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  • Has anyone driven the new 550i with the m-spec sports suspension? In "Bimmer" they said that it rode much smoother yet handled better. The sport option costs over $4K but would be worth it considering the condition of the roads in US. It is only found on the 550i. The 535 and the 528 sports have the regular rough riding sport. And you 535 owners dont get your panties in a wad and say that it doesnt ride rough. It is always "brittle and often abrasive."
  • yesterday i purchased a 1997 bmw 528i. the car is loaded other than the phone in the center console (im glad, it would be embarassing to have that giant thing in the car), the guy that owned it before me only put 65,000 miles on it. i just traded in my ford exploder and with the loan and interest i only owe 7,100 dollars. i think i got a great deal on this car for the condition, mileage, and price and it beats the hell out of driving a two door explorer for another year. :)
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,504
    Check out the Yahoo E39 Enthusiasts Group; lots of good information can be found there. Also visit BMWTIPS.com. I ran a '97 528i from 2000 to 2005- they are great cars.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    As far as I know, the '09 550i Sport has the same suspension as the '08 550i Sport. That being said, I have the '08. To me the ride is more planted than in the 535i Sport. The 535i Sport felt too flimsy to me, and the 550i Sport definitely inspires more confidence in the bends when hustling it (to me.) Some comparison tests have also stated that the 550i Sport corners around a track better than the 535i Sport.

    Drive both and see for yourself. Your buttometer is the deciding factor. ;)
  • dexinsddexinsd Posts: 6
    Does anyone out there have any experience to share with the Dinan Stage 1 or 2 upgrade for a 2009 535i? Supposedly it significantly boosts the HP and torque by increasing the turbo boost. Cost is $2K for the Stage 2 and $1,500 for Stage 1. Dinan provides the warranty equivalent to BMW 4 yr/50K mi.

    Thoughts or recommendations?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,504
    I know Steve Dinan, and the products that he sells are first-rate- no question. But they do tend to be expensive. Will Turner has an ECU upgrade for the N54; you might want to give him a call. I've had good service from his shop as well.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • galamagalama Posts: 12
    I got 2002 bmw 530i was driving and horn went off few times on its own 30 sec. later again 20 sec. later went on and it stayed on. i took fuse out now my memory seats don't work normal my strering wheel does not move up when i turn my key off and when i tryed to put my fuse back in and horn went off again and stays on.. can anyone help please. tx Joe
  • zoelmanzoelman Posts: 15
    i have a 2004 545i with sports package and run-flat tires and the tires are close to needing replacement. I have the Dunlop SP Sport 01 DSST on now.

    have other BMW drivers switched from run-flats to regular tires and what were their experiences, better, worse? are the run-flats worth the huge price difference? i am really leaning toward regular UHP tires as i live in southern california.

    also, by current tires are 93Y rated, can i go with a 93W and is there much difference?

    tires i found on tirerack that look good are Bridgestone Potenza RE760 and the Dunlop Direzza DZ101. the Michelins are so expensive, nearly as much as the run-flats so i didn't want to go that way if i could help it.

    thanks for any help.

    brian
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I've been following the RFT debate since its inception, and over the years I've heard reports from well over 100 folks who've thrown their RFTs in the trash (often before they're worn out) and replaced them with Gets Flat Tires (GFTs). Guess what? Not a single one of them has even remotely considered switching back. Why? GFTs cost less, ride better, handle better, are often much quieter, and they usually last longer.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,504
    I'd go with the Direzzas- you'll increase comfort and grip.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Just make sure you make accomodations for a flat should it happen. Portable air compressor, a can of fix-a-flat, and perhaps a simple repair kit would be cheap, easy investments...

    That's what I did in my 6 Series.

    -Paul
  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Guys,
    I have a 2007 530i with premium sound pkg. I notice some of you talking about "logic" sound. What's the difference? Is that an additional package?
    Just curious, thanks.
  • zoelmanzoelman Posts: 15
    thanks for the tips guys! i think i will definitely be going with the GFTs and get some fix a flat and compressed air can.

    how much stock can you put in those tire tests.....as the Bridgestones i mentioned had higher marks (wet, dry traction, handling, etc.) than the Direzzas, but then i am getting a good recommend on this site for the Direzzas? which i do appreciate as i was leaning toward the Direzzas except for the test scores on tirerack.

    brian
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,589
    I have a 2007 530i with premium sound pkg. I notice some of you talking about "logic" sound. What's the difference? Is that an additional package?

    The premium radio is the Harmon-Kardon, Logic 7. To me it sounds better than the standard radio but I'm not sure it's worth the premium in price.
  • gregoryxgregoryx Posts: 44
    I'm about to order my 2010 535xi. the only option i'm debating is the active cruise control option. does anyone have experience with the cruise control feature?
  • passion1passion1 Posts: 3
    hi
    i am planning to buy new bmw 2010 bmw 528i and i have included options into MSRP and it brings up to $51225. so i have talked to the dealer,he told that he can give me for 48700 as final price. so my question is that the better price i can pay for it? options i include are premium package,comfort access system,navigation.can you please help me the best price i can ask the dealer to negotiate and amount finally i can pay for?
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,589
    How much over invoice is your price? Off hand, it doesn't sound bad.
  • passion1passion1 Posts: 3
    the base invoice price is around $42000 and i have added some options as i mentioned in the previous message.the dealer had given me $2500 approx. off on MSRP ($51225) which is after adding options.so according to your reply so i can go paying $48000 finally with those options.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,589
    Hopefully, the dealer has not tacked-on unwanted options like paint protection, which most feel is bogus.

    You may want to research it here on Edmund's new car search, price it with your options and see what the market value is.
  • Hello Guys! I'm new to the forum and new to buying a BMW. I'm interested in buying a used 530i but have 3 options below.

    - Price $33,888, Mileage 21,800 (Premium and Sports Pkg w/ Nav) Blk/Blk
    - Price $36,900, Mileage 36,979 (Premium and Sports Pkg w/ Nav) Blk/Blk, CPO
    - Price $31,988, Mileage 48,174 (Premium and Sports Pkg w/ Nav) Blk/Blk, CPO

    Can you please let me know which one will be the best price to buy or let me know if all are over price.

    Thanks!
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,629
    The low mileage car looks like the best buy but I'd wonder why it isn't a CPO. Is it more than 3 yrs old?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    What model years are these cars? I've never priced a used 5-series before, but they all seem overpriced to me, especially if they're over 3 years old. :confuse: A coworker of mine got a 545i Sport/Premium w/ a little over 30K miles, IIRC, for about $35K a couple of years ago.
  • My apology about the Year. All cars are 2007. And all of them are from different dealership in my area (Bay Area). The low mileage is not CPO because it's from Infinity Dealership. I think the previous owner trade the car there. Thanks!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,592
    I would get the VIN off of the car at the Infiniti Dealership. Take it to your local BMW dealer and ask them to run the service history. If it comes back clean, offer the Infiniti Dealer $26.5K plus tax for the car (Your final price might be $27K or $28K + Tax). An '07 will still be under factory warranty & include the balance of factory scheduled maintenance. You'll be saving a boatload over the CPO cars (assuming the car wasn't in the shop a lot or crashed) and any repairs that do come up once the factory warranty is up you can pay for with some of the money you saved. Good luck!

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

  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Very goo dadvice nyccarguy.

    Lanc you should do that. The BMW dealer will be only too happy to look it up, thinking you'll become a service customer. Try it. Let us know how you make out with it.
  • mark528mark528 Posts: 1
    I just picked up my new 528xi, and the dealer was not able to get the hands free feature working. I have an LG voyager, which is listed on the compatibility chart, and there was no trouble getting it to pair and have my address book show up, but the hands free, as activated by the steering wheel wouldn't respond. After the prompt, it seems as though the mike doesn't work, but for calls initiated from the idrive the hands free works fine. The dealer claims my phone is a newer version software than that which was tested, and Verizon does not install old software onto its phones. Does anyone know the way around this? Otherwise, I can't initiate calls by voice.
  • bmwgal3bmwgal3 Posts: 13
    I didn't mind, at first, that my speedometer and odometer run higher, show higher speeds and mileage, than my gps unit and roadside mileage postings, about 10% higher, in fact. But now that my leased 535i is over the allowed mileage, I'll have to pay 10% more for BMW's enthusiasm/erroneous settings. When the car is due to be turned in a year from now, I'll probably be thousands of miles over. My job changed after I signed the lease deal, and I never thought I'd have to commute this far. Has anyone run into this issue before?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Virtually all BMWs report a higher speed compared to actual, but I've never heard of a single one reporting higher miles driven. Are you absolutely sure that the odometer is misreporting how far you've driven? If so, schedule a service appointment and have your dealership document the discrepancy between recorded and actual. That should be enough documentation to allow you to make a very strong case, especially as there are a number of laws that are supposed to protect the consumer from this type of thing (Honda got burned in a massive class-action law suit a couple of years back due to this very issue).
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,592
    And if that is the case, once you get the repairs made and you are still over your miles, you can pre-pay your over miles @ $.16 per mile instead of $.25 per mile when you turn the car in.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,592
    Hey Shipo! My how these boards have changed. We used to get threatened by the host on a weekly basis for arguing with others on the merits of snow tires & the sport package. :P

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

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