Great car! However, everytime the car
is started, the "mouse" must be pushed
to acknowledge the safety warning. This
is a pain. I also have a MB which has
the same message, but times out in
540i has plenty of power and feels very
BMW needs to let the enginers do their
job and get the legal department out of
iDrive system is not an issue. Most of
the stuff it controls you wouldn't
change while driving. If you can use
an ATM, you can use the iDrive.
Candidly, the only thing I miss is the
control wheel on the dash that
controlled the temp of the air that
hits your face.
For 2004 BMW has again produced an
excellent, top-of-the-line sport sedan,
whic I consider the best on the market.
After over 6 months of test driving
numerous BMW configurations, as well as
competive lines, I again bought a
bimmer. So far, I like everything about
it (including iDrive and exterior
* Good HP and torque from the 530ia.
* 6-speed Steptronic transmission.
* User friendly i-Drive allows driver
control of numerious features
* Comfort with sport car handling
* Xenon adaptive headlights
Make active steering a separate option.
(I did not buy the sport package
because I did not want active steering.)
My previous car was a Lexus GS400,
which I adored. Wanted better
handling, performance, etc. and the 545
is IT!!!! I have let several friends
drive this magnificient piece of
machinery and all have been wowed. The
I-drive is a pain in the behind but one
can live with it.
Sport Pkg., comfort seats, saphire