5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
I received the long-awaited call from my dealer today saying my built-to-order BMW had just been unloaded onto their parking lot. I was expecting to receive the car in early May, so imagine my surprise!
The car drives very well and has one heck of a powerplant. Push the pedal a little hard to see what the thing can do and the power rushes forth. The stick shift, as with all stick shifts, requires you to find the smooth-shift areas (releasing the clutch at the right RPM). Throws are short, but could be a little bit shorter.
As promised I will tell you a bit about the head-up display. First though, with the nav option, the iDrive screen is full-width (maybe 3 inches wider than the screen on your car) and has two segments. The left segment is two-thirds of the width while the right segment is a smaller one-third width. Different information can be displayed in the two segments simultaneously. For example, you can display the navigation route map on the left and estimated arrival time and other stats on the right. Or you can display a route map on the right and play with the entertainment, climate, and other settings on the left.
The head-up display works remarkably well. Focus is quite good and I have so far counted three colors -- this is the world's first multi-color head-up display. The display is a dot-matrix device rather than a "segment" type device like the old digital watches. Hence, the head-up system can project any graphics image by addressing individual pixels.
Speed, navigation, warnings, and errors are projected, complete with icons.
Finally, there is a voice command system that can perform many of the operations that are available through the iDrive joystick. For example, saying:
Turn Radio On
will, of course, do just that. Similarly you can say:
to start playing the 4th CD in the 6-disc changer. The owner's manual is nicely done, but I need to go through it to figure everything out.
The nav system, by the way, is quite a bit more refined than the E39 and gives out more complete verbal instructions. For instance, the E39 nav system might say "Take the second street on the right", but on the E60 it will also speak many of the street names. One feature seems to be lacking compared with the E39: when you have arrived at your destination, the E39 system further tells you whether the destination is on the left or right side of the road. The E60 system as far can I can tell, does not do this.
And finally, to avoid tire-replacement sticker shock, I purchased a 5-year tire warranty for $299 that will repair or replace any tire or tires at no charge and with no deductible.
Price was just a tad above $70,000 with sales tax and registration.
I developed a pretty good rapport with my dealer. From the beginning he showed interest, courtesy, and surprisingly good maturity. I especially like to see maturity in the people I deal with. When I took delivery last week, I don't know who was more excited -- me or him. He likes his job and he likes to see happy customers.
I purchased my car from BMW of Fremont which is owned by AutoNation. We have two large BMW dealerships in the south bay and a couple of smaller ones. Stevens Creek and BMW of Fremont are the largest. I have to say, though, that the dealer I met at Stevens Creek was the best I've ever encountered. I would have signed the deal with him if his dealership would have worked with me on price negotiation.
I should say that the finance guy at BMW of Fremont was also good to work with. No B.S. and a good explanation of everything I had to sign.
I had always taken my previous 530i to this dealership for service so I can say that the service department is also quite good, but I don't see two or three of the regular service reps that I had gotten to know. Those guys were just great. If a bulb went bad or other minor problem arose, they would just walk over, fix the problem, and send me back on my way...no paperwork, no appointment. And on most occasions when the car needed more time-consuming maintenance, their on-time record was flawless.
Having said all this, I know that different people will report different experiences from the same dealership. Treatment can and does vary, but I think most dealerships want to provide a good experience to their customers.
Originally posted by CosmosBlack@Apr 13 2004, 02:41 PM Congratulations ksv!!! I got to test drive the 545i 6speed a few weeks ago, alone, and of course got to do whatever I wanted! It is an impressive and adrenalin-pumping car...Enjoy it!
Thanks. I fear I might succumb to the call of the M5. Please keep that beast away from me!
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