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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#512 of 540 Central locking mechanism on new 5
Oct 08, 2003 (5:10 pm)
It's on the center dash, as it is with the MB E Series.
My wife likes the new 5, much better than the old one. It DOES have quite a bit more room (closer to my 2001 E 430).
But, my sister-in-law's 1998 BMW 540i Sport wagon is my all-time favorite rocket ship, uh, car.
It's in the eye of the beholder. I agree that if you don't like it, buy something else. (My $.02 psychology comment -- BMW lovers wanted so badly to love the new 5, aesthetically and technically, that the ones who don't like the looks are so disappointed that they are lashing out at Bangle and whoever else gets in their face here. They are just P-O'ed, and can't do anything about it . . . except complain here.)
#513 of 540 Glad to have E39
Oct 08, 2003 (6:01 pm)
After seeing pics of the '04 5 Series, I traded my '99 528i for an '03 530i with SP, PP, manual trans. I am sooo happy with my decision.
I saw the new 5 Series in-person at the local auto dealers show last weekend. It looks a little better in person, but not much. Too many lines, angles, etc. I really hate the new interior. I will never own i-drive (I hope). The BMW rep said that I was the only person that criticized the new design. That's hard to believe.
I plan to keep my E39 until Bangle wakes up or moves on.
#514 of 540 ateixeira
Oct 09, 2003 (12:46 am)
Oh I agree, I find the Passat wagon to be the best looking one on the market. So crisp and clean, yet functional.
Mercedes' wagons haven't looked good since the old W124 E-Class model back in the eighties to mid nineties. The new one looks a little better than the just discontinued one, but it's no Audi/VW.
#515 of 540 when did 5 came out with anglel eyes?
Oct 09, 2003 (8:16 am)
i always like angel eyes on the 5 series and am wondering when did this feature first came on the 5 series? i am looking for a used 540i and would like to get zenon and angel eyes. thanks
#516 of 540 i like mercedes the e55 wagon
Oct 09, 2003 (8:22 am)
merc and ateixeira -- i don't know if you've seen the w210 e55 wagons ('00-'03). they look beautiful with the amg bodykit and superfast too.
i do like the audi wagon but only with the rs6 designation. the regular a6 looks too bubbly.
the passat does look good especially the most recent model ('03-'04).
Oct 09, 2003 (8:25 am)
are they still selling them? the new one doesn't work for me.
Oct 09, 2003 (11:29 am)
Based on your post, I guess you responded to me regarding the central locking system and the rest of your post was directed toward me and everyone else?
Anyway, I could NOT find the central locking system! On my 2003 5, it's laid out plain and simple on the center console. I am due to test drive the car on Friday, so I'll notice it then. So thanks for the info.
Now, as far as one's comments regarding the new 5, (whether one likes it or doesn't like it), that's what a forum like this is for. Only speaking for myself, if I truly "loved" the new design inside and out I would be singing the new car's praises. I don't. I think the new iteration of this vehicle is disappointing. For me, it's not even the so-called "radical/controversial looks." I find the looks and the interior to be boring, and a follower in the market rather than a trend setter. I don't think BMW has ever been a trend setter with its designs. IMO, they're a trend setter in their engineering. I am however, willing to have an open mind and I am looking forward to test driving the vehicle this Friday.
#519 of 540 04 5 series
Oct 09, 2003 (12:23 pm)
Hate the new 5 series. It looks muscular. but that it.
I picked up a 2003 525 3 months back and love it. the interior of the 03 is far better than 04. Moreover, i think the rear of the 04 5 series resembles a Subaru model . I believe it is the WRX. Just my $.02.
I am glad I picked up a 2003 5 series.
Oct 09, 2003 (1:11 pm)
The sport wheels have been the main attraction on the 5's (E39 '01 530 is the best)until now. Now it's the technology and I'm disappointed by the looks of the sport wheels on the new 5. I think the wheels are crucial component of eye appeal and I don't necessarily prefer the sport wheel to the standard wheel now. But, sport packages are hot right now and the immediate availability is extremely low. If you're stuck in the past with a recently purchased E39 than don't try look at the cutting edge 5 just yet, it might be too far ahead to see clearly.
Oct 09, 2003 (6:01 pm)
I'm gonna chime in as yet another one of those who bought the E39 after looking at pictures of the new 5. If the new 5 had kept any of the understated elegance that drew me to the E39, I would have waited and bought the newer model. The new 5 looks almost gaudy to me- I guess, as Bmwseller suggests, other cars will have to assume more of a Liberace-inspired look in the future before the new 5 can look understated to me again. So much for cutting edge....