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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-24-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By Robert A
I don't have a 535i, but I have had two 530i's in...

I don't have a 535i, but I have had two 530i's in the past. My average fuel efficiency in Los Angeles city traffic was around 15mpg. A 60/40 strategy as you describe would have probably resulted in...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-22-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,184
Posted By Robert A
Mine is a 2014 M Sport with Sport Auto. The...

Mine is a 2014 M Sport with Sport Auto. The steering gets slightly firmer when the mode switch is in Sport rather than Comfort. I'll admit it's rather subtle.
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 07-21-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,237
Posted By Robert A
Geniuses are there to answer questions about the...

Geniuses are there to answer questions about the vehicle's secondary electronics, mainly the iDrive system and a few other things.

In my experience, the Geniuses at the 800 number are woefully...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-16-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,670
Posted By Robert A
Yep. There is plenty of punch at every speed...

Yep. There is plenty of punch at every speed between zero and 75. I've yet to figure out where it ends.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-14-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 586
Posted By Robert A
Have you tested whether yours darken any more...

Have you tested whether yours darken any more than the US mirrors at night?

Also, I don't know it its 'just me, but I do you have any difficulty focusing your eyes on objects in the left mirror?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-13-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
I'm guessing, not to that extent, but I do...

I'm guessing, not to that extent, but I do believe they are still negotiating to some degree. Ask me in 30 months when my 535d lease is coming due.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-13-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
I owned the E39 from new. BMW reduced the...

I owned the E39 from new. BMW reduced the residual of the E60 by $8.4k. It was the fall of '08 when Lehman had collapsed. I was a bit lucky.

According to Clearbook in January 2014 (associated...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-13-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
Your book value is probably trade in value. ...

Your book value is probably trade in value. There's a huge spread between dealer wholesale and retail value with a car this age.

I sold the car in March. This wasn't a matter of being in the...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-13-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
Not double book value. My buyer paid FMV for the...

Not double book value. My buyer paid FMV for the car. The average 530i was going for around $15k - $16k, had 70k - 80k miles and had less equipment. My $4k bump was due mainly to the miles and the...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-12-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
44k miles. Buying new would not have made sense...

44k miles. Buying new would not have made sense relative to a lease. The only way it penciled out for me was BMW's willingness to negotiate the lease residual.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-12-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
Really? I sold my '07 after 7 years for $19k.

Really? I sold my '07 after 7 years for $19k.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-12-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,670
Posted By Robert A
I have the "d." And I used to have the 530i (E39...

I have the "d." And I used to have the 530i (E39 230hp and E60 255hp). To me, the 535d has more power than I will ever need. No matter the situation, there is abundant torque, even at 75mph. ...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-10-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,670
Posted By Robert A
The exhaust tips are darkened on my car.

The exhaust tips are darkened on my car.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-10-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
It would be difficult because a private seller is...

It would be difficult because a private seller is competing against BMW dealers who wrap CPO coverage into their vehicles.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-08-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
A zero percent assumption would be correct where...

A zero percent assumption would be correct where savings is used to make lease payments. But if work earnings are use to make payments, then savings can be invested for a higher return.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
In your example, if you paid off the entire loan...

In your example, if you paid off the entire loan in 36 months, then the loan will definitely be less expensive than a lease, but that's not an apples to apples comparison.

The bank fee of $725...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
Your math is a little funky. First, you...

Your math is a little funky.

First, you cannot equate a MF of .00125 to an interest rate of .00125. This results in too low of an interest cost on the loan scenario. You also didn't amortize...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
You only pay interest on the declining...

You only pay interest on the declining capitalized cost, nothing more. The basic theory of interest in a purchase and a lease is exactly the same.

This month's interest charge on a lease =...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
They require interest on the residual, not EXTRA...

They require interest on the residual, not EXTRA interest on the residual. It's no different than the interest on a loan balance. The difference, however, is that you're paying it down the...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
The key point is that you cannot predict how your...

The key point is that you cannot predict how your car will do 3 years later. The lease grants you the ability to renegotiate if values fall and buy at a fixed predetermined price if they don't. The...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
On this, you are best to ask Greg Poland or Jon...

On this, you are best to ask Greg Poland or Jon Shafer since they have up to date information. Greg recently told me that BMW does negotiate the residuals where the market value is less.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
I would argue that a *****and-hold customer...

I would argue that a *****and-hold customer should probably lease anyway. It gives the buyer a second opportunity to negotiate when the lease is up. The only true consequence of this approach is...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-07-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 10,608
Posted By Robert A
Recall that you lost interest in addition to the...

Recall that you lost interest in addition to the $25k depreciation. If a leased car has a $15k residual and the interest rate is the same as the buy situation, your total cost is almost exactly the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-07-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,670
Posted By Robert A
I worked with Jon on my 535d and it took about 9...

I worked with Jon on my 535d and it took about 9 weeks from order to delivery.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-06-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,363
Posted By Robert A
AFAIK, adjusting the angle of the display only...

AFAIK, adjusting the angle of the display only affects the alignment of the display, not the polarization.
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