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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
Jun 12, 2003 (9:24 am)
I have a few comments that might help you out a little. First, I am on my second BMW, a 2002 530i 5-Speed, and so far, not a single fault of any kind. My previous BMW was a 1999 328i 5-Speed, which I had for three years, and the only two faults were two $.50 taillight bulbs. I could have had them replaced under warranty, but why bother?
Second, I live in New Hampshire, and prior to last summer, I lived in New Jersey. My 328i was not equipped with the Sport Package (SP), and as such was equipped from the factory with All-Season tires, which were, ummm, okay, sort of, in winter weather conditions. I should qualify the previous statement by saying, "With the traction control engaged" (its default state) because that car was a real hand full with no electronic aids. The 530i is equipped with the SP, and accordingly, I ordered a winter wheel/tire set from tirerack.com last fall. Wouldn't you know it, just after I placed the order, we had a couple of minor snow falls (less than 5"), and with just the summer tires between me and the snow, that car was all but un-drivable what with the winding/narrow/hilly/crowned roads we have here in NH. I got the snows just before Christmas, and as a nice Christmas gift, Mother Nature provided us with 18" of the white stuff, starting on 25-December. Time to test my tires.
As I was pulling out of my driveway in about 6", I could already tell the difference. By the time I got on the main road (heavily rutted and not yet plowed), I knew I had a winning combination. Once on the local 2-Lane Highway, I was able to climb, turn and stop with relative aplomb, so much so that I was easily able to reel in a conga-line of 4WD SUVs. From my perspective, the only thing that MIGHT have performed better would have been an Audi or a Subaru.
Regarding a dealer, I bought my car (via ED) in New Jersey, and I have only been to Tully (Nashua, NH) once (my wife hooked the front bumper on a curb stone), and they were very attentive, but beyond that, I cannot say.
I hope this helps.
#298 of 540 New 5 prices in the UK
Jun 12, 2003 (10:13 am)
New 5 Prices Revealed
BMW has released prices for chief designer Chris Bangle's latest controversial work, the 5-Series. Out in September, the base 520i SE will cost £25,455, with the 530i SE at £30,995. In October, the £26,955 525i SE will arrive, as will the flagship 545i SE, at £41,555. All come with six-speed boxes, part-electric seats and a revised iDrive system.
Current 5 Prices
BMW 5 Series 4.4 V8 540i Sport Saloon 4 dr, £40455
BMW 5 Series 3.0 530i SE Saloon 4 dr, £29400
BMW 5 Series 2.5 525i SE Saloon 4 dr, £26965
BMW 5 Series 2.2 520i SE Saloon 4 dr, £25155
Today's exchange rate £1 = $1.66
#299 of 540 Thnx, Shipo
Jun 12, 2003 (12:03 pm)
I drove my winter car, a '02 Forester, from Waterbury CT to Keene NH in that storm -- scary all the same.... My summer wheels are a '90 300ZX twin turbo which is REALLY scary in snow.
I tested a new 540 6-speed Dreher-Holloway in Stratham and loved it; I'm a bit off-put by gas guzzler etc however; then drove a 530 automatic in Worcester --Wagner Motors -- and found it to be quite adequate for $7K cheaper -- decisions, decisions.
Was your NJ purchase a satisfactory experience? Dealer name? What do (will) you do about service?
Jun 12, 2003 (12:15 pm)
My shopping experience with Park Avenue BMW in Bergen County was good. I called them and asked for a price. They called me back and said yes. I signed the paperwork one hour later. Unfortunately, the salesman (Mike Weber) is apparently no longer there and I cannot comment on any of the others. I bought my 328i from Prestige in Ramsey, and they too were quite plesant to work with.
Regarding service, I will most likely be using Tulley in Nashua. As I am nearing 15,000 miles, I will be visiting them soon.
#301 of 540 BMW Pricing & Valuation of Dollar
Jun 12, 2003 (2:12 pm)
Can't wait to see what USA pricing is. Are they holding the line?
June 7th issue of The Economist (p. 53) has an interesting article titled "European Business: Grappling with the strong euro." Discusses BMW's activities in this area. They cope by (1) getting 31 percent of sales from America and Canada and a further 24 percent of sales from outside Euro zone, (2) producing cars in USA and Britain, and (3) "us[ing] derivatives to hedge its overseas profits fully in each current financial year, and partially for the year ahead." They note Porsche does same except for (2). VW also aggressively hedging. They note the broad rule of thumb that "a 10% rise (fall) in the value of the euro against the dollar causes a 3% fall (rise) in European corporate profits."
#302 of 540 new brochure
Jun 17, 2003 (11:54 am)
Go to www.bmw.com/5series for new 5 series brochure (PDF). Great pix!
#303 of 540 All-wheel drive???
Jun 20, 2003 (9:52 am)
In the December 2002 issue of Automobile Magazine, it said that the 2004 5-series will be available with all-wheel drive. Is this true?
If not, its a shame because Mercedes now has the 4-matic option available on most of it's sedans including the S-500.
Jun 20, 2003 (6:58 pm)
The new Autoweek has spy pics of the emergency face-lift for the 7, check it out. Part is covered, but it certainly looks better by a long shot.
Jun 25, 2003 (8:44 am)
Has there been any info released on the pricing in the US for the new 5? I haven't been able to find anything.
#306 of 540 No word as of yet...
Jun 25, 2003 (3:06 pm)
UK pricing is out and rumor is US will be about 1500 more than outgoing model or 3 to 5% increase. My dealer said prices in US will be out in July