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BMW 5 Series, Wagon
#223 of 252 Re: Software Recall / Update [bdkinnh]
Dec 05, 2005 (11:42 am)
Yes, after weeks of "research" they finally told me that my 2006 530xi with Premium Sound CANNOT play MP3 CDs. So I had the dealership put in an AUX audio input and bought an iPod. Not elegant, but the best option available right now (unless you want to use one of those FM transmitter thingys).
#224 of 252 Re: Software Recall / Update [freddybb]
Dec 06, 2005 (8:20 am)
When I was comparing cars (BMW, Lexus, and Infiniti) I remember reading in a manual for one of them that MP3's can be played by the navigation DVD reader, but not the CD player. I'm not sure which one it was, but since the Infiniti CD could play MP3's, and the Lexus can't play them anywhere, it was probably the BMW. I'm sure you've read and re-read the manual, but it may be worth another look.
#225 of 252 Re: Software Recall / Update [freddybb]
Dec 06, 2005 (12:52 pm)
I'm sure to be drummed out of the hi-fi sweater club, but our BMW has Sirius radio -- and while this is NOT the same as brewing your own a la iPod, I no longer have a need for anything other than my trusty CD burner and Sirius.
#226 of 252 price for 530xiT
Dec 28, 2005 (6:36 am)
looking to buy a 530xiT in a month. now that these have been out for a half a year, are the dealers discounting them? what price can i expect? invoice or $1000 over invoice?
anyone know if any dramatic changes are coming for the 530xiT model year 07?
#227 of 252 Re: Software Recall / Update [markcincinnati]
Dec 28, 2005 (10:29 am)
We have Sirius on our BMW X3 and our Audi A6 -- rarely, very rarely, do I feel the need for some home brew. My Audi has a 6CD changer and if for some outrageous reason I can't get my music fix from Sirius, I have 6 CD's ripe and ready as a backup.
I know this has been the year of the iPod -- but I think the "next" is Sat Radio. Nothing against XM (indeed XM now comes courtesy of DirecTV) but we love Sirius. In my A6, which has the Premium Surround Sound system, I just set it for Rear Surround and hone in on "The Vault," "Jazz Cafe," or "Pops" and I am rarely disappointed.
According to my wife, Sat Radio will "kill" broadcast radio (other than for "local" talk, news and weather.)
She may be onto something.
#228 of 252 Re: price for 530xiT [csdee]
Dec 29, 2005 (7:59 pm)
I am looking into buying a 530xi. I was quote $53,559 with sports pk, 18" wheels, premium pk, steptronic AT, cold weather pk. I asked for $52,000. I am paying using one time payment not finance.
Is this seem okay? I'm not paying too much am I?
Please let me know.
#229 of 252 2007 Model year?!?!
Jan 12, 2006 (12:07 pm)
My wife and I are almost signing the deal for a 530xi and are now being told by the dealer (we're in Canada) that the 2007 model year production run is going to start in March so that we could have an '07 by the end of April....i.e. that BMW is starting the new model year run now instead of in the fall. She is also saying that there won't be any changes from the '06....
#230 of 252 Re: 2007 Model year?!?! [mikeroch]
Jan 12, 2006 (6:55 pm)
Historically, the cut off is in month 5 or 6 and new production starts the month after. Recently there seems to be less regimentation. But perhaps that is importation schedules not production schedules.
Moreover it would seem that the 07 model year lack of change is accurate. BMW seems to embark upon a run of X years with each year offering minor changes, options, colors, etc. The 5 series with the new engine and now AWD is, relatively speaking young or perhaps at worst middle aged.
Is the 5's run about 6 or 7 years historically? If so, the next major change would be when? A couple more years perhaps?
The competition up the road from Munich, in Ingolstadt, produced their middle child last, from 1998MY through 2004MY -- 7 years? BMW seems to be on a similar schedule.
But telling you there will be insignificant changes also sounds like a way to encourage a purchase NOW rather than later.
#231 of 252 Voice activation? Comfort seats..
Jan 13, 2006 (10:54 am)
Are any of the climate, radio, navigation functions able to be voice controlled by the driver (with iDrive)? (Or, is it only via the iDrive controller and/or using the steering wheel buttons...?). (With Bluetooth "prep" I assume the telephone functions are handsfree, but what about these other items?).
Also, anyone have pictures of the comfort seats in beige (with ventilation)? (preferable with the dark poplar high gloss wood, if possible.....thanks).
#232 of 252 Re: Voice activation? Comfort seats.. [mikeroch]
Jan 13, 2006 (4:43 pm)
All of them can be voice activated.