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| Originally posted by jaja@Mar 24 2005, 04:01 AM |
Hiya all - new on the forum.
My wife and I are looking at a family car.... we currently have a modded '93 Nissan 240sx Convertible and a lifted '94 Bronco.
We are looking at a 5 series or a Lexus GS. Primary use is going to be the grocery shopper and the soon to be born kid's pediatrician express....
We are looking a manual tranny 5 series - (probably the v8) or the GS400 in about a 99 or 2000 model year.
Wife wants this to be the car that I don't have to constantly work on (so sounds like Lexus), but yet she is really interested in the BMW...
Gotta be honest both are nice cars, but the GS only comes in an automatic....
The manual transmission is not mandatory, but is always nice to have. I know I'm contradicting myself, but I really need some advice.... been trying to decide for over 2 weeks, and the more I think about it, the more I can't decide....
Anyone know any dimension comparisons between the two? esp the trunk - cause its gotta be able to carry one of those baby strollers together with the groceries used
thanks in advance.
| Originally posted by kassper@Mar 25 2005, 07:36 AM |
10k for vanos? definitley not unless he blew out his entire engine bay or something If you can do the work yourself, it wil be about $400-ish for the part and maybe a little more if you need the valve and such (Dont quote me on the price, but thats what I recall seeing them go for). But the vanos rarely fails so I think you'll be ok.
Oh and yes, the 540i has vanos
| Originally posted by jaja@Mar 26 2005, 02:52 AM |
Went to the local BMW tonight to see what was there... The only 540i/6 they had there was a 2002 for 45K.... just a tad bit over my budget.... :
I sat in one for the first time.... nice... very nice.... It was black on the outisde with black on the inside.... looked like it had mostly all the options, even the GPS nav.
Well I'm going to stop by the Lexus dealer tom to see the GS... (nope not the new one... )
(But my mind is pretty set on the 540i/6 -- if I can ever find one in my budget...)
| Originally posted by jaja@Mar 26 2005, 03:37 PM |
Thanks for the color advice....
As for pricing... I am shopping in the 19-22k area for a '99 or '00 540i/6 in the Torrance/Los Angeles area.
Asked my insurance agent and said something about $550/6months for coverage.... does this sound right? I know insurance differs from state to state, I know that I talked to a guy in NC and he insured his late model Boxter for cheaper than my 240SX
Still looking for my 540, and running out of time. I hope I can find one before I have to resort to a GS Our kid is almost coming (April 15) so I am really running out of time.
Wish me luck
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