In Reply to: .... posted by Brian Lewis on July 06, 2000 at 11:50:30:
: : I am new to this board and have some questions. I have pretty much decided to get a 540i 6sp so I went to the local dealer to check things out. They didn't have any 540i's and surprise...tried to sell me a 528 because it is plenty quick enough! Unfortunately the dealer left a bit to be desired, they didn't seem to know much and I'd like to get some feedback on wether they are giving me accurate information on the points below.
: : 1. No 540i 6sp available for at least 4 months (shortage of engines)
: : 2. Price - MSRP, no discounts
: : 3. Can't put in aftermarket sound systems (typically cause $2K+ damage to electrical system) and the premium stereo option is the way to go
: : 4. Sport seats in 540i same as M5
: : 5. Lease factor currently 0.004, 61% residual after 3 years
: : I live on the East Bay of SF, any dealer recommendations?
: : Thanks in advance for your help.
: 1) Sounds like a load a BS
: 2) Depends, give them a bid under, if they say no, walk and see what they do, worst case come back the next day and pay the same price
: 3) Now that is definitely a load of bs. Aftermarket systems use the PREAMP outputs of the tuner, Don't get the DSP, I have it and am ripping it out shortly to install an aftermarket system.
: 4) not sure, I like the sport seats in my 540 sport
: 5) unknown
: 6) I know a dealer here in Southern Cali (Crevier BMW Santa Ana) had a 540i6 new on its lot, basically same as mine but with a 6 speed instead of a 5