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Old 11-16-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Default anyone understand the differences between BMW 528, 535, 550 (i, etc)

After testdriving every car I could think of I have decided I prefer the drive of BMW and Lexus. Was considering XF until the day I had an appt at Jaguar, an article from Consumer Reports described the XF as #4 in expensive clunkers to avoid. That turned me off considerably. I don't love the drive of the Audi or Mercedes as much. I like the drive of the 5 series and have narrowed it down to Lexus GS or BMW 5 series. I don't need a boat of a car, I like sports cars, but I carpool kids, so I need a midsize 5 seater (though a 2 seater coupe is really what makes me happy).

So give me your thoughts on the 5 series, 528, 535, 550 and how they compare....maybe it will help me decide between lexus and bmw.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Texas
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One of my best friends has a 550 sedan - nice car. I enjoyed it (as much as I can enjoy a sedan).

The difference is engine size/horsepower.

528 - 239hp
530 - 300hp
550 - 360hp

You have to drive 'em and decide. Don't forget to drive the M5 while you are there. May be something you'd like.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I am surprised you like both BMW and Lexus -since they are very different in feel. I assume you compare the 5 series to the GS. Lexus is softer, more luxurious, and isolates you from the road. The BMW is almost the opposite.

I do not think CR actually called the XF a clunker at all. The XF is a terrific car but will probably have some of the usual Jaguar issues. But I owned a S-type 4L for 127K miles and enjoyed every mile. It was not troublefree but it was hardly a clunker. I think the XF is distinctive and worth re-considering.

I would choose Infiniti M, Jaguar XF, or Audi A6 over the 5 series and GS. The 5 series is almost a "herd" car these days. Unless you drive an M (a $$ beast) they are as common as Tahoes. The GS is beautifully finished but again too soft for me.

Other against the grain choices might be the Hyundai Genesis and even the Taurus SHO.

I didn't exactly answer the question I suppose - but that's because the 5 series just doesn't do it for me. I think the 528 will seem lethargic. The 535 much better.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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It's the motor. The first number is the car series. The next two used to represent the displacement of the motor, but they've gotten really loose with that. The 528i has a 3.0L inline six; the 535i has a twin-turbo 3.0L inline six; the 550i has a 4.8L V8. Then the M5 has a beastly V10.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Another way is to see who drives it:

528 = normalny brat
535 = brigadier
550 = boss
M5 = avtoritet

Seriously the main difference is under the hood, but you do get some other "stuff" like uprated suspension, etc. with the higher-zoot models.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
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Many people say if you buy a foreign car...well lets just say it's expensive to fix.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Many people say if you buy a foreign car...well lets just say it's expensive to fix.
your not making any sense of course it is expensive to fix it's a higher end BMW I like them but for the price would rather find a used 02-08 745IL
http://silomjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/BMW-5-Series-CAR.jpg (broken link)
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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YouTube - BMW 5 Series Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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iColti- I am pretty sure the maintenance is covered.

GTOLover, Thanks for the youtube video, it was interesting

Hoffdano, where I live 750's are a dime a dozen, dont actually see any 5's, just 7's and 3's.

I'm thinking 535 or 550 with M Sport Package. It depends on if the rear assist in the 550 is an actual camera view or just a 'beep'. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Many people say if you buy a foreign car...well lets just say it's expensive to fix.
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iColti- I am pretty sure the maintenance is covered.

GTOLover, Thanks for the youtube video, it was interesting

Hoffdano, where I live 750's are a dime a dozen, dont actually see any 5's, just 7's and 3's.

I'm thinking 535 or 550 with M Sport Package. It depends on if the rear assist in the 550 is an actual camera view or just a 'beep'. Any thoughts?
Yes, the maintenance is covered . One reason why I've gone BMW over the others. Didn't care for the ride in the Lexus. Too much like a grandma car or Cadillac. Not me. M-B dropped their maint. program when I bought my BMW so that kicked them out of the running. Had nothing but great things to say about the BMW. The current BMW is a 3 series w/ the sports package so that I can hand it down in a few months to my daughter. LOVE the M5 and it is a contender to replace the lose of my current BMW. Would love an M6 convertible next though and just might talk dh into it. Since I'd only be having to haul around 1 kid with the other driving .
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