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Old 03-15-2013, 07:59 PM
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Just ordered my 2013 535i

Hi all,

Pretty new to the forum, but couldn't contain my excitement. Just ordered a 2013 black 535i with x-drive, m-sport package, premium package, technology, driver assistance, sport automatic and premium sound.

There are plenty of threads here that will prepare me for when the car arrives (unfortunately, I have to wait five weeks) but I would still appreciate any quick pointers/advice for when I'm breaking it in. I'm hoping I get as much enjoyment from it as so many of you have documented.

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:40 PM
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One more question if anyone feels like helping a Bimmerfest novice: As I'm checking threads and although I see that many owners recommend replacing the RFTs with non-RFTs on 535i's, I can't seem to find recommendations for non-RFT tires for x-drive vehicles. I'm sure they're here but I can't find them. Anyway, it seems like RFTs are more of a headache than anything else. My car will obviously come with 19" 245/40 RFTs.

Again, any advice is much appreciated!!
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:26 AM
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Congratulations!

Here are some pointers:

1. Since you have ordered the premium sound (wise decision, BTW), please dig up the thread that recommends equalizer setting for Logic7 system - they make a big impact!

2. If you have an iPhone, you can take advantage of BMW apps. The follow iOS apps are compatible as of today: Pandora, MOG, Stitcher, Aupeo, BMW Connected. If you don't have iPhone, you can still stream audio via bluetooth A2DP.

3. With 19" wheel, you'll probably need to add the wheel-and-tire insurance.

4. Search for a video (on YouTube?) demonstrating how to make a virtual kick under the trunk to open it via comfort access. After you have mastered it, you won't want to open your trunk any other way.
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:39 AM
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Hey Neil,

Thanks for the pointers! I'm glad I went with premium sound, I will definitely look up that thread on equalizer setting for Logic7. I do have an iPhone so no worries there. And it seems like wheel-and-tire insurance are a must with run flats? I can't believe the amount of complaints on those tires?! Hopefully I have a little more luck with mine than some other owners who have posted comments.

As for Comfort Access? I'm used to it already and I don't even have the car yet

Thanks again, and I hope to post some pics in about five weeks.
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I can't believe the amount of complaints on those tires?! Hopefully I have a little more luck with mine than some other owners who have posted comments.
Congratulations on ordering your 535i! First, I don't have the 19" RFT's so I don't have direct experience. My standard suspension setup comes with the 18". I had RFT's on my previous 335i as well. I've experienced zero issues with mine. I'm not doubting that some forum members have had issues with theirs, but we're two years down the road (no pun intended) from when those LS2's were first introduced, there might have been some improvements. Also, you don't see threads from other forum members, or the BMW population "at large" who don't have issues. I wouldn't rush to change tires, I would recommend running them for a while and see what your own experience is. As for "terrible ride", etc., reported for RFT's, I would disagree. My 335i and 535i ride very well.

Good luck with the car. One other question. If you ordered the car, why are you saying 5 weeks? You should expect more like 7-8 weeks for an ordered car to arrive to New York, 6 if you're very luck with timing of getting on a ship, etc. If you get an allocation slot immediately, like they changed an in-stock order for you, the build takes about a week. Transport to the port about 5 days. Getting on a ship depends on when your car arrives at the port. You can wait up to 10 days, worst case, for a ship. The ship takes about 2 weeks to cross to the US, it stops at some other European ports first. Then the car arrives at the VPC and can take up to a week there, then transport to your dealer. I think 6 weeks minimum.
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Thank for the feedback Mark. I'm happy to see that some owners are NOT experiencing difficulties with their RFTs. I was already envisioning bubbles immediately appearing on my tires as I drove away from the dealer. I will take your advice and see how my car rides. One question for you: Being that you do have RFTs, did you take out wheel and tire insurance? I have seen from some threads that replacing those tires is not inexpensive! If so, did you get it through your dealer or a third-party?

I'm saying five weeks because that's the time frame my client advisor gave me. I do believe they might have changed an in-stock order for me because he said the car was "in production" but has all the features I requested. Or maybe he was just trying to make the sale! Anyway, I gave myself six weeks (end of April) just to be safe. Any longer than that and I will be disappointed.

Thanks for your good wishes and if you have any advice on that insurance I will gladly take it!
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:58 AM
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Chase,

My car took 8 weeks to arrive after ordering and I am on California. So I think 6 weeks is a reasonable guess for East Coast.

Here are the recommended setup for premium sound, though you might want to dial down the treble a bit if the sound seems too 'bright'.

BMW EQ Setting

Fader +2 towards rear
Treble +4
Bass 0
Surround off!!!

100Hz -2
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:36 AM
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Hey Neil,

Realistically, I'm thinking it's six weeks too but hoping the power of positive thinking brings her in a little earlier..

Thanks for the EQ settings, will be sure to follow them.
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I have a 535xi on order with msport 351 19 inch wheels. Did a ton of research on here re: replacing the RFTs. My car is due to arrive next week in Baltimore and hopefully will be prepped ready for pickup by April 1.

I have already ordered Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus from Tire Rack and they are sitting at the dealer ready to be swapped onto the new ride immediately. I will then store the GY RFTs and swap them back on at lease turn-in in 3 years.

I had had a 330i E90 for almost 8 years and have been running the Conti DWS on it for about a year. Those are great tires and I almost bought them for the new F10, but several on this forum said the Contis are great on the E60 and E90 but not so great on the F10. So, I thought I'd try the Pilot Sport A/S Plus.

Also, if you want to track your car, here is a great site. Also, note that there is an iPhone app for marine traffic where you can track your ship as well. Good luck!

http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/07/14/ho...d-to-delivery/



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One more question if anyone feels like helping a Bimmerfest novice: As I'm checking threads and although I see that many owners recommend replacing the RFTs with non-RFTs on 535i's, I can't seem to find recommendations for non-RFT tires for x-drive vehicles. I'm sure they're here but I can't find them. Anyway, it seems like RFTs are more of a headache than anything else. My car will obviously come with 19" 245/40 RFTs.

Again, any advice is much appreciated!!
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:12 AM
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Hey Neil,

Thanks for the pointers! I'm glad I went with premium sound, I will definitely look up that thread on equalizer setting for Logic7. I do have an iPhone so no worries there. And it seems like wheel-and-tire insurance are a must with run flats? I can't believe the amount of complaints on those tires?! Hopefully I have a little more luck with mine than some other owners who have posted comments.

As for Comfort Access? I'm used to it already and I don't even have the car yet

Thanks again, and I hope to post some pics in about five weeks.
If you ditch the RFTs you likely won't need the pricey $3000 wheel and tire insurance.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:32 AM
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Thank for the feedback Mark. I'm happy to see that some owners are NOT experiencing difficulties with their RFTs. I was already envisioning bubbles immediately appearing on my tires as I drove away from the dealer. I will take your advice and see how my car rides. One question for you: Being that you do have RFTs, did you take out wheel and tire insurance? I have seen from some threads that replacing those tires is not inexpensive! If so, did you get it through your dealer or a third-party?

I'm saying five weeks because that's the time frame my client advisor gave me. I do believe they might have changed an in-stock order for me because he said the car was "in production" but has all the features I requested. Or maybe he was just trying to make the sale! Anyway, I gave myself six weeks (end of April) just to be safe. Any longer than that and I will be disappointed.

Thanks for your good wishes and if you have any advice on that insurance I will gladly take it!
I've never taken the tire insurance. I'm not sure where you are in NY, but some people who drive in the city say there are terrible potholdes all over the place. We do have our share of potholes in MD/DC/VA, but I can usually avoid the bad ones.

Like some other replies mention, you can track your car once it's on the ship. Ask your dealer to provide you with weekly factory status, they can simply email you a scan of their weekly advice memos. They can look up your car anytime within their BMW dealer site and get exactly where your car is in the build/ship cycle. I've attached a few sample of what my SA sent me weekly. Once it's on the ship, use this URL to track the vessel:

http://www.2wglobal.com/www/WEP/
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I have a 535xi on order with msport 351 19 inch wheels. Did a ton of research on here re: replacing the RFTs. My car is due to arrive next week in Baltimore and hopefully will be prepped ready for pickup by April 1.

I have already ordered Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus from Tire Rack and they are sitting at the dealer ready to be swapped onto the new ride immediately. I will then store the GY RFTs and swap them back on at lease turn-in in 3 years.

I had had a 330i E90 for almost 8 years and have been running the Conti DWS on it for about a year. Those are great tires and I almost bought them for the new F10, but several on this forum said the Contis are great on the E60 and E90 but not so great on the F10. So, I thought I'd try the Pilot Sport A/S Plus.

Also, if you want to track your car, here is a great site. Also, note that there is an iPhone app for marine traffic where you can track your ship as well. Good luck!

http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/07/14/ho...d-to-delivery/
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Waiting is the painful but also fun part of the ownership experience. I can say that after receiving my car, of course.

I would say, get the tire insurance. You don't need to get it from BMW, there are other 3rd parties offering them. In my experience, if you worry about something happening, that thing will eventually happen. It is better to feel covered.

I have 18" wheels but drove 19" wheels in the tests and they are harder than the 18" and therefore more vulnerable to anything on the road surface. But it only takes a nasty nail to kill them both!

I am in NJ and my car took exactly 8 weeks to arrive. If you are lucky, you receive her in 6 weeks, and if the dealer had the exact same car that you ordered already in production then you may receive it in 5 weeks because the pre-prod, prod and delivery to the port takes 1 week +- couple of days. The transit on the ship is 3 weeks. A couple of days at the VDC and prep. You have 5 weeks right there.

Enjoy checking out the status your car online and following the ship on the map every so often.
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Hi all,

Pretty new to the forum, but couldn't contain my excitement. Just ordered a 2013 black 535i with x-drive, m-sport package, premium package, technology, driver assistance, sport automatic and premium sound.

There are plenty of threads here that will prepare me for when the car arrives (unfortunately, I have to wait five weeks) but I would still appreciate any quick pointers/advice for when I'm breaking it in. I'm hoping I get as much enjoyment from it as so many of you have documented.

Thanks!
If you live in New York City and have 19" runflats, good luck to you, you will need it. Keep in mind that if you buy tires insuarnce, it will not cover non-runflat or non oem tires. Do you have adaptive suspension?

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Enjoy checking out the status your car online and following the ship on the map every so often.
So true. The anticipation build-up is part of the (untold) benefits of placing an order for your F10.
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I've ordered two bimmers and the first took 7 weeks and the f10 on order will likely also take 7 weeks. Ordered 2/12 and went into production a week later. Thankfully only sat in Bremerhaven for 1 day. Now it is on the Tirranna in the middle of the Atlantic scheduled to arrive in Baltimore on 3/21. Hope to have it in Cincy prior to 4/1.
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Waiting is the painful but also fun part of the ownership experience. I can say that after receiving my car, of course.
OT, but Hufington, I've been meaning to say that is a very interesting sig picture. Surreal looking -- I assume you applied an effect with PhotoShop or similar. It looks like the background is in motion except for the stationary vehicle. (I'm a photographer.)
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OT, but Hufington, I've been meaning to say that is a very interesting sig picture. Surreal looking -- I assume you applied an effect with PhotoShop or similar. It looks like the background is in motion except for the stationary vehicle. (I'm a photographer.)
Thanks Photoshop is the debil!LOL. I don't remember, which filters and effects I have used but that was exactly what I was going for.
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I have a 535xi on order with msport 351 19 inch wheels. Did a ton of research on here re: replacing the RFTs. My car is due to arrive next week in Baltimore and hopefully will be prepped ready for pickup by April 1.

I have already ordered Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus from Tire Rack and they are sitting at the dealer ready to be swapped onto the new ride immediately. I will then store the GY RFTs and swap them back on at lease turn-in in 3 years.

I had had a 330i E90 for almost 8 years and have been running the Conti DWS on it for about a year. Those are great tires and I almost bought them for the new F10, but several on this forum said the Contis are great on the E60 and E90 but not so great on the F10. So, I thought I'd try the Pilot Sport A/S Plus.

Also, if you want to track your car, here is a great site. Also, note that there is an iPhone app for marine traffic where you can track your ship as well. Good luck!

http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/07/14/ho...d-to-delivery/
Wildcat,

Thanks, your reply has convinced me to continue to look into non-RFTs as an option. I keep coming back to all the issues that are attributed to those RFTs on this site.

Also, thanks a lot for that vehicle-tracking link. Looks awesome! Can't wait to get the needed details from my dealer to start getting minute-by-minute, I mean day-by-day updates!
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I've never taken the tire insurance. I'm not sure where you are in NY, but some people who drive in the city say there are terrible potholdes all over the place. We do have our share of potholes in MD/DC/VA, but I can usually avoid the bad ones.

Like some other replies mention, you can track your car once it's on the ship. Ask your dealer to provide you with weekly factory status, they can simply email you a scan of their weekly advice memos. They can look up your car anytime within their BMW dealer site and get exactly where your car is in the build/ship cycle. I've attached a few sample of what my SA sent me weekly. Once it's on the ship, use this URL to track the vessel:

http://www.2wglobal.com/www/WEP/
Hey Mark,

I'm in Queens, NY, and if you aren't familiar with the area, yes, there are plenty of potholes all over. Depending on driving conditions, you might not be able to avoid some of them. If I stick with the RFTs, I'm definitely getting the insurance. Do not want to take the chance. If I swap them out for non-RFTs, I probably won't.

Thanks for the tracking information as well!!
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Waiting is the painful but also fun part of the ownership experience. I can say that after receiving my car, of course.

I would say, get the tire insurance. You don't need to get it from BMW, there are other 3rd parties offering them. In my experience, if you worry about something happening, that thing will eventually happen. It is better to feel covered.

I have 18" wheels but drove 19" wheels in the tests and they are harder than the 18" and therefore more vulnerable to anything on the road surface. But it only takes a nasty nail to kill them both!

I am in NJ and my car took exactly 8 weeks to arrive. If you are lucky, you receive her in 6 weeks, and if the dealer had the exact same car that you ordered already in production then you may receive it in 5 weeks because the pre-prod, prod and delivery to the port takes 1 week +- couple of days. The transit on the ship is 3 weeks. A couple of days at the VDC and prep. You have 5 weeks right there.

Enjoy checking out the status your car online and following the ship on the map every so often.
hufington,

I'm already feeling the pain lol. I love my current car, but after ordering the new one, I'm so ready to move on!

Yes, if I keep the RFTs on the car, I agree, I need the insurance for peace of mind.

And thanks, your timeline is consistent with all the other feedback I'm getting here. I'm obviously hoping my car was already in production as my dealer told me because five weeks then becomes possible.

Will post random delivery updates on this forum just to ride out the wait!
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If you live in New York City and have 19" runflats, good luck to you, you will need it. Keep in mind that if you buy tires insuarnce, it will not cover non-runflat or non oem tires. Do you have adaptive suspension?
X,

I do live in NYC (one of the boroughs) so I will need luck. I don't have adaptive suspension, why?
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If you live in New York City and have 19" runflats, good luck to you, you will need it. Keep in mind that if you buy tires insuarnce, it will not cover non-runflat or non oem tires. Do you have adaptive suspension?
If he gets a third party insurance it will.
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If he gets a third party insurance it will.
DJ,

Thanks, will look into 3rd party. Any recommendations? Also, I read that some plans have a cap on reimbursement, is that correct as far as you know?
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 344
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW 535i Xdrive
First automotive seems to be the popular one and yes there is a few thousand dollar cap.

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2013 BMW 535i Xdrive, msport, Jet Black/Cinnamon Dakota leather (delivered 3/15/2013)
Current car: 2010 MB W212 Black/Black
Previous car: 2008 MB W211 Black/Black
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