One of the features that drew me to this particular car were the split rear folding seats option. I had it in my Legacy and I loved this feature for the extra cargo space
Yeah, I wish I had this option on my E39. I'm a filmmaker, and that means you have to carry gigantic metal boxes full of lenses and crazy shit like that. It doesn't go together well with leather...
Oh, and I hate you. I'd even put up with the culture over there if it meant I could have a cheap M5... That, and we didn't get manual box E39s apart from the M5. Lucky man! (or until you get that VANOS bill! )
I think I know why your country didn't get that option, because the split folding rear seats was marketed as a 'ski/cold weather vacation' option package in our country for loading of skis and snowboards. I'm guessing they didn't want to market it that way in Oz.
Yeah and a 'cheap M5' is never 'cheap'. ironically I think the less one pays to purchase...the more it will cost him in the long run.
My advice for anyone shopping for one, if you find one at a price you desire...buy the one that is actually $2-3K more that already has some of the preventative maintanance/parts replacement not done on the cheaper one. Will save wasted time and money, as well as you can use that time actually driving the car vs it being up on stands or stuck in a shop.
We buy these cars after all to drive and enjoy them...not to get them worked on all the time.
How are you liking the Dynavin? Heard some pretty conflicting reports of it.
It's not a perfect solution and I've read a lot of the same complaints you have. The version I bought runs on Win CE and was from a local BMW owner who demonstrated the unit operations to me before he pulled it out of his car, so I got to see it in action and confirm that it works. It has USB inputs in the back but when I put in a USB flash drive it didn't read the files so Im not sure if files need to be properly formattted.
But DVD and divx video playback is nice. I didn't put in the ipod controller but instead used a passive ipod input cable and plugged it into the Aux IN so I can control music directly from my iphone. Radio is so-so, even with the antenna adapter, the reception is so-so but I don't listen to radio anyway so it doesn't bother me. the Bluetooth pairing works really well with good audio and microphone pickup, as well as instantly pairing with my phone on power up, also pairing is very quick within seconds of starting the car. Also I can stream bluetooth audio without plugging the iphone into the cable as well which is a nice option, but for some reason I cannot run the nav at the same time as bluetooth audio streaming. However the nav software can work at the same time while ipod music is playing. radio, or DVD/mpg videos are playing.
The Nav software is good in some ways, not good in others.
Thanks for the honest review, good to know. One of the biggest gripes about the units over here is that they don't like winter temperatures (below 14 degrees fahrenheit, but I'm guessing that won't be a problem there.
The car looks awesome. The hood looks remarkably stone chip free. Have you changed the angel eyes bulbs to purplish ones or is that just the photo?