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Old 07-12-2011, 02:59 PM
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Smile hi from down under

Hi guys. I am new to BMW and have just recently bought a 520d here in Oz land. I do envy what prices that you guys can get in the US re the new 5er as the equivalent money I paid for this demonstrator would pay for a brand new specced out 550 there.

I love the drive and am enjoying the great fuel economy at the moment at 7.5L/100km which is roughly 31miles per gallon. Given this was a 5000km demo that had been thrashed a bit with people testing it pedal to the floor. it's supposed to do 45mpg as it hits around 10000km according to the dealer.

It came with a few options:
m sport, sports auto, prof nav, 19" 351, ambient lighting.

The only thing that I would want (actually my wife would want)is the reverse view and side view cameras. I know someone here mentioned that you can get a kit from alekshop.com and get it retro-fitted, but I am worried about the difficulty of installing this and whether BMW would say I voided the warranty by adding 3rd party mods.

If anyone has experience retro fitting the front and rear camera on the F10, can you let me know who easy/difficult this was done and whether this affects the warranty.

Thank you all in advance and I love Bimmerfest for it's very informative nature and helpfulness which allowed me to buy the 5er.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:26 PM
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Sorry, I can't help you with the cameras. But, welcome to the 'fest -- congratulations on your new car! Send some pictures including some nice Australian backgrounds .
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:06 AM
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Thank you markl53.

I promise to post some other pics when i take it up the coast next weekend.

Here are a couple of quick ones from the pics that the dealer had still.

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Old 07-13-2011, 06:38 AM
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Holy crap they installed your steering wheel on the wrong side!! j/k :-)

Enjoy the ride, looks nice.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:38 AM
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What is that underneath the grill? Is that the fins of the radiator? Shouldn''t there be something covering that?
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:35 AM
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What is that underneath the grill? Is that the fins of the radiator? Shouldn''t there be something covering that?
Part of the whole idea of the M-Sport package is to look mean and racy .
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:36 AM
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Holy crap they installed your steering wheel on the wrong side!! j/k :-)
+1. It always looks so strange when viewing pictures of the "backwards" setup.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:42 AM
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What is that underneath the grill? Is that the fins of the radiator? Shouldn''t there be something covering that?
That's the license plate thing, if that's what you mean? haha.

I 'd at "Holy crap they installed your steering wheel on the wrong side!! j/k :-)"

btw, do u guys recommend that i take up the 3yr tire & rim insurance right now or after the current manufacturer's tyre warranty expires in 1yr's time? i'm on the notorious Goodyear 19's...
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:02 AM
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What is that underneath the grill? Is that the fins of the radiator? Shouldn''t there be something covering that?
That's the front bumper of the M Sport package.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:03 AM
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Hi guys. I am new to BMW and have just recently bought a 520d here in Oz land. I do envy what prices that you guys can get in the US re the new 5er as the equivalent money I paid for this demonstrator would pay for a brand new specced out 550 there.

I love the drive and am enjoying the great fuel economy at the moment at 7.5L/100km which is roughly 31miles per gallon. Given this was a 5000km demo that had been thrashed a bit with people testing it pedal to the floor. it's supposed to do 45mpg as it hits around 10000km according to the dealer.

It came with a few options:
m sport, sports auto, prof nav, 19" 351, ambient lighting.

The only thing that I would want (actually my wife would want)is the reverse view and side view cameras. I know someone here mentioned that you can get a kit from alekshop.com and get it retro-fitted, but I am worried about the difficulty of installing this and whether BMW would say I voided the warranty by adding 3rd party mods.

If anyone has experience retro fitting the front and rear camera on the F10, can you let me know who easy/difficult this was done and whether this affects the warranty.

Thank you all in advance and I love Bimmerfest for it's very informative nature and helpfulness which allowed me to buy the 5er.
Welcome! Car looks great!
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:51 AM
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That's the license plate thing, if that's what you mean? haha.

I 'd at "Holy crap they installed your steering wheel on the wrong side!! j/k :-)"

btw, do u guys recommend that i take up the 3yr tire & rim insurance right now or after the current manufacturer's tyre warranty expires in 1yr's time? i'm on the notorious Goodyear 19's...
Welcome! Is that Dark Graphite I with Oyster/Black?? That's a beautiful combination. I have dark graphite with black dakota, but would have gone with oyster/black if I trusted my ability to keep it clean. A lot of us really wish we even had some diesel 5'ers available here, so don't feel too bad about paying a premium for it.

If you plan on keeping the run-flats, would definitely recommend the tire package. There were a couple discussions on the variability of prices people pay for it, but I don't think anyone was where toilets flush the wrong way Several people have been very happy with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports replacing the run-flats, but then you should probably keep a spare in the trunk. There's a wealth of useful information on the older links, definitely browse around.
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That's the front bumper of the M Sport package.
Yikes.

Loving the car, but not really feeling the exposed radiator beneath the kidney grill thing.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:44 PM
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Yikes.

Loving the car, but not really feeling the exposed radiator beneath the kidney grill thing.
Its not really exposed radiator, it just looks like exposed radiator.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:04 AM
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Welcome! Is that Dark Graphite I with Oyster/Black?? That's a beautiful combination. I have dark graphite with black dakota, but would have gone with oyster/black if I trusted my ability to keep it clean. A lot of us really wish we even had some diesel 5'ers available here, so don't feel too bad about paying a premium for it.

If you plan on keeping the run-flats, would definitely recommend the tire package. There were a couple discussions on the variability of prices people pay for it, but I don't think anyone was where toilets flush the wrong way Several people have been very happy with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports replacing the run-flats, but then you should probably keep a spare in the trunk. There's a wealth of useful information on the older links, definitely browse around.
It's Carbon Black with Oyster/Black. I'm a little worried abt trying to keep a black car clean and I know it's gonna be very hot in summer. But I cant get enough of a black car.

Decided to go for the insurance on wheel + rim. $815AUS for 3yrs. I rang up a Beaurepairs shop, and they quoted me $950AUS to replace 1 RFT tire including wheel alignment, if I didn't have insurance. That made my decision very easy...
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:01 PM
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Its not really exposed radiator, it just looks like exposed radiator.
If it's not an exposed radiator then why would they put a fake exposed radiator there
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