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#1 (permalink) Old 07-11-2004, 06:51 PM
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Hello everybody. I am looking at purchasing the 5 Series BMW (probably the 525 because I am on a budget and I cannot get the 530 or higher.)

I was wondering, I have read online that bluetooth or a hands free cell phone kit is available for the 5 series. The local BMW dealer told me that the bluetooth is not available. Does anybody know for sure?

How exactly does BMW Assist work? From what I read, if you want concierge services, you must call on your own cell phone... Onstar uses a microphone built in the car.... hmm??

What do you guys overall think of the car? How is the standard sound system?

I am planning on the 525i with cold weather, premium package, automatic transmission, xenon adaptive headlights, and the navigation system... good package? What should I expect to actually pay? I do not know if BMW will negotiate prices or not like other dealers....?? Am I missing something that you feel is absolutely necessary?

Do you like the "idrive" system??? From reviews they say it is very complicated and frustrating to use...

How is the navigation system? I have been using the system offered in the acura vehicles.

How will the car handle in the snow? I live in michigan so I would have liked to have all wheel drive, but if it isnt going to have major problems driving then i dont really care.

Would you rather have the 2004 3 series FULLY loaded or the 525 I described above? Personally I like the exterior design of the 5 series but what do you think??

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First off, I would take the 3-series because I don't think the 525i is powerful enough, but then I think anything less than 0-60 in about 6 seconds is weak...but that's just me. I know not everybody drives like that Also, you can get more cool stuff for the same money if you get a 3-series (and a more powerful engine) as opposed to a 5.

That said, the new 5 certainly is sexy, so if you're set on getting one here's what I recommend. If you must get the 525, at least get a manual so that it's a bit faster. I have no idea what the price difference is between 525/530, but I guess it's significant, huh? Now I don't know what you think of the previous 5 series, but something else you may want to think about it spending your money on a one or two year old certified pre-owned BMW. Those are effective brand-new cars anyway, and with the same amount of money as you might cough up for a brand new 525 you could get a more powerful 530i or even 540i through CPO.

As far as bluetooth, your dealer is lying. It is available. I just sat in an E60 last week that had bluetooth.

I can't help you with BMW Assist, I don't know anything about it.

Navigation--I don't have very much experience with BMW nav, but I know that Acura's and Lexus's are the best and BMW is not as intuitive as theirs. It's useable, just not as well-designed.

Snow...one thing I was pleasantly surprised about with BMW. I thought it would be a nightmare to have a rear-drive car in the snow (I live in northern Indiana, close to you), but with BMW's awesome traction and stability system it's really quite easy to control the car. You just have to drive cautiously, of course, but it's entirely manageable.

So, the 5's a great choice, but if I were restricted to the 525 I'd go for a more powerful 3-series. But then if you're not one to drive hard, the 525 could be perfect for you. Good luck, and let us know what you choose!

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The 525 was not quick enough for me. Even the 530 is just okay as far as acceleration. The 545 is the way to go. As far as handling, top speed, luxury, etc. it's great. I have had a bunch of irritating, on-going problems. I probably would wait until well into the 2005 model year to buy one to get past the first year glitches.

The 5 is much bigger inside, especially the rear seats. The ride is much better (the 5 is a much heavier car) than the 3.

Otherwise get the fastest, loaded 3 series you can afford. I'm sure the 330 performance would be a great handling, pretty quick car.

Not withstanding the above, all this depends on how you drive and what you expect from a car.

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for some very good tech info on bluetooth, check out this link<---.

For some owner comparisons of 3 and 5 series check out this link<---.

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thanks for the info

now as far as the bluetooth is concerned... i read a few things there... and the dealer as i mentioned said i cant get bluetooth...

so now i understand i can add BMW bluetooth to the car even if i have the navigation/idrive system... correct? how much should i be expecting to pay for it? how does it work?... in the acura TL it displays the number you are calling where your guages are and on the navi screen also... does it do the same in the 5 series?

is XM radio an option in the 5 series??
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