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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
#3502 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [phylp]
Dec 07, 2009 (8:54 am)
Date in Service was 06/19/07 so warranty should be up to 06/18/13 or 100K miles whichever come 1st. On the extended warranty and wheel/ tire coverage area, should I skip both?
#3503 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 07, 2009 (9:12 am)
I am not a warranty person generally, so I would pass on the extended warranty. I would definitely consider the tire warranty, however, if I were buying the Sports Package -- especially if it was offered at a decent price.
#3504 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 07, 2009 (3:46 pm)
I can only tell you that last year when I was looking (DEC 2008) I came across a beautiful black sapph. 535i, 2008, CPO, with 27K on the clock. They had it listed for $39,900, marked down (big red sign) from $41,900. That car stayed on the lot about 3 months, I am sure they sold it for way under the $39,900. It had Sports, and all the other pkgs. I passed because I just don't want twin turbos. The extra parts surely would have to cause some maintenance, I'm just guessing. It makes sense, no? Also, I like decent gas mileage and I just can't see a 300HP engine with twin turbos getting great mileage, although many posters have proven me wrong.
I finally got a beautiful Alpine White, like yours, 2007 530i, 24K on the clock last June. It has sports, premium, cold, prem sound, NAV, blk leather, comfort access. Like a previous poster, I love the Sports Pkg because of the shadow line trim (black around windows, not chrome) and also the sport steering wheel, and sport rims.It just sets the car apart from the others. I love the car. Paid $36, 200 for the car. The car is and was impeccable. Warranty runs through June 2012. Everyone I know can't get over what a stunning vehicle it is. You don't see too many Alpine White 5 series.
I don't have a clue about the tires. I have Bridgestone Potenza RFT's, I"m sure they're not cheap. I love the car and don't concern myself with how much the tires are going to cost me. Otherwise I would have bought a Camry. LOL.
Good luck with your decision, and keep us informed. Good to hear from you,
Gardis in CT
#3505 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [gardis]
Dec 08, 2009 (10:25 am)
Thank You, gardis. Got your helpful points. Just want to clarify something about the turbo chargers. I have a 2000 Passat with a 1.8 Turbo. I got 30-32 MPG just because of the turbo charger. The non turbo engine is 2.8 and produces similar torque, but doesnt get even near as mpg as my turbo. So I thought that the turbo produces the extra torque but without the extra gas consumption. So in your opinion, do Turbo chargers cause more gas consumption?
#3506 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 08, 2009 (6:36 pm)
I am not technically qualified to judge the twin turbos on the 535. But it seems common sense that a turbo charged engine packing 300HP would have to consume more fuel than a 255HP in line six cylinder, no? I backed away from it because it was just a little too much power for me. I don't know how much a Passat weighs, but I doubt that it is as solid a vehicle as a BMW 5 series. I could be wrong. So that would affect your gas consumption.
Keep in touch.
#3507 of 4112 Re: Welcome me, please! [rez]
Dec 10, 2009 (1:55 pm)
My 2008 BMW 535i is getting 24.8 mpg. So far, so good.
#3508 of 4112 2008 528i - Good Deal?
Dec 15, 2009 (9:18 am)
I'm looking to buy a CPO 2008 528i with just under 20k miles and the following options: premium & sport packages, park distance control, navigation, real time traffic info, logic7 sound system, and satellite radio.
The asking price is $37k....I'd appreciate any thoughts on that price.