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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#3492 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 02, 2009 (1:07 pm)
I bought a 2008 BMW 535i in October with about 26K on the clock - premium and cold weather packages, plus multi-contour seats. Wanted to say that when I looked at the tire warranty issue, I passed because the 17" wheels are pretty hefty as opposed to the 18" wheels that are more prone to damage. The dealer installed new Goodyears before my purchase. So, I went to Just Tires and bought their hazard protection for the tires. I am taking my chances as to the rims. To be honest, I have hit a curb and a pothole or two thus far with no problems, so I suspect all will be well.
#3493 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [phylp]
Dec 02, 2009 (6:12 pm)
If you don't mind sharing can I please ask how much the dealer asked for the tire and rim warranty on your 2008 535? I just bought a 07 550i and paid $1400 for a 5 year warranty. Think I paid too much and have a 60 day cancellation policy. Not sure if it is worth it...
#3494 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [irus_x5]
Dec 02, 2009 (7:52 pm)
I paid $875 for wheel/tire insurance for 3 years/unlimited mileage last week when I've got my 2010 550. It is interesting though that while style 172 Sport wheels on 2010 550 are more expensive than style 124 that I had on my 2007 the RFT tires on 2007 are almost twice as expensive as 2010 non-RFTs
Note though that for around $1,200 you can get a set of new take off 124 wheels with tires.
#3495 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [irus_x5]
Dec 03, 2009 (6:55 am)
I was offered the three year tire warranty for $749, but the "starting" price was $799.
Also, I drive in a zone that has good roads and some, but not many, potholes in winter. If I were in NY/NJ, for example, I would definitely get the tire warranty with the 18s and probably for the 17s.
#3496 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [phylp]
Dec 03, 2009 (8:16 pm)
Thank you. I didnt know that you could get the multi contour front seats without the Sports package! I dont want the 18' wheels, but want the multi-contour front seats. Is this combination pretty rare?
#3497 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 04, 2009 (6:23 am)
I do not know if it is rare, but I will say that the first thing that the salesman pointed out about the car was that it had the multi-contour seat upgrade. I was told that my 535i was first driven by one of the managers, then turned over to the loaner fleet. I have no reason not to believe that -- if I were that manager I would have made sure that the car had the multi-contour seats, too! The seats alone nearly sold the car.
#3498 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [phylp]
Dec 04, 2009 (7:34 am)
Wow, impressive! If you dont mind, what kind of mileage was on the car, and what price range did you manage to get it at? Also what colour is your car? Theres SO many options to look at its just overwhelming. This is my 1st time buying a pre-owned car after my college days....
#3499 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 04, 2009 (9:29 am)
No prob, I can relate. My 2008 BMW 535i is Platinum Bronze with light poplar, and had about 25,900 miles on the clock: NAV, Cold Weather and Premium Packages, the wonderful seats, etc. Certified. Paid $39,800. The dealer put on a brand new set of Goodyear Eagle tires, paid for a year of Sirius radio, provided new mats (carpet and heavy duty), did superb detailing. Very good buying experience overall, but a little steeper than I expected in this economy - but I am not complaining.
The purchase took a lot of research and comparisons. I checked the used inventory of the major BMW dealers in my state online for about a month. I also checked on the compatibility of our cell phones because the tech and Bluetooth features are very important to us and there is a short list of "officially" compatible phones. (Our Verizon Blackberry 8830s are not on the list, but they are pairing just fine.)
When I finally figured out the desired options and what I would be willing to pay, I got online quotes and also went down to the local dealerships to test drive. In the span of about a week (at the end of the month), I was satisfied enough to buy from a local dealer known for low pressure sales and a good service department.
This forum was very helpful to me, too. Please keep us posted.
#3500 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [phylp]
Dec 06, 2009 (11:14 pm)
Shopped all weekend and found a CPO 2008 535i Alpine White with 30800 miles for $36880 with Premium and Sports Packages, Navigation and Satellite Radio. Does this seem to be a good buy? Also, I'm still confused on the warranty part of the CPO vs. non CPO. Can someone please fill me in on this? Do I still need to get an extended warranty if its CPO?
#3501 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 07, 2009 (8:37 am)
Sounds like a good price to me. Check out the BMW website for the details of the program, but CPO takes you up to 50,000 miles over or 2 years beyond (whichever comes first) the regular warranty = 6 year/100,000 mile total. It is important that you know when the car was put into service originally as that is the start of the time frame.