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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,391
    Need more information, in what ways does the Trans not shift properly? A/T or manual?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,018
    My guess is a wheel speed sensor.

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

  • Now that I've had my new '11 535xi car for just over a week, I can say that I am quite satisfied without the dynamic handling package. Versus my 08 535xi, the drive is definitely more comfortable. The car is bigger and you can tell a bit in the cornering but overall there is very little difference to my old one and the car is still great to drive. I did not drive the dynamic handling so I'm sure there is an improvement and the ability to adjust the transmission is likely fun but I'm not disappointed in the slightest without it.

    Net, I love the car thus far (and the new style is fantastic). So far so good.

    :shades:
  • greetings, I own 2003 530 E39 with the sports package on. I do have summer and winter tires which I change myself before winter arrives. A friend of mine has E60 545 with SP which he changed his original tires on to 20 inch. This means he has a set of 4 summer tires/rims (245/40-18 and 275/35-18) from his original equipment. He has offered these to me for very reasonable price. As it turns out my summer tires are almost bold so I was going to get a set anyway for next year. So, here is the question - can I replace my original 17 inch summer set with his e60 18 inch? If so, any advantages / disadvantages I should be concerned about... Thanks

    BTW, my car has 74K miles on it and has been a dream ownership experience since I bought it
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,391
    You'd better check w your dealer. My guess would be that there are different bolt patterns for E60 cars so you can't use those wheels on your E39.
  • james27james27 Posts: 433
    There are lots of things to consider when trying to determine if a wheel will fit:
    - overall diameter
    - offset
    - bolt pattern
    and probably more.
  • ...but, I think you will be okay with the bolt pattern... It's the offset that won't work.... The same holds true for E90 vs. E46....

    I think the tire sizes are okay... it's just the wheels..

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  • sambo49sambo49 Posts: 36
    edited December 2010
    Based on my test drives of 2011 535 xi, there is definitely a difference when driving one with the dhp. The car feels much tighter and the steering feels more precise, though nowhere close to the 2010 3 series.

    I played around with building a 5 series from the BMW website, and every time I added the dhp, the price went up considerably, anywhere from 4900 or more depending on other options selected. This drove the price into the upper 50k range and most often over 60k.

    Not sure I like this pricing strategy very much, coupled with the posts i read about the transmission issues made me hold off on inking a deal. I am hoping BMW will address these shortcomings rather quickly otherwise I will look at other luxury midsize (no longer sport) sedan options.
  • How does the Sport Package affect the handling/drive of the 2011 BMW 535i? I have driven one without a Sport Package, and the handling/drive is not as good as in my 2008 535i with the Sport Package. I have been told by the dealer that (1) the handling difference is due to the longer wheelbase of a bigger car, (2) the Sport Package does not improve handling or have a stiffer suspension, and (3) you need to buy the Dynamic Handling Package in order to get better handling. Does anyone know if this is true, or have experience driving the car with the different packages? Thanks.
  • I love the new 5 series and am considering a 550. Also considering an M56. One big issue for me is reliability. I currently have a GS430 and have not had a single problem with it for 95k miles. I know this may be hard to quantify, but any comments on the reliability of a new 550 vs. an M56 would be appreciated, or general reliability of BMWs. I'm thinking their record is not the best but not sure how to quantify.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,391
    I don't know what kind of shape your Lexus is in after 95K miles but I think you won't know how good a Fiver is until you've flipped the nines on the odometer. That's a round about way of saying that the BMW may give a few problems at first but will still be a sturdy reliable ride after the Japanese contemporaries have been melted down for razor blades

    -E39 owner-130K and counting.
  • ctlctl Posts: 123
    edited January 2011
    There is a reason they say trust advices from internet at your own risk... $5,500 is the fix my friend needed last year on his 2001 E39.
  • The current statistics on my 2002 530i (5 speed, sport package, European Delivered).

    167744 miles, 26.6 MPG, 49.9 MPH average, $19,052.02 maintenance cost ($0.115/mile)
  • Are the issue HPFP resolve? Do they have other issues? Sales rep says no issues. Pls advise if need to stay away.

    Thanks
  • sandytozsandytoz Posts: 1
    Shopping for a 1st car for my son, found a BMW530i 1994 automatic for under $1000. Was in a wreck with most of the damage on the passenger side front quarter panel/grille/bumper. Has brake problems, power steering issues, 199,000 miles.
    The kid has good taste & a job so I'm not worried about that, anything else I should be finding out about before we pull the trigger?
    Will it be a big deal finding parts so he can fix this car up?
  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 284
    Wrecked car with bad brakes and steering. Wouldn't put my kid in it but YMMV.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,890
    Parts are likely to be fairly expensive..

    Plus, the '94 530i is a V-8... Parts related to that engine are likely to be even pricier..

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  • I'm in the process of buying my first 98 bmw 528i , 165000 miles on it from a private owner. All I heard about bmw's are : very expensive to maintain, expensive parts. Since I have a limited budjet so Im afraid that my will be new experience with bmw would dig some big holes in my pocket. I also have no idea about the car maintenance records, previous owner(S). Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated and helpful.
  • I'm currently driving a 96 nissan maxima who aren't in a good shape, plus some cosmetics problems. so should I stick with my it or go for the 98 528i?
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