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Re: Are they revising the 540i's too?? (archive)

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Posted by Bry-Dog on July 04, 2000 at 16:17:03:

In Reply to: Re: Are they revising the 540i's too?? posted by Kenny on July 03, 2000 at 16:54:50:

From the info I got out of two different dealers: the 525i will have the 2.5 liter engine found in the 323i. When the 330i comes out, the 323i will be re-named the 325i. I have no clue as to why the 525i would head to the states, but I have a feeling it is BMW's way of competing with the Volkswagen Passat. I know the Volkswagen is headed towards the upscale market and trying to compete with Mercedes while Audi is going to try to beat BMW's sales. I have no doubt that the TT roadster can beat the sales figures off a Z3 (2.8), but the new Z3 (3.0) should kick ass.

Back to the 525i, if it is as heavy as the 323i Convertible (which I drove and instantly felt WAY underpowered), the 525i will only impress the first-time BMW owners. We - on the other hand, have to wait and wait and wait - because the M5 will ALWAYS have a waiting list :(


: If the 530i's are coming out soon, are they bumping up the performance of the 540i's also?? I was just curious about this.. If they are, maybe you can get a big discount on a new 540i instead..

: BTW- What the heck is a 525i?? Is that the same engine as in the 323i ?? Why would BMW even bother bringing that here?? Can the new 525i match the performance of the outgoing 528i??

: My personal opinion is to go for a well discounted 528i, any new engine or model will always have its little glitches that need to be worked out... Why be the guinea pig on a new $45k car??

: : Hey guys.

: : I don't mean to cross over on your "turf," but I think that it is time for me to give up on the large mass and appeal of my 1990 735i and take the plunge for a Y2K 528i with a sport/premium package. I am not in a rush, I just want something by the end of summer. I have found that 528i's of all kinds are being BLOWN out the doors to make room for - get this - a 525i AND a 530i. All six dealers within thirty miles of my home (CA) are repotedly getting shipments of 7-9 528i's EACH on July 7, 8, and 9th - and then that's it. Holy S#!t.! Is this a good time to snake a loaded 528i and run, or should I take a wait-and-see attitude and let the 525's and 530's roll in? In my opinion, a 525 is out, so do I need to wait two - ? months for a similar car that dealers won't be blowing out?

: : Never mind, I think I just answered my own questions. Anyway, what is a good "deal" for a 528i with sport/premium and lets say - DSP, moonroof, and a steptronic? I plan on taking the 36mo. lease.

: : Does anyone think that the Xenons are worth the dough? I have seen reports of problems on the 3 and 5 series models, are they correctable? Also, is there a website that is very useful for you 5-series owners? 7-series owners are very helpful with each other and get along very well (it's almost like a private club). Do you 5er owners ever hang out and do crazy weekend things too?





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