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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 03-21-2014, 08:15 AM
banglenot banglenot is offline
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If the car had one trip per week long enough the engine to reach the operating temperature (like minimum 30minutes of driving) then it should be fine. Otherwise the engine oil won't reach all the tiny places (the warmer the oil is the thinner it is so it can get into tiny places). Plus the valves could have deposits on them by short distance driving. You need to burn out those deposits by driving fast occasionally.
A minor comment. In this case, "fast" really means "high steady RPM", with an occasional sharp acceleration from speed. If you're not doing 70 mph long trips on a regular basis, put it in 3rd, 4th or 5th (depending on where your driving) and run it up to 5-6K rpm for about 10 minutes. Perhaps once every 4-6 weeks or so. Keep it steady to heat up the engine nice and hot, cook the crap off the plugs and valves, force deposits through it and boil off any moisture that has condensed in the oil. It'll thank you for that.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:17 AM
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I believe they actually just replaced the battery. 10-4 on the transmission fluids. Need to develop a relationship with a local mechanic anyway, so that should be a good start in about 10k miles.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:56 PM
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Pulled the trigger gents. First ride down the I-90 between Buffalo and Rochester, and my God do I love this car. I just need to name her. Frontrunners are:

-Brenda
-Beatrix
-Yvonne
-Gretchen
-Stephanie
Obviously we cannot comment on this without seeing a picture.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:36 PM
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No offense OP whatsoever but I've noticed most car names seem to be along the lines of a hookers :screwy:
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:48 PM
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No offense OP whatsoever but I've noticed most car names seem to be along the lines of a hookers :screwy:
Better a Bimmer than the real thing, perhaps
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:58 PM
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Better a Bimmer than the real thing, perhaps
^ for sure lol.
If I had to pick a name from your list though OP it would have to be Yvonne, depending on your color. It just sounds more like it should be a bimmer's name than the others. When I hear the name Gretchen for a car name it makes me think of some huge, slow, ugly absolute road boat of a car for some reason. :dunno

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:01 AM
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Congrats on the ride and the GREAT deal. If you havent already, make sure to slap that gearshifter over to the left once in a while. You don't HAVE to shift it manually, just move it left and it goes into "automatic sport" mode...really wakes that care up and is fun as hell on the twistys.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:58 PM
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Pulled the trigger gents. First ride down the I-90 between Buffalo and Rochester, and my God do I love this car. I just need to name her. Frontrunners are:

-Brenda
-Beatrix
-Yvonne
-Gretchen
-Stephanie

Thanks for all the advice! Now just need to sell my Altima. Got it detailed, and going to see what Carmax will give me, but also looking into private sale.
I've never been one to name my cars by anything other than what the factory designated it. Just my $.02......

If possible, you might consider keeping the Nissan and using it as a winter car. I believe you have salted roads 5 months out of the year!
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:10 PM
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Congrats on the ride and the GREAT deal. If you havent already, make sure to slap that gearshifter over to the left once in a while. You don't HAVE to shift it manually, just move it left and it goes into "automatic sport" mode...really wakes that care up and is fun as hell on the twistys.
OK, help me out here. That is the one thing I didn't try on the car yesterday, because the last time I did it on a car, it's like it kept going down a gear, and I couldn't get it to the taller gears for the highway. When I drive a manual gearbox, well, it still has a clutch.

The dealer was really no help on this, so in a 2008, what do you do? pop it up and down after you go left?
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:13 PM
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When you push the shift lever to the left, and do not push forward/backward, it goes into sport mode. That means it holds the gears longer before upshifting and downshifting, sorta like you'd want on a racetrack....or on the backroads. (maybe a drag race:thumb up For just getting on the highway and to get into the highest gear just push it right and it will return to normal mode.

Note, Sport mode sucks the go-go juice...so if economy is your thing...stay away, cuz it can be addictive.
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