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bmwguynj
03-22-2005, 09:49 PM
I am in a 330i Sport now and love this car, but with a little baby and maybe more on the way in the near future, I need a larger mid-size sedan like the 5 series.

I am very excited about the upgraded / new 6 Cylinder enginer with it's new enhancements and the additional HP. The current 6 cylinder is great, but the new one is only going to be better.

You can even put your order in now for March / April production to be delivered at the end of May / beginning of June time frame (xi's to be a little later).

I love the 530i with the Sports Package!

Is anyone one on here getting the 2006 530i / 530xi or already have one on order and as excited as I am (especially if you were finally waiting for an AWD version for the 5 series?)

MarcusSDCA
03-22-2005, 10:23 PM
I might consider getting one with manual tranny but I need to test drive it first. It should be a little rocket and I think a great alternative to my 545 automatic.

bmwguynj
03-22-2005, 10:26 PM
I might consider getting one with manual tranny but I need to test drive it first. It should be a little rocket and I think a great alternative to my 545 automatic.

Hey if I had a 545 already, I wouldn't need a 2006 530i.

You can't be thinking about replacing your 545 with a 530 right? Maybe you thinking about adding it to your collection or for the wife?

I too expect the 530i (although not a 545) to be like a rocket!

MarcusSDCA
03-22-2005, 10:33 PM
a. no wife
b. I was thinking about getting back to a manual trans. and the new 255hp 6 might be plenty of power for a manual trans.
c. my 545 is fast but the transmission (steptronic) is kind of weird and not as smooth as I like...I'm really frustrated with it. My 2001 330i/auto was MUCH smoother

stylinexpat
03-23-2005, 03:24 AM
Everyone is excited about the new Lexus IS350 and possible a IS 430... Those two cars will do quite well in sales

http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/lexus_is/pages/1.htm

bmwguynj
03-23-2005, 06:13 AM
a. no wife
b. I was thinking about getting back to a manual trans. and the new 255hp 6 might be plenty of power for a manual trans.
c. my 545 is fast but the transmission (steptronic) is kind of weird and not as smooth as I like...I'm really frustrated with it. My 2001 330i/auto was MUCH smoother

The new 6 Cylinder with 255HP is every enticing. I enjoy the current 225 HP version, but it would be even better with this additional HP and enhancemnts. I can't wait to drive one.

I would still love a 545 with all that power, but it's expensive and I may not need all that power. My brother has a 545 and says it's awesome, but he does complain about the hesistation or lurch when at idle or accelerating, which has come up with other 545 owners, but this may not be your case.

bmwguynj
03-23-2005, 06:14 AM
Everyone is excited about the new Lexus IS350 and possible a IS 430... Those two cars will do quite well in sales

http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/lexus_is/pages/1.htm

The IS revamp is nice (I too am a Lexus owner - 05 GX470), however it's too small for me that is why the 5 Series or the new Lexus GS is what I am looking at.

These days it's good to be the consumer, since there are so many great choices for us out there.

MarcusSDCA
03-23-2005, 08:20 AM
Everyone is excited about the new Lexus IS350 and possible a IS 430... Those two cars will do quite well in sales

http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/lexus_is/pages/1.htm


Boy, did they totally rip-off the Bangle E60 design on this one or what???

BMW528i_Bilal
03-23-2005, 08:29 AM
a. no wife
b. I was thinking about getting back to a manual trans. and the new 255hp 6 might be plenty of power for a manual trans.
c. my 545 is fast but the transmission (steptronic) is kind of weird and not as smooth as I like...I'm really frustrated with it. My 2001 330i/auto was MUCH smoother

plus you save money at the pumps.. :thumbup:

abqhudson
03-23-2005, 11:19 AM
I'm thinking about stepping up to a 5 series, so I am very interested in driving the new motor. My guess: little difference in the driveability of the new motor because HP at the lower RPMs will be little different from the 225 hp motor and the torque is almost the same. HP hype will probably impact sales. 0-60 times differences - old motor vs new motor will probably be minimal. I am concerned about the driveability of the run flat tires which will be standard on the new motor - noise and harshness??? There may be good reasons to find a used 530i, but, I will reserve final judgement till I drive the new car - and the new 3 series. Just my .02.

Jim

Patrick
03-23-2005, 11:21 AM
Nothing against the E60/61 530i/530d/530xi, but after driving the 535dA Touring, I am excited to hopefully have a chance to drive a 545i Touring.

And extremely frightened at the same time. :eek:


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bmwguynj
03-23-2005, 01:45 PM
I'm thinking about stepping up to a 5 series, so I am very interested in driving the new motor. My guess: little difference in the driveability of the new motor because HP at the lower RPMs will be little different from the 225 hp motor and the torque is almost the same. HP hype will probably impact sales. 0-60 times differences - old motor vs new motor will probably be minimal. I am concerned about the driveability of the run flat tires which will be standard on the new motor - noise and harshness??? There may be good reasons to find a used 530i, but, I will reserve final judgement till I drive the new car - and the new 3 series. Just my .02.

Jim

There is no reason to get a used old gen 530i, if you can get the latest 530i. If you like the exterior of the current 5 series, than it's a no brainer, get the new one. There are still people that don't like the new 5 series exterior, but it'll grow on you. I already have a 2001 530i and it looks very outdated already compared to the current 5 series.

Patrick
03-23-2005, 02:33 PM
Because it's uglier than a monkey's ass?

My favorite quote is still, "It looks like an E39 that was pushed through a sphincter."

Wow. TD has hacked rumratt's account ... :rolleyes:


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E39spd
03-23-2005, 08:19 PM
Boy, did they totally rip-off the Bangle E60 design on this one or what???Actually, the boys over at Acura TL's forum say they ripped off the TL :rofl:

Only reason I am not excited about AWD is how it looks on the outside, but it is growing on me, maybe by the refresh I'll have gotten used to it. The 525 with the 16" wheels just does not fit the image of the car.

TXE39
03-23-2005, 09:06 PM
I really don't have a problem with the exterior of the E60. It's the inside that bugs me to no end. I just don't like it. That's where I spend most of the time with the car so that's where it's most important to me.

So I'll do one more E39 (although this time dressed in ///M) and try to maybe catch an '06 E60 M5 when they start to come off lease. By then I'll be over the interior probably. I could probably put up with any interior for 500hp and a 7spd SMG :thumbup:

MarcusSDCA
03-23-2005, 10:26 PM
I really don't have a problem with the exterior of the E60. It's the inside that bugs me to no end. I just don't like it. That's where I spend most of the time with the car so that's where it's most important to me.

So I'll do one more E39 (although this time dressed in ///M) and try to maybe catch an '06 E60 M5 when they start to come off lease. By then I'll be over the interior probably. I could probably put up with any interior for 500hp and a 7spd SMG :thumbup:

I have a black interior on my E60 and I think it softens the dramatic design elements in the dash that turn some people off. With a beige interior, for example, the flatness and "wave" in the dash are accentuated and if you don't like it it looks REALLY bad. The other reason many don't like the interior is the flatness and central position of the I-Drive screen. BMW had to decide if the front passenger was going to have equal access to the I-drive and therefore went with the "flat-centered" design. I think it makes some sense to let the passenger enter navigation information rather than the driver given the "driver distraction" potential. The screen needs to be high up so the driver's eyes are moving the shortest distance from the road ahead. I think there's more to the E60 interior than artistic abandon....there are some practical considerations engineered into it.

TXE39
03-24-2005, 01:27 PM
I have a black interior on my E60 and I think it softens the dramatic design elements in the dash that turn some people off. With a beige interior, for example, the flatness and "wave" in the dash are accentuated and if you don't like it it looks REALLY bad. The other reason many don't like the interior is the flatness and central position of the I-Drive screen. BMW had to decide if the front passenger was going to have equal access to the I-drive and therefore went with the "flat-centered" design. I think it makes some sense to let the passenger enter navigation information rather than the driver given the "driver distraction" potential. The screen needs to be high up so the driver's eyes are moving the shortest distance from the road ahead. I think there's more to the E60 interior than artistic abandon....there are some practical considerations engineered into it.

I guess I've only seen light colored interiors so far. I typically only buy black interior so I'll be sure to think about it the next time I'm at the dealer and look for one. Most likely no matter how I feel about it now I'll be able to handle it in an M5.

MarcusSDCA
03-24-2005, 01:55 PM
You and me both.

dagoo98
03-24-2005, 02:04 PM
Because it's uglier than a monkey's ass?

My favorite quote is still, "It looks like an E39 that was pushed through a sphincter."

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Kaari
03-24-2005, 02:13 PM
Because it's uglier than a monkey's ass?

My favorite quote is still, "It looks like an E39 that was pushed through a sphincter."


Agreed.
Looks like a "refined" pontiac!

Marba
03-25-2005, 12:37 AM
Buy one E60 530i manual and enjoy it. Don't listen to this sph. thing:D

buckerine
03-25-2005, 08:17 AM
Different strokes for different folks. I think the new design looks great. Very aggressive.

bmwguynj
03-25-2005, 08:49 PM
Agreed.
Looks like a "refined" pontiac!

Dude you have a 2000 5 series, I have a 2001 5 series. It's time to get with the times. BOTH our 5 series are outdated (your even more than mine).

Especially when the new 6 cylinder engines comes out in for the 2006 MY. It's time for a change and if you don't like the new 5 series, where else are you going to go? You know you can't be happy with anything but the 5 series at this time.

jmdhuse
05-29-2005, 01:49 PM
Picked it up Friday night and boy is it nice. Sport package and 6spd manual transmission... what can I say - I like driving a stick and didn't want to learn a new way... It is *serious* fun to drive.

Cheers, Jon.

wagonman
05-29-2005, 10:05 PM
why wouldnt any one be excited about the 2006 530i. more power/more torque better fuel economy...sounds all around better to me. i know there are alot of 545 fans out there but for my $, the 530 is the way to go. isnt bmw known for the silky smooth inline 6s? this latest engine is perhaps the most refined 6 cylinder bmw has ever made..ps. i opted for the wagon on two counts. 1) it looks better than the sedan 2) practicality.

ChiefBlueBimmer
05-31-2005, 10:29 AM
why wouldnt any one be excited about the 2006 530i. more power/more torque better fuel economy...sounds all around better to me. i know there are alot of 545 fans out there but for my $, the 530 is the way to go. isnt bmw known for the silky smooth inline 6s? this latest engine is perhaps the most refined 6 cylinder bmw has ever made..ps. i opted for the wagon on two counts. 1) it looks better than the sedan 2) practicality.

I was interested in a 2006 530i myself, but just took delivery (Friday) of a black sapphire 2005 545i with automatic, cold weather, nav, and Logic 7. Initial impressions:

1. Car is a rocket ship. Will blow the doors off my other Bimmer, a 2004 330i coupe, which has become the wife's car. Seats very comfortable.

2. Gas mileage (after 200 miles), based upon the readout in the dash, is around 22.5 mpg overall. That's combined in-town suburban driving and highway, and is surprisingly good -- as good as my 3-series, in fact. Really too early to tell, though.

3. iDrive is a major pain in the butt. It failed to recognize the CD player in the dash, and wouldn't eject the CD already in the slot. I restarted the car and all was well.

Ågent99
05-31-2005, 11:14 AM
I have to be honest here, I'm wondering if I really need the V8 BMW! The torque is neck-snapping and neat but my fuel economy has dropped (comparing to my I6 below) and I'm not sure I'm too happy about that.

We'll see...I may dump the 545i and look into a new 530i!! hahaha...it could happen...it could happen....

Nero530i
06-04-2005, 09:08 PM
When I bought my 2003 E39, I did so after I saw the E60 which is well interesting. Plus you pay approximately 7k more for what exactly? I will admit that the upgraded engine is worth the price point, but the original E60 is not - - especially with "idiot drive".

Basically its an each to his own, but the bottom line is that the E39 set the standard for the four door sport sedan and now the E60 was beaten by an infiniti (Road & Track) Yikes. I never thought I would see the day when I would rather buy a Cadillac V than a real BMW 5. With respect to the "dated" comments regarding the E39, when its upgraded with an M5 look, you cannot be serious about it being "outdated".

So I don't get flamed, I do like the way the new 6 looks and the 3 is not bad. However, the 5 has hit as much criticism as the new 7 which surprise surprise was redesigned on its butt ugly ass end.

wagonman
06-04-2005, 10:34 PM
When I bought my 2003 E39, I did so after I saw the E60 which is well interesting. Plus you pay approximately 7k more for what exactly? I will admit that the upgraded engine is worth the price point, but the original E60 is not - - especially with "idiot drive".

Basically its an each to his own, but the bottom line is that the E39 set the standard for the four door sport sedan and now the E60 was beaten by an infiniti (Road & Track) Yikes. I never thought I would see the day when I would rather buy a Cadillac V than a real BMW 5. With respect to the "dated" comments regarding the E39, when its upgraded with an M5 look, you cannot be serious about it being "outdated".

So I don't get flamed, I do like the way the new 6 looks and the 3 is not bad. However, the 5 has hit as much criticism as the new 7 which surprise surprise was redesigned on its butt ugly ass end.
the wagon looks better--by far, the elongated body styl takes the girth out of the sides that is so objectionable in the 5 sedan.

dbansal
06-06-2005, 10:44 AM
Hey man, i got the new 06 530i. Its awesome! So smooth!!

melhadri
06-18-2005, 10:20 PM
I currently have a 2003 BMW 540. I like the new 5-series models however, I had been eyeing up a Lexus for some time. Instead, I went ahead and bought a 2006 Lexus GS430....its so smooth and looks/feels extremely sharp. I like the change. :)

milescortez
06-22-2005, 01:21 PM
I am waiting on a 2006 530xi (I live in Denver so we get alot of snow). I can't wait...loved the way it drove, my Palm Treo650 works fine with the bluetooth at least for making and receiving calls. I want to know where I can get a manual online so I can read the damn thing before the car gets here from Germany---any and all help greatly appreciated.

flash508614
06-22-2005, 06:25 PM
My 2006 530i just arrived at my Fairfax dealer. I pick it up Friday, 6/24/05. Sold my 2004 to different dealer (the one I bought it from). If you haven't driven it, you can't imagine. I can't imagine buying a 545 with what the new 530 has to offer. I originally looked to replace current car with 530xi since weather is a factor. When I found sport package is not an option on xi, I quickly deferred. Sport is a must. 2004 530 was a different vehicle in sport. Low end torque and increased horsepower in 2006 make it more than you need in most locations. In Germany, I would definitely go for the 545, but not here. Active steering this year is separate option from sport, so make sure to add it. I drove everything else to be sure this was the upgrade I wanted... no comparisons...

flash508614
06-22-2005, 06:43 PM
My 2006 530i just arrived at my Fairfax dealer. I pick it up Friday, 6/24/05. Sold my 2004 to different dealer (the one I bought it from). If you haven't driven it, you can't imagine. I can't imagine buying a 545 with what the new 530 has to offer. I originally looked to replace current car with 530xi since weather is a factor. When I found sport package is not an option on xi, I quickly deferred. Sport is a must. 2004 530 was a different vehicle in sport. Low end torque and increased horsepower in 2006 make it more than you need in most locations. In Germany, I would definitely go for the 545, but not here. Active steering this year is separate option from sport, so make sure to add it. I drove everything else to be sure this was the upgrade I wanted... no comparisons...

stewthebassman
06-22-2005, 07:08 PM
I am waiting on a 2006 530xi (I live in Denver so we get alot of snow). I can't wait...loved the way it drove, my Palm Treo650 works fine with the bluetooth at least for making and receiving calls. I want to know where I can get a manual online so I can read the damn thing before the car gets here from Germany---any and all help greatly appreciated.

Miles, ask your dealer. For the money you're paying, I'm sure he can dig out a manual for you to read while you wait. Mine did!

njbimmerman
06-22-2005, 07:15 PM
why wouldnt any one be excited about the 2006 530i. more power/more torque better fuel economy...sounds all around better to me. i know there are alot of 545 fans out there but for my $, the 530 is the way to go. isnt bmw known for the silky smooth inline 6s? this latest engine is perhaps the most refined 6 cylinder bmw has ever made..ps. i opted for the wagon on two counts. 1) it looks better than the sedan 2) practicality.


Looks MUCH better than the sedan IMHO :thumbup:

njbimmerman
06-22-2005, 07:19 PM
My 2006 530i just arrived at my Fairfax dealer. I pick it up Friday, 6/24/05. Sold my 2004 to different dealer (the one I bought it from). If you haven't driven it, you can't imagine. I can't imagine buying a 545 with what the new 530 has to offer. I originally looked to replace current car with 530xi since weather is a factor. When I found sport package is not an option on xi, I quickly deferred. Sport is a must. 2004 530 was a different vehicle in sport. Low end torque and increased horsepower in 2006 make it more than you need in most locations. In Germany, I would definitely go for the 545, but not here. Active steering this year is separate option from sport, so make sure to add it. I drove everything else to be sure this was the upgrade I wanted... no comparisons...

So what did you think of the Active Steering?
Haven't driven it but have read negative reviews.

fm_illuminatus
06-22-2005, 10:24 PM
I'm excited, I'm leasing a 530xit. It should be in by the first week of July.

bmwguynj
06-26-2005, 04:01 PM
I am truly torn, my practical side says get the 530xi with AWD so I don't have to worry during the winter months when it snows and I am on my way to or home from work. It'll also be safer for my kid if she is in the car with me. No Brainer, right?

I also love the BMW Sports Packages (330i Sport now). The 18" rims with those nice thick tires makes the car. You just want it more sportier. However it's not safe in the winter, but how often does it snow in a NJ winter.

Maybe I have to buy a beater 4 x 4 truck on the side along with the BMW 530i with Sports Package?

njbimmerman
06-27-2005, 05:54 AM
[QUOTE=bmwguynj]Iowever it's not safe in the winter, but how often does it snow in a NJ winter.
QUOTE]

Let me tell you, having had a rear-wheel drive BMW for the last 14 years in NJ with 3-7 snowstorms each season, you don't want a RWD bimmer. Now, I've also driven more modern RWD bimmers (3-5 years old) with all the electronic stuff. Even they are not very good when there is snow, ice, etc. Especially when there is traffic backed up on a hill in bad weather. The cars tend to fishtail and that's with snow tires all around and a couple of bags of kitty litter in the trunk. :eek:

That's why my next BMW will be AWD (either 530XiT or 325XiT).
ED of course.
:thumbup:

hpowders
06-27-2005, 05:32 PM
I have to be honest here, I'm wondering if I really need the V8 BMW! The torque is neck-snapping and neat but my fuel economy has dropped (comparing to my I6 below) and I'm not sure I'm too happy about that.

We'll see...I may dump the 545i and look into a new 530i!! hahaha...it could happen...it could happen....

It will never happen......it will never happen..... :thumbup:

hpowders
06-27-2005, 05:37 PM
I currently have a 2003 BMW 540. I like the new 5-series models however, I had been eyeing up a Lexus for some time. Instead, I went ahead and bought a 2006 Lexus GS430....its so smooth and looks/feels extremely sharp. I like the change. :)

Wow! I tried the GS430 and found the steering wishy-washy and the brakes extremely grabby much like the 2006 330i's brakes. Also I couldn't adjust the seat to get comfortable. These 3 things eliminated the car from consideration.
I ordered the 545i instead. :dunno:

EuroRocket
06-27-2005, 10:03 PM
I think the 530xi is good for the snow.. because on dry weather states u dont really need the AWD unless in the rain.

njbimmerman
06-28-2005, 07:37 AM
Wow! I tried the GS430 and found the steering wishy-washy and the brakes extremely grabby much like the 2006 330i's brakes. Also I couldn't adjust the seat to get comfortable. These 3 things eliminated the car from consideration.
I ordered the 545i instead. :dunno:

Interesting. When I test drove the 2006 330 a couple of weeks ago, the brakes felt "grabby". Does this get better with time?

wagonman
06-28-2005, 08:04 AM
who lives in any kind of area with bad weather would do well to get the xi. if you can live without active steering and anti-roll stabilzation like me, why not get teh x drive? it handles like a rear wheel drive car most of the time. as i understand it, the x-drive only kicks in when neccesary. this is the best of all worlds if you ask me. i cannot imagine a RWD bimmer even with snows all around feeling good in the snow/ice. give me x-drive if i live in the north...

hpowders
06-28-2005, 08:10 AM
Interesting. When I test drove the 2006 330 a couple of weeks ago, the brakes felt "grabby". Does this get better with time?

I don't know but the overly sensitive brakes were enough of a turn-off to eliminate the car from consideration. I also found the 2006 330i disappointingly slow off the line.
I selected the 545i instead. :thumbup:

abqhudson
06-28-2005, 09:00 AM
Originally Posted by njbimmerman
"Interesting. When I test drove the 2006 330 a couple of weeks ago, the brakes felt "grabby". Does this get better with time?"

Just replace the dirty OEM brake pads with a low dust pad (Axxis) and the grabby will go away.

Jim

bmwguynj
06-29-2005, 05:22 PM
OK, the 530xi seems like a no brainer for those NJ winters and the standard 17" rims look decent. The 18s still look better.

bmwguynj
10-02-2005, 06:38 PM
The day has come and my dream has become reality:

Link to all the info is below:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113683

tcoz
10-05-2005, 02:36 PM
After a week with my new 530xi Touring, I can tell you that I'm really excited. Perfect balance of sport and luxury and I agree with wagonman about it looking better than the sedan. It might not be quite as nimble as my 03 325i, but it's sure a lot more comfortable and seems quite a bit quicker even with the xtra weight. Also, I don't understand all the negatiivity toward iDrive. I easily set most of the options without even looking at the manual and now I really use it almost exclusively for entertainment or A/C vent settings.

bjf123
10-06-2005, 10:09 AM
I've had my 525xi for about a month now (turned in a '99 323i), and love it. I also test drove the 530xi. It definitely had more power and better acceleration. I just didn't think it was worth another $4,000.

bmwguynj
10-06-2005, 12:10 PM
After a week with my new 530xi Touring, I can tell you that I'm really excited. Perfect balance of sport and luxury and I agree with wagonman about it looking better than the sedan. It might not be quite as nimble as my 03 325i, but it's sure a lot more comfortable and seems quite a bit quicker even with the xtra weight. Also, I don't understand all the negatiivity toward iDrive. I easily set most of the options without even looking at the manual and now I really use it almost exclusively for entertainment or A/C vent settings.

I have to agree with your statement "the perfect balance of sport & luxury" for the 530xi or xit, however the 550i would have been awesome too!

The xi is fairly quick and smooth and I love the look of it (different than everything else that is out there).

bmwguynj
10-06-2005, 12:10 PM
I've had my 525xi for about a month now (turned in a '99 323i), and love it. I also test drove the 530xi. It definitely had more power and better acceleration. I just didn't think it was worth another $4,000.

Congrats to you too, the AWD xi is a great vehicle and we will all be tested soon when it starts snowing this winter!

jaro
10-09-2005, 04:40 PM
cant simly decide which car to go for. I'll need to test drive both. Sure 550 will be fast considering howfat the 545 was. Is the 10k or so premim worth 1 second better 0-60?

bmwguynj
10-09-2005, 05:14 PM
cant simly decide which car to go for. I'll need to test drive both. Sure 550 will be fast considering howfat the 545 was. Is the 10k or so premim worth 1 second better 0-60?

Do NOT test drive the 550i first, since going back to a 530 afterwards will just make you want the 550i more. The 8 cylinder engine with that much HP is intoxicating. I am not saying my 530xi is not fast (it is), but if money were not issue and I lived in a place where it never snowed, the 550i sport would be my choice!

jaro
10-09-2005, 07:30 PM
yes, good point....Chicago gets a bit of ice and snow as well but I'm planning to have dedicated snow tire package...got a 03 Cayenne S and miss some of the rear wheel drive dynamics...i would have to feel extreme difference in handling to justify the 10k although the money is not the factor here as well.

Me530
10-09-2005, 07:43 PM
Do NOT test drive the 550i first, since going back to a 530 afterwards will just make you want the 550i more. The 8 cylinder engine with that much HP is intoxicating. I am not saying my 530xi is not fast (it is), but if money were not issue and I lived in a place where it never snowed, the 550i sport would be my choice!
If money were not an issue, I think I would get an M5 ;)

bmwguynj
10-09-2005, 08:13 PM
yes, good point....Chicago gets a bit of ice and snow as well but I'm planning to have dedicated snow tire package...got a 03 Cayenne S and miss some of the rear wheel drive dynamics...i would have to feel extreme difference in handling to justify the 10k although the money is not the factor here as well.

If you can afford it and change out the tires during the winter, then you have no choice but to go for the 550i!

w5lx
10-10-2005, 07:15 AM
When I bought my 2003 E39, I did so after I saw the E60 which is well interesting. Plus you pay approximately 7k more for what exactly? I will admit that the upgraded engine is worth the price point, but the original E60 is not - - especially with "idiot drive".

Basically its an each to his own, but the bottom line is that the E39 set the standard for the four door sport sedan and now the E60 was beaten by an infiniti (Road & Track) Yikes. I never thought I would see the day when I would rather buy a Cadillac V than a real BMW 5. With respect to the "dated" comments regarding the E39, when its upgraded with an M5 look, you cannot be serious about it being "outdated".

So I don't get flamed, I do like the way the new 6 looks and the 3 is not bad. However, the 5 has hit as much criticism as the new 7 which surprise surprise was redesigned on its butt ugly ass end.

I couldn't agree with you more. When I saw the "new" E-60 and what Mr. Bangle did to the exterior and interior, I ran out and bought a new 2003 E-39 (silver with gray interior). To my eyes, it is the CLASSIC BMW and will be for years to come. I'm still waiting for the next 5-Series to come out...hopefully they will de-Bangleize it and once again make a classic looking automobile. :)

bmwguynj
10-10-2005, 08:07 AM
I couldn't agree with you more. When I saw the "new" E-60 and what Mr. Bangle did to the exterior and interior, I ran out and bought a new 2003 E-39 (silver with gray interior). To my eyes, it is the CLASSIC BMW and will be for years to come. I'm still waiting for the next 5-Series to come out...hopefully they will de-Bangleize it and once again make a classic looking automobile. :)

I am in a unique situation where I still have my 2001 E39, which I is an incredible vehicle and I also have a 2006 E60.

I can't say enough how awesome my 2001 E39 was and still is. Sure when the new E60 came out, I was skeptical about the drastic change in looks, but over time they grew on me.

As I park both side by side in my garage, the E39 even with its classic looks, seems very outdated now with the E60 right next to it. The E60 is a great improvement in my opinion.

elgordo
10-11-2005, 02:40 PM
Just returned from my 2006 530i ED pickup in Munich (manual transmission). That is, without a doubt, the sweetest manual transmission I've ever driven.

The hardest part now is waiting on the delivery back here to the US-

bmwguynj
10-11-2005, 04:19 PM
Just returned from my 2006 530i ED pickup in Munich (manual transmission). That is, without a doubt, the sweetest manual transmission I've ever driven.

The hardest part now is waiting on the delivery back here to the US-

Hey elgordo, congrats on your new arrival. ED must have been fun. I hope I have a chance to do this in the future. You have a double wait now. You must have a lot of patience!

tcoz
10-12-2005, 09:57 AM
Don't hold your breath waiting for a de-Bangled 5-series. Sales are way up and have you seen the new Lexus IS 250/350? Mr. Bangle must be moonlighting for Lexus.

glenmal
10-12-2005, 10:01 AM
As you can see from my signature, I have one of each. Like them both 330i with sport package is real FUN. 530xi is more comfortable on long trips and does better in inclement weather. I like both, but for very different reasons. Having elderly people in the back of a 330i is cruel. The 5 series is morecomfortable in the back seat for sure.

I am in a 330i Sport now and love this car, but with a little baby and maybe more on the way in the near future, I need a larger mid-size sedan like the 5 series.

I am very excited about the upgraded / new 6 Cylinder enginer with it's new enhancements and the additional HP. The current 6 cylinder is great, but the new one is only going to be better.

You can even put your order in now for March / April production to be delivered at the end of May / beginning of June time frame (xi's to be a little later).

I love the 530i with the Sports Package!

Is anyone one on here getting the 2006 530i / 530xi or already have one on order and as excited as I am (especially if you were finally waiting for an AWD version for the 5 series?)

bmwguynj
10-13-2005, 08:59 PM
As you can see from my signature, I have one of each. Like them both 330i with sport package is real FUN. 530xi is more comfortable on long trips and does better in inclement weather. I like both, but for very different reasons. Having elderly people in the back of a 330i is cruel. The 5 series is morecomfortable in the back seat for sure.

You have the best of both worlds! I previously had a 2003 330i sport and loved everything about that car, except for the rear area size.

Sure it was great for me when I was the only one driving it and it was so much fun, but having my wife and baby in the back seat was making me itch for a midsize sedan and trying to pile your buddies in the back for road trips was possibly, but uncomfortable for them too. My 530xi still is fun to drive (not as fun as the 330) and can at least fit friends and my baby and her babyseat in the back more comfortably. Ahhh how times change.

I love the new 3 series and of course would like to have one on the side, however my dream car that I would be satisfied just owning one vehicle is the 550i Sport (Monster Power with still a practical size to it). I will continue to drool over this and be patient over these next couple of years!