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#23 of 32 Re: heading downmarket [lemko]
Feb 01, 2010 (9:34 am)
Some cars, especially from certain regions, have adopted very anime-like faces. I don't want to drive a Pokemon or a car that looks like the eyes of a woman who has received five-too-many facelifts (or in the case of the E60 5er, someone dressed in drag)
The new RL has that 'Transformers' ideal going for it, edgy for the sake of edgy.
#24 of 32 Give Bangle a Break
Feb 20, 2010 (12:02 am)
Hated E60 at first, now I love it...so much, I just traded in my E39. Call me fickle but I think it's time to step into the future of where styling is going...after all, the E60 has been the best selling iteration thus far. Could this just be the beginning?
#25 of 32 Re: Give Bangle a Break [whitehot5]
Feb 20, 2010 (9:06 am)
Isn't the busybody Bangle styling slowly going away? The newest and upcoming BMWs seem to be a little more normal. The F10 is very much 7er-influenced and calmer styling-wise than the E60. I think that's the future, not so much the E60 which was on the road 7 years ago and is kind of relevant as more of a mid-decade styling exercise. I think BMW is very lucky that it kind of became a lifestyle brand at the same time the weirdo styling got rolling, so the badge was able to overcome the oddness.
The E60 drives very nicely no doubt...but, especially for the earlier versions, I can't get over the front, the back, and the interior styling.
#26 of 32 Re: Give Bangle a Break [whitehot5]
Feb 20, 2010 (9:45 am)
I have been driving a E39 525iT for the past few days with a five speed manual.
I much prefer how it drives compared to the 2007 or 2010 525 sedans we have in stock.
Part of that is probably the manual vs automatic but I still think the E39 drives better.
#27 of 32 Re: heading downmarket [andys120]
Mar 23, 2010 (9:40 am)
I think BMW's large problem going forward is mileage. What does their best model (in the US) get, 18 city 28 highway? Not going to cut it. The 1 series should have the 4 cyclinder diesel in it, and it may happen eventually, but if you are going to drop 44k for a new 3 series, people want mileage and performance.
#28 of 32 Re: Give Bangle a Break [british_rover]
Mar 23, 2010 (10:04 am)
I had just purchased my 2003 530SP when I found myself working in Germany for a bit. Had a chance to drive the 2004 e60 prior to USA launch... just didn't appeal or "speak" to me in the manner my '03 did.
End result... I still drive my '03 530 and enjoy it as much now as when I bought it. Just a fabulous sport sedan that I keep well maintained with proactive maintenance performed by my BMW Indy shop. Actually, no major issues to date at 77K miles other than tires, TSB work or other preventative work done under warranty.
A simply terrific car!
#29 of 32 Re: heading downmarket [zigster38]
Mar 23, 2010 (10:18 am)
I think the 335d is rated at 23/36. That seems reasonable.
#30 of 32 Re: Give Bangle a Break [lovemyclk]
Mar 24, 2010 (6:53 am)
I have a 2002 530i sp 5 speed with 155k miles that I intend to keep for as long as possible. Some things I have had repaired that you may anticipate are:
75k miles, preventive radiator, expansion tank and hoses replaced
80k, brake light switch replaced
85k, master cylinder replaced
130k, replaced original battery
144k, replaced original rotors and pads
150k, replaced oil separator
152k, replaced fuel pump
153k, replaced catalytic converters and oxygen sensors
The rear wishbone joint cups are split and will be replaced after I get new summer tires; still on the original clutch, struts and shocks. My maintenance records indicate it costs 10 cents per mile to maintain for everything.
#31 of 32 Re: Give Bangle a Break [530ir1150r]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 24, 2010 (8:56 am)
All that seems reasonable at the mileages stated, except the radiator---BMW took a long time to square away their cooling systems. 10 cents a mile is pretty darn good overall. Goes to show ya'....ounce of prevention and all that.....
I do wonder though why BMW can't make a 3 series as comfortable inside for larger people as the much smaller MINI.
#32 of 32 Re: Give Bangle a Break [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 25, 2010 (7:12 am)
I was under the impression that the radiator has plastic necks and they were the problem; and I did not want to cook the engine. The next radiator flush will be this fall and I will replace the water pump. Also, my 530i is a 5 speed and I think an automatic would cost 1 to 2 cents more per mile.