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post #31 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-26-2003, 08:28 PM
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I had a 1983 henna red 320is with black interior and Recaro seats for about 10 years and had a great time with it. Sold it and bought a Honda Accord for reliability purposes while attending school.

About 4 weeks ago I test drove a 330ia, 525ia,and a 530ia. The 330ia was quick little car but too stiff riding for comfort, the 525 a tad underpowered and the 7 series wasn’t an option so I chose a Titanium Silver 530ia with light grey leather interior with darkwood, premium, sport & prem. sound packages, parking distance control (PDC), active cruise, xenon adaptive headlights and the fold down rear seats. I took delivery on 12/12.

It's been in the shop twice to adjust the hood latch (they put small 3 scratches on the hood and scuffed the light grey leather door panel-they'll be working on those next week), and once to replace the passenger air bag sensor. The latest problem is happening only when started cold and sounds like something rattling in the front of the motor. Belt lube was applied the first time it was looked at but the sound came back after a couple of days. It will be in the shop next Monday and kept overnight because the problem is only heard when cold starting.

Other than that it drives and handles superbly (especially in the sport mode) in all types of weather (wind, rain, heat- no snow). Its been up to 85mph (I was told to keep it under 100 and not use the active cruise for the first 500 miles). The active steering/sport suspension, PDC, prem. sound are abolutely first rate and make driving a real pleasure. The active roll stabilization and 18" tires allow you to essentially make a right turn at 80mph with feeling a minor amount of body lean. At lower speeds it's absolutely rock solid. For such a "big" car as has been commented on previously, it drives (and stops) like a car half its size

The iDrive is easy to use and makes setting your driving system to your specs very smooth. You can detail the setup for many, many items and make the car work the way you want it to. I haven't experienced the memory seat problem but will be testing it further.

Also applied to the car was the "clear bra" by Envisage Design Labs on the front and rear bumpers, hood, rocker panels, front splash guards, and other smaller scratch prone areas (door cups, around the trunk keyhole, door edges). Daniel was great to work with.

Oh, by the way, at 80mph in the regular drive mode it gets over 35 miles to the gallon.

This is my first post so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Hope this helps.

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I just bought a '04 530i about 1.5 weeks ago. The first day owning it I experienced a static sound across the audio system that would not go away until the next time I drove it. This has sinced happened 3 times. Next, my key would not work remotely when I tried to use it after leaving work. Several times this has happened.
I called my BMW dealership and took it in. They told me there is a "bulletin" on the audio issue and the corporate technicians are "working on the issue". What ever that means.
They told me they could not replicate the key issue and that the car would not give them any error codes. They reset my key code and said it was probably user error. ??? Um, I think I know how to work a remote key.
Since receiving my car back yesterday I have experienced the key issue 2 more times. I have to manually unlock the door or trunk when the issue occurs.
Has anyone else experienced these problems? I think I am going to go into BMW and raise hell and demand they give me a new car or my money back.
This issue is very unfortunate because I love the car. Love the active steering at low speeds. That's what the active steering is designed for...to give a true steering ration at low speeds so the driver doesn't have to swing the wheel around 2 revolutions to make a u-turn. I recommend people give the steering a little time to adjust. After the brain is re-trained the steering should seem wonderful.
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Originally posted by beachluke@Jan 8 2004, 04:09 AM
The first day owning it I experienced a static sound across the audio system that would not go away until the next time I drove it. This has sinced happened 3 times.
I've had the same issue since last November. Still waiting on BMW for a "fix". First they told me it was a bad phone unit, and that it was backordered. Now they are telling it is a software upgrade and they are "working" on it...
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03&04Owner, at least the BMW engineer was able to see the same problem occur. But as long as these cars have been out, I'm suprised they haven't already come up with a fix by now. (ther than different wheels and tires). You would think that a different dampening in the shocks or a different spring setup would help, if not fix this problem. I wonder if there are any owners out there who have already gone to aftermarket spring/shock setups and if they are still experienceing these problems after the switch.

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*Digs up old thread*

We are currently deciding between a 2003 540i (M Sports Pkg, Steptronic) and a 2004 530i. Any opinions and/or things we should ask about before buying.

(A little story about the local Mercedes dealership: My father was going to buy a 2001~2002 Mercedes and when he walked into the dealership (with my mother, who goes car shopping with thier wife if they are not serious?) and the people there told him to go away and just gave him a brouchure. So they went to the BMW dealership and never looked back.)
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The arrogance of the mercedes dealership here is the reason we are driving bmw today. We went into the dealership in the late 80&#39;s, the salespeople saw us, told us they would be right with us, but 30 minutes later, no one had spoken to us. we went to one of the bmw dealerships, bought a 1988 528, then a couple of months later, bought a 325 and we&#39;ve never looked back. We&#39;re on our third set of a 5 and a 3.

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Yeah, the people at the BMW dealership basically said that they close when the last customer leaves (after normal closing hours of course). For my &#39;89 300SE I&#39;ve found a nice, small dealership that deals with and repairs the older models mainly. The people there are very polite and do excellent work.

Back to the main question:
2003 540i w/ Sports Pkg, Steptronic, 12k mi
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2004 530i w/ Premium sound & no sports pkg.
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The best answer depends on many factors, not just the few attributes you listed, and ultimately you will have to choose for yourself.
  • 2003 vs 2004
  • 540i vs 530i
  • old style vs new style (your preference)
  • 12k miles vs no miles (how comfortable are you with 12k miles?)
  • second hand vs new (how comfortable are you with used cars?)
  • sports package vs premium sound (how important is sports package vs sound?)
  • steptronic vs ?? (do you want the steptronic on the 530?)
  • price of 540i used vs price of 530i new (probably plenty of room on used 540i for negotiating price)
  • other options already on 540i vs other options already on 530i
You see, there&#39;s no way I can answer this for you in a way that will fully satisfy your needs, wants, and budget. The E39 is mature and has "all the bugs worked out" -- or at least 99.9% of them. The E60 has relatively little field-history and probably some growing pains.

Test drive them both on city roads and on the freeway, preferably under calm and windy conditions. You have the option to lease a 530i for a couple of years if you&#39;re concerned about bugs in the new model. If you really like the power, price, and style of the 2003 540i, then that&#39;s your car.
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good answer&#33;

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Hey everyone,
I have owned my E60 for a month now, I could not be more satisfied. Yes problems do occur, but that doesn&#39;t mean that BMW has failed to put their ideas together. Do you think a company like BMW would release a product to the market without enough QA/QC. This is BMW we are talking about here.
Before getting my E60 I was an Audi owner, I still admire the Audi and I couldn&#39;t agree with you more about them getting on top, but Mercedes Benz I don&#39;t think so. My friend had all the problems in the wolrd in his new C-class, he bought a 2001 when it was released and 16 months later he got sick, it was spending more time at the dealership garage than on the streets. But anyway, coming from an x-audi owner I tell you i wouldn&#39;t have went for the E60 if i haven&#39;t read and tested it. Yes i would have goen for the new A6 if it was out, but the E60 is satisfying my needs for now.
Hoapfully ther will be no recalls for this model.
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1st year models always have "bugs" that need to be worked out.
If you really want a more stable ride, you should always wait until the 2nd or 3rd year of a new model. This goes for all manufacturers. Just check the recall notices on the fed websites.

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Originally posted by Desert530@Feb 24 2004, 12:57 AM
Hey everyone,
I have owned my E60 for a month now, I could not be more satisfied. Yes problems do occur, but that doesn&#39;t mean that BMW has failed to put their ideas together. Do you think a company like BMW would release a product to the market without enough QA/QC. This is BMW we are talking about here.
Before getting my E60 I was an Audi owner, I still admire the Audi and I couldn&#39;t agree with you more about them getting on top, but Mercedes Benz I don&#39;t think so. My friend had all the problems in the wolrd in his new C-class, he bought a 2001 when it was released and 16 months later he got sick, it was spending more time at the dealership garage than on the streets. But anyway, coming from an x-audi owner I tell you i wouldn&#39;t have went for the E60 if i haven&#39;t read and tested it. Yes i would have goen for the new A6 if it was out, but the E60 is satisfying my needs for now.
Hoapfully ther will be no recalls for this model.
I agree with your statements about Mercedes product quality in recent years. The previous E-class ranked near the very bottom for interior build quality according to J. D. Power surveys. Based on the direct experience of my family members and a few close friends, I can see why. When redesigning the E-class, Mercedes paid particular attention to interior parts quality and fit-and-finish. I haven&#39;t bothered to look at a Mercedes in 5 years (i.e. visit a dealership or ride in someone&#39;s new model) so I cannot say whether or not they have succeeded, but magazine writers generally agree that quality has improved. But their styling is still so conservative that the only model that excites me is the new SL Convertible. Wow, beautiful and grand. Too bad the only desirable Mercedes for me starts at &#036;80,000.
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I haven&#39;t driven in a strong wind yet. I do know that the steering is very sensitive.
You really have to keep a very steady hand on the steering wheel because any slight movement will change the direction of the car.

I use the Active Cruise on the highway so I can concentrate on keeping the car tracking steady.

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Thanks for the pictures&#33; *drool*

Is that a clear-bra they&#39;re putting on the SL55? Have you had direct experience with it and/or applied it to your E60?
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