Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 (2004 - 2010)

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-28-2013, 06:33 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Raleigh to Disneyland Fl - Advice and Tips

Hi Friends

I am planning to take my family to Disneyland,FL

This would be my first trip with my 535i for almost 10hrs. I have traveled to NY and Atlanta which are almost 6-7hrs from Raleigh..

I have few questions

1. How frequently should i take break(Rest for the car and how many minutes you guys suggest)
2. I did a service at 38K miles, now i am running 41K, i hope it should be ok.. Please let me know if i need to check any basic things in the car so i dont get any surprises.
3. How much do you guys think the BMW assistance is worth? Should i rely on them for anything or i should call my warranty in case of any mechanical issues with the car.
4. Any other tips and suggestions, please

Thanks as always
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266

Last edited by F1.tifosi; 03-28-2013 at 06:35 AM.
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 03-28-2013, 07:10 AM
boramkiv's Avatar
boramkiv boramkiv is offline
Propellers Up Front
Location: Chesapeake, VA
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,771
Mein Auto: Some Bavarian car outside
Can't give much advice on the family and trip, but as far as the car goes i'll say not to worry much. Try to enjoy the trip. I drove from Dallas forth worth to Chesapeake VA in one shot only stopping for gas. Yes 24 consecutive hours, and that journey originated in San Diego the day before. So as far as man vs BMW, the BMW is there. I made sure all filters were changed cabin, oil, air. I changed the oil. Tires are huge deal make sure they're good, and have the correct psi. Give yourself plenty of washer fluid and a spare bottle because that can go quickly even on a 10 hour drive (I go to Crossville TN from here 10hrs). Make sure wiper blades are good, rain X the lights. Radar detector can be your friend. BMW assist is okay in my experience. I blew an oil cooler in a 535xi loaner I took to TN one time. It happened with about two hours left.

They stayed on the line while I stopped and got some oil from a parts store and she said it was okay to use for the rest of my journey. I thought that was cool. I just had to keep the oil indicator on the screen the rest of the way. So don't push too hard on the N54 like I did. Forgive me though it was a loaner. Because you'll be with your family you should stop often though and enjoy the scenery. I was on a mission. But the car is very capable for long trips and BMW assist is there for the hiccups.
Good luck.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-28-2013, 07:22 AM
6ICEMAN9's Avatar
6ICEMAN9 6ICEMAN9 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Wherever the USAF puts me, currently NC
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 265
Mein Auto: 08 550i
As far as long highway trips, the car was built with the autobahn in mind. With that in mind, I wouldn't worry too much about the car. As boramkiv said, try to enjoy the ride with the family. We made the same trip last year, but we were in our Yukon. We left in the middle of the night and stopped in Savannah for some sleep. It's only 5 hrs, but broke the trip in half. Once we got into FL the kids enjoyed going over bridges and seeing the vast amount of water.lol Drive safely and watch out for the cops. I usually have to set the speed limit in my car so I don't speed.lol I hope you and the family enjoy the trip.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-28-2013, 07:49 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by boramkiv View Post
Can't give much advice on the family and trip, but as far as the car goes i'll say not to worry much. Try to enjoy the trip. I drove from Dallas forth worth to Chesapeake VA in one shot only stopping for gas. Yes 24 consecutive hours, and that journey originated in San Diego the day before. So as far as man vs BMW, the BMW is there. I made sure all filters were changed cabin, oil, air. I changed the oil. Tires are huge deal make sure they're good, and have the correct psi. Give yourself plenty of washer fluid and a spare bottle because that can go quickly even on a 10 hour drive (I go to Crossville TN from here 10hrs). Make sure wiper blades are good, rain X the lights. Radar detector can be your friend. BMW assist is okay in my experience. I blew an oil cooler in a 535xi loaner I took to TN one time. It happened with about two hours left.

They stayed on the line while I stopped and got some oil from a parts store and she said it was okay to use for the rest of my journey. I thought that was cool. I just had to keep the oil indicator on the screen the rest of the way. So don't push too hard on the N54 like I did. Forgive me though it was a loaner. Because you'll be with your family you should stop often though and enjoy the scenery. I was on a mission. But the car is very capable for long trips and BMW assist is there for the hiccups.
Good luck.
Wow, Dallas to Chesapeake that is one heck of a drive..
Sure let me check all the things you mentioned and keep things intact.
I don't have a Radar detector, but i will be ordering one today.
Pushing N54, i pretty much fight with my wife on this.. the last time to DC we were arguing the whole drive.. She wants me to keep the car at the speed limit all the time... That's impossible as my foot is craving for the push.. But yea on my way back from DC i put the car on cruise and had no other option

Yes will stop often and get some nice fresh air and look out for Bears hahaha.. last time when we stopped on the way to Smoky, tons of bears were just behind us..

Thanks you for the tips and suggestions boramkiv
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-28-2013, 07:53 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by 6ICEMAN9 View Post
As far as long highway trips, the car was built with the autobahn in mind. With that in mind, I wouldn't worry too much about the car. As boramkiv said, try to enjoy the ride with the family. We made the same trip last year, but we were in our Yukon. We left in the middle of the night and stopped in Savannah for some sleep. It's only 5 hrs, but broke the trip in half. Once we got into FL the kids enjoyed going over bridges and seeing the vast amount of water.lol Drive safely and watch out for the cops. I usually have to set the speed limit in my car so I don't speed.lol I hope you and the family enjoy the trip.
Wow you live close to Raleigh, We should meet up sometime..

Yea my family wants to stay in Savannah as well as its pretty much half way to Orlando..

How is your experience with hotels around savannah? Any suggestions..

Yes setting speed limit is the best option as i tend to lose my temper when i see our competitor cars..

Thanks Dude..
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-28-2013, 07:53 AM
03reptile 03reptile is offline
Registered User
Location: Gaithersburg, Md
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 39
Mein Auto: 08 BMW 535I
I've made numerous trips from Md to Fl. Take along a professional tire plugging kit; especially if you don't have a doughnut spare. Take along a quart of oil, as the 535I's have a tendency to want some oil added along the way. The check engine light will sometimes come on (at least this seems to be the habit with mine) If you have a spare tire, make sure it's at least 5 lbs. over what the tire's preasure calls for. (i.e. spacesaver tire about 65lbs.) You're carrying a lot of extra weight during this trip. Bring along a few road flares, should you break down. As said, BMW's seem to like road trips as a result of their Autobahn heritage. You should be fine. I've got 68K on mine and it has done well, so far. You can usually go 10mph over the speed limit w/o gaining the attention of State LEO's. Over that & you're on your own. Keep well back from cars ahead of you. Interstates are full of crappy re-cap tire carcasses thrown off by 18 wheelers and these can be deadly to you or your car. Trust me. Don't continue to top off the fuel tank when you stop for gas. Not good on the evap. system and fuel expands with heat. Keep right except to pass! Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Last edited by 03reptile; 03-28-2013 at 07:56 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-28-2013, 08:04 AM
pcy pcy is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Boston
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,296
Mein Auto: '06 530i, '07 C280, ML320
I drove Boston to Orlando and then on to Key West in my 530i back in December. A total of about 3500 miles during 11 days.
We wanted to maximize the time in FL, so I drove straight.

Just enjoy the ride and the trip. Car can handle it.

Last edited by pcy; 03-28-2013 at 08:17 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-28-2013, 08:20 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03reptile View Post
I've made numerous trips from Md to Fl. Take along a professional tire plugging kit; especially if you don't have a doughnut spare. Take along a quart of oil, as the 535I's have a tendency to want some oil added along the way. The check engine light will sometimes come on (at least this seems to be the habit with mine) If you have a spare tire, make sure it's at least 5 lbs. over what the tire's preasure calls for. (i.e. spacesaver tire about 65lbs.) You're carrying a lot of extra weight during this trip. Bring along a few road flares, should you break down. As said, BMW's seem to like road trips as a result of their Autobahn heritage. You should be fine. I've got 68K on mine and it has done well, so far. You can usually go 10mph over the speed limit w/o gaining the attention of State LEO's. Over that & you're on your own. Keep well back from cars ahead of you. Interstates are full of crappy re-cap tire carcasses thrown off by 18 wheelers and these can be deadly to you or your car. Trust me. Don't continue to top off the fuel tank when you stop for gas. Not good on the evap. system and fuel expands with heat. Keep right except to pass! Have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Sure let me get that kit today, Sure i'll take quart of Oil in case... Yea i try to keep the 5+ and close to 10 even though my wife keeps telling to reduce hahaha

Completely agree i'll make sure to keep distance and also keep on the right lane.. Thank you so much 03reptile
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-28-2013, 08:22 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by pcy View Post
I drove Boston to Orlando and then on to Key West in my 530i back in December. A total of about 3500 miles during 11 days.
We wanted to maximize the time in FL, so I drove straight.

Just enjoy the ride and the trip. Car can handle it.
Omg, that's a crazy drive distance.. How often did you take breaks?

11 day would be a great trip, i am actually going for a 6 day trip

Thanks
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-28-2013, 09:20 AM
6ICEMAN9's Avatar
6ICEMAN9 6ICEMAN9 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Wherever the USAF puts me, currently NC
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 265
Mein Auto: 08 550i
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Wow you live close to Raleigh, We should meet up sometime..

Yea my family wants to stay in Savannah as well as its pretty much half way to Orlando..

How is your experience with hotels around savannah? Any suggestions..

Yes setting speed limit is the best option as i tend to lose my temper when i see our competitor cars..

Thanks Dude..
As far as hotels, we just picked one off the highway. I don't remember which one as it was a year ago. Like I said we left around 11 at night so the kids could sleep for the first five hrs and would be that long of a rid for them. No problem and hope all goes well. OBTW, I'm in Goldsboro.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-28-2013, 09:32 AM
pcy pcy is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Boston
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,296
Mein Auto: '06 530i, '07 C280, ML320
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Omg, that's a crazy drive distance.. How often did you take breaks?

11 day would be a great trip, i am actually going for a 6 day trip
Thanks
Just took couple of half hour breaks. Wife and daughter slept thru most of the way. Set the cruise on, drove for about 22 hours and reached Orlando. Spent few days in Orlando. Then drove to Ft.Lauderdate. Spent couple of days there. Then to Miami and Key West, spent couple of days there. Returned back.

Even after I drove the car pretty much continuously for 22 hours with breaks, when I opened the hood just to check everything, engine compartment wasn't hot at all (this was during last 2 weeks of December). I took a flashlight and checked under the hood at each gas fill-up. I got around 31MPG with cruise set half way. Averaged around 65MPH. Some places the speed limit is 70.

Whenever I drive long distances, especially in the winter, I get FTM error on the iDrive. After checking all tires and resetting the FTM, the error goes away.

Return trip took me around 24 hours (Ft.Lauderdale to Boston area). We drove to Orlando in 2011 as well same way.

I saw many cars with Quebec license plates (on the way as well as while in FL). I thought they are more crazier than me.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-28-2013, 09:38 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by 6ICEMAN9 View Post
As far as hotels, we just picked one off the highway. I don't remember which one as it was a year ago. Like I said we left around 11 at night so the kids could sleep for the first five hrs and would be that long of a rid for them. No problem and hope all goes well. OBTW, I'm in Goldsboro.
Sure dude.. Let me check for something close to the HWY.. Thank you
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266

Last edited by F1.tifosi; 03-28-2013 at 10:18 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-28-2013, 10:50 AM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by pcy View Post
Just took couple of half hour breaks. Wife and daughter slept thru most of the way. Set the cruise on, drove for about 22 hours and reached Orlando. Spent few days in Orlando. Then drove to Ft.Lauderdate. Spent couple of days there. Then to Miami and Key West, spent couple of days there. Returned back.

Even after I drove the car pretty much continuously for 22 hours with breaks, when I opened the hood just to check everything, engine compartment wasn't hot at all (this was during last 2 weeks of December). I took a flashlight and checked under the hood at each gas fill-up. I got around 31MPG with cruise set half way. Averaged around 65MPH. Some places the speed limit is 70.

Whenever I drive long distances, especially in the winter, I get FTM error on the iDrive. After checking all tires and resetting the FTM, the error goes away.

Return trip took me around 24 hours (Ft.Lauderdale to Boston area). We drove to Orlando in 2011 as well same way.

I saw many cars with Quebec license plates (on the way as well as while in FL). I thought they are more crazier than me.
Wow that must be a wonderful long trip dude.. I don't think i can take that long, Yea flashlight is a must i guess.. Good you reminded me i should keep it..

Quebec That is crazy..

I am excited to drive the bimmer for this long, Thank you dude
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-28-2013, 11:14 AM
boramkiv's Avatar
boramkiv boramkiv is offline
Propellers Up Front
Location: Chesapeake, VA
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,771
Mein Auto: Some Bavarian car outside
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Wow, Dallas to Chesapeake that is one heck of a drive..
Sure let me check all the things you mentioned and keep things intact.
I don't have a Radar detector, but i will be ordering one today.
Pushing N54, i pretty much fight with my wife on this.. the last time to DC we were arguing the whole drive.. She wants me to keep the car at the speed limit all the time... That's impossible as my foot is craving for the push.. But yea on my way back from DC i put the car on cruise and had no other option

Yes will stop often and get some nice fresh air and look out for Bears hahaha.. last time when we stopped on the way to Smoky, tons of bears were just behind us..

Thanks you for the tips and suggestions boramkiv
Yep, when duty calls you gotta go. I was coming back to be with my newborn.
This was June '11. The E60 is about as good as it gets for long trips. Running through Texas, and I'm reading 108 degrees Fahrenheit on the dash (highest I saw that day) meanwhile the A/C is full blast and I'm nice and cool. Not cold, but not uncomfortable. I HAD to rest that night only because I thought I was too hard on the car that day.

The next day though, I set myself up for a full day of driving. The confidence was there and I was determined to make it without stopping again. With absolutely no warning lights other than a low washer fluid warning the entire trip, ill say its a great long hauler.
Despite what you hear, the radar detector isn't so you have a free pass to speed, it's for those situations where you just need to know where the cops are. Coming over a crest and you're unaware of the posted limit, speeding up to get away from big rigs etc...
It's just funny to get the warning miles away and you're like "aha where is he, where is he"
"There he is behind those trees!!"

Either way take plenty of photos and enjoy the trip. Don't worry too much about the car. Realistically you will worry a tad bit, but don't let it impede your vacation.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-28-2013, 12:02 PM
03reptile 03reptile is offline
Registered User
Location: Gaithersburg, Md
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 39
Mein Auto: 08 BMW 535I
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Sure let me get that kit today, Sure i'll take quart of Oil in case... Yea i try to keep the 5+ and close to 10 even though my wife keeps telling to reduce hahaha

Completely agree i'll make sure to keep distance and also keep on the right lane.. Thank you so much 03reptile
You're welcome, my friend. Have a fun journey!
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-28-2013, 12:10 PM
pjinca pjinca is offline
USAF Pararescue Veteran
Location: SoCal
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 2,102
Mein Auto: 2008 550i
Really you shouldn't have to worry. I'd just check the car for leaks. Check the tires for nails, screws, leaks, etc. Then right before you leave I would put blue painter's tape on the leading edges of my bumper, lip, hood if you don't already have a clear bra to protect the paint.
__________________

[B]2008 550 - Carbon Black/Black - M-sport, Cold Weather, Premium, NAV, Comfort Access, Logic 7 (LOADED, every option except night vision)

Previous 3 cars (the 550 is my 38th car):
2005 530i - Prem, Sport, NAV
2006 Jeep SRT-8
2003 Infiniti G35 coupe
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-28-2013, 12:15 PM
Kamdog's Avatar
Kamdog Kamdog is offline
-- Robert S. Johnson 56FG
Location: New York
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 5,867
Mein Auto: 2008 535i
The car should be fine, just do the normal checks for air, fluids, etc.,

We drove home from Asheville, NC, 750 miles, in one day. You should have no trouble, just do the normal stops.
__________________

535i, Monaco, Cream, Light Poplar, Comfort Seats, PP, Nav, ED.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-28-2013, 02:02 PM
hhibmw hhibmw is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 242
Mein Auto: 2010 328i Black sedan
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Wow you live close to Raleigh, We should meet up sometime..

Yea my family wants to stay in Savannah as well as its pretty much half way to Orlando..

How is your experience with hotels around savannah? Any suggestions..

Yes setting speed limit is the best option as i tend to lose my temper when i see our competitor cars..

Thanks Dude..
Lots of hotels/motels if you exit 95 at the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport exit. Nice and safe, no worries for the family. I've lived in the area for 14 years and know it very well. Enjoy the trip.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:23 PM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by hhibmw View Post
Lots of hotels/motels if you exit 95 at the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport exit. Nice and safe, no worries for the family. I've lived in the area for 14 years and know it very well. Enjoy the trip.
Sure checking now, thanks for the information dude.. Appreciate it..
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:24 PM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kamdog View Post
The car should be fine, just do the normal checks for air, fluids, etc.,

We drove home from Asheville, NC, 750 miles, in one day. You should have no trouble, just do the normal stops.
Yes i am gonna check all these basic stuffs and get it all set.. Thank you pal
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:26 PM
German Steel German Steel is offline
Registered User
Location: Durham NC USA
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 65
Mein Auto: 2008 535xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Hi Friends

I am planning to take my family to Disneyland,FL

This would be my first trip with my 535i for almost 10hrs. I have traveled to NY and Atlanta which are almost 6-7hrs from Raleigh..

I have few questions

1. How frequently should i take break(Rest for the car and how many minutes you guys suggest)
2. I did a service at 38K miles, now i am running 41K, i hope it should be ok.. Please let me know if i need to check any basic things in the car so i dont get any surprises.
3. How much do you guys think the BMW assistance is worth? Should i rely on them for anything or i should call my warranty in case of any mechanical issues with the car.
4. Any other tips and suggestions, please

Thanks as always
I just finished a roundtrip from Durham North Carolina to Miami and I drove the each leg in my BMW 2008 535 Xi in about 11 hrs with bathroom breaks and gas.
I recommend traveling on a Sunday if possible as many of the construction projects are not active and traffic flow through these areas is much better. The dealer checked underneath my hood and said they had topped off all the fluids before my trip and of course my tires were inflated to specs (I increased these values by 3 lbs anticipating load/speed). As mentioned by another post it is a good idea when taking a trip in E60 to have an extra quart of oil. My car requested a quart halfway through the 1500 mile round trip.
I was in the front pack of cars but never in the lead. My average speeds were above 80 mph. This was absolutely the most fun I've ever had driving a car on a long distance trip. Even with my assertive driving style at high speed this wondrous piece of machinery averaged 26 miles per gallon. Yes there were plenty of Highway patrolman along the way but if you are using common sense about where and when you speed, you could avoid tickets and enjoy occasional autobahn speeds :-) I had fun rapidly catching up with my rabbits out front during clear stretches of road.
However you take this trip, you should feel real good about it as your car is the ultimate road trip vehicle.

Last edited by German Steel; 03-28-2013 at 03:27 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:38 PM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by pjinca View Post
Really you shouldn't have to worry. I'd just check the car for leaks. Check the tires for nails, screws, leaks, etc. Then right before you leave I would put blue painter's tape on the leading edges of my bumper, lip, hood if you don't already have a clear bra to protect the paint.
Great, I would never check these, good info

Yea i was thinking of Road Wrap kind of stuff, i have seen cars fully wrapping.. Looks funny but yea it really protects from rock chips and debris..

Thank you Pjinca
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:41 PM
pjinca pjinca is offline
USAF Pararescue Veteran
Location: SoCal
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 2,102
Mein Auto: 2008 550i
Quote:
Originally Posted by F1.tifosi View Post
Great, I would never check these, good info

Yea i was thinking of Road Wrap kind of stuff, i have seen cars fully wrapping.. Looks funny but yea it really protects from rock chips and debris..

Thank you Pjinca
LOL, yeah, I'd rather look funny for a bit than get back home with a bumper that looks like the face of the moon. Besides, blue tape is cheap. You can always get a clear bra later.
__________________

[B]2008 550 - Carbon Black/Black - M-sport, Cold Weather, Premium, NAV, Comfort Access, Logic 7 (LOADED, every option except night vision)

Previous 3 cars (the 550 is my 38th car):
2005 530i - Prem, Sport, NAV
2006 Jeep SRT-8
2003 Infiniti G35 coupe
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:43 PM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03reptile View Post
You're welcome, my friend. Have a fun journey!
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 03-28-2013, 03:50 PM
F1.tifosi's Avatar
F1.tifosi F1.tifosi is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NC
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 566
Send a message via Yahoo to F1.tifosi
Mein Auto: BMW 535i Sport, 08 Accord
Quote:
Originally Posted by boramkiv View Post
Yep, when duty calls you gotta go. I was coming back to be with my newborn.
This was June '11. The E60 is about as good as it gets for long trips. Running through Texas, and I'm reading 108 degrees Fahrenheit on the dash (highest I saw that day) meanwhile the A/C is full blast and I'm nice and cool. Not cold, but not uncomfortable. I HAD to rest that night only because I thought I was too hard on the car that day.

The next day though, I set myself up for a full day of driving. The confidence was there and I was determined to make it without stopping again. With absolutely no warning lights other than a low washer fluid warning the entire trip, ill say its a great long hauler.
Despite what you hear, the radar detector isn't so you have a free pass to speed, it's for those situations where you just need to know where the cops are. Coming over a crest and you're unaware of the posted limit, speeding up to get away from big rigs etc...
It's just funny to get the warning miles away and you're like "aha where is he, where is he"
"There he is behind those trees!!"

Either way take plenty of photos and enjoy the trip. Don't worry too much about the car. Realistically you will worry a tad bit, but don't let it impede your vacation.
I know final verdict goes to the better half That's good to know that E60 can sustain a long trip with hot weather outside...A day full of driving, omg i think this is a true beast Driving with a kid i think i might just maintain +5 over the speed limit..

Yes photo's for sure definitely, will post some and will check in here on and off during nights.. Thanks again for the tips
__________________
418whp/476wtq, 0-60 in 3.83s
Jet Black | LCSW | DP WT | ZCW | ZPP | ZSP | 261 | 2TB | 322 | 415 | 416 | 609 | 610 | 620 | 677 | 6FL | 6UH |F/R Cameras | Escort 9500ix |
Cobb (Race E30 Map PTF -Jake) | Injen DCI | BMS OCC | ER anodized FMIC |AR DP Catted |TIAL Q BOV | ER Diverter Valve Charge Pipe | Quaife LSD | RPI GT Race Catback Exhaust | P3(VIDI) Boost Gauge| BMS LT Thermostat | LED AE, Interior, Fog, Side Marker | 19" Style 433 M | Michelin PS A/S 3 |
BMWCCA member# 480266
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms