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BMW 530xi - 2006



  • yurygyuryg Posts: 15
    I'm about to purchase 530xi, and have a question to which no dealer has been able to provide a definite answer - does the car have a speed sensitive stereo volume? Some of the answers I got were "No", "Only with moonroof open", "I think so".
    While we're on the stereo topic, is there much difference in sound quality between stock stereo and optional logic7?
  • I have a 530xi, and yes it does have the
    speed sensitive stereo volume
  • I would first try the all seasons.
    I have a 2002 330XI and have been just fine with the oem tires and they have 35k on them.
    You can always get snows if needed.
  • I got the software recall/update on my 2006 530xi last week and it has the following benefits:

    1. Got rid of the annoying "High Battery Drain" message that a number of us got used to seeing every morning! Now I hope that it was not really a battery drain problem that is simply being ignored :-)

    2. RDS on the radio works fine now, even with Navigation, premium CD changer, etc. I really had no idea what RDS was until now -- shows the call signs, station name, and in some cases even the song or program title and song lyrics (or am I misreading the lyrics?).

    3. Before the update two "@" symbols were showing up on my Bluetooth phone list after each and ever entry (e.g., John Smith@@ are gone now (at least I haven't seen them yet!).

    I also had them put in an AUX audio input in the glovebox for my iPod. Not ideal, because the tracks don't show up on the iDrive display, but it will have to do for now until they bring out full iPod integration for the new 5 series.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    Somehow the 530xi got two small dents n it`s hood, so wife took in over yesterday for the body man to try and take out...I swear you now can`t even tell where they were..Somehow they can punch them back out and not didturb the paint or anything.....It cost a hundred fifty dollars, and one dent was a sort of crease around three and a half inches long, and the other was a sort of round dimple of a couple of inches and very shallow....Tony
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yeah, it's called Paintless Dent Removal. There are a number of companies that perform the service from roving vans. If you call them directly some of them will even show up at your home or office and fix your car on the spot.

    Here is just one of many that will suck your dents out:

    Best Regards,
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    Isn't that crazy how they can do that? Some of the companies won't even let you watch how they do it, I guess to keep it a "trade secret"... ;)
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292

    Any update on the MP3 issue? Did BMWNA ever get back to you?

    >"...until they bring out full iPod integration for the new 5 series."

    What new 5 series? Have I missed something?
  • Yes, after weeks of "research" they finally told me that my 2006 530xi with Premium Sound CANNOT play MP3 CDs. So I had the dealership put in an AUX audio input and bought an iPod. Not elegant, but the best option available right now (unless you want to use one of those FM transmitter thingys).
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    When I was comparing cars (BMW, Lexus, and Infiniti) I remember reading in a manual for one of them that MP3's can be played by the navigation DVD reader, but not the CD player. I'm not sure which one it was, but since the Infiniti CD could play MP3's, and the Lexus can't play them anywhere, it was probably the BMW. I'm sure you've read and re-read the manual, but it may be worth another look.
  • I'm sure to be drummed out of the hi-fi sweater club, but our BMW has Sirius radio -- and while this is NOT the same as brewing your own a la iPod, I no longer have a need for anything other than my trusty CD burner and Sirius.
  • csdeecsdee Posts: 1
    looking to buy a 530xiT in a month. now that these have been out for a half a year, are the dealers discounting them? what price can i expect? invoice or $1000 over invoice?

    anyone know if any dramatic changes are coming for the 530xiT model year 07?


  • We have Sirius on our BMW X3 and our Audi A6 -- rarely, very rarely, do I feel the need for some home brew. My Audi has a 6CD changer and if for some outrageous reason I can't get my music fix from Sirius, I have 6 CD's ripe and ready as a backup.

    I know this has been the year of the iPod -- but I think the "next" is Sat Radio. Nothing against XM (indeed XM now comes courtesy of DirecTV) but we love Sirius. In my A6, which has the Premium Surround Sound system, I just set it for Rear Surround and hone in on "The Vault," "Jazz Cafe," or "Pops" and I am rarely disappointed.

    According to my wife, Sat Radio will "kill" broadcast radio (other than for "local" talk, news and weather.)

    She may be onto something. :shades:
  • btranbtran Posts: 2
    I am looking into buying a 530xi. I was quote $53,559 with sports pk, 18" wheels, premium pk, steptronic AT, cold weather pk. I asked for $52,000. I am paying using one time payment not finance.

    Is this seem okay? I'm not paying too much am I?

    Please let me know.
  • Hi,

    My wife and I are almost signing the deal for a 530xi and are now being told by the dealer (we're in Canada) that the 2007 model year production run is going to start in March so that we could have an '07 by the end of April....i.e. that BMW is starting the new model year run now instead of in the fall. She is also saying that there won't be any changes from the '06....

    Any comments?

  • Historically, the cut off is in month 5 or 6 and new production starts the month after. Recently there seems to be less regimentation. But perhaps that is importation schedules not production schedules.

    Moreover it would seem that the 07 model year lack of change is accurate. BMW seems to embark upon a run of X years with each year offering minor changes, options, colors, etc. The 5 series with the new engine and now AWD is, relatively speaking young or perhaps at worst middle aged.

    Is the 5's run about 6 or 7 years historically? If so, the next major change would be when? A couple more years perhaps?

    The competition up the road from Munich, in Ingolstadt, produced their middle child last, from 1998MY through 2004MY -- 7 years? BMW seems to be on a similar schedule.

    But telling you there will be insignificant changes also sounds like a way to encourage a purchase NOW rather than later.
  • Are any of the climate, radio, navigation functions able to be voice controlled by the driver (with iDrive)? (Or, is it only via the iDrive controller and/or using the steering wheel buttons...?). (With Bluetooth "prep" I assume the telephone functions are handsfree, but what about these other items?).

    Also, anyone have pictures of the comfort seats in beige (with ventilation)? (preferable with the dark poplar high gloss wood, if possible.....thanks).

  • All of them can be voice activated.
  • jcl4jcl4 Posts: 1
    Hi, I am in the market of leasing a new 2006 BMW 530XI wagon. What is the going lease quote for these, and what is the best price you've heard?
    I was quoted with a $1850 down, $599/month on a premium package 530XI wagon, 10,000 miles/year - is this a good lease?
  • Yes, MINUS the "down" part.
  • My advice is, wait until 07 Model year comes out and buy 06 one. That way you save at least $3-5000. As you know the moment you take the new car out of the show room, there will be thousands of dollars depreciation.
  • I tried n numer of times but couldn't get them activated. You know is there any specific procedure to follow. Appreciate your reply
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    When leasing, the odd fact of the matter is that it can be less expensive on a monthly basis to lease the new car rather than the new car that is on model year old due to the greater residual of the newer model.

    Which may lead to a conclusion -- if the leasing companies feel that a new car three years from now is worth more than a new car that is last year's model will be three years hence, wouldn't this same logic merit YOUR consideration too?

    Of course with enough of a discount this becomes moot.

    If you a plunking down 100% cash up front and plan to keep the car beyond 60 months, well, the one year old new car with a discount MAY be a better bargain but only if you consider that you will keep the car so long that it will have a very low residual of its MSRP remaining at the time you dispose of it.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    . . .any additional data points surface.

    Background: Cincinnati Ohio. We have winter, but other than a rare snow day or two, our winters are moderate and road conditions are rarely, if ever, an issue of any consequence.

    The largest BMW dealer in Ohio is here in our fair city. We have two BMW dealers and just north of us in Dayton, Ohio there is a third -- somewhat further away, in miles (~ 100) are the cities of Columbus, Louisville and Indianapolis. Each city, of course has Bimmer dealer or dealers.

    According to the dealer where we purchased our 2005 X3, over 40% of the 5's sold since third quarter 2005 are "X" drive equipped and virtually all Steptronics (late February 2006 is the most recent time stamp on this info, BTW.)

    Moreover, the reason the percentage is 40%+ is "inventory."

    There isn't enough of it to satisfy the demand. Of course they don't know how many more X drives they would sell had they access to more, but the purchasing manager of our local store did make the claim.

    Now, to repeat, AWD (which is nice in low traction events, like snow, to be sure) for the sake of getting going in the snow is really not necessary here in Cincinnati. You would think, wouldn't you?, that Chicago (some 250 miles from our fair city) and Cleveland (ditto miles) and Pittsburgh (again ditto) would be keen or even more keen than we here in SW Ohio on AWD, that is.

    The point: the last posting here on this forum before this one was Feb 2, 2006. It is as I write this Mar 1, 2006.

    Conclusion/question: if the sales performance of the 5 series (not to mention the sales of X3's and X5's and of course the 3 series themselves) is as noted by my local dealer here in River City, why are there so few posts on this particular tributary? Could it be that "a 5 series is a 5 series is a 5 series and this 5X blog is not needed?

    One would think -- if my numbers are anywhere else representative -- that at least 1/3 of the posts would be here. On the other hand, one reason cited for the popularity of the 5X's is that they are imperceptibly different from the RWD 5's -- so a 5 is a 5 is a 5 after all.

    The 5's already have set the world on fire sales wise (at least in North America) so perhaps this is understandable. It just seems, according to one dealer, the X drive has brought more than a statistically irrelevant number of people into BMW's showrooms -- people who would have first considered Audi A6's, Infiniti M35X's and Mercedes E-classes w/4Matic.

    Have we actually progressed to the point where AWD is simply considered standard, normal, expected on the option list and now that BMW's middle child offers it, game over?
  • yatzeyatze Posts: 33
    Dealer called to say he was getting a 2006 530xit with 6000+ miles. MSRP $57,870.00

    Ran CARFAX on the VIN. Looks ok. Car was registered commercial--one owner. Registered 6 months ago.

    What would a "good" lease number with little or no money down be for 36 months, 15,000 a year for this car.

    What would be a "good" purchase price for this vehicle?

    It has the cold weather package; premium package, auto trans, navigation system.

    Never leased a car before, or bought used.
  • I have a BMW 530xit that I just purchased and had the deal put in the Aux audio input, but mine doesn't seem to work. What kind of cable are you using? Just like a headphone end to headphone end cable?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    What are the pros and cons of the AWD models of the 3-Series as compared to the 5-Series? Check it out: BMW 3-Series AWD vs. BMW 5-Series AWD.
  • Sorry to hear about your problems Freddy.
    I too was looking at the BMX 530Xi. I actually looked at a number of cars in the same class (Audi A6, Mercedes Benz E350, Lexus GS300, BMW 530Xi and the Infiniti M35x).
    Without any doubt, the BMW as my favorite car to drive. But the horsepower and lack of luxurious features really turned me off. In my opinion, the Germans have a lot to learn from the Japanese automakers. As much as I enjoyed driving it, I was VERY fearful of having problems like yours in the future. All my associates drive either a BMW or Mercedes, yet I see them driving loaners more often than not.
    The thing that really impressed me about the M35x was the ultra luxurious interior and the comfort of the seats. I’m a pretty tall guy, so I felt as if I was cramped in all the cars I drove except for the M35x. What really surprised me was that you can lease a 530xi for less than a M35x (at least here in NJ). As much fun as the BMW may be to drive, what good is it if the car is stuck at the dealership for repairs? There is no doubt that the 530xi looks great (especially with the 18 in wheels), but I must get asked about the M35x almost EVERYWHERE I go. It’s gotten to the point that it’s almost annoying, yet makes you feel as if you’re in a very exclusive league. Either way, just wanted to share my experience with you. Trust me, after horror stories like yours; you wouldn’t have ever had any regrets.
  • It sounds pretty steep. For $100 more a month, you could find dealers that will offer you 18,000 miles a year for a 530xi with the premium package. Thats also with the basic inception fees.
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