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#7 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [andys120]
Jul 20, 2013 (8:10 pm)
I've owned BMWs since 1983 and the E39 5er was most definitely the high water mark for the 5 Series. In fact, virtually all of the new BMWs leave me cold. The only new Bimmers I would consider would be the 135i M Sport and the M3. The F10 5er feels like an old man's car with it's numb steering and excessive bulk.The F30 3er is better, but not by much; my son's 2004 X3 is more engaging to drive.
#8 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [roadburner]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 21, 2013 (9:00 am)
BMW changed the sex of their cars! I just don't relate much anymore.
I have owned, in the past:
(2) BMW 2002s
(1) BMW 7 series M30 engine (GREAT car!)
(3) BMW motorcycles
(1) BMW 320i (not so great)
Yes, ancient history, I know I know....
I've driven quite a few friends BMWs and my favorite was also the mid/late 90s 5 Series.
#11 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [roadburner]
Aug 22, 2013 (6:51 am)
Not sure I want this thread to focus solely on BMW's, so I'll put in a quick review of "Steve", my '06 Saturn ION.
Steve was bought new in June of '06, as my daughter graduated HS and needed a reliable car to get her back and forth from college (approx. 100 miles away).
This was the 3rd Saturn we had bought - previous purchases included an '03 L300 and an '05 VUE with the Honda V6. Why Saturn? Predominantly for the buying experience - and the plastic panels that were unique in the GM family. The ION is a "2" trim level with the addition of ABS and a sunroof.
All was well for the first 3 years, then my daughter reported a small problem - the ION would simply stop running for no apparent reason. Took it to the dealer after the first occurrence; dealer couldn't find anything wrong.
The second time this happened was the straw that broke the camel's back for my wife. My L300 was traded in for a MINI for the daughter and I inherited the ION with 34K miles on it.
In the past 4+ years, I've put on almost 60K on the car, primarily for pizza delivery duty and in-town errand running. Mechanically, it runs great - not once have I experienced the problem that my daughter reported. It's had a couple of needs - a new ignition switch and shocks/struts all around. Cosmetically, it's getting a little ragged, but with 93K on it I can't complain too much.
It gets a pretty consistent 24-26 MPG is almost exclusive city driving. I suspect I'll be driving it for a few more years; not much reason to get a new or newer car for what I'm using it for currently.
#12 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [michaell]
Aug 22, 2013 (8:30 am)
Thanks Michaell, I certainly didn't want to focus only on BMWs. The more who contribute the merrier IMO.
You didn't say how many miles are on your Saturn.
#13 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [andys120]
Aug 22, 2013 (8:40 am)
The ION has just over 93K on it. New front struts/shocks a couple of weeks ago and new tires this past Tuesday.
I'm happy that it has a timing chain so don't need to worry about changing it soon.
#14 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [michaell]
Aug 22, 2013 (10:33 am)
My 2000 Park Ave has about 93,000 miles on it as well. I think old age is starting to get to it, though.
Even though that Ion has a timing chain, do they still need to check it occasionally, make sure the guides and such aren't getting worn, and so on? I've always wondered...is there any way to easily check a timing chain, or do you just wait until the car starts getting hard to tune up? I've heard that chains don't fail catastrophically for the most part, but gradually start to stretch out and get sloppy.
#15 of 16 Re: Andys BMW 528iA [andre1969]
Aug 22, 2013 (10:54 am)
Those are good questions, Andre. When I take the car in for its next oil change in a few months I'll ask the shop about that.
You know, for an appliance, I could have done much worse. Still on the original battery, brakes lasted more than 80K miles, A/C still blows cold and its never left me stranded due to mechanical issues. The ignition switch was a problem as I couldn't get the key out of the ignition, but I figured out how to get around that before I took it to the dealer for replacement.
It does have a propensity to eat tires. I'm now on my 3rd set in 60K miles. I suspect I wear them out with all the slipping and sliding I do on ice in the winter time. Even with traction control turned on, there is a fair amount of wheelspin when I'm doing pizza delivery duty.
And, I probably don't spend as much as I should for quality - my latest set were less than $300 installed!