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Old 08-03-2007, 03:37 PM
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please, talk me into buying this...

ok, i posted last month that my wife and i are looking to trade in our 2003 4runner for another car (we currently own an x5, paid off). we have been searching and undecided between 04-05 rx 330 and 04-05 bmw 530i, they run at the same price range. i just found one bmw 2004 530i which matches perfectly, only one thing, its smg and my wife doesn't drive manual. can smg be set to automatic? whats your input between 2004rx330 and 2004bmw530i? thanks for any input.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:40 PM
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yes..smg can be automatic. at least the M5 was.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:27 PM
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SMG can be used as an automatic but it will not be as good as an automatic. Not even close. It's really meant to be used in sequental (manual) mode, with an automatic for the 10% of the time your significant other drives it.

The RX330 is the ultimate luxury washing machine. It rolls like the spin cycle, the gearbox is filled with soapy laundry detergent, and is about as invigorating to operate as choosing between Permanent Press or Regular wash. However like all modern Energy Star appliances, it costs very little to run in the short to mid-term. Reliability is decent and if your wife wants a quiet, comfortable transport device to get to her destinations, the RX330 will do this better than the 2004 5-series. The '04 5-series was not great on reliability. I would rather you find a '02 or '03 E39 5-series. For the price of a '04 530i, you can get a well-equipped E39, even a 540i if you're willing to replace the cooling hoses and radiator.
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Old 08-03-2007, 05:06 PM
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yea... but honestly the SMG is going to be more hassle then its worth... The jury is still out on long-term reliability...

Plus the SMG will never shift smoothly like an automatic unless you drive it like pretending like its a manual - its a completely different mindset...
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I wasn't aware that a 530 has SMG like in the ///M . I think it's just an automatic with paddle shifters.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:25 PM
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I would get the RX. The 5-Series is more hassle than it is worth.
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no SMG for the 04 530's. It's a steptronic.
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no SMG for the 04 530's. It's a steptronic.
I'm pretty sure it was available. Very rare, yes, but still available, so probably a customer ordered vehicle.

In 2004, SMG was available on a LOT of BMWs, including the 325i, 330i and their respective coupes/convertibles, and across the entire 5-series range.
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:04 AM
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I'm pretty sure it was available. Very rare, yes, but still available, so probably a customer ordered vehicle.

In 2004, SMG was available on a LOT of BMWs, including the 325i, 330i and their respective coupes/convertibles, and across the entire 5-series range.
incorrect.. SSG was available for several models including the Z4 but again not for the 530i. I was not offered. I have the 04 ordering guide and brochure in front of me.
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