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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 09-28-2005, 04:08 PM
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New 550i? Sigh...

Are any other 545i owners a bit annoyed that, after only 2 years, BMW has decided to come out with the 550i? Being at the top of the 5-series food-chain for such a short period of time is disappointing. If I had known about the 550i, I may have waited. Can't say I blame them. Everything's getting faster and faster... Lexus, Infiniti, Jag, MB, Big 3... It's hard to keep up with the Joneses. Does anyone know the actual 545i 0-60? I heard/read anywhere from 5.0 to 5.7 seconds. My other car is a Volvo S60R, another rocket. It feels just as fast, just not as smooth.
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Old 09-28-2005, 04:11 PM
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Happens all the time: 528i-->530i (although it happend in 4 years instead of 2). BMW has to keep up or ahead of the competition.

On the plus side, you could have leased a 2005 545i for cheaper than leasing/buying a 2006 530i. I got such a screaming lease deal on my 545i that I couldn't pass it up even though I wasn't in the market for a new car at the time. Now I'm dumping my lease on this car and actually making some money on it! Kewl....
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Old 09-28-2005, 04:52 PM
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Being at the top of the 5-series food-chain for such a short period of time is disappointing.
I think the top of the 5 series food chain is a spot reserved for the M5
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Old 09-28-2005, 04:59 PM
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M5 Doesn't count

Yeah, I know, but neither the M5 or the 550i were available at the time I got my 545i. My loss... Besides, the new M5 is a myth, like Bigfoot. Haven't seen one in the flesh yet (but can't wait!).
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:02 PM
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On the plus side, you could have leased a 2005 545i for cheaper than leasing/buying a 2006 530i. I got such a screaming lease deal on my 545i that I couldn't pass it up even though I wasn't in the market for a new car at the time.
Ditto.
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:32 PM
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Yeah, I know, but neither the M5 or the 550i were available at the time I got my 545i. My loss... Besides, the new M5 is a myth, like Bigfoot. Haven't seen one in the flesh yet (but can't wait!).
I've seen both the M5 and M6, they are spectacular cars. Wish I could have driven them.
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:38 PM
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placed an 550 order some months ago and should be in Portland in 2 to 3 weeks. Will give details on how it compares to my '02 540 six speed.
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:40 PM
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I ordered my 2005 545i in August of 2004 and picked it up in November of 2004. I purchased the vehicle after the dealer I purchased the vehicle from accepted my price which I had collected from Jon at BIMMERFEST.COM !! I am very happy with my vehicle and even though the 550i has a bit more horsepower I don't drive the 545i like I just stole it since I leave that to my work vehicle a 2004 Crown Victoria Intercepter. 545i or 550i who really cares??
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Nah, plan was always to keep the 545i only two years or pass it on to my wife. I knew about the 550i when I ordered and took delivery in January but the deal was too good to pass up and I wanted a better daily driver. I'll get a 550i once we see if Night Vision, the new Tire Pressure Monitor (March 2006), power folding mirrors, etc. come to the U.S.



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Are any other 545i owners a bit annoyed that, after only 2 years, BMW has decided to come out with the 550i? Being at the top of the 5-series food-chain for such a short period of time is disappointing. If I had known about the 550i, I may have waited. Can't say I blame them. Everything's getting faster and faster... Lexus, Infiniti, Jag, MB, Big 3... It's hard to keep up with the Joneses. Does anyone know the actual 545i 0-60? I heard/read anywhere from 5.0 to 5.7 seconds. My other car is a Volvo S60R, another rocket. It feels just as fast, just not as smooth.
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