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BMW 530xi - 2006

boomsamaboomsama Posts: 362
edited March 20 in BMW
When will the 530i receive the new 3.0L Inline six that's appearing in the new 3 series? Or even IF it will be put into the 530i.


  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    is my opinion.
  • pearlpearl Posts: 336
    Frankly, I don't care. I own one of the first E39's (built 05/96) with 110K on the clock - a truly great car - and which I had hoped to trade on a new E60. I was so utterly turned off by both the exterior and interior styling, let alone the I-drive debacle, that I am holding on to my E39 waiting for the upcoming launch of many new luxo/sport models for 05/06 (Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, Cadillac, Audi, etc). As Car and Driver so aptly put it during their test of the E60/530: "BMW is drifting off mission". Amen.
  • I could not possibly agree with you more.

    I just got done driving an 04' BMW 530 for a week. The car possessed two desirable qualities - a solid structure and a nice stereo. Beyond that, the car was a complete disaster area. I would cling to the previous generation 5 series like grim death until BMW "finds its way".
  • Well, I owned a 97 e39 stick for 7 years, just bought a e60 530i stick with the sport package. The new car is light years ahead of the old car in handling. You have to try the active steering and suspension. Drives better than my 86 911.

    About the I drive. My car has nav and heads up. The whole car works off of voice activation. Use the I drive to set the car up. Most drivers don't read the manual. Dealers don't turn the voice activation on as buyers don't know to ask.
  • How does the nav compare to the nav systems of the Toyota/Lexus systems if you've tried them?
  • pearlpearl Posts: 336
    I have no doubt that the new E60 is a tremendous car in any performance is a BMW. My complaint (and apparently that of MANY BMW owners/lovers/fans) is that we hate the new style both inside and outside and think that BMW went totally overboard on techno-gadgets at the expense of ensuring that they focused on a superior driving experience. I wish BMW no ill, and pray that they will again make cars that I want to buy. They have been the standard for sports sedans for 50 years. They just need to ensure that they stay focused on "their mission".
  • The E39 dedsign is timeless and still holds its own very well with current competition, E60 included. I'm in the market for my first 5 series and with the introduction of the ugly E60 I happy not to buy new and appreciate the current market of well loved E39's with attractive pricing that beset a 8 year run.


  • I bought the 2003 e39 and could not be more pleased. Figured that it would take BMW some time to come to grips with the new design and over-the-top electronics. If you can find a 2003 530 w/ SP, jump on it... I'm keeping mine for a long time!
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    In about 30 years the car will rot and idrive will get you!!!!
  • actually like the new 5's style (exterior)!


      Is there a 3.5 coming? 535?


      If the 2.5 is 210Hp, and the 3.0 is 255HP, then the 3.5 should be?


  • Yep an 02 or 03 model year is my target. Would love to get a 540i but with my commute fuel cost would get ugly so a 530i is a nice and welcomed compromise.


  • You will love the performance and balance of the 530, especially with SP option. I have Steptronic due to traffic in Atlanta. Would enjoy a manual if traffic/commuting wasn't such a hassle while in my primary vehicle.


    There isn't any car out there that will get me to work any faster through traffic, so don't miss the 540 ;-) Acceleration, braking and steering are 1st-rate and the 530 is the car my German friends recommend... and they should know!


    If you can find an '03, the last year of the e39 platform, you'll have a car that will retain value well and deliver enjoyment to you for years.
  • gsggsg Posts: 2
    Is there a big difference in highway fuel consumption between the 530 and the 545? the car sticker values are usually over-inflated.
  • jkingjking Posts: 12
    Having owned both an E39 530 and currently a 545, both with automatics, I can report the following:

    The 530 was amazingly frugal considering the weight of the car, and performance. I was getting 25-26 mpg, with about 60% city driving.


    The 545, although with only 3k miles on it, is returning about 17-18 mpg. Keep in mind the 545 is an improvement over the 540, at least as far as fuel economy goes.


    The 545 will return 23-24 on the highway, especially on cruise control, but is a guzzler when you get aggresive.


    The upcomming 2005 530, (no change in displacement), will have about 250 horses, and is reported to be 10% better in fuel economy.


    Bottom line.... Take the 530 stick.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Hmmm, I don't share your concern, to me it would seem that the new engine would be even more robust than the current mill of which I have now had two versions (which were rock solid), one in my 1999 328i and one in my 2002 530i. Regarding the "New" technology, well, it depends upon how you look at it. Said new technology is really only new to the production engine arena, if I am not mistaken, the magnesium/aluminum composite block had been used in racing for some time and has proven to be both strong and durable. As far as I am concerned regarding the new engine, "Bring it on."


    Best Regards,

  • gsggsg Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. I am looking either at a 2004 545 or the 2006 530, which comes out this april.


    The 2004 545 has sport package, prem sound, navigation, cold weather package, and 12000 miles for $50000. It is pre-owned with 2 year extended bmw warranty.


    My concern is what will happen to the 2004 545 value when the 2006 550 comes out?


    Also, your 545 actually gets 23-24 mpg on the highway?


    Is there a huge difference in power between the 530 and the 545?


  • I just bought a 530i in January. I'm pleased overall, but like you, I'm intrigued by the new R6 engine. However, BMW, like many other makers, have a history of first year or so horror stories when dealing with new technology. And this new engine and related components have new techologies galore. We'll see, I guess.
  • Any body know when the new 525/530 wagons are due in the NJ area?
  • It's great to hear that BMW is finally coming out with a more powerful engine and all wheel drive. Unfortunately, like most folks I'm not a Chris Bangle fan and would hope a new design would finally emerge. I'm all for change and growth and technology advances, but the design is still something less then desirable. As an owner of several Bmws since 1984, I welcome the arrival of the 530xi. However, I will have some reservations until I actually see what the vehicle is like. For now, I'll stick to the old e28 that has served me so well.
  • I am patiently awaiting getting a 2006 530xi.


    Does anyone know what changes (even the minor ones!) that will be coming for 2006. At this point all I know about is the new engines and the AWD option.


    Hearing about these little details has a wait of soothing my impatience waiting for the car...
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