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      09-16-2019, 03:39 PM   #9
Second Lieutenant

Drives: 2020 BMW 530xe
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: USA

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Originally Posted by SteveinArizona View Post
I ordered my 530e built as well and I went with the mocha nappa leather. Way, way, way better than the Dakota. Did you add the leather dash? I think it finishes off the interior.

Mine is now 20 months old and other than the small storage compartment under the light switch not always staying closed (I have emailed by CA telling her that it happened and I will want it addressed when I next come in, which looks like in 4 months for my one year service) the car has been rock solid. If the storage compartment is the only problem after 20 months, I am happy.

I predict you will enjoy your new car. While I would always want more power (I did grow up watching "Home Improvement"), the car does have ample power to pull away from a street light and to pass cars on a road with a 75 mph speed limit.

I do a lot of local driving, and I have a 240 volt charger in my garage so I am able to charge during the day after trips. Given that, I have been getting between 700 and 1,000 miles on a tank of gasoline (12.4 gallon tank). I don't particularly care about mpg but I bought the phev because I do care about the environment. I also like to drive in a spirited manner so my compromise is the max EV for local driving and full out power for country roads and highways.
I didn't go with the leather dash as I was worried about how well it would hold up in the 5-7 year timeframe since I can't garage the car where I live. Though I do agree with you that it does a great job to complete the interior.

I am very much looking forward to the car as it seems like a perfect balance between efficiency and power. My wife and I share our car (I work from home so driving is heavily tipped toward the leisure scale) and she prefers economical driving and votes a Smart Car as the best choice. I prefer a much more sporty driving style and this car can really wear both hats well.

Where I hope it performs well is on longer road trips. We do 1K mile RT road trips to see family fairly frequently and during those electric charge may deplete and I'm hoping the car will still feel good to drive in those scenarios. My understanding is eBoost is always there so it shouldn't feel slow ever.

The only option I didn't add that would have been a nice to have is probably Night Vision, but I am not entirely sure how much I'd use it even if I did get it honestly. More of a "cool" feature I guess. The Adaptive LED headlights should be more than enough.

My guesstimate is we'll have the car around 10/5 or 10/12.