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#22484 of 30250 Press release from bmwusa.com
Mar 27, 2003 (6:07 pm)
The BMW 5 Series was named a AAA Auto Guide award winner in the $35,000 - $40,000 category. This is the second year in a row that the 5 Series has won this award, and the fifth time that AAA has awarded the 5 Series. AAA Auto Guide ratings for each vehicle are based on comprehensive reviews conducted for AAA Auto Guide: 2003 New Cars and Trucks, an annual book of new vehicle evaluations. The book features ratings on vehicles ranging from sports cars to minivans. Each vehicle receives up to 10 points in 20 different categories for a maximum of 200 points.
Now, seven years after production first began in March, 1996, the 5 Series is still selling robustly and receiving numerous accolades from the automotive press. In 2003 alone, Money Magazine presented BMW with "Best Luxury Car" for the 5 Series, Automobile Magazine presented an All-Star award to the M5 for Best Sports Sedan, and Wards Auto World bestowed upon BMW the thirteenth consecutive 10-Best Engine Award for the 3.0-liter engine which powers the 530i. Further, AMES Award LLC, the auto industry's leading authority on environmental performance, heralded the 5 Series as an environmentally safe 2003 model year product. In a recent Car and Driver comparison test of seven similarly-priced and equipped semi-luxury four-door cars, the BMW 530i finished second, even though it is the oldest of the seven cars in the comparison.
Mar 27, 2003 (6:18 pm)
Do I simply state I will not pay those fees(maybe I will pay $200 b/c I live in Houston). Anybody w/ experience with this at Advantage BMW?
Mar 27, 2003 (7:36 pm)
The shifter travels just as long in the '03 models as it did in the '01s. It just felt long (still very sweet, though!!) after I drove a step that I didn't have to shift for a day...
Mar 27, 2003 (7:48 pm)
BMWs are engineered to be driven hard. I sure hope you toss your car into a corner every once in a while. I treat all BMW loaners the same way I treat mine - I drive them hard without abusing the car.
#22488 of 30250 Road Trip... (Repost from 5-Series board)
Mar 27, 2003 (8:06 pm)
Yesterday I needed to take a road trip from southern New Hampshire to Mineola, NY to visit a client. Keeping in mind that there have been several queries around here recently about mileage, I decided to track mine, and to that end, I filled up with gas, reset the trip computer and hit the road. The trip was a run that was primarily done at about 75 mph with a few excursions up to about 100 (I still have my winter tires on, which have a limit of 100), some heavy construction on I-95 in Connecticut, and then heavy rush hour traffic from the Throgs Neck bridge to Mineola and then back to Scarsdale, NY, where I spent the night. I then visited another client this morning in Elmsford, NY, did a lunch trip, and then hit the road at just the right time to ensure that I would hit the Boston evening rush hour traffic. With all of that in mind, it is fair to say that I drove somewhere between 80 and 100 miles in heavy stop and go traffic, which is about 20% of the trip.
Calc MPG: 29.03
Avg Speed: 56.4
OBC Calculations after the first 190 miles (Before I hit the I-95 Traffic):
Avg Speed: 72.1
Some folks have noted that, over time, their cumulative MPG calculations come out as much as 2 MPG lower than the OBC. In this case, I filled up at two gas stations, both of which appeared to be level, and the 0.37 MPG difference is well within the variance of how much two different pumps would fill the tank, so I am inclined to believe my OBC.
As a point of reference (for those of you who do not know), I have a 2002 530i 5-Speed with the Sport Package, which (as previously noted) is currently running on winter tires (Michelin Arctic-Alpin). FWIW, I will probably find the time to remount my OEM rubber (Michelin Pilot-Primacy) back onto the car this weekend.
#22489 of 30250 Stereos again and The Hire
Mar 27, 2003 (8:16 pm)
I'm really wanting to replace my stereo and speakers in my 325. I have the standard system. The first thing I want to do is go with MB Quart. I've listened to them and heard great things about them in BMW's. But my wife won't let me do that unless I install an amp (tough convincing job there ).
Has anybody installed an amp with the factory E46 CD43 stereo? Do you get much noise from the engine?
Has anybody installed a new head unit? I like the cleanliness of it and being able to use the steering wheel controls. Has anybody found an aftermarket unit that looks nice and clean, matches the interior lighting, and allows the use of the controls?
My wife is very specific on that and I want to get new speakers and an amp. If you have any url's to point me to that would be great.
Shipo, glad to see you back. Hope you are recovering well. Finally got my digicam Nikon 5700.
Mar 27, 2003 (8:22 pm)
You must have really enjoyed that trip after the leg accident.
On a usual trip from Boston to Albany, my OBC records an average of ~ 83 mph over 160 highway miles with occasional averages up to 85-86 mph. That's with minimal traffic and it includes having to slow down twice for tolls ;o)
Mar 27, 2003 (8:22 pm)
Thanks for the healing rays, (((((((((Healing Rays))))))))) I can feel them all of the way to NH.
It might take some digging, however, "GuruMike" who I believe is (or was) a sales manager at Cutter BMW in Santa Barbara did some serious upgrading of his E46 audio system, and posted the entire set of details. I am guessing that this all happened about two years ago.
Mar 27, 2003 (8:31 pm)
Oh yeah! It felt SOOOOO good to have my car out on the open road again.
Unfortunately, I did the entire drive yesterday without any stops, and after just over four hours of only doing Gas/Brake pedal work, my leg/ankle was pretty swollen when I got out of the car in Mineola, ditto when I got home today. Back to PT tomorrow, my therapist will not be too happy with me given all of this swelling. I guess it is a small price to pay for a road trip in a BMW.
Mar 27, 2003 (9:17 pm)
My salesman, when he realized I was serious made sure to tell me that the invoice he was going to show me was not the same as everywhere else on the web. Of course everything matched except the MACO/Training fee. However, in Austin the total was $560.00. Walked away, came back the next day, walked away, came back on Monday and they would not budge off that fee. Liked the price they were giving me over invoice, I just did not like the starting invoice price. Of course to complicate matters more I have a trade in, which of course I am trying to sell while I wait for my 2003 330i Silver/black with performance package, 6 spd, xenons, sunroof. I've read over the last 3-4 months that it seems to materialize only in large metro area, but I do not know for sure. Overall (trade & price over invoice) was a "fair" deal, not anything to write home about, but the performance package made it where they just were not going to deal anymore. P.S. Momentum also added the MACO / training fees when I tried to deal with them.