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  • I am looking at buying my first(used) bmw. I am either looking at a 528 or 540. Either a 1999 or 2000. What is the difference between the model year. If the 540 worth the price difference. Please let me know the pros and cons. I would the xexon headlights. Are these an option in that model year, or can I add them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • snagielsnagiel Posts: 750
    (You would probably get more responses in the general 5-Series board, but here goes...)

    There were virtually no changes between 99 and 00. I think some exterior color choices were changed, but otherwise very minor stuff. 2001 brought the facelift you see on the newer models (clear corner lamps, "angel eye" headlights, etc.). If memory serves, xenons were standard on the 540, and optional on the 528. Either way, you can retrofit them (about $1000) onto a car without 'em.

    The 540 versus 528/530 debate is not a new one, and you'll inevitably provoke a lot of heated arguments. The 528 offers marginally sharper handling (due to a rack & pinion steering setup, lower weight, and better weight balancing), better fuel economy, and slightly better reliability with the engine (statistically speaking), whereas the 540 offers "good God!" acceleration. I recommend you drive as many models of each as you can and decide for yourself. Either way, be sure to get a CPO model from a BMW dealer; even routine maintenance on a used BMW gets very expensive, and a comprehensive warranty is well worth it. Good luck.
  • Can anyone suggest the "right" monthly cost for a 540i6 lease based on 36 mos/20K miles a year/drive offs only? How much should the dealer be coming "off the sticker" in the current market?
  • I just picked up a silver 99 M Coupe, with black/gray interior. What a machine!
  • Hey fellow Z3/M owners!
    I have a 2001 Jet Black 3.0i with sport package. Very fast car that can surprisingly hold its own in the twisties with a Boxster. It now has over 17500 miles. It is a fun car. I now need to use it as a daily year-round driver, so I sould have gotten the coupe. I admire all you M/Z3 coupe owners out there. You guys rule!
    As for mmandel's question- personally, you will bond more with your car if you get the manual. The Z3 is very responsive and communicates well with the driver. I have driven Z3's with the Auto/man transmission, and a part of the car's spirit was stolen in the change. If you can drive a manual you will find it much more rewarding and reliable in the long run. The Z3 has a sweet shifter and the clutch isn't Ferrari stiff, so city driving shouldn't be a problem.
  • lanie1lanie1 Posts: 19
    After two years and 21,000+ miles, I STILL LOVE THIS CAR!! If any of you are reading this board trying to decide whether or not to purchase a Z3, I will share my experiences with my Y2K Z3.

    I commute daily in my car. . .what a wonderful feeling at the end of a tiring day to put down the top, put in a CD and "fly" home. My husband and I have also taken numerous trips in my Z3, and it has worked out well; we can put two week-ender sized pieces of luggage, a hanging bag, two tennis rackets, and assorted odds and ends in the trunk. My husband is 6'4" and fits comfortably in the car. I have had two warranty claims on my car in two years: my battery had to be replaced and one of my stereo speakers had to be replaced; Chris BMW in Decatur, Georgia provided wonderful service - warranties were honored with no questions asked and I was provided a "loaner" car for the day the work was done. I get approximately 21 mpg for city/stop-and-go driving; on the open highway, I get 25-30 mpg. I ordered Zaino products in 2000 when I purchased my car and washed and polished the car with those products several times the first few months I owned the car; now I wash the car about once every six months - I still use my original purchase of Zaino products and the finish on my car looks brand new even though I park in an outdoor lot in the hot Georgia sun every day at work.
    What experiences have other long-term owners had with their Z3's? I'd love to know.
  • jbreez1jbreez1 Posts: 46
    Bought a pre owned 200 323i on 8/22/02. name is Joe, live northeast of Orlando. Description as follows:

    Black w sand "Ette
    Sport suspension
    Sport seats
    power seats w/memory
    In dash CD
    Fog lights
    16" alloys
    32,000 milesloveit! First bimmer and cannot imagine ever driving another car besides BMW. Of course, fingers crossed as far as reliability, but car checked out on all fronts, has good amount of warranty left, with a little maintenance time too. Also runs and drives super and is very clean as if well maintained. Lease return from reputable dealer in town.

    Glad to be a member

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I bought my 2002 325xi in March 2002 and am finally getting it listed on here. :)

    2002 325xi

    Oxford Green / Natural Brown leather



    1/2 PP (wood, armrest) (no moonroof or powerseats)


    XM radio


  • Going pick up my new 325i on saturday, has every option except the cold weather package and navigation system, and its a 5 speed, silver with black leather and wood grain, this will be a long week cause i am ready to pick up my car hehe
  • I was also wondering if there are any golfers out there that have a 3-series and if they have problems fitting their clubs in the trunk, thanks
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    And we have no problems getting both bags in the trunk. We have the lighter weight ones, not the big Rodney Dangerfield/Caddyshack ones. :)

    If you have a collapsible cart, it might be a bit tight, but that would depend on the cart design. If you have fold-down seats, it a non-issue.


  • ccotenjccotenj Posts: 610
    i have an e36... i can barely squeeze my staff bag in the trunk... of course, it might have something to do with the sub and amp that are back there... :)

    my carry bag fits no problem... i would imagine i could squeeze 2 of them in there in a pinch...

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Just get a roof rack. :) (or a walkman instead of the sub/amp!) hehe

  • ccotenjccotenj Posts: 610
    lol... be a bear to put the top down with that roof rack on it!

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Sorry bout that. Forgot you had the drop top. :)

    Just get one of those cool little BMW trailers that cost as much as a small Ford. :) heheh

    I can picture it now, Chris flying down the highway, top down of course, and a cute little trailer behind with golf clubs stickin' out. :) heheheh

  • ccotenjccotenj Posts: 610
    yea, right...
    i don't think i could handle a trailer... it's all i can do to back up my wife's pick em up truck without hitting a tree...
    i'm not good in large vehicles... :)

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    then forget the 1976 Cadillac Brougham I was gonna offer ya. :)

    Lotsa trunk space in that.

  • ccotenjccotenj Posts: 610
    i've got an 84 seville sitting in my driveway that my wife used to use as a station car that i've been trying to get rid of for a year and a half now! how 'bout it comes and joins yours in your driveway? :)

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I didn't say I HAD a 76 Caddy... just that I would offer ya one. :)

    My driveway is full enough with my Civic, Jeep, and BMW (I believe in diversity of automotive selection. :)

    Is the 84 Seville the one with the trunk that looks smashed? :)

    You know, we could take all those old Caddy's, clean out all fluids and dump em in the ocean and build some great artificial reefs. There should be enough space inside of them to put a diver with tanks through. heheh

  • I am new here and am looking into a 2003 325i. My question is how much would be a good price to ask for. How much off the MSRP could I possibly get? I am looking for onew that has an auto trans, premium package, xenon lights, leather and possibly the upgraded stereo if its worth it...all answers would be helpful and any dealers in the Maryland, DC area wopuld help...thanks
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