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BMW 5-Series Accessories and Modifications



  • karmikankarmikan Posts: 116
    I've read some great things about Bridgestone Turanza's both in formal reviews and from users. They'll be my next tires.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Conti Tourings are terrible if you tend to drive with any sort of enthusiasm-think of them as barely adequate rim protectors. My wife's 1998 3er came fitted with them; if you leaned on the car they would squeal. When we switched over to Michelin Artic Alpins for the winter the Three actually handled much better. Why not get a set of winter tires mounted on steel rims and then buy a dedicated summer tire such as the Bridgestone S-03 Pole Position, Dunlop SP Sport 9000, Michelin Pilot Sport or Yoko AVS Sport? If you still want a really good performance all-season tire I'd go with either the Pirelli P7000 Supersport or the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S.
  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    These are $75 tires on tire rack. I had a '99 5er with them and went to Pilot Alpins for the winter and they did MUCH better than the Contis. I am not sure why BMW makes them standard on 16" wheels. They wobble at high speeds and suck in hard cornering. Mine as well drive a Camry :-)

    I have Pilot Sport A/S for the other 3 seasons.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Building off of what div2 wrote, "if you tend to drive with any sort of enthusiasm", then the only way to go is with the Sport Package. Going the Sport Pkg route will get you much better tires and they will be 3-seasons. I can't imagine wanting a BMW without getting the Sport Pkg. But if you get one without the Sport Pkg, did you ever really want to drive the car with "enthusiasm"?
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    "I can't imagine wanting a BMW without getting the Sport Pkg. But if you get one without the Sport Pkg, did you ever really want to drive the car with "enthusiasm"?"

    Riez, c'mon, you're narrowing out on us... you trashed my 530 w/o SP and hurt my feelings!! (just kiddin')

    There are many who believe you can't drive any sedan with real "enthusiasm". I happen to be one of them. 5s are great road cruisers but they aren't sports cars. Their mass and mass distribution are no match for their muscle. Real sports cars have the balance of power and stability that provide the ultimate thrills. Then again, one man's enthusiasm is another man's ennui. As usual, it comes down to individual preference, and SP in a 5 although a notch better still leaves me thirsty. In addition, it's annoying on urban roads.

  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    designman... Methinks you'll save a fortune by driving something like a used Chevy Malibu. Cheap transportation that won't bring an ounce of driving pleasure or enthusiasm. :)

    Can't say I concur with your thoughts. Last time I checked, the weight distribution for the E39 and E60 5 Series is near perfect. Nor are their weights that bad, when you factor in the room for four and a decent trunk. Also, while an M5 is a lot more car for a lot more money, even a 5-speed manual 525i Sport can be an absolute blast to drive hard on twisting roads!

    Think we are talking about apples and oranges. Seems like you are talking about lightweight cars like S2000, MR2, Miata, Elise, etc. Or maybe hardcore 2-seaters like Corvette or Viper. But that is NOT what a serious sport sedan is all about. These are sports cars.

    Serious all around sport sedans like 5 Series, 3 Series, IS300, etc. are designed to be both great fun to drive hard and be practical enough for family use. That is my definition of a true multi-purpose vehicle. If you want to bring out their best, you have to go manual transmission, Sport Pkgs, etc. To do otherwise is to settle for less than the car can be.

    But I can appreciate your comments. Can't wait till my pre-teens go to college. Love to have something like a supercharged Miata 6-speed manual!
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Riez, I agree that the pragmatic purchase usually rules. In my case the 530 family sedan was optioned for my wife. She loves it and drives rather civilly. But my ship came in yesterday—02 Boxster S, 6-speed manual with 110 miles. Got it from a Porsche dealership as a new car purchase with full Porsche 4-yr/50k warranty for $42K.

    I have always loved BMW sedans but Porsche is the one that presses my thrill buttons from performance to the minimal styling. I’ve been shopping since the summer and was really hot on getting a 993 911. It was a tough choice but I couldn’t turn down that warranty and price. The resale on it down the road will be the same as those who paid $56K. Furthermore, there are many who believe the Boxster handles better than the 911. Since I don't have extensive flight time on either, I’m not qualified to get into this, but I do know that both are masters on the curves and, at 5.6 0-60 with max speed at 162, the Boxster S has plenty of kick.

    Along the way I also ogled two gorgeous low-mileage M6s and an 01 M5 at $57K with... get this... 2,500 miles. The latter was real hard to walk away from. However, the sedan redundancy didn’t work for me.

    Now the task is to get my wife to appreciate the manual. If this happens, there could be an M5 sharing the garage with the roadster someday. No matter, I’ll count my blessings right now. A long time ago I told myself I’d someday have a BMW and Porsche. Had to wait some 30 years but that dream came true yesterday.

    BTW, that Elise is something else. Don’t care for the styling but the internal anatomy and performance are real intriguing. Also, the S2000 was a strong contender... real fine roadster at a great price with Honda reliability. However, the Porsche pedigree has always been deeply rooted in my psyche... had to have it.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    I was alluding to added weight and high vertical center of gravity on sedans as compared to sports cars, not the balance quality of any single model.
  • rcs525ircs525i Posts: 7
    I've got a 94 525i. I've seen several Euro lights for the front corner and rear tail lights on eBay. Are these a simple plug and play modifications or is there more to it?
  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    Anyone have any info about when this gets released for 5-series?
  • x021627x021627 Posts: 148
    dealer wants $800 and I think that's ridiculous that the car doesn't already have one. I have at '03 530 and was wondering, how hard is it really to install myself? Would that void any warranties?
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Buy a BMW OEM changer online for $400. Do the easy install yourself, it takes about 30 minutes tops. That dealer is out of his mind to charge $800.
  • rich545rich545 Posts: 386
    Just bought a E60 and I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is a chip out there yet that adds HP (as if it doesn't go fast enough already!). I've never had a chip added to a car before so I'm also wondering if there are any pitfalls to doing so. Thanks for any suggestions!
  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    I will be trailering my e46 525 in the next few weeks and was wondering if anyone can tell me if there is a good way to secure the vehicle to the trailer without using axle straps. I have located a product on bimmerworld that bolts to the bottom of the shock absorber and allows you to hook straight to that point. This is cool but it does not specifically say that it works for 5's. The other thing I found was a hook that goes in the jack points. This too is good but will put the straps between the wheels rather than fore or aft where the d-rings in the trailer floor are. Can anyone help me with suggestions?


  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    I just noticed I put the wrong model number in the last post. That is e39 525. Not a hybrid.
  • All, need some help. Bought my 5iver in Germany and they installed the long european plate holder on the car. When I got back from Germany I took the long plate holder off to install the American plate holder and got a big surprise. There are 2 holes on either side of the American plate holder that are not covered. The dealer used more self tappping screws than holes that were originally in the bumper. I'm looking for an oversized front plate holder for a 525i 2004 BMW to cover the holes made by the dealer. Body shop wants $350 to fix the holes, I might go back to Germany so if I can just cover it I will be happy. Does anyone know where I can buy one?????
  • just saw your post on dinan what can you tell me about it

    thank you
  • Did you change the air intake, what about the exhaust? Stage one, stage 2 up grade
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  • I just placed and order with my local BMW Dealer in Concord CA for a 2005 BMW 330Ci Convertible. The after market BMW dealer installed car alarm does not include a motion detector because of a mounting issue with 2005 330ci Convertibles. Can anyone suggest a good after market car alarm for this type of vehicle that would include a motion detector or at least something that would include intrusion detection of the vehicle via the convertible top that would not void the manufactures warranty?
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