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BMW 5-Series Sedans

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  • bruceomegabruceomega Posts: 250
    Regarding information on the upcoming 2008 5 series, does anyone have insights into whether BMW plans to use run flat tires for the 5 series? And if so, to what degree?

    The model I am interested in is the 535Xi.

    The BMW press release goes out of its way to say the tires on the 550i sport package's 19" wheels are non run-flat, yet BMW has gone to RFTs on both the 3 series and the X5.

    Thanks
    Bruce
  • achonkoachonko Posts: 51
    Bruce,

    If you are interesting in the 535xi, you know you can get it without the RFT.
    Do you plan on getting the Sports package as well? If you don't want the Sports package then you have nothing to worry about.
    As an owner with RFT, I found out that by keeping the tire pressure at the rated pressure addresses most of the rap the RFTs are getting. And there are 3 occasions where I can say "it was well worth it".
  • bruceomegabruceomega Posts: 250
    achonko,

    I have RFTs on my 2006 330Xi. I like the safety and convenience aspects, but not the ride harshness. Firm is fine, harsh is not.

    Unless the 5 series suspension can do things to avoid the hard hits I occasionally get in my 330Xi, I want GFTs.

    I thought the 535Xi would be like the 330Xi in that the sports package is cosmetic only, no change in suspension or wheel / tire size.

    Thanks
    Bruce
  • achonkoachonko Posts: 51
    Bruce,

    May I ask what your tire pressures are?
    I check mine every 1000 miles, and maintain the 35 psi/38psi F/B and that took some of the harshness out.
    The SP in the 535xi will have the same suspension as the 535i without a sports suspension.
  • bruceomegabruceomega Posts: 250
    achonko,

    I follow the recommended pressure on the decal in my door frame- 32 psi front and 36 psi rear, cold.

    There is a lot of discussion on this in the 3 series forum. The original Bridgestone EL42 all season tires were especially bad. I replaced them with the all season Continental RFTs and they are much better, but I still get the occasional hard hit. By contrast, our 2006 X3 has EL42 GFTs, 50 series 18" tires, and the X3 does not suffer the same hard hits as the 330Xi.

    Thanks
    Bruce
  • I have a 2002 530i with 135k miles and want to order a 2008 535, any idea when I could order (I live in South Eastern PA)
  • gohorns1gohorns1 Posts: 53
    Given the above, it seems there are fewer reasons to lean in favor of the current or 2008 550 as opposed to the 2008 535i. Am I missing something?
  • achonkoachonko Posts: 51
    Bruce,

    I understand what you mean. You just find the hard hit annoying.
    With regards to getting the Non RFT with your 535xi, talk to your dealer and see if your concerns can be accommodated.
  • achonkoachonko Posts: 51
    Dealers are already taking orders.
    Note that you will only take delivery in late March early April.
  • achonkoachonko Posts: 51
    You are not missing anything.
    There are still some people out there that love the sound of the V8, the high torque and power.
    Performance wise, the 550i will still be better than the 535i but not significantly.
    It also gives you a strong reason to choose the 535i over the M45, G350, A6 4.2 litre V8 Quattro.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Performance wise, the 550i will still be better than the 535i but not significantly."

    Drive them both over Loveland or Independence pass and then tell me what you think. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • sixpaqssixpaqs Posts: 21
    I just leased a 07 530i in January, and love the car. However, I find the car to lack any kind of straight-line stability on the highway. When I am on the highway at 70mph+, I find that any gust of wind will push the car. In general, I find the car doesn't feel as solidly planted as my Mercedes or even an Audi A6 I rented yesterday.

    Has anyone has a similar experience with their car? I love the handling of the BMW, but this kind of freaks me out when I am on the highway. I never expected anything like this from a German car, and am wondering if maybe there is something wrong with the steering rack or suspension.

    Other than this, the car is fantastic. A little low on torque at times, but otherwise a fantastic car.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    What kind of tires? What is the highway like? It kinda sounds like tramlining, but with the wind gusts, it is hard to say. Does it have Active Steering? If it feels skittish, I'd talk to a service advisor and have it addressed. Every BMW I've owned/driven has been VERY solid, even at speeds that I can't post here.

    -Paul
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Agree with the previous poster. It is unusual for any modern BMW to feel anything less than planted on the road. It should feel better at 80-90 than at 55-60.

    I'll bet you have that damnable Active Steering, see your dealer and have them check wheel alignment front AND rear as well as tires and steering.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I wouldn't go so far as to call A/S damnable. Properly configured, it is a VERY nice setup. But it could be a potential issue with this situation and worth investigating completely.

    -Paul
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    When I took delivery of my first BMW I was stunned at how unstable the car was. I took it back to the dealership within a couple of days. "Oops!" Said the red-faced prep guy, "I forgot to let the shipping air out of tires." Five minutes later I had a rock-solid stable car.

    Check your tire pressure. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • gl1951gl1951 Posts: 1
    I just ordered a 535xi from Daniels BMW in Bethlehem, PA at $2000 off of MSRP. Ask for Carrie.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    535xi wagon. SWEEEETTT. Pics.
    I can even get the wife on board for that one. :)

    I've never spent this much for a car, but this might actually be worth it to me.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • bruceomegabruceomega Posts: 250
    gl1951,

    That's the same model I would get if I buy a 5 series. What did they give you for an expected delivery date?

    Thanks
    Bruce
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    I saw a '99 Black/Black E39 M5 with 50K miles for sale in Autoweek. The guy was asking $27K for the car. Let's see, according to Tech Talk, you'd be looking at a clutch replacement soon. Too bad I'm not in the market right now.

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

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