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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Long story short, my wife has the 530i for the duration, and I am stuck driving the Caravan, left footed with my purple casted right leg over in the passengers’ foot well. ;-( Since I started driving a stick shift car back in 1977, this will be my longest stretch of driving an automatic; I hope I still remember how to stir my own gears when the time comes.

    Best Regards,
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    I truly wish you a speedy recovery. I am no BMW driver, but I do enjoy your posts. I do have a Dodge GCSport though.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I was just wondering the other day where had you gotten to.

    I'm so sorry about your accident. Another one of those split seconds in life that we'd love to have a way to get back and do over, huh?

    It's good to hear from you. Indeed, you are QUITE the story-teller.

    Take care - hope you are back in the saddle of your 530i very soon. And don't be a stranger.

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152

    A year and a half ago, I swapped my 328i 3-Series.Brave1Heart's 325i for a day, and had the same rear-view mirror dimming problem. It turns out that on the 325i (and I suspect on the 525i as well) that if you twist the "Clown Nose", the mirror will tilt into night mode.


    Thanks, and thanks again. ;-)

    I like the GC Sport, I really do, and when compared to other vehicles of its ilk, I like it even better. That said, even though it can easily outperform some of the sedans with "Sporty Intentions" that I have had in the past (thinking of my 1980 Audi 4000 5-Speed with the A/C on full blast), it is a far cry from my 530i.

    Do yourself a favor sometime, treat yourself to a test drive. ;-)


    You can say that again, WOW would I LOVE a "Do Over!" ;-)

    Thanks, and thanks again. My biggest concern about getting back in the saddle too soon is how well my right foot/leg will deal with a hard/fast stab at the brake pedal, should the need arise. Hopefully the Physical Therapy will allow me to progress fast.

    As for story telling, I come by that honestly, you wouldn't believe some of the whoppers that my Father tells, I sure don't! ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    I wander all over these boards, and amongst numerous nutcases (like me) are found true gems like you!

    Perhaps we should talk more about the GCSport over the Vans boards. That place has been dead for a long time now.

    I did drive a CPO 540i6speed, and boy was it a hoot! I was seriously considering a new 530i with Sport Package and manual transmission.

    If you don't think bad of me, I'll tell you I ended up with a 2003 LS430.

    Perhaps the next one......(I checked your profile, and I hear you about being married with kids!)
  • dabimmerdabimmer Posts: 165
    Man oh man. What a surprise to hear what has been happening to you. We haven't heard on these posts what had happened to you since about the time you moved to Windham.Never in a million years would I have been able to imagine what was going on.Sorry to hear about the fibula break and especially the ankle and foot problem, the trigger finger, so to speak when clutching and braking.Welcome Back, missed your info, insight and otherwise informative posts.Get well so you can enjoy your black/black 530 I.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    Glad you're back and okay....really missed reading your posts. Wishing you a speedy recovery and to be back in the saddle of your Bimmer again soon.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152

    Wow, talk about two different cars, from a 540i 6-Speed to an LS430. I would love to know how the score sheet went on that one. ;-)

    Yeah, being married with children sort of puts a cramp in the extra-curricular activity list. Makes you realize just where your priorities are. ;-)


    Thanks again my friend for the gentle nudge to post again. Thanks also for your thoughts, I am going to be a good little boy and do all my doctors and therapists tell me to do. Only time will tell how long before I am able to REALLY drive again. ;-)


    Thanks for the kind words, in the mean time, I will try and keep up with this board so that if a post or a thread triggers a memory of another story, I will be sure to relate it. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • hssahuhssahu Posts: 26
    Wish you a speedy recovery.
  • Obviously you don't know me, but I used to read your posts quite often. May be if it wasn't for all the great comments by the "regulars" on this board, my wife and I would never have switched to the BMW 5 series (my wife drives a 2002 525it). I hope you will recover quickly so that you can once again enjoy your Bimmer!
  • snagielsnagiel Posts: 750
    I echo the others' remarks, and wish you a speedy recovery (medically and automotively). Your insight here is missed.
  • Wish you a speedy recovery,

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I wish you a quick recovery. I've avoided a bad fall on ice by sheer dumb luck.
  • dzubadzuba Posts: 159
    No responses yet - anyone out there drive a BMW with this color - and if so - do you like it?

    Do many of you see this color often?
  • I almost bought an '01 530 5 speed sport/premium kalahari beige. I personally think it is a nice color. Not very common which is a nice plus even in an area like So Cal where BMW's are everywhere. You see tons of silver, blacks, then blues and even whites. I thought the kalahari was very nice but was different enough to stand out. It is more of a goldish color. The one I was considering had the sand interior which looked nice as well. Not much of a contrast if that is what you're looking for. I negotiated with the dealer hard but he would NOT meet my price, we were about $1500 apart.
    The only thing I would caution you about the Sand interior, is that it will require a lot more care/maintenance as it is very light. Also if you are planning on getting it be careful as you step out of the car, the lower door panels get scuffed easily as you step out and kick them with your feet.

  • dabimmerdabimmer Posts: 165
    I have only seen ONE bimmer with this color and that was a 2002 530. It was fairly attractive and for sure you won't see tons of them everywhere you go. I didn't get a good look inside but it was a light colored interior. I prefera dark color on any bimmer, I just think they look richer when they are nice and clean. Just
    my 2 cents.
  • sel3sel3 Posts: 33
    You were correct, just turn the clown's nose.

  • Just checked, Turning the clown nose works,
    Learned something useful today,
    thanks guys,

  • Hi all,

    Picked up my 2003 530i 5sp just over a month ago after doing ED in late October. This forum has been an invaluable source of information both before and since then. The car is fantastic, but I do have a couple of minor issues, including one weird one:

    1. Three times in the last month, I have found all the windows completely down and the sunroof open when I went into my garage before heading off to work. Each time it has happened over night or early in the morning, before 8 am or so. I'm 100% certain the windows were up and sunroof closed before I went to bed each night. Is there any I might have inadvertenly done this with the buttons on the car key? Any chance the RF signal from a neighbor's garage door opener could do this?

    2. The footrest (dead pedal) squeaks a bit when I put my foot on it and again when I lift it off. I don't have to apply all that much pressure to make it happen. Anyone else have this problem? I assume the part is replaceable under warranty, but I also believe there is an M-style pedal that I might get as a replacement (I don't much like the hard plastic of the footrest and would prefer a rubber surface like in my previous car). Anyone know the part number for it?

  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Sounds like the "open" button on the remote is being held down. The garaged car will pick up the remote signals even when the remote is being pressed in the house.
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