishment, my wife, when I asked her what she thought said, "This is a great car; it's just not fast enough". She was right. This car needs the speed of the 325 engine. Now that i have it, I'm really pleased with my decision.
Consider European Delivery. I've done that twice now and have been very pleased with the process. And on the 545, I saved $5K.