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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Awww... you MISS me!!! :)

    though my memory differs a bit from yours, imagine that...
  • pearlpearl Posts: 336
    Don't know what your purchase timeline is - BUT - since 2010 is the last model year for the E60, and since the new 5 series F10 will be available by March or so next year, expect dealers to start whacking prices very soon fueled by factory incentives to get rid of the 10's. If I were you I would tell your dealer to stuff the 48700 price and get back to you when he can do MUCH better. Believe me, that price won't hold for long.
  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Guys
    I had an experience today. I got into the vehicle (2007 530i) and all of a sudden as I start the engine, I see this big Red symbol on the dash. I never saw it before, and got out the manual. It turns out to be the Tire Pressure Monitor warning. It was telling me that the passenger rear tire needed pressure. I got out and looked at the tire, which seemed totally normal. I drove the car to a tire repair place and they checked the tire pressure as being normal (35psi). They checked the other tires as well, also normal. So, I read the manual, and it said to "reset" what to do, which I did. Sure enough, the TPM warning disappeared.

    What does this mean, if anything, and do I need to contact the dealer about it?
    It just seemed weird the TPM would go off, when the tire was fine. I believe the tires are run flats also.

    Thanks Guys.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,643
    Why don't you get your own cheap simple tire gauge for about ten bucks and check the tire pressures yourself rather than using unreliable electronic frippery to tell you if your tires are OK?

    Check 'em once per week and you're unlikely to experience problems unless there's a trauma to the tire.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • kevin530kevin530 Posts: 25
    Hey Gardis, I would let the dealer know, if for no other reason than just to go on the record, about the tire pressure warning. It may be that the computer may need to be reset at some point and at least you can say that you brought it to the dealer's attention. I had a meltdown of some of the electrical, power seats, mirrors, steering wheel electrical just stopped and then started up like nothing happened a few hours later. Dealer checked and said that sometimes the computer systems need to be checked and reset, and while mine didn't based on their check, if it happens again or after warranty I have an argument if it's an issue.
    I am averaging about 30 mpg for sure, to answer your other post, with a mix of 75% highway and 25% in town. I use 91 or 93 gas.
    Finally, a BMW should not go through a car wash, in my opinion. Only time I did this past winter I got a scratch on the rim, no more ever again. Not sure I understand why you leave the keys in the car when you get out at a car wash?
    You leave the car running?
  • The BMW TPM goes off when the pressure decreases so if it was higher and dropped to 35 that would do it.

    If that didn't happen it's possible the TPM went haywire.
  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Guys
    thanks for that advice.
    Kevin, that's what I'm going to do is call the dealer just to let them know. At least I'm covered if I have a problem later on.

    Re the car wash, yes, at the car washes down here, you leave the car running, they drive the car onto a device that moves the vehicle through the wash while it's getting washed. Anyway, I figured out how to change the locking system to my liking. During the winter, what do you do to wash your car? My water is all shut down where I live. I have no choice.

    MPG - that explains it. I'm driving the exact opposite of you. I'm doing maybe 25% highway, 75% local. That's my problem.

    Thanks again for your great advice guys.
  • I'm shoppiing for an off-lease 2008 535i. My question is whether or not to purchase one w/ Sport Pkg. I love the look of the Sport wheels but I dont want a bone-jarring ride. Ive even considered buying a non-sport model and buying a set of BMW sport wheels off ebay or something. I drove a 550i w/ sport and upgraded 19" wheels and it seemed pretty rough-riding.

    I'd appreciate any opinion on how harsh the ride is on a Sport Package 535 vs non Sport.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    If you drove a 2008 or newer 550i Sport, the 535i Sport is not nearly as firm as that. I've driven an '08 535i Sport and own an '08 550i Sport.
  • Does anyone know where to buy a brand new 2006, 2007, or 2008 BMW 530?
    What happens to the cars that do not get sold?
  • I have the 2008 535i with sport package. I love it. It is a smooth ride. If you change out the run-flats, it's even smoother. I test drove the 550i, it was really too rumbley for me. I felt like I was sitting on top of a jet engine. I am pretty sensitive to comfort. I also have the comfort seats, which are great as well.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    You can't. The ones the dealers can't sell get sent to auction. If they don't sell there, which is highly unlikely, they are sent back to the manufacturer and then to the crusher.
  • loupaloupa Posts: 7
    I am looking for advanced info on the new 2011, BMW 5 series?

    All info is appreciated :)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,643
    This is a good place to start. Or you could just Google "2011 BMW 5 Series"

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Not sure where to post this, but...when the car started rough and every red light on the dash came on I rumbled down to the dealer and stank the area up with gas odor. Had to have the fuel injectors replaced at 24,000m. That was last month. Now I've been to the dealer twice when the "check brake fluid" note came on. It was only on for a minute or 2 then went off. Comes on every morning after driving for about 10 minutes. The dealer claims it's "software". Has anyone come across this or seen a TSB for this? The vehicle was pretty good for the first 2 years but now I don't know.
  • I have had this car for a week, and in the rain, with driver's window open slightly, water drips in onto the arm rest and window controls (and on my arm). It is not rain coming in, but a drip from the top of the widnow frame. Anyone else notice this?
  • pcmanpcman Posts: 8
    Update:

    I bought my 2008 535 and feel guilty for being so in love with a car. I actually got one that had been upfitted w/ 19" M6 wheels and tires. My previous concerns about a Sport Pkg 5 series having a rough ride are completely unfounded. Its as smooth as a baby's behind.

    New question: These 19" tires are pretty worn in the back and pretty good shape in the front. They are General Exclaim UHP's. Everythings fine except they're loud. Are all 19" low pro tires this loud?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Any size worn, low profile tire is loud. And why didn't you have the dealership replace the tires before you bought it? :confuse:
  • pcmanpcman Posts: 8
    I bought this car from an individual is why the worn tires. I knew what i was getting into in regards to the tires. i just didnt want to buy new tires if they were going to be just as loud as what's on there now. My plan is to switch the General Exclaims with some Michelin Pilos AS Plus. Any opinion there?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    The Michelins will be quiet for about 5000 miles. I had a set on a previous car. Great tires in wet and dry, but they get quite noisy once they begin to wear.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,643
    Now that's the trouble with modern cars, the tires are louder than the motor, another advantage for old-fashioned skinny tires which are way more fun to drive on because they'll let go if you lean on 'em. ;)

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Yes, I have a 2007 530i, and I don't believe it's a fault. I have the same problem. The window design is such that if it's raining and you use the wipers especially, that water sloshes over the left side of the windshield and drips into the window controls. Nothing can be done I don't think. I simply keep the windows closed when it's raining, or I keep them open just slightly so no water comes in. I hope that's my biggest problem with the car, which I love.
  • I have a 2007 535i and was stunned to find out that somehow, my rear door had been cracked - a big crack from font to back. Evidently the door isn't metal - it's plastic. What the heck? Not sure what to do with it. I called a body shop and they didn't believe me. Do they sell replacement plastic "shells"? :mad:
  • Can anyone tell me what came on their 2009 / 2010 5 series as an OEM tire?
    Thanks
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,643
    I'm surprised to hear that but they need to take the weight out of cars so we'll likely seemore plastic body components. The good news is that it's probably easier and cheaper to replace than a steel part, I'm sure you can get a replacement from a dealer or independent supplier.

    I was recently surprised when I knocked off the outer housing of my right side mirror. It's metal, I expected plastic! ('00 528iA).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • sergeymsergeym Posts: 262
    POS Continentals. Have not seen such hard and noisy tires ever. Thorougly enjoing my winter Michelin Alpine 3s now.
  • Some have goodyears
  • I was completely wrong about the doors being plastic. Took it in to a body shop to have it looked at and they said that it was putty that had cracked. It must have had some prior damage. I bought it Certified Pre-Owned from a dealership, and the BMW dealership took responsibility for the whole repair for me. Now that's service! And that's why I'm BMW Forever!
  • I have had my 2003 530i in for service regarding a random flashing oil pressure indicator light. On two occassions a message was flashed to the message center on the instrument panel; STOP: Low Oil Pressure: Add Oil Immediately (or to that effect). BMW service has replaced a sending sensor and a receiving sensor, but the problem persists. I have spent $500 plus so far ... I am not sure that the dealer service advisor wants to fix this problem or knows what to do. The service advisor has assured me there is no 'real' oil pressure problem, but my concern is how would they know. Does anyone in this forum have any advice or suggestions? I want to sell the vehicle, but how do I do that with this kind or indicator.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    It is hard to tell from reading your message what is really going on with your car. FWIW, there are TWO oil related messages that your car can generated, 1) Low Oil Level, and 2) Low Oil Pressure. If you have a low level message, add oil, if you have a low pressure message, adding oil will not help at all (unless of course you're getting the low level message as well).
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