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Old 09-26-2006, 11:36 AM
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'06 or '07 M5? can't decide

Does anyone have any opinions? I am trying to decide on taking a '06 our of current inventory or ordering a '07. I initially thought I would want a manual trans but after driving the SMG I think I would go with a SMG either way. Other than the option of the manual in '07 I don't think there are any other changes.

Also, if I can pick up a new '06 for about $4k off is it not smarter to go with a '07 for $500 off MSRP? I would have to think the car has to depreciate more than $3500/year.
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:57 PM
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How long are you gonna keep it?

If you're going to keep it long take the 06 and save the money.
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:03 PM
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Get the 07 because it will have the bugs fixed. Typically the first years of the new generation always have bugs. Yes you'll save yourself a few dollars but you'll spend that in time bringing in the 06 to get fixed.
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:10 PM
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I think the M5 is a great car. However, I would lease at this point. I believe that with the 335 turbo, and the M3 V8 coming out, we will soon see a 600HP M5/6. 500HP and 4.5 sec 0-60 is just not good enough IMO.
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:18 PM
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In the long run (or 3+ years anyway), the 2007 will be the better buy. As far as the concerns about bugs go...BMW doesn't just fix things for the next model years only like many American car manufacturers do. When the VANOS line failure came up and they determined how big an issue it was, a recall was done and all cars from that point forward got the fix. When they better the software to handle some issues, all cars get it at no charge. Recently, they decided that many cars may have a buggy steering angle sensor. Instead of just fixing some, they are fixing all that are affected before they modified the sensor on all newer production. None of what I just talked about happened magically with the 2007 model year...it all happened during the course of the 2006 model years and comes together for the 2007. Who knows...in a few more months, they may have some great fix for all the SMG issues and end up with a recall for that. When they do, even the 2007 model year will have perhaps the biggest bug of them all. There is no magic pill choosing 2006 vs. 2007 on this car.

That said, getting back to the point, the average used car buyer will simply recognize a newer model year as more desireable from an age standpoint. Hopefully any M5 buyer, regardless of used or new, is above average. Either way the newer the model year, the more desirable it will be on the resale market a few years from now.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:57 AM
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In the long run (or 3+ years anyway), the 2007 will be the better buy. As far as the concerns about bugs go...BMW doesn't just fix things for the next model years only like many American car manufacturers do. When the VANOS line failure came up and they determined how big an issue it was, a recall was done and all cars from that point forward got the fix. When they better the software to handle some issues, all cars get it at no charge. Recently, they decided that many cars may have a buggy steering angle sensor. Instead of just fixing some, they are fixing all that are affected before they modified the sensor on all newer production. None of what I just talked about happened magically with the 2007 model year...it all happened during the course of the 2006 model years and comes together for the 2007. Who knows...in a few more months, they may have some great fix for all the SMG issues and end up with a recall for that. When they do, even the 2007 model year will have perhaps the biggest bug of them all. There is no magic pill choosing 2006 vs. 2007 on this car.

That said, getting back to the point, the average used car buyer will simply recognize a newer model year as more desireable from an age standpoint. Hopefully any M5 buyer, regardless of used or new, is above average. Either way the newer the model year, the more desirable it will be on the resale market a few years from now.
I agree! BTW, they performed this sensor-recall on my M5 the same time they performed the rear shock absorber-recall.
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:22 PM
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I agree! BTW, they performed this sensor-recall on my M5 the same time they performed the rear shock absorber-recall.
can u describe what is the problem with the rear suspension? is the suspension make a weird noise? i just bought my car for 2 weeks and i fell like there is a clunkin noise in the rear shock
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:37 AM
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can u describe what is the problem with the rear suspension? is the suspension make a weird noise? i just bought my car for 2 weeks and i fell like there is a clunkin noise in the rear shock
Hmm, I never experienced any problems with the rear suspension - I just had the recall performed because you never know...BTW, did you buy the car new 2 weeks ago. If so, it's very likely that your car is NOT part of the recall, so everything should be fine. Here are some details about the recall:

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
BMW / 5 SERIES 2006

BMW / 6 SERIES 2006

BMW / 7 SERIES 2006

Manufacturer : BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V277000 Mfg's Report Date : JUN 02, 2006
Component: SUSPENSION:REAR:SHOCK ABSORBER
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 11640
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE LOWER RUBBER MOUNT OF THE REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO SPECIFICATIONS AND MAY NOT ADHERE CORRECTLY TO ITS HOUSING WITHIN THE SHOCK ABSORBER.
Consequence:
THE BUSHING COULD LOOSEN AND OVER TIME COULD SEPARATE FROM ITS HOUSING. THE DRIVER WILL EXPERIENCE IMPAIRED VEHICLE HANDLING AND CONTROL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REAR SHOCK ABSORBER FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


Not all cars of the MY are affected. BMW NA can tell you more about that.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:44 AM
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Get the 07 - no question. You'll recoup the difference in resale, and the 07 will have many of the bugs worked out, and has some new features.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:37 PM
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same car. whatever price is better take it. 06 should some depreciation by now. if not build new. and dont be so concerns with the new generation cars coming out. the E60 is not only HP machine but the gearing and suspension are far above what is coming out over the next year. I tracked my E60 at PCA events at both Sebring and Moroso and did much better then people would expect. no one could pull on it in straights or curves. it is a truely amazing car.
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