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Old 11th August 2007, 12:37   #31
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the perfomance of the car is too good.
had driven all 5's (except M5) in chennai during training.
while me in 525D behind the guy in a 530i, he was not able to make a distance on a flat out road.
so thats the kind of perfomance u you can expect
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the perfomance of the car is too good.
had driven all 5's (except M5) in chennai during training.
while me in 525D behind the guy in a 530i, he was not able to make a distance on a flat out road.
so thats the kind of perfomance u you can expect
Thats remarkable.
I wonder what a 525d with Pete's/PSi diesel tuning chip would do then! Smoke a 550i ?

doctorque: Have you got any owner's feedback on mileage?
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Congratulations on booking the D. The BMW diesel in is a league of its own. Nice driving impression too. I suppose they dont offer the 530D here yet.
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@ Dippy : hi friend, just to mention BMW doesnt offer the 530D here and they dont need to as the 525D is a 3 Litre engine now.

@ Sahil : great buy. the economy would be anywhere around 6-10 Kmpl depending on the way you drive.
By the way these cars have a huge tendency of varying mileages due to driving. so drive well and save well.
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So let's see, that's around $122,000 for a 525D BMW? Jesus...

The 525D is a nice car, but nowhere near THAT nice!
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So let's see, that's around $122,000 for a 525D BMW? Jesus...

The 525D is a nice car, but nowhere near THAT nice!
Well, if you convert indian car prices into dollar value no car will be worthwhile,specially luxury cars.

Try converting some of the CBU imports into dollar value and you will be even more shocked...$65,000+ for a 4cyl camry! $220,000 for an S350 !!
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You're right, the sad part is that the only thing that will stop the so called "luxury car" makers from charging these HUGE premiums for their cars (and their lower to mid-range cars at that) is when people refuse to pay them these ridiculous prices, but that's not going to happen any time soon, so I guess they'll persist with their low volume, high margin games.
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You're right, the sad part is that the only thing that will stop the so called "luxury car" makers from charging these HUGE premiums for their cars (and their lower to mid-range cars at that) is when people refuse to pay them these ridiculous prices, but that's not going to happen any time soon, so I guess they'll persist with their low volume, high margin games.
theyre not charging huge premiums.. the government is. with their 100% duty on all CBUs.
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The 523i and 525i are not CBUs as I understand it. They are assembled locally, like the Accords, Sonatas, Octavias, etc. Yet comparing the price in India to the price abroad they are charging a very much higher percentage than the others. Even CBU cars like the Mondeo are priced very much closer to what they are abroad compared to these SKD cars.

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The 523i and 525i are not CBUs as I understand it. They are assembled locally, like the Accords, Sonatas, Octavias, etc. Yet comparing the price in India to the price abroad they are charging a very much higher percentage than the others. Even CBU cars like the Mondeo are priced very much closer to what they are abroad compared to these SKD cars.
Thats not completly true. I just configured a 525d with similar features as the one offered in India on the BMW UK website and the total came to 40,000 pounds that too without run flats and some features that i could not locate.

I guess that much of a difference is justified considering that CKDs too have a considerable amount of duty levied on them as all the parts are imported, only assembly is done here.

Considering the features on the Indian models such as Xenon,Run-flats,etc BMW must have subsidized the rates for India to pull a maruti-effect on Mercedes.

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Really? That's interesting. PM me the specs on your new car, I'd love to do a little configuring myself. BTW, the reason you can't locate the run flats on the car configurator is because BMW have offered exclusively run-flats on their entire range abroad for a couple of years now.

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run flats
does the 5-Series come with run-flat tyres in India, or are they optional / NA?
here (in the US), the RWD 3-Series has optional run-flats (standard on the 335) with the larger rims, whereas the 5-Series comes with tubeless tyres and a space-saver stepney.
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In Europe all BMW's (apart from the M-cars) come with Run-Flats as standard. No options are available on that front.
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does the 5-Series come with run-flat tyres in India, or are they optional / NA?
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Run-flats are standard on all BMWs made in India. there is no stepney in the boot either. The dealer mentioned that they cost 30,000Rs per tyre! So they better last a lifetime coz i am gonna go broke when the thread wears out
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correct but partially,
apart from a 7 series, run flat tyres are standard on all cars.
think thats a great thing as BMW India is providing most of the international features as standard here.
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