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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
Aug 30, 2011 (10:15 am)
I love my AWD 2006 530xi with a manual tranny. I bought it in August 2005, as soon as you released a 5 series with AWD (I live in New England). In spite of lots of problems in the first year (I will never buy first year models ever again), and having had to replace the water pump recently ($1300), I still drive it with joy after 86,000 miles. We like BMW so much that we have had two X5's since then (a 2007 that we replaced recently with a 2012).
Why do I love my 2006 530xi?
Nimble and agile feel
Great gas mileage (I can do 33 mpg on the highway in 6th)
Great styling (to me, and lots of my friends and family)
With great excitement I drove a 2011 535i today, and I am depressed. Why have you abandoned us BMW -- your faithful core customers who keep coming back to you?
I could never buy the 535i because you took away the manual transmission (forcing me to buy the 550i is not the right answer), gave it lifeless steering, gave it a heavy-feeling and floaty ride (unless, I assume, I spring for fancy sport-inducing electronics), and made it look like a 7 series (if I wanted to drive a huge car I would drive the 7).
What do I do now? Can't go down to the 3 although I would like to because I have three kids.
Why BMW, why?
A loyal, but disappointed, BMW fan
#3880 of 4028 Re: Why BMW, why? [freddybb]
Aug 30, 2011 (10:30 am)
Hello there freddy. A lot of us here are big BMW fans and big manual transmission fans too. We feel your pain brother. The unfortunate truth is that there was probably such a low take rate for all wheel drive, manual transmission equipped E60 5ers that BMW couldn't make a business case to crash certify it and jump through whatever other hoops they have to for a car to be sold here in the US.
I too am a big fan of the E60 5 series. My Mom had an '05 530iA that was just an all around wonderful car. I loved driving it. It was bulletproof through the life of her lease too.
The styling of the new F10 5 series has grown on me. I've driven a 550 & 535 and besides the outright speed (incredible), there's not too much to brag about as far as their driving experience went.
#3881 of 4028 Re: 2011 535xi price check - thoughts? [rags4026]
Sep 01, 2011 (8:13 pm)
Black Sapphire Metallic
ZWC Cold Weather Package
Zpp Premium 1
ZP2 Pemium 2
ZSP Sport Package
465 Split fold-down-rear seat
4CE Anthracite Wood Trim
List is $63850.00
Final Price: 58750
#3882 of 4028 Re: CPO Program Question [ndovaras]
Sep 02, 2011 (9:33 pm)
Mr. Shiny Shoes from Oracle? Is this Nick? Shouldn't take too long to guess who I am?
#3883 of 4028 Re: 2011 528i price assistance [addu]
Sep 06, 2011 (10:34 pm)
Just picked my vehicle that I ordered in End June. Although I did not get a single response to my pricing question on this forum (as opposed to overwhelming responses on Acura forum when I was buying MDX last year), I thought I would still share my experience with prospective buyers;
2011 528i, Space Gray/ Black Dakota Leather
Read Camera and PDC
Xenon Lights and Adaptive Light
MSRP : ~ 52K
Price paid: 46.5K + Tax & Fee
#3884 of 4028 Re: 2011 528i price assistance [addu]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 07, 2011 (4:24 am)
Thanks for sharing..
My wife just got a different model BMW in the same color combo.. Space Gray is a fantastic color!
#3885 of 4028 Re: 2011 528i price assistance [addu]
Sep 07, 2011 (6:32 am)
Congrats on a very good deal. I am driving an '08 535i and loving it. But, I am considering trading to a 2011 model similar to yours.
Muchas gracias for the post.
Sep 07, 2011 (7:29 am)
Congrats on your new 528i! Enjoy it!
#3887 of 4028 Re: 2011 528i price assistance [addu]
Sep 07, 2011 (7:53 am)
Congrats, you got a very good deal.
My wife loves her 535I. She says this every day!!! Enjoy!!
#3888 of 4028 Re: Question about the extended Maintenance program [ndovaras]
Sep 07, 2011 (11:36 am)
the car was listed for 31K and I got it for 26,300 , I got it from Benz dealer at freehold , NJ , they keep getting new BMWers ever couple of weeks, the trick is to buy BMW from a none BMW dealer.
I already did a service on BMW with no issue as the car is CPO.
Best luck on your shopping.