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I recently put new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on my 2003 530i with sport package (tire size 235/45-17). These tires are Consumer Reports highest rated high-performance summer tire and got very good user reviews on Tire Rack, where I bought them. So far I like them, but they are somewhat noisier and not as smooth riding as I would like. I still have a few days to exchange them under ... Read More
I bought mine back in April 2011 which is a 2003 530i (automatic) and with 111,000mi. I have now done about 118,000+ mi already and this machine still drives wonderfully. Couple of things that I have worked on it is replaced spark plugs, rear brake pads+rotors, air filter, and alternator (the battery light came on) all by myself. Since then, I am absolutely happy and satisfied with this car as it ... Read More
I own my second 5 series (2003). My first was a 1998. Both are pretty reliable and great driving machines. If you can perform the repairs, you might find the costs tollerable. If not... Issues: 1998: computer display losses clarity (some LED dots quit lighting up) but still readable). Both of my cars experienced this problem. AC compressor failed at 120k - expensive part and labor is at a premium at ... Read More
In my 2003 BMW 5 series, the vacuums (2) on each side of the engine will not stop working, even when I turn off the car. What can I do.
I think that's true to a certain point. I really didn't become a driving enthusiast until I got my A3. The Audi inspired me to want to drive for the sake of driving alone. Before that, I used to hate driving and dealing with "traffic" and CA drivers. I even had a 2003 Accord LX V6 Coupe, which was pretty fast and handled "above average." That being said, I never took ... Read More
I am not aware of any BMW of that era having a rep for a high rate of failure at that mileage. BMW did have issues with the M3 3.2 I6 around 02-03 IIRC. I don't remember how wide spread, but low mileage catastrophic engine failures were reported and I believe BMW extended the warrantys on those engines. from wikipedia Despite its great success and critical acclaim, the S54 was plagued ... Read More
Exterior: Dark Graphite Metallic Interior: Oyster/Black Dakota Leather Trim: Anthracite Wood Trim Steptronic Automatic Trans Cold Weather Premium I & II Rear-view camera Heated front seats Park Distance Control Nav system Sirius w/ 1 year iPod and USB adapter MSRP as config'ed: 61,175 Sale Price: 54,995 Also a couple of questions for those in the know, how does the BMW loyalty program work? I currently drive a 2003 530i, does this ... Read More
Thank you for your concern(s) and advice(s). It has been long time since I last typed a message here on this forum. However, I would like to make a announcement that I have actually bought the 2003 BMW 530i with 111,000 mi. We did look at other vehicles like economy class ('07 Camry with 27,000 mi, '05 Focus with 85,000 mi, '08 Dodge Avenger) before the purchase. We test drove all ... Read More
Hello there! I am thinking into buying a bmw 530i. So far I have found two of them. Both of them are from 2003 model. One has 155,000 mi on it which costs $7995 and the other has 111,798 mi which costs $10,990. I have been reading a lot of consumer reviews about the reliability of the 5 series and nearly half of them state no problems while others had reliability ... Read More
I had this problem on my 2003 530 i, what it turned out to be is the EWS control unit. I beleive this unit is located in the steering column and is electronically linked to the key. This is a coded unit therfore you will have to present the BMW dealer with a copy of your license and registration before the install. Total cost was $ 610 installed.
Nice but not for me. Why? - I'm not a fan of the 2003 M5esque schnozzle for cars other than the M5 of course - The price is high for that many miles, the 2002 with 40,000 looks to be in better shape and about the same price. - I know others might disagree, but silver is not my favorite color on BMWs Thanks for lookin' ;)
It's a decent deal; a major plus is that the E39 is easy to work on if you are so inclined. If it's a slushbox have the ATF changed ASAP. You also need to be thinking of replacing the radiator, water pump, t-stat/housing and the expansion tank in the next year or so. It's a fairly easy afternoon DIY project. Join the E39 Yahoo group- it's a great resource, as is ... Read More
Hi guys, Just purchased a used 2003 BMW 530i in excellent condition with 79500 miles on it. The price I got it for was $10400. But he also added Michelin X-Ice winter tires that had only been used for 1 winter and are still in excellent condition. (No Xenon lights, but does have cold weather package) So the breakdown: -2003 BMW 530i Excellent Condition -79,500 Miles -Included 4 Winter Tires Excellent ... Read More
I am sure that Edmunds forums helped me to get fair prices when I purchased a Volvo S80 in 2000 and a Lexus RX330 in 2003. Same for the 2008 BMW 535i I purchased last fall. And, I posted about my BMW buying experience then, including the price I paid. If someone found that helpful, good. If not, also good. I appreciate all the helpful info disclosed here and encourage others ... Read More
I had just purchased my 2003 530SP when I found myself working in Germany for a bit. Had a chance to drive the 2004 e60 prior to USA launch... just didn't appeal or "speak" to me in the manner my '03 did. End result... I still drive my '03 530 and enjoy it as much now as when I bought it. Just a fabulous sport sedan that I keep well maintained ... Read More
I have had my 2003 530i in for service regarding a random flashing oil pressure indicator light. On two occassions a message was flashed to the message center on the instrument panel; STOP: Low Oil Pressure: Add Oil Immediately (or to that effect). BMW service has replaced a sending sensor and a receiving sensor, but the problem persists. I have spent $500 plus so far ... I am not sure that ... Read More
You can save yourself lots of money by changing the oil yourself. It is so simple on this car, it takes about 15 minutes to do. The oil filter is topside with a screw on canister and the oil drain plug underneath the car. With the money I save I use lubro-moly oil, which is more pricey than your average oil but the best oil for this car.
Maintenance is higher, it just is...nothing you can do.. it ticks off my wife, but it is my car. That is why I bought a used one. Oil changes cost me $100 plus.. again made wife mad , but can go further btw changes. Have you considered changing the oil yourself? It's dead easy on an E39. Oil and a filter will run @$60. Join BMW CCA, most dealers and shops ... Read More
I joined Edmunds forum just to say thanks to the many folks who have informed us about used BMW's. Thanks Shipo, Roadburner, Fed Lawman...and many many others who educated me. I bought an 03 BMW 525i I think the color is Blue Water Metallic... It grows on you. Not my first choice but the longer I have it the more I like it. It was a one owner. I bought it ... Read More
As I can confirm by a message posted by a member in 2005, I am not the first. I am desperate! My 2003 525 has had rain leaking into the car into the back on the passenger side and has caused what I am told is $6000 in electrical damage. I need to know if anyone has experienced and if BMW NA handled? HELP! When I do general online searches for ... Read More
OK-my 2003 525 is at a shop with extensive water damage to the electrical due to rain water seeping into the car somehow and coming up under the back passenger floor. What was your recourse, did BMW pay to repair? I have owned so many Bimmers and never used my garages and never had this happen. PLEASE HELP ME! I NEED INFO
Do you live around NJ? bring it to Bill at bimmerclinic. you'll save a lot of grief and he's reasonable/fair.
I seem to have the same issue with the drain current. I get about 2.4 amps drain current which is draining the battery. For mine problem, i unhooked the harness to the amplifier and the current dropped to 0.6A. Were you able to fix the problem?
Like you, I went through this for my beautiful '03 530SP as it rolled off of CPO warranty in 1/09. I now have 66k miles and echo the cooling system comments (water pump, radiator). The '03 has an improved design for the hose fittings on the radiator and is not as susceptible to cracks as earlier e39's. Still, my top-drawer independent BMW Tech tells me that I need to prepare to ... Read More
I have a 2007 530xi 6 speed manual purchased 10/2007 - 30,000 miles. Second time in for the ticking noise - sounds like a sewing machine. They bled the lifters last time and got rid of the noise for a few months. Now, they are changing the cylinder head after approval from BMW. Sounds like a design issue. I was going to buy the car, but am having second thoughts. Maybe ... Read More
Hello, everyone. Any suggestions regarding what compatible winter wiper blades for the BMW 2003 530i are available and where can they be purchased?
I drove a 2003 BMW 530 for 2 years. Put $45K miles on it in that time. Great car and my first BMW. Decided that the high mileage was going to cause me to be out of warranty in short order and since my commute changed, decided to instead get a Lexus 330. Nice car, but like a sofa. No real fun driving. Great for long trips. Won't be passing folks ... Read More
I had the same problem,disconnect the fuse for the radio amplifier in the trunk . I think the radio amplifier is powered with a relay. I don;t have the problem anymore, just no radio. I replaced the amplifier,had the same problem. I have heard that there is a problem with the radio drawing excessive current when the ignition is off.Normal current draw should be about 60ma, with amplifier pluged in 600ma.Ther ... Read More
2003 5 series passenger seat is rarely used. One side of seat will not raise nor recline. BMW service informed me that motor cable is stretched, they have repaired as many as 50. A 5hr job plus parts. reluctant to have repaired they came back with 3hr plus parts. Has anyone had this seat problem?
Thanks for the kind words. I'm just glad to be able to help fellow BMW owners.
Many folks, myself included, would advise that you simply "self insure" by taking the money that you would otherwise spend on the warranty and set it aside for unscheduled repairs. While you may not make out on any one car, the betting is that over years that you are a car owner, you'll come out well ahead in the end. FWIW, the last car that I bought the "extended warranty" on ... Read More
FYI: The nav system in my 2003 540 just died. It was mediocre when working. Dealer sez $3000 to replace....Buy a garmin.
Why worry so much about reliablility of the turbos. Trust me, if something goes wrong BMW will fix it. I have a 2003 7 series and have spent $0 other than uprading my maintenance plan which was just over $1000. Yes, I have had to bring the vehicle in plenty of times because something needed to be fixed, but they gave me a car to drive and I left there will ... Read More
I just bought a 2003 525 i and I would like to upgrade the stereo system and add navigation. I was going back and forth between Pioneer and Alpine when my co-worker advised me against having an after-market navigation system installed in the BMW dash. Is this a no-no and if so, what would you suggest? I am looking for the Ipod/Navigation system combination, but I do not want to hurt ... Read More
Forum Members, your opinions, please, on to buy the 95': Here is the ad for the 95 model: "112k highway miles, july 95 manu, owned since July 96 (I saw the forum link talking about the v8 US gas issue + I have a bmw mechanic to do a prepurchase inspection), owner bought a x5 and now willing to part with the 530i - asking $7400, Kelly BB=$8390" Please note: 1. ... Read More
I think so, the starter turns, So I assume the engine is turning. I have never jump started a BMW , But am familiar with Cars in general. I could try jump starting though I am a little apprehensive about it !
I have 2003 BMW 525 (Canadian) was parked for a weak over christmass. Can't start it. Lights work, can hear the starter turning. refuses to fire up. Any thoughts.
As an avid BMW e39 owner who may very well elect to purchase the new 535SP, I must say I was very impressed with the new S5. It has the 4.2L V8 and it is a very sweet ride. Currently available only with 6M, it performs as a true touring/sports coupe should. Also a beautiful design in person - pics don't do it justice, IMO. I've driven the 335i Coupe a ... Read More
Good read, thanks.
A bit off the topic, but I seem to remember reading about how speed limit was implemented in UK after AC Cobra was first introduced. Apparently, the automotive journalist took it out to test its capabilities and wrote how fast he was able to go. The government subsequently imposed speed limit shortly after..... Not sure if it is indeed the case, but found it interesting.
To keep things in perspective: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/24/nspeed124.xml
I know what you're going to say, "Hey, what about the 2003 540i?" I'm actually not a fan of that garish (IMHO) nose treatment that BMW put on the 2003 540i 6-Speed models, so they're not under consideration. WRONG!!! LOLOL You ALMOST knew what I was about to say.... actually my comment was going to be that I bet the rather overdone nose of the '03 would be an issue... I ... Read More
With the launch (2005) and subsequent failure (2007) of our new business, my financial situation isn't what it was a few years ago. That said, I'm anticipating "rounding the bend" so to speak from a financial perspective in the next year or so, and will be hopefully able to get back into a BMW, albeit a slightly used one. With the above in mind, I occasionally browse through the used car ... Read More
I have an auto - 6.9 is the number in the BMW brochure I have from 2003. You had a manual - don't you remember? :P All numbers I quoted were for auto trannys.
Be prepared to really like the 535xi. Other than the sound of that terrific BMW straight 6, it will "feel" like you are driving a V8. The 528 is still going to provide much enjoyment... like Shipo, my 2003 530SP leaves little to be desired. It took the new TT engine to make me consider replacing my current 5! Still have not done so, as I truly enjoy my car... and ... Read More
BMW NA has a penchant for adding the M Sport trim to the Sport packages of their older platforms. This was the case with the 1999 E36 328is Sport Package coupes, the last E39 540i Sports, and the E46 330i ZHP. Late last year my dealer took a gorgeous 2003 Topaz Blue 540i Sport in trade. I would have bought it but unfortunately it was a slushbox... :(
How can I tell if the problem is the starter or alternater or anything else? Please advise. If the battery is discharged you either have a bad battery, an excessive current drain on the battery, or a bad alternator. Any good shop will be able to load test the battery as well as measure the current drain and alternator output. My bet is on a current drain, altenator next, and a ... Read More
I couldn't start my car two weeks ago, then it worked when friend provided a jump. I replaced a new battery after that. After 2 weeks driving with a new battery, then it doesn't start again today. What else should I check? How can I tell if the problem is the starter or alternater or anything else? Please advise. Thanks.
Thanks for the advice! The current owner purchased the car with 15k from a used car dealer the specializes in cars of this type. Not sure if it was a lease or not. I suppose it is unusual for someone to trade a car after just 15k. You would think that person would trade up and a BMW dealer would have it. I have not seen the car as of yet, ... Read More
I have an opportnity to but a 2003 530I in mint condition with about 93,000 miles.. This is a lot of miles and my first BMW - any advice? Should this still have lots of miles? anything to look out for? Thanks
Interesting question that, as a 2003 e39SP owner, I have been unwilling to answer yet :D My titanium silver/black beauty has been a fabulous ownership experience and I've said before that I'd just as soon drop the wonderful new TT engine into my car than give it up - if that were possible! I've driven the 535SP and it is a terrific car with the most comfortable seats I've experienced. Sport ... Read More
Be careful testing seats in the showroom. We liked the comfort seats in the showroom, so we ordered it on our 2003 535i. That car had an "automatic" seat belt height adjustment which did raise and lower the belt on the door post, but it was uncomfortable for both my wife and I. We would have done better with the standard seats. My solution was to disconnect the automatic adjuster and ... Read More
I have 525I 2003 and completed low mileage "oil services" from the dealer last month. The message "oil services" just came up yesterday. Do you know how to disable this message and reset all the lights? my BMW warranty is just expired so I'd like to know if I can do it by myself. Thanks.
In a video on autospies an engineer from Infinity claimed that the new Infinity coupe was "edgier" than the 3 and that BMW had gotten "softer" over the years. Any truth to this, has BMW (I believe they were talking about the sports) in an attempt to appeal to more buyers made their cars more luxurious? I had a 2003 3sport which I thought was rough even though the road racers ... Read More
email@example.com By the way, my car is an 06' 530i, please excuse me for interjecting in your exchange with the other poster, sorry.
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Hi, could you provide me with the F&I managers contact information at Sun motors bmw in PA. I'm am very interested obtaining extended comp. warranty coverage for my 5er. Thanx :)
I have a 2003 525 and I purchased the 100000 mile warranty. The usually take it in if I have a problem or when the oil light turns yellow. I only have 80 miles left until I go over 100000 miles, should I take it in now or can I take it in. Is there a set 100000 mile service or does BMW use the oil light to schedule service, if ... Read More
Ok topspin this is Richard w/e500. Been away for a few days. In answer to review of e500 I will put it in context w/BMW 3and5's.Seat comfort is great, firm, but comfortable,great lumbar support yet still lacks the side bolsters I like. You may not think side bolsters are that important but believe me they are. Even on those 360 degree freeway exits I just about slide sideways off the seat(yes,I ... Read More
I don't have personal experience with either car, but an associate of mine is turning in his 2002 540ia sport off lease and we went out to test drive an E550 last weekend. Although it is at least as powerful in stright line acceleration as the BMW, it didn't feel as tight in handling or in structural integrity as his 5 year old 65,000 mile 540i. It is definitely a noticable ... Read More
Hi there, I'm debating between buying a used Passat and a used BMW wagon in the $9-13K range. I am only considering manual transmission cars, and have found quite a few specimens online, all with clean CarFax reports. Unfortunately, they all seem to be located too far for me to test-drive each particular one, unless I'm 99% certain I want to buy that vehicle. Do any of you have any words ... Read More
I have a 03 525 with 22K miles. I purchased a comprehensive program from my BMW Dealer. The company's name was Universal Underwriters Group backed by Zurich. My dealership has been using this company for 20 years. I have the highest level of coverage available with a $100 Ded. It is valid until Dec 2012 or 75K miles. The cost was very reasonable. If you provide me your email address, I ... Read More
I own a 525i 2003 model and it currently has 39K miles. My warranty is expired on July 2007. I'm looking to buy a warranty package but don't know much about them. If you know any good extended warranty package that I should have after 4yrs, please let me know. Also I'd like to hear your opions about buying from BMW (CPO) warranty or from different companies. I assume one price ... Read More
"Blasphemy. What you're saying is akin to a pro golfer telling a 5-handicap golfer that he's the same as a 20-handicap. It's inaccurate." Good analogy and correct statement. I drive a 2003 M5, so I could claim that any non-"M" BMW isn't worth it. And that would be equally absurd. The non-sport 5-series is second only to the 5-series sport models in handling, steering and driving dynamics in this segment. Nothing ... Read More
I'm also a past owner of a 2003 530 and 2006 M35. I much prefer the M, but i do miss the smoothness and quietness of the BMW. (I am ignoring the incredibly loud auxiliary engine fan on the 530..I don't miss that for an instant) Most of my driving is around town with an occasional 400 mile road trip. I want the power to a) get on interstates, pass cars ... Read More
As a past owner of a 2003 BMW 530 (29,000 miles) & current 2006 M35 (25,000 miles) I've experienced both. The M35 is my choice for a number of reasons: Handling - The M35 (with Michelin tires)is equal to the 530 Performance - The M35 is slightly quicker Driving Comfort - M35's interior dimensions are a plus Electronics - The 530 is not in the ball game - M35 is the ... Read More
Disagree. The 2003+ performance package equipped 330is would easily stand toe to toe with a a 2006 330i/2007 328i. with 0-60 in the sub 6 second range (most reports showed 5.8-5.9 seconds) and far tighter suspension, they were anything but slouches even compared to 2007 ELLPS.
I recently test drove a 2003 325 BMW. I was again, as before when I've driven older/smaller 3 series BMW's, left wondering why they put such gutless engines in them for so long. It seems they didn't correct the situation until 2006, and even then only really with the 330 model. I've never had a very positive impression of BMW until I kept reading the forums here on Edmunds, mainly because ... Read More
I live in Madison WI, and recently purchased a 2003 530i with the sport package, which includes the 17" low profile tires. I purchased a second set of tires and rims (225-55-16) with blizzaks, and the car handles well in the snow and ice. Low profile tires provide little snow traction, regardless of whether you have RWD or AWD. The weight distribution is pretty close to 50/50 on the BMWs, so ... Read More
All, I need some advice. I have 2003 BMW 530i with 42000 miles on it and I am the original owner. I am thinking getting the extended maintenance and warranty. For extended maintenance the price quote was $1850 and for the warranty the price quote was $3125. Both from the BMW dealer. I checked the BMWUSA website and they do not offer these and I am referred to the dealer. Are ... Read More
Actually a terrific idea... the new 328xi will outperform the 525xi. Can be had for under $40K also. It may sacrifice a couple of inches in certain dimensions, but a thoroughly wonderful machine. My 2003 530SP has 225hp and performs quite well... the new 328xi will bring 230hp to the dance in a slightly lighter platform (although the 4wd adds unwanted weight) and will provide as much fun as you might ... Read More
I just bought a 2003 540I M sport with steptronic. It's the most amazing car I have ever driven, Black on Black with everthing from PDC to NAV and DSP stereo. I researched it intensley and I found BMW keeps great records. First I suggest CAFFAXing it, its $25 for a month long membership to run VINs, then contact BMW USA customer service, # is on the website. They will give ... Read More
Actually the GTO demographic is 28-45. Heck the BMW 540i 2001-2003 is more expensive used than a new GTO. Biggest thing I'm worried about is out-warranty repairs, I hear on BMWs they can be quite costly. -mike
Comparing a 540 against GTO (Pontiac?) is like comparing Apples and Oranges. BMW - The ultimate driving machine, will put a smile on your face everytime you sit behind the steering wheel. The GTO - a kid's car. Assuming you get a Bimmer in good condition, this car will have a higher resale value and will last longer than the GTO. Then again, I might be biased. I do own a ... Read More
All of the Audis my wife and I have had since that first 1978 Audi 5000 in 1977 have been purchased from the same dealer. Most of them, by far, from the same salesman (who is not in management at the dealership.) The dealership, owned by ONE GUY, was sold to a billion dollar company several years ago. The dealership built a new 7 million dollar dealership. They sell about 600 ... Read More
You are correcto-mundo! The A6 has Servotronic, the slower you go the greater the boost. Servotronic II by ZF apparently (since I have not driven a car with this) changes both the force required based on road speed and the reaction to steering wheel motions (also releated to road speed.) Audi, BMW, Cadillac, LandRover, Volvo all use Servotronic, some applications (in some models) use Servotronic II. I think I would like ... Read More
WOW. I had the following (not a complete list): 1995 S6 1997 A8 1999 A6 2.8 2000 A6 4.2 comfort 2001 A6 4.2 sport 2003 allroad 2.7T 2005 A6 3.2 with 18" wheels and 245 x 40 x 18" tires At the same time, my wife had multiple A4's, three TT's and one BMW X3 3.0. The A6 is the quietest of the bunch (including the A8), it also is both ... Read More
My situation almost exactly when I plunked down a deposit to order an M35X. Lower lease payments, MORE technology (don't know about "better," though) and "close enough" to German feel for jazz (at $200 per month less, hell yes!) Then Audi, for an almost $3K more expensive model came in UNDER the Infiniti price on the lease -- and "all I had to do" was threaten to buy the Infiniti, which ... Read More
I read the line "single mode 'old lady' Servotronic steering kills the entire otherwise great car" with keen interest. You see, in 2005, after months of test driving cars from Europe, Japan and the US, we came to find that both BMW and Audi had some vehicles we could really enjoy. The BMW sub-venting machine was offering a $47K vehicle for $581 per month for 36 months 45K miles with no ... Read More
Are you looking for maximum or optimum? Are you looking at #1 as a "deal breaker" and #2 as less of a deal breaker? What does the ranking of "performance on slippery roads" have to do with the [broader] "safety" trait? I would assume if #1 was safety that your current #4 would have been your #2, that is. Again, "general performance," [I would argue] is a significant contributing factor to ... Read More
Well I've had 2 A6 2.7T's. A 2000 and a 2003 with very minimal repair issues. I had 5 series BMW's for 14 years and a Q45 until the Audi's. The twin turbo's give you 0-60 in 6.6 and good passing power. They also develop max. torque from 1800rpm to 3800rpm. The quattro makes the car feel very firmly planted and I drive it hard. It is fabulous in rain or ... Read More
When you have a long gravel driveway a black car NEVER looks clean. My black M6 was gorgeous but it only looked pristine for maybe ten minutes out of the four years that I owned it... Stirling isn't a bad color, it's just that it seems 99% of newer BMWs are either silver or black. Anyway it's a moot point; today I arrived at The BMW Store just in time to ... Read More
I've been looking for a new commuter sled, and I've found several nice E39s. The one that really caught my eye was a gorgeous CPO 2003 540iA Sport at my local dealer. I especially loved the color(Topaz Blue) and the M Technic bodykit. It also had a Dinan ECU re-map and CAI. The only drawback was the slushbox(BLEAH!!!), but I figured I could live with it for as little as I'd ... Read More
Have a 2006 530i with the sports suspension. Had a similar set up on an 2003. However, the 2006 with sports suspension comes with "run flat" tires. BMW's major screw-up which they refuse to acknowledge. Tire went flat in driveway. Nice light comes on. Got a patch put into the tire from a tire dealer. Otherwise cost you $300 for a tire. More if you dent the rim which is now ... Read More
I have a 2003 530i (E39) with about 37,000 miles. Recently the "Service Engine Light" came on, although I didn't notice any performance problem. I took it in for service a couple days later, expecting some minor problem. The service rep called later saying the readout codes indicated a torque converter problem and they would either reprogram the tranny or replace the converter. Fine. I got a loaner X3. The next ... Read More
I have the BMW BT phone kit installed in my 2003 530i and use a Motorola RAZR V3i (with iTunes). The BT phonebook downloads all the V3i entries (Home, Work, Mobile, Main), so there are multiple entries for each contact. When I display a phonebook entry, the name appears first and then the associated phone #. The BT system cannot interpret the different catagories so I need to know which number ... Read More
I work with people who have Acura's, BMW's and several other brands. I would say that BMW's are breathtakingly expensive to repair out of warranty. Some friends have a Lexus -- it is "largely" bullet proof. However, the owner tells me little wear and tear items are also breathtakingly expensive and keep going out. The phrase "overall the Lexus is very reliable, but it tends to nickel and dime you" leaps ... Read More
I had a 2003 allroad 2.7T w/6sd manual. The engine, dare I say it?, like all Audi engines was flawless in every way. We also had over the past few years three Audi TT's also turbos. The 225HP version, our last 2, were wonderful and also (from an engine standpoint) were flawless. I have been to several Audi gtg's in Europe with American Audi owners and many of them had A4's ... Read More
"VW had the cars, but they went on a buying spree, decided they wanted a piece of the S class, and left them on the market for a decade." Lexusguy, I agree. Former CEO Ferdinand Piech steered Volkswagen off course in the 1990s by trying to take the VW brand upmarket to challenge Mercedes. At the same time, as Business Week put it, "he took his eye off the company's core ... Read More
A frustrating personal experience with a car or SUV, such as the BMW X5 mentioned a recent post, would definitely weigh heavily on my mind in going out to buy a replacement. Figuring out how that bad experience and/or CR's assessment of the X5 should, if at all, influence anyone else is a different issue. I don't believe that we have the kind of reliability statistics (from either CR or JDP) ... Read More
Selling England by the Pound -- Genesis. You win the cupie doll, Pat! Here in Cincinnati, the new generation of BMW's with that spanky new "35" twin turbo engine are rolling out -- at this point, the 335 sedan and coupes are RWD, but already the 328 is offered with AWD and next year the X drive option will be added for about $1900. It promises to be a brisk seller. ... Read More
Unless you're paying cash and the car is both CPO'd and has the extended maint program, a 2007 will be less money. If you want the 03 for some other reason, well -- never mind.
Until now, my BMW buying experience had been perfect. I purchased my 2003 BMW in San Diego at Harloff BMW.. They were above board and can not say enough great things about my experience. I never once felt like i was getting a bad deal. Now i am looking to sell my 2003 and purchase/possibly lease a 2007 5 series. In my 2 trips to my sacramento area bmw dealer, i ... Read More
1999 540i 6-speed! I highly recommend this car. Back in 1999, I spiritedly test drove the new 540i 6-speed Sport and made that my future must have car. I spent the first 8 months of 2003 looking at pre-owned 540i's, finding nothing but 540i's equipped with automatic transmissions. Patience paid off for me as I was able to locate and purchase a 6-speed 540i Sport in excellent condition from a local ... Read More
This is my fifth class and the first one that used automatics. Full disclosure: the first four were actually IN Germany/Austria. I mean, c'mon, they are BMW's -- and I am of the [former]persuasion who would [past tense] remark: why get a BMW if you are NOT getting a manual? Before you attack that remark, do recall that I am driving an A6 6speed tiptronic. However, at THAT time, I woulda ... Read More
Our 2005 X3 3.0 with almost every option box checked (except auto trans) was what cost $47K -- I should have clarified it was NOT a 5 series, sorry if there is an issue with this. It should make little difference in the meaning I was attempting to impart, however. Perhaps the 5 or the X has a higher (or lower) residual and perhaps BMW financial (our lender) had a special ... Read More
Hello, Thanks for the detailed explanation. It seems like what you say is right. Please shed light on the following: 1) What model (with options) cost you 47K? Who was your lender/dealer? 2) I bought a 2003 530I in 2004 (with 2k miles)for 42K. It has sports package, nav, parking sensors, cold weather package etc. Went through leasecompare.com for leasing it ,and ended up paying 599 for 39 months with 0 ... Read More
Hello - I am interested in buying a 2003 525 with premium package and would like to know you experiences/feed back about this particular model. Thanks.