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#1 of 252 BMW 530i Update
Aug 22, 2004 (5:07 am)
When will the 530i receive the new 3.0L Inline six that's appearing in the new 3 series? Or even IF it will be put into the 530i.
#2 of 252 2006 model
Aug 22, 2004 (4:27 pm)
is my opinion.
#3 of 252 Re: BMW 530i Update [boomsama]
Aug 22, 2004 (4:31 pm)
Frankly, I don't care. I own one of the first E39's (built 05/96) with 110K on the clock - a truly great car - and which I had hoped to trade on a new E60. I was so utterly turned off by both the exterior and interior styling, let alone the I-drive debacle, that I am holding on to my E39 waiting for the upcoming launch of many new luxo/sport models for 05/06 (Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, Cadillac, Audi, etc). As Car and Driver so aptly put it during their test of the E60/530: "BMW is drifting off mission". Amen.
Aug 23, 2004 (4:37 am)
I could not possibly agree with you more.
I just got done driving an 04' BMW 530 for a week. The car possessed two desirable qualities - a solid structure and a nice stereo. Beyond that, the car was a complete disaster area. I would cling to the previous generation 5 series like grim death until BMW "finds its way".
#5 of 252 Re: BMW 530i Update [pearl]
Sep 28, 2004 (6:29 pm)
Well, I owned a 97 e39 stick for 7 years, just bought a e60 530i stick with the sport package. The new car is light years ahead of the old car in handling. You have to try the active steering and suspension. Drives better than my 86 911.
About the I drive. My car has nav and heads up. The whole car works off of voice activation. Use the I drive to set the car up. Most drivers don't read the manual. Dealers don't turn the voice activation on as buyers don't know to ask.
Sep 30, 2004 (7:44 am)
How does the nav compare to the nav systems of the Toyota/Lexus systems if you've tried them?
#7 of 252 Re: BMW 530i Update [bmwdon]
Oct 01, 2004 (7:11 pm)
I have no doubt that the new E60 is a tremendous car in any performance dimension...it is a BMW. My complaint (and apparently that of MANY BMW owners/lovers/fans) is that we hate the new style both inside and outside and think that BMW went totally overboard on techno-gadgets at the expense of ensuring that they focused on a superior driving experience. I wish BMW no ill, and pray that they will again make cars that I want to buy. They have been the standard for sports sedans for 50 years. They just need to ensure that they stay focused on "their mission".
Dec 24, 2004 (2:45 pm)
The E39 dedsign is timeless and still holds its own very well with current competition, E60 included. I'm in the market for my first 5 series and with the introduction of the ugly E60 I happy not to buy new and appreciate the current market of well loved E39's with attractive pricing that beset a 8 year run.
#9 of 252 Re: [kfriceman1]
Dec 25, 2004 (11:57 am)
I bought the 2003 e39 and could not be more pleased. Figured that it would take BMW some time to come to grips with the new design and over-the-top electronics. If you can find a 2003 530 w/ SP, jump on it... I'm keeping mine for a long time!
#10 of 252 Re: [lovemyclk]
Dec 25, 2004 (3:11 pm)
In about 30 years the car will rot and idrive will get you!!!!