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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#995 of 12737 rlemos1
Jul 16, 2001 (7:26 pm)
We bought a 1997 528iA(build date 5/96) in March of this year. My research indicates that the 1997 5ers had some teething problems but most cars have had them corrected. We bought a BMW Certified car and the only problem has been a stuck(open)thermostat. Otherwise the car has been flawless. I'd have the car checked by a qualified BMW tech and go for it if it checks out. As for Volvos, we owned a 1991 740 Turbo but lost interest when Volvo went almost 100% FWD. Frankly, I think the Five Series is the best Sport/Luxury sedan in the world, and it seems that nearly all the automotive pundits agree.
#996 of 12737 Financing
Jul 17, 2001 (7:37 am)
BMW 4.9%??? My BMW 530I will be arriving in August and haven't decided yet where to get my loan, through the dealer or my credit union. Never heard of BMW offering that rate. Do you know if that is for all the dealers? Need to call my dealer. That rate would be a dream.
Jul 17, 2001 (8:15 am)
What is seal level?
(You know I'm just messing with you)
Jul 17, 2001 (8:56 am)
Have you test driven either?
The 540i 6spd, when driven properly, is a much much faster car than the 528i (or
530i) from 0-60, from 0-100, and for 60-100mph. Sometimes the performance
numbers you see in print (BMW NA material) do not accurately reflect the
real nature of the difference.
As far as mileage goes. the 540i 6spd should get very good HIGHWAY mileage
for a car with it's performance potential. On my very old 540i 6spd, I average
25.6mpg at 80mph, and 27.0mpg at 70mph. I think that's pretty darn good.
My last car, Ford Taurus SHO never got better than 22mpg on the highway.
One reason it's so good is the TALL
6th gear. In the city, the 540i will guzzle a lot more than the 528i, assuming the
two are driven similarly. If you drove the 528i extra hard to try to duplicate the
performance of the 540i, then the difference in city mileage would not be
as large. In the city, I get around 16.5mpg.
As far as efficiency, the 4.4l is actually pretty darn good in ANY measure of
performance and efficiency.
Oil consumption? It can vary widely by car, but I'm going thru about 1 quart per
4000miles, but my engine is up for a warranty replacement due to a problem with
the cylinder walls.
#999 of 12737 Re: 5-series Performance and Gas Mileage
Jul 17, 2001 (9:22 am)
I drove a 525 manual and 540iA (all the dealer had) back-to-back, and concluded that a 530 manual would be about the right performance for the money (even w/o driving one!).
I've been happy with it so far. I get 19-20 mpg in town and 30 on the highway 70 mph, and the car is still pretty green, with 2000 miles. It has plenty of power, even at high speeds. (Took Euro delivery.) I was particularly impressed at its 80-100 mph acceleration (which you do frequently on the autobahn), even leaving it in 5th. Cruised effortlessly 100, which is all you can do during break-in.
One MAJOR regret: my wife can't get used to the clutch feel and is still uncomfortable driving the car. I have to say if I had to do it all over again I'd have gotten the automatic for her sake.
#1000 of 12737 chesdin3 - Clutch Feel
Jul 17, 2001 (2:22 pm)
You need to modify or remove your CDV (clutch delay valve) to improve the clutch feel.
Jul 17, 2001 (3:25 pm)
That's the rate for all dealers in Canada right now. I hope it'll stay until I get my 530iA.
#1003 of 12737 2001 525i Sport Wagon - in snow???
Jul 18, 2001 (7:12 am)
I am new to this forum. I am considering a 525i Sport Wagon, and live in Denver. Has anyone had good, bad, or indifferent experiences with this model in snowy, slippery weather? What about the 4.5 inches of clearance? Is the self-leveling suspension worthwhile? The dealership is claiming that a set of Blizzaks will make winter driving a snap. The 3 series ix is too small for me. Also, what about engine power in the 2.5? Please respond to saslmswnt.sas.com - I plan on buying SOON!
Jul 18, 2001 (8:10 am)
We really don't get that much snow here, so you should be fine with dedicated snow tires in the winter (they don't necessarily have to be Blizzaks). I think you'll be fine with the power, too. It's not the fastest thing around, but it's fast enough for most people.
Please tell me you're not looking to buy from Murray Motors - I can't stand that dealership!