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#115 of 400 Re: 2004 530i Lease return [bristol2]
Jan 11, 2008 (6:41 am)
I am going from a loaded v6 Accord sedan with 6-speed, giving up approx 20 hp with the move to the BMW. Will I be disappointed by the get up and go?
Did you drive the car? I also drive a 6-spd accord sedan. I recently test drove a 330Ci automatic and thought, even with the auto, it blows the doors off my Accord. Its not all about HP numbers. What I find with my Accord is that the power is pretty peaky. Not as bad as some cars, but it certainly pales in comparison to the fat wide power curve of the BMW.
Not to mention the Accord is VERY hard to launch in a manner that we would ever see the published 5.9 sec 0-60 number due to the aforementioned peakiness and the total lack of traction that FWD provides on acceleration. It is probably more like 6.5 secs. The 5-series is a bit heavier than the 3'er I drove, but I still think you will be more than happy ... especially when you hit any turns.
#116 of 400 Re: 2004 530i Lease return [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2008 (9:14 am)
Great feed back!
I hope to test drive late next week.
I have a great commute, approx 70 miles at an average of 70mph with some twisty stuff. That is why I am so tempted to get out of the 'sensible' car I am in and into a potentially expensive and risky choice.
#117 of 400 Just bought a 2005 545i -- Why do I feel that I am getting too good a deal?
Jan 12, 2008 (9:21 pm)
Just got back from the dealership and signed the papers to purchase a Certified Pre-Owned 2005 545i. I did my research beforehand and consider myself a pretty good negotiator, but I can't help wonder if the deal I got was a little "too good". Here's what I bought (and will be picking up on Monday):
CPO 2005 545i -- 42,000 miles
Orient Blue Metallic/Beige Dakota Leather
Premium Sound Pkg
Cold Weather Pkg
Power fold-down rear seats
New tires & car is in excellent condition
Clean carfax (no accidents -- this is also a requirement to be CPO)
I bought it for $34,400 + tax/tag/title, which is nearly $10,000 less than the value stated by Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book. I don't know if it's typical "buyer's remorse" (how could it be with this beautiful of a car?), but I am hoping someone can tell me that I just got a great deal and be happy with it. Thanks.
#118 of 400 Re: Just bought a 2005 545i -- Why do I feel that I am getting too good a deal? [mike1005]
Jan 13, 2008 (7:35 am)
You got a GREAT deal. Be happy with it!
Since you went CPO, you have very little risk in terms of repair issues. It seems like you got a great deal and a great car.
#119 of 400 Re: Just bought a 2005 545i -- Why do I feel that I am getting too good a deal? [bristol2]
Jan 13, 2008 (12:03 pm)
Thanks! I am VERY excited about this purchase since I really wasn't in the market for a 545 and was looking for a 530. I thought the 530 had plenty of power, but when I drove the 545 it just wasn't even close (I guess that shouldn't be a surprise since the 545 has 325 hp/330 ft. lbs. torque). The extra power -- combined with all the options -- came for the same price as many of the 2005 530 models that I was looking at. It was just too good of a deal to pass up on.
Anyway, thanks again for the response.
#120 of 400 Re: Just bought a 2005 545i -- Why do I feel that I am getting too good a deal? [mike1005]
Jan 13, 2008 (6:34 pm)
Yeah, sounds like you got an excellent deal. The 5ers are a bit too porky for my tastes, but even I would have been tempted by that price...
#121 of 400 Very close to buying a used 2004 545i
Jan 24, 2008 (10:32 am)
I'm hoping to get some advice on buying a used BMW 545i. First of all, it is black w/ the beige leather, full options, heads up display and only 32k miles on it. It was a lease return but is NOT CPO. The full service warranty is up this year in 9/08 and the carfax report shows it was maintained regularly and had no prior damages. Paint, rims, body, etc. are all immaculate. I am a first time BMW buyer so I want to ask the forum, Do you think this is a good deal for $32,500.00? Please let me know if I can expect to have any problems after the full service warranty is up although I plan to buy the extended 100k warranty.
Thanks for your help in advance!!
#122 of 400 Re: Very close to buying a used 2004 545i [djl01]
Jan 24, 2008 (11:00 am)
From the pricing I have seen that sonds like a good deal with all the options.
Don't forget that a full 100k warranty will add about 2k.
Most on this forum are BMW fans so I don't think you will hear much on the cars being unreliable.
Jan 29, 2008 (11:21 am)
I just saw a 1995 BMW 525i with 53,933 miles on it. They are selling it for $8,995. What do you think? Good deal? Do you think this is a long lasting car? It's already 13 years old, is it going to last another 10 years with the low miles? What problems do the 1995's have? Any info would be greatly appreciated. What to look out for, exc..?
#124 of 400 Re: 1995 BMW 525i Question [stephenabelson]
Jan 29, 2008 (11:48 am)
The E34 5 Series are well regarded in the BMW community. The 2.5 six cylinder is long lived and problem free, aside from a need for a water pump at 60000 mile intervals. I would definitely have the car inspected by a qualified BMW tech. I'd also want to see the service history. Has the oil been changed every 7000 miles or so? Has the coolant been changed ever three years-using only BMW coolant? has the brake fluid been changed ever two years using a DOT 4 fluid? How about the final drive and transmission? Assuming the car checks out, I'd think you could easily get 10 years and or another 150000 miles out of it. As for price, I would think $6000-$8000 is the price range, depending on location, condition, and color. You might want to read up on the E34 here, here, and here.
There is also a comprehensive service manual available from Bentley if you want to tackle some projects yourself- it's an easy car to work on.