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BMW 5-Series Sedans



  • beynacbeynac Posts: 1
    Why have you aranged things such that it is now quite hard to find your message board?
  • dabimmerdabimmer Posts: 165
    Sometime ago I posted messages concerning how much I was enjoying my new bimmer. Six months later I must say that I'm enyoying it even more. Am thoroughly enjoying reading the posts submitted here. They have really gotten interesting and just crammed with useful info
    concerning these great cars. I often go into other areas for postings on different cars, but they
    don't even compare to this venue. Keep up the great work!
  • rx2000rx2000 Posts: 11
    I just pick up the 523i with most of the options available. The 523i is assembled in Thailand with CKD (Complete Knock Down) parts from Germany. The price that I paid is equivalent to US$73,000. The high price is mainly due to tax (I really envy you guy in US). I do get 25% down with 0% interest for 2 years, first year insurance, and full BOW maintenance program for 3 years.

    Here is brief detail of the my 523i.
    Model: 523i Executive Limited Edition
    Color: Ex. Steel Grey (400), I believe this is a brand new color for the 5
    Color: int. Grey Montana leather
    Xenon head light w/ washer and auto leveling
    Climate comfort windshield
    Auto dimming int/ext mirror
    Alarm system
    6 CD in trunk
    Three spoke steering wheel with wood trim
    Vavona wood
    White turn signal all around
    Rear auto sunshade and manual side shade
    Remote control key
    Parallel spoke 82 alloy wheel
    10 airbags
    16 ways adj. seat for front seats
    Rain sensing wiper
    Front and rear PDC
    Auto fold ext. mirror
    Round fog lamp.
    and etc.

    Will write more once I drive it enough. So far, I only drive it for 40 km.
  • fastewafastewa Posts: 2
    Can anyone tell me when the 5 series makes its next body style change?
  • cmr530icmr530i Posts: 278
    I did an experiment with the A/C on Friday. I parked my car in the shade of a tree(which I hate to do because of the birds) in 90+ degree weather. The A/C worked beautifully from the get-go. I just think the system is overwhelmed after sitting in the sun all day. Have you found out anything new?
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    You might also want to get a BMW windshield sunscreen and leave the sunroof in the vented position. Finally, use the remote to drop all the windows as you approach and you should find the problem solved.
  • monwenmonwen Posts: 14
    The 5er will probably arrive in early 2003. The best info so far is on; however, the July issue of Road & Track says it will be in 2004.
  • brian525brian525 Posts: 21
    I have had my 2001 525i now for near six months.

    Just this past weekend, my fiance and I took a day trip (we live in the SF Bay area) along the Calif coast, from Half Moon Bay down to Big Sur.... Let me tell you, this car handles like a dream!

    So smooth along the mountain curves, and also smooth acceleration on the straights (to pass the slower vehicles.. :)

    Anyway, if you're thinking of a 5-series, stop thinking.. go drive one and you'll know what I'm talking about!

    -- regards,
  • brian525brian525 Posts: 21
    errr... I meant FIANCEE !
  • cmr530icmr530i Posts: 278
    Thanks for your suggestions. I do use the BMW windshield sunscreen along with the rear sunshades. I also open all the windows too as I approach the car. I will try your idea of leaving the sunroof tilted.
  • akuma1akuma1 Posts: 37
    Can it be done when I order my car?
  • dabimmerdabimmer Posts: 165
    Yes,dabimmer Knows. I,too, live in the Bay Area and took the car down
    to LA on 101. It was quite a driving experience and we arrived 7.5 hours
    later completely refreshed and rested and immediately left the motel
    to tour and enjoy. The trip back was equally satisfying. Am hoping to
    take the Highway 1 trip you talk about soon, should be fun.
  • jls21jls21 Posts: 40
    I went onto the 3 series board to ask if 3 series owners were having similiar air conditioning complaints. I got one response from someone who suggested having the dealer program the key for "hot country" ventilation mode. I haven't called my dealer yet to ask what this means, but I intend to tomorrow. I'll let you know of any response that I get. Is the front windshield sunscreen cumbersome to use? Also, do either of you know if the rear sunscreen can be installed by the dealer, or is it only available from the factory. I guess I can ask the dealer that question as well. My solution for today was all windows and sunroof open with air on for about 10 minutes, then air was nice and cool. This car is just way too much fun to be causing me this grief. Have to find a solution.
  • dawgneckdawgneck Posts: 4
    The last time I posted, I was debating between the GS430, the E430 and the 540i. After test driving the GS and 540i for appx a year (my wife and I quickly discounted the MBZ - sorry to those who stated otherwise, but we don't think it compares), I purchased a 99 540i with high mileage (45k).

    I cannot believe I considered the other vehicles. The more I drive the 540i, the more I appreciate and agree with all I read about its handling, etc. The drive is incredible! Have you ever regretted a purchasing decision a few months into ownership? Well, that would have been me had I purchased one of the other vehicles. Aside from the high mileage, I'm happy with this purchase.

    I drove the vehicle from Los Angles to San Francisco this weekend. The drive confirmed my decision. The car is awesome. I can state I am now a BMW fanatic! I know most of you will laugh at this, but my wife had the insight on the 540i way before I did. I will keep the car for a few years then trade it in for a new 5er.

    I have a few questions: The AC works great, and it is very powerful, but I am getting a "urine" like smell when the AC is turned off. The dealer said it was a bacteria and suggested a spray that might help, but it didn't. Any other remedies?

    Second, is the electric fan supposed to run very high the majority of the time?

    Third, I have the sport model with larger wheels in the rear. Can I rotate the left front wheel with the right front wheel?

    Lastly, can anyone suggest a reasonable cellular company I can use with the BMW phone? I hate the thought of high cell bills but I want to use the telephone features built into the car.

    Thanks in advance!
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Regarding tire rotation, I was informed on another post that the BMW owner's manual recommends against any tire rotation even if you have the same size front and rear tires (i.e. 530i sport).

    It has always been my understanding that tire rotation left to right is an absolute no-no - it would result in reversing the direction of tire rotation and most high performance tires have uni-directional tread patterns. I think there are other reasons, as well.

    The bad news is that you may have to budget about $1,200+/- for replacement tires about every 12,000 to 20,000 miles. The good news is you've got a great car and it's worth it.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    The sunscreen is easy to use- unfold it, put it in the window, and flip down the visors to hold it in place.
  • akuma1akuma1 Posts: 37
    Because of price concern my mom has now shifted focus onto the 530 and the C320. Yes I am aware of the price difference and even the size difference and probably shouldn't be comparing the two but hey money always factors in right?

    Prestige is a factor in our decisions. We're not thinking too much of the 330 mainly because a lot of young boys and girls drive it right now. Anyways, the thing we like about the C320 mostly comes to price.

    Besides your suggestions I would like to know how much roomier the 5 will be compared to the C and in terms of build quality and luxury.
  • dawgneckdawgneck Posts: 4
    Thanks for your reply, Habitat1. I read about the rotation in the manual. I was thinking about having the tires removed from the front wheels, transferred to the opposite side then rebalanced. This will ensure the tires roll in the same direction. Call me cheap, but I want to get the most out of those expensive tires.
  • jls21jls21 Posts: 40
    Regarding the 530 vs. MB C320. I have experience with both. I have a 530, both my father and father-in-law have a C320. I would have considered the C320, also because of price, but once I established that I could afford the 530 equipped the way I wanted it, it was an easy decision for me. The 530, in my opinion, is much better looking car. It has a very balanced look on the exterior; the dimensions are just right. To me, both the C320 and BMW 3 series look too small on the outside - like the smaller version of what the real car is. They just don't look well balanced to me - like something is missing. Regarding the interior, when I sit in the driver's seat of the C320, I feel like the front windshield is crowding me. And as far as rear seat accomodations go, while the 530 is no limo, the C320 is tighter. They both drive very nicely, and both handle quite well, but while the engine noise of the C320 is quiet and subdued, the engine noise of the 530 is one of the most satisfying experiences I've ever had. It's really a personal choice - you can't go wrong with either car.
  • akuma1akuma1 Posts: 37
    I agree with you completely if my memor serves me right. I went to the the BMW dealership again to look at the 5series car again. I was hoping to get a test drive but the guy who served me before wasn't there. Anyways as I remembered the C windows to the side did crowd me a bit and I'm a very average sized or even small. I prefer the 5. I just got to convince the others. The fact that a new styling will roll out in a year or so bugs me a lot. Since I like the new 7's look I'm thinking I'll like the new 5. I think waiting for the 2002 year model is as long as a wait as we will go I fear.
  • rx2000rx2000 Posts: 11
    When is the first oil/filter change for a new 528i?
  • grendel42grendel42 Posts: 1

    ive heard somw rumors about a 545 for 02? anyone know about this. and ive also heard that the 540i will get an 8hp upgrade instead. anyone know about this too? and ive also heard that there will be no gas guzzler on the 02 540i. ive test driven a 540...loved it. just trying to get a feel for whats going to change, if anything. thanks.
  • davipardavipar Posts: 3
    I have a new 530i with sport package and really like it but the A/C condensate drains out onto the exhaust pipe and makes a crackling/sizzling sound. Its only noticeable when I come to a stop. I checked with the dealer and they said that it is normal for a 530, but 525's don't drain that way. It doesn't really bother me but seems kind of strange to have the water constanting hitting the hot exhaust pipes? Over time wouldn't cause the pipes to rust/corrode? Has anyone else experienced this situation.
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    Calendar year: 2002
    Mini debuts;
    possible X7

    5 series redesign;
    possible 6 series; X3

    Possible 2 series
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    It would be likely that that will replace the 540. The engine is actually the same size ( it's been 4.4L for several years ) but the hp should be boosted to 333, and the MPG will improve.

  • unjuunju Posts: 1
    We have a 2000 540 6spd...the car is a dream in every way except the xenon head lamps which illuminate unevenly. the passenger side lamp illuminates much farther than does the driver side lamp. this difference isn't very noticeable when driving in lighted streets or freeways; however, we live in an area without street lights (to "preserve our desert environment"). so when the headlights are the only things illuminating our path, it becomes very annoying to have one lamp illuminate differently than the other.
    I've spoken to the dealer about this and all he could tell me is that the the xenon lamps are self leveling and that they were designed to illuminate differently. HAS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED THIS, AND CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY IT WAS DESIGNED THIS WAY? We also have an AUDI TT with self leveling xenon that illuminate evenly and effectively, so I don't see the logic behind this offset design on the BMW.
    Thanks in advance for any advice!
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    When I was recently looking at BMW's comparison of HID vs. Halogen I noticed that from the overhead view the right sided was illuminating further than the left i'm not sure if it was designed this way but it looks kind of annoying.
  • cb44cb44 Posts: 87
    Are you sure you are not confusing the noticeable "notch" down the drivers side lights have on a very dark road.

    As you may know, this is to keep the light out of oncoming drivers eyes in the left lane on U.S. roads. The xenons are self-leveling and should generally not be adjusted by drivers.

    Overall, the increased brightness and targeted lighting more than make up for this minor adjustment designed to keep oncoming cars safer.
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about, Ah ha, so its to keep the light out of the oncoming drivers eyes, i didn't know that.
  • chesdin3chesdin3 Posts: 14
    With these long days of summer, I haven't driven much in the dark yet, but the self-leveling is a neat feature. Do you have to have the Xenons to get this feature?
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