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Re: 528i Problems after a long trip (archive)

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Posted by Jim Cash on July 07, 2000 at 15:34:01:

In Reply to: 528i Problems after a long trip posted by dpom on July 07, 2000 at 15:02:15:

: Hello all,

: I just finished a week long trip with my new 528i (7.5k miles on it) through France and Germany and have several problems to note and hope BMW NA is reading so they can further develop and refine the ultimate driving machine.
: * I did purchase the BMW bike rack, and although it is not the best looking system, it is a good working system and I used it to secure two mountain bikes. My overall fuel economy was hindered by 5mpg however, and I never went above 90 mph on the autobahn.
: * I got a small chip on the passenger side windshield from a small rock :(
: * I liked the steering of the E34, the E39 steering feels a lot like a Honda now, not as smooth and powerful as the E34
: * The trunk lid definitely needs a small motorized closer function. The trunk is designed so that it is very hard to shut with one slam, and then you are not always sure if it is shut. The way to beat this one is if the car has a motorized trunk closer like Lincolns do, that way, once the trunk is shut within 5 inches of being closed, the motor automatically closes the trunk. This will also reduce the amount of scratches to the paint on the trunk causes by wedding rings when shutting.
: * Onboard digital compass is a must, especially in Europe where roads to not always go N to S, or E to W. I would love to see the addition of this function! I of course do not have the Navigation System.
: * Automatic headlamps would be a good option too, ones that turn on at dusk and auto off after turning the car off.

: These are just a couple of my comments that I noticed from driving the car on a long trip. Other than those listed above, the car performed beautifully and I love it!

: Derek
: '00 528i
: '89 535i


Will BMW sometimes reads these boards - it is best to send feedback directly to the company.

And please do so - your points are worthwhile. At least I think so becasue I have said the same to them on several occasions.

YES - A compass is needed - in many locations we do not yet have the mapping completedd to be able to use the navigation system. BMW told me many years ago that I should just install an "aftermarket compass". Well those often don't work very well arouind the cabin electronics, and also ruin the look of the dash.
I noticed that BMW individual now show a mirror with a compass readout in it - so pearhaps they are changing.

Also agree about the trunk closure (somewhat - I do find it is possible to close it in one movement if you use the inner handle and do a fast pull down.
I have suggested further that they also use electrically controlled lifters - that would lift the lid - on the second press of the trunk open button. It is nice to be able to open the trunk with the remote - but if you are carrying stuff in both hands you still have to put it down to open the trunk. I have seen this feature on the tailgates of vans - so BMW should be able to figure it out for the trunk lid.

Regarding steering - that is the first time they have used a R&P system in a 5. The 540 still has the RB system that you had in the E34. Most people like the new R&P system - interresting to hear your observation.

Jim Cash
London, Ontario, Canada

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