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  • snagielsnagiel Posts: 750
    I thought the (E39) 530 didn't come until 2001.

    Regardless, I don't understand how/why so many people are putting deposits down on a car no one (other than BMW test drivers) has driven or evaluated, or even seen in the flesh. I suppose I understand lure of owning the newest toy, but that just seems like a big gamble to me. What if it looks ugly in person? (Heck, creative photographers could make the Aztek look good.) What if iDrive is still sub-par? What if it's riddled with first-year mechanical and electronic bugs?
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  • diver110diver110 Posts: 67
    Within the last week I purchased a 2000 BMW 540i wagon with about 26,000 miles. For a change I seemed to have gotten a good buy $30,500, though I immediately had to put $750 in it for service and to get a Maryland sticker. So far I really like the car.

    This is only my second German car, something of an oddity as I am half German and spent part of my teens in German school. I never liked most German cars in snow. Now I am keeping an old Volvo 850 for the snow and driving the BMW much of the rest of the time.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    diver110... You wrote, "For a change I seemed to have gotten a good buy $30,500, though I immediately had to put $750 in it for service." What service? When did your car originally go into service? Has it been more than 3 years ago?

    Your MY2000 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. It also has (had?) a full free 3 year/36,000 mile maintenance period. This maintenance covers pretty much everything: brakes, wiper blades, oil changes, etc. as specified by the service scheduled or required by the on-board service diagnostic system. (If you are interested, you might be able to buy an extension to the maintenance period.)

    Did you buy CPO thru a BMW dealer? I think that is the only way to go for a recent used BMW.
  • wabendswabends Posts: 102
    I recently bought a 2001 530i from a MB dealership so it did not have the BMW CPO label. Is it possible to buy the extended warranty from a BMW dealership for such a vehicle?
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    wabends... Other than CPO, BMW doesn't sell extended warranties. Only way to get CPO is thru BMW dealer. Since you bought your used BMW from a MB dealer, if you want an extended warranty, you'll have to go thru a 3rd party. Some people like 'em. Can't say I trust 'em.
  • Yes, it's underpowered. Yes, it's stripped down. Yes, it's getting redesigned. I know, I know, and I don't care. I just got my first bimmer. It's an '03 525i, 5spd, PP, CWP, silver/black, and I love it. The 3 series was too small; 7 series too expensive. The 5er fits me just right. I had buyer's remorse over not getting the black/black, but I actually giggled when I saw my car sitting in my driveway for the first time. Hopefully I didn't jinx myself......

    I've learned a ton from this forum just from lurking over the last 3 months, and I'm looking forward to learning more. Thanks to everyone for providing such informative and timely advice.
  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    It sounds like you and I are of like mind. I just took delivery of an '03 525i, 5spd, SP, PP, CWP, sterling gray/ gray last week. My thoughts are the same concerning the 3 and 7. After seeing the new 5 I had to take the plunge now. It's a smooth driving car and the mpg can't be beat for highway travel. Plus my wife wouldn't object if she gets to drive it every once in a while. It's a win, win all around.
  • hoopsrefhoopsref Posts: 140
    What did you pay? Did you get the discounted belwo invoice with some of the dealer incentive ($4500) kicked back to you? What dealer & state?
  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    It's a fact of life that things aren't always fair. Indianapolis has one dealership and they aren't very willing to deal. I paid 1k below MSRP. That's right, they hold their cards close to their chest and I've dealt with them before. In the long run I new this was the car that I wanted and I drove the A6 and the E320. In the long run it came down to my lease price. BMW has an excellent residual and low money factor so it made my end lease price tolerable. It has been a dream of mine to "own" a BMW and I know the laws of economics. They have you over a barrel in a one dealer market.

    I enjoy the BMW for what it is... the ultimate driving machine. If they want to service it for free for 4 yrs and give me a loaner car in the process great. Free car washes and all of the things that BMW considers wear and tear like brakes and clutch and wiper blades are just gravy. When you cut down to it I bought my last 3 vehicle for invoice +/- $100 (Dodge Ram, VW Jetta, Chrysler Concorde) and each had a tradeoff. The ram has been in the shop, the Jetta only had a 2 year warranty and the Concorde was crap. So if I pay $20 more per month on a lease, at least enjoy what I get for it.

    Finally, I went to the dealer AFTER production had stopped and requested a manual transmission. (the dealer here NEVER has manuals on the lot) So I new that if I wanted the car that I was at their mercy. They'd either give me a "break" on price and make me pay the cost of shipping from another dealer or vice versa. I knew the E39 was what I wanted so if it cost me a little more who cares. The dealer did get me every option and color that I wanted. I'm happy with it and every day I'm glad that I bought it.
  • inukeu2's story and mine just keep getting more similar by the post. I'm in Michigan, and neither of the dealers in my area had a manual 525 in stock (nor did they for almost all of the 4 months that I shopped). They eventually both found one (actually the same one) on the dock with the options that I was looking. That was the last day of May. I was about to put my deposit down at one dealership (on a price that was $800 above invoice), when the other dealership beat that price (about $1000 below invoice). When I signed the papers in the first week of June, we hadn't learned about the factory to dealer rebates. I found out about it on the day that I took delivery. Nonetheless, I was satisfied with the price, and I wasn't willing to kibosh the whole deal at 8:30 pm when I was taking delivery. For me, it just wasn't worth it to try to sqeeze another grand out of it after the financing and sales papers were signed. Remember, the 525 rebate is only $3500, not $4500. I had negotiated with dealerships as far away as Fla and Mass, and had just missed out on another car by doing some last minute negotiating. I wasn't willing to lose this car.

    In the end, I got the car that I wanted for a price better than I expected. Had I waited another week, I may have gotten a better price or I may have lost the car. But I'm lovin' my 5er and not regretting anything (except the fact that I couldn't afford a 530!).

    I got the car from Erhard BMW. Very good sales experience. Good luck.
  • drdwdrdw Posts: 21
    The website mentions 1k rebate for 5 series, "As a BMW Car Club Member, you MAY BE eligible to receive the following allowance based on the purchase or lease of a new or Certified Pre-Owned BMW through an authorized BMW center."

    Does anyone know the details or got the rebate? How does it work?
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    drdw... You have to be a member on record for MORE than 1 year. So if you are currently not a member and join today, you'd have to wait 12 months before being eligible.

    There are different amounts for various new cars (e.g., $500 3 Series, $1,000 5 Series) and $500 for all CPO cars.
  • New to the community. I own a 2002 sterling gray 3.0i manual which runs like a charm and live in Odenton, MD. Already upgraded to Dinan cold air package, strut brace and R/D sway bars and it's a night and day difference. Does anyone have any comments/experience with exhausts? Considering a Remus Sports exhaust over a Super Sprint.
  • It's almost time for me to replace the Michelin's on my 2001 Z3 (28,000 miles). Any suggestions? I'm in Arizona so snow is not a factor. So far I am favoring the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3.
  • My name is Bruce. I have a 2000 z3 2.8, topaz blue/tan top/black + blue upholstery, with sports package/luxury package/chromeline. Daily driver in the summer, stored in the winter. The car is basically stock, but I've done the Dinan Stage 1 ECU upgrade, added a Dinan strut brace (a MUST if you plan to keep the car, IMHO), and just retired the OEM tires for Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position SO3s, which are awesome. I just adore this car... even after five seasons, every morning is a grin and I still sneak a look back at it after I park it. Nice to meet you all!
  • I have just bought a used '01 Z3 2.5 silver, with red and black leather(certified). Only 9000 miles. She's beautiful, just looking at her makes me smile........well, you all know what I mean! I know a few of you live in places that have real winters, so do I. Any advice on how to keep the plastic (the only thing I don't like about my baby) rear window "unfogged"? As I will be driving her year round, any advice on how to treat the rag top? Any advice or stories would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Theresa
  • krish5krish5 Posts: 2
    Is the reward transferable? For example, if my friend is a member for more than a year, can he transfer the reward to me? I'm new to BMW, can you tell me the web site which lists the reward? Thx.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Nope, the reward is not transferable. Go to for more information.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Become a life member. Then you'll never have to worry about the rebate issue in the future. You pay up front once and never worry about dues again. The parts discounts, rebate, magazine, etc. more than pay for it.
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