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  • snagielsnagiel Posts: 750
    "530iA" isn't an actual model type; it's a 530i automatic. The recall notice doesn't mention sport package or not, which suggests it applies to all models. Call the national BMW number or your dealer to confirm.
  • snagielsnagiel Posts: 750
    I don't know of anyone who'se gotten the Dinan software (without additional hardware like CAI, exhaust, etc.) because it's probably a waste of money. Dinan themselves admit they can't extract any more power. "Throttle response" is a somewhat subjective measurement, and I'd doubt you'd see ANY noticeable improvement.
  • musafirmusafir Posts: 27
    Yes you can, gp with European Delivery and also pay some security deposits, I have ordered a 530iA with Premium, Prem. Sound, lumbar, heated steering, Xenon and cold weather package. My monthly lease is 577 with 15K/year.
  • zubazuba Posts: 58
    You would actually do ED for a lease! If you're going to travel all the way to Germany, why not buy it?
  • cmr530icmr530i Posts: 278
    Surprising? No, it's just that we have great taste in cars!!! :) Hope my next 5er is an M too!
  • mlbmwmlbmw Posts: 11
    Thanks Snagiel.
    I already called nation BMW, even my 530iA manufactured on 11/01, but it is not on the recall list.
  • vishnu11vishnu11 Posts: 59
    Think of it as going to CA from the East Coast just to get a better price. Whether buying or leasing is irrelevant, the actual price is lower with ED. Flying to Germany is merely an overnight trip similar to taking the red-eye from CA to NYC.
  • 530bmw530bmw Posts: 130
    I called BMW and they told me my car is not on the list. It is good news for me and you too since yours is not affected either. By the way I checked my car's sticker and it shows 12/01 as production date. Thanks for telling me how to check the production date.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    That's a quite good price on a new 525i - about $1,300 over invoice if my quick calculation is correct. I am assuming that the price does include destination and that the car is brand new with under 20 miles, not a dealer demo.

    I'm a fan of European Delivery, but the best you could probably do is about $36,400 from a dealer that discounts ED. Whether saving another $1,800 to $2,000 (gross of travel expenses) is worth going through the process is questionable, unless you would want to go to Europe for the fun of it anyway.

    My opinion of the 528i vs. 525i is easier. Unless the extra $4,500 is simply too much of a stretch, go for the brand new 525i. In 3 years, you will have a three year old car (that you broke in and took care of) instead of a 5-year old one. In 2005, I am guessing a 2002 525i will be worth at least $4,500 more than a 2000 528i. Also, the 525i with a 5-speed should perform at least as well as a 528i with automatic, if not better. As you can tell, I am biased towards new, but unless the 2 year old version saves you at least 25% (i.e. approximately $9k), I think the "objective" financial analysis says to go new. Why give up the first two years of a new car for only a 12% savings (unless you plan on keeping it for 18 years and hate a new car smell).
  • jim52jim52 Posts: 161
    My guess is that the only way to get under $600 per month, other than ED, is with multiple security deposits. In my case, the extra 5,400 reduced my monthly payments by about $74 per month.
  • rwolprwolp Posts: 11
    I am now the proud owner (lessee) of a brand spankin' new 540iM, my first BMW (sterling grey, black interior, prem sound, sunshade, upgraded M wheels). It is truly an amazing car. While I had some cupholder issues this morning (my Lexus had amazing cupholders), the performance cannot be matched. My question to those of you who drive manual trannys: What is optimal shift RPM? I was driving 80 in 6th and the car seemed to want to be in 5th, but I would think that at that speed 6th gear should be optimal. Also, I was getting passed, which normally does not happen when I was driving those speeds in my old car, which makes me think the speedodometer may be off. Any thoughts out there?
  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    Yesterday I was at the local dealers, again.... and on the floor they are trying hard to promote a 2001 white/beige 530i 5spd. (They seem to have a hard time with manuals and so rarely have them available.)

    The car has cold weather and premium, but no other options. As I was fondling it, Lois (one of the sales staff) said "I know you're interested in a manual. If you're interested in that car I think we can sell it for invoice or pretty close."

    If anyone is interested in pursuiing this one, I can give you the location, etc., for the dealership: jwilson1@net1plus.com

    Take care.
    Joe W.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    ED lease makes sense...Shipo is leasing his ED 530i. Either way you do ED, you come out on top. There are many benefits to leasing ED (Please no Buy vs. Lease discussions). Your payments will still be lower due to the fact that the capitalized cost of the lease is lower (In the case of Shipo's deal, he got what equates to $5200 off US MSRP). The residual value of the car is still the same after 3 years. So maybe at most you burn 1-2 month's lease payment while your car is on the boat. Think of it as saving the mileage on the leased car and so instead of saving $5200, you save $4000 off US MSRP.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    I saw a Silver/Black M5 this morning. That's 2 in the last 3 days!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    Congrats on your new 540iM! Keep buying the manuals people! We need to make sure the stick shift does not die;)

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • snagielsnagiel Posts: 750
    Congratulations on the new car.

    First, the abbreviation for your model is usually "540i6" or "540i6sp", not "540iM". The "M" is reserved for those rarified Motorsports-cars (even though it is inconsistent with the "5xxiA" for automatic versions).

    Second, "optimal" shift points is about as vague as "best way to invest money." It depends. When the engine is cold (and you're still in the break-in period), keep it under 4k rpm's. As you pass the 1200 mile mark, you can gradually (it took me about 2 days!) increase engine speeds to accelerate quickly, but that certainly comes at the expense of fuel economy. But with a 540, I'm assuming performance was higher on your priority list than fuel economy. As for sixth gear, it is indeed rather tall (0.83 ratio). BMW added it mainly to help keep fuel economy to respectable highway levels, since the V8 is such a guzzler. It'll keep your RPM's low, but for passing with any sense of urgency you'll need to downshift.

    As for the speedometer error, BMW's are notorious (in fact, there's an article in this month's Car and Driver about it). When indicating 70, you're actually going about 67. When showing 80, it's more like 76. You can get a more accurate reading by setting cruise control (to keep the speed steady), and reset your trip computer's "average speed" setting. In a second it'll show you far more accurately your true speed.

    But I've found the speedo error helps keep me from going way too fast (which is all too easy in my 530...85 feels like 65 in my last car). It's like setting the alarm clock 10 minutes fast.
  • rwolprwolp Posts: 11
    I am now the proud owner (lessee) of a brand spankin' new 540iM, my first BMW (sterling grey, black interior, prem sound, sunshade, upgraded M wheels). It is truly an amazing car. While I had some cupholder issues this morning (my Lexus had amazing cupholders), the performance cannot be matched. My question to those of you who drive manual trannys: What is optimal shift RPM? I was driving 80 in 6th and the car seemed to want to be in 5th, but I would think that at that speed 6th gear should be optimal. Also, I was getting passed, which normally does not happen when I was driving those speeds in my old car, which makes me think the speedodometer may be off. Any thoughts out there?
  • rwolprwolp Posts: 11
    ...having browser issues.
  • vishnu11vishnu11 Posts: 59
    Reports on the bimmer boards indicate that the analog speedo is a 4-6mph off indicating speed above the actual speed. In a sense, this helps in the case of speed traps (guess the speedo error is the right direction!). There is a way to use the OBC to get actual speed, or if you have the GPS (which you may have).
  • jhammelljhammell Posts: 38
    Just completed the first fill up for the 2002 530i and was able to pump in 18.77 gallons without topping off. The rated capacity is 18.5 gallons but know from previous experience that my 1985 VW GTi holds over 15.0 gallons despite a 14.5 gallon rating. My question is how much have other owners been able to place in the tank and what kind of real mileage range can I expect under "normal conditions" which to me means keeping up with traffic under break in conditions ?

    Thanks.

    JH
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