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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-31-2005, 01:38 PM
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Importing BMW 535d

I saw a BMW 535d in Ann Arbor michigan yesterday, and I was shock as to how this guy obtained this car from Europe. I understand that diesal will be mandated in 2006, but I want to get the BMW 535d to replace my maxima. I was hoping anyone could tell me how I could get the 535d imported here??? That car has incredible power of 280 hp with 35 mpg average. Please let me know,

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Old 07-31-2005, 04:27 PM
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What license plates did the car have?

If they were foreign (i.e. not German "for export" Z plates) then it's probably here temporarily (was it Canadian?). If they were some state's manufacturer's plates the car is probably here for show and press purposes. Otherwise that car is not certified for the U.S. and I don't think you want to bother trying to get it certified. Very expensive and difficult, maybe not even possible with a diesel. Who knows, it might be someone who slapped a 535d badge on the car.


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I saw a BMW 535d in Ann Arbor michigan yesterday, and I was shock as to how this guy obtained this car from Europe. I understand that diesal will be mandated in 2006, but I want to get the BMW 535d to replace my maxima. I was hoping anyone could tell me how I could get the 535d imported here??? That car has incredible power of 280 hp with 35 mpg average. Please let me know,

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No diesels available up here in Canada either.....

The car may also have been a diplomatic order for a customer that will not be in the US forever. I have been told that there is at least one diesel running around Toronto that made it over here this way.....

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Old 08-01-2005, 10:04 PM
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Your 35 mpg quote may be optimistic, unless you are in the UK or Canada. Recall that US gallons are smaller, so think of advertised 35 mpg (imperial) as 29 mpg (US gallons). Still pretty good for a 5 series, but if you want 35 mpg in the US, you are looking at the 525d, with a manual transmission. Of course, then the 0-60 is up over 8 seconds....
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:54 PM
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I saw a BMW 535d in Ann Arbor michigan yesterday, and I was shock as to how this guy obtained this car from Europe. I understand that diesal will be mandated in 2006, but I want to get the BMW 535d to replace my maxima. I was hoping anyone could tell me how I could get the 535d imported here??? That car has incredible power of 280 hp with 35 mpg average. Please let me know,

Thanks

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How do you know it was a 535d? Some folks mess around with the badges, either to be funny or to understate their HP so the local riceburners will race them.


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If you can bring a 520i into the States, why not a 535d?
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I didn't know you could.

Besides, how would you get it serviced? Moreover, forget about warranty coverage -- the international warranty is only good for one year.

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If you can bring a 520i into the States, why not a 535d?
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