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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 09-15-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,077
Posted By bikenski
Congrats on your Jatoba/Cinnamon combo! I had...

Congrats on your Jatoba/Cinnamon combo! I had originally ordered my 550 in the same colors, but chickened out at the last minute and changed the order to Callisto/Cinnamon. It's really hard to find...
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 09-11-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,637
Posted By bikenski
In general, leasing is not the way to go on prior...

In general, leasing is not the way to go on prior model year cars. Manufacturers typically stop offering subsidized programs, and the residuals go into the toilet. Usually you're better off seeking...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 09-09-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 950
Posted By bikenski
Was that an undocumented mid-year change? My...

Was that an undocumented mid-year change? My 2014 550 (1/14 production date) has the illuminated sills and I didn't realize they had been dropped.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-29-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By bikenski
Had a Falcon as a rental car when I visited...

Had a Falcon as a rental car when I visited Sydney a few years back. It wasn't a high performance turbocharged model, but it did have a big Inline 6 with a ZF Transmission. Far nicer to drive than...
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 08-15-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,211
Posted By bikenski
If you've already left deposits with two dealers,...

If you've already left deposits with two dealers, why are you still engaging new dealers? Even if you somehow end up saving another few hundred bucks, your time must have greater value than that.
...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-08-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 426
Posted By bikenski
I can only think of two reasons that would be the...

I can only think of two reasons that would be the case:

- Factory error when the car was built
- Steering wheel was replaced with the wrong model (due to accident or mechanical problem)
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-08-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,674
Posted By bikenski
550 is the best Cadillac ever made. Fast,...

550 is the best Cadillac ever made. Fast, smooth, comfortable, and quiet. But a weekend track car approaching M performance it is not.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-06-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 748
Posted By bikenski
No guarantees from the crystal ball, but history...

No guarantees from the crystal ball, but history would suggest:

'11, '12, '13 model years original release
'14, '15, '16 model years LCI
'17 model year next generation; released sometime between...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-05-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By bikenski
The truth is, nobody knows. This generation has...

The truth is, nobody knows. This generation has only been out a few years, and there are very few on the roads with over 100k miles, especially 550s. Most people who drive a lot of miles go for the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-05-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By bikenski
I'm sure this isn't what you want to hear, but...

I'm sure this isn't what you want to hear, but the 550 isn't a car that I would choose to run to 200k+ miles. The technology packed into these cars compared to your current 2005 is staggering, and...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-27-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,428
Posted By bikenski
US-spec 535d only has a single turbo, and is the...

US-spec 535d only has a single turbo, and is the same as the European-spec 530d.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-23-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 465
Posted By bikenski
My LCI 550 has less than 4,000 miles on it, but...

My LCI 550 has less than 4,000 miles on it, but it idles far more smoothly than my N54 and N55 335s. On a cold start during the high idle period I can feel slight vibrations, but that's it.

Did...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-21-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,851
Posted By bikenski
The roads tend to be more open out here in the...

The roads tend to be more open out here in the West, so that probably helps my mileage. So far my worst tankful was 19.5 MPG and my best was 23.7. Average speeds are typically low-30s. Never use...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-21-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,851
Posted By bikenski
The 535d is a far more reasonable daily driver...

The 535d is a far more reasonable daily driver than the 550. Plenty of torque, 33-35 real world mpg in everyday driving, and relatively smooth and quiet running. If you were happy with your E350...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-20-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,079
Posted By bikenski
Unless you're satisfied with the base audio...

Unless you're satisfied with the base audio system, you'll need to add the Executive Package to get the Harman Kardon system with Sirius. It's an expensive package, but also adds HUD, Comfort Access,...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-17-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By bikenski
1 psi is almost certainly within the realm of...

1 psi is almost certainly within the realm of error of the TPMS sensors and/or the manual gauge you're using. A 5 psi difference would be concerning, but 1 is no big deal.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,157
Posted By bikenski
It's getting even worse. The F10 had full LEDs...

It's getting even worse. The F10 had full LEDs when it was first released, then the front turn signals were downgraded to incandescent for the LCI (unless you pay $$$ for the LED headlight package.)
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-14-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,144
Posted By bikenski
Very nice car, but $63,000 on the sticker?! ...

Very nice car, but $63,000 on the sticker?! :yikes:

That sticker is a reminder of why I'm floating around in a 550 as a replacement for my E92s instead on an F32.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 07-09-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,506
Posted By bikenski
$. Simple as that. Would have much preferred a...

$. Simple as that. Would have much preferred a 650 to the 550.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 06-11-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 854
Posted By bikenski
Please keep us posted on whether the issue really...

Please keep us posted on whether the issue really is fixed after a simple software update. If so, please post the details from your repair order so the rest of us experiencing the issue can pursue...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 06-11-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By bikenski
Unfortunately, no. To get red on a 5 Series in...

Unfortunately, no. To get red on a 5 Series in the US, you'd have to go Individual, and pay out big $.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 06-10-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By bikenski
Did the cars you drove have dark colored...

Did the cars you drove have dark colored exteriors/interiors? Assuming each car had been sitting out in the sun on the dealer lot baking in 105 degree weather before you hopped in, that's a huge...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 06-09-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,606
Posted By bikenski
Here's a cell phone pic of Jatoba showing the way...

Here's a cell phone pic of Jatoba showing the way it sparkles in the sun, as well as how dark it appears in the shade. Snapped this on a dealer lot while debating whether to order the color.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 06-08-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,606
Posted By bikenski
Initially my 550 was ordered in Jatoba since the...

Initially my 550 was ordered in Jatoba since the pictures of it in the brochure and on the web looked like a nice alternative to the usual sea of black/grey/silver. After seeing one in person at the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 06-03-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,438
Posted By bikenski
Interesting. So you can park your car out in the...

Interesting. So you can park your car out in the sun on a hot day and the iDrive screen works fine when you start it?

Wonder if it's just a range of production dates that are affected. Mine was...
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