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      06-04-2006, 03:23 AM   #23
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3er's priority: 1. Sporty 2. Luxury 3. Comfy

5er's priority: 1. Luxury 2. Comfy 3. Sporty

Not that im saying thats the preference for 3series owners and 5 series owners, but what the actual car really "do" and feel like.

take your pick. whats your priority?
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i think the 530 is more suitable for you. yes, 3 series is more sporty, but i always feel humble when i drive next to a 5 series. to me, theres just more of a spotlight on the 5 series. everytime i see another 3 series, i just think to myself "it looks a little bulky." But the ride is awesome. Its all preference i guess
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3er's priority: 1. Sporty 2. Luxury 3. Comfy

5er's priority: 1. Luxury 2. Comfy 3. Sporty

Not that im saying thats the preference for 3series owners and 5 series owners, but what the actual car really "do" and feel like.

take your pick. whats your priority?
I like that.

I pick number 1.

Plus the 3 looks better.
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go with the 5 series. I think you would be happier and better off with a 5 series. It'd suit you more. G'luck with your decision.
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Either one would be great, for me it would boil down to economics. The E90 is a lot less expensive than a 5-series. That said, it sounds like a 525 would be the best car for you. Despite the comments about how similar the two are, there is quite a bit more interior room in the 5-series. Two inches more shoulder room, inch and a half rear knee room may not sound like much, but in reality that puts it in a different class.
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Quote:
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3er's priority: 1. Sporty 2. Luxury 3. Comfy

5er's priority: 1. Luxury 2. Comfy 3. Sporty

Not that im saying thats the preference for 3series owners and 5 series owners, but what the actual car really "do" and feel like.

take your pick. whats your priority?
This helps. Thanks!
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Either one would be great, for me it would boil down to economics. The E90 is a lot less expensive than a 5-series. That said, it sounds like a 525 would be the best car for you. Despite the comments about how similar the two are, there is quite a bit more interior room in the 5-series. Two inches more shoulder room, inch and a half rear knee room may not sound like much, but in reality that puts it in a different class.
Hmmm. Good points. For my every day commute, I don't need the room, but it would be nice to have another option for family activities. I priced it out and it's $10k more. Kind of lot considering how much a 330i costs in Hawaii. I would consider the 525i as a less expensive option, but I really liked the acceleration of the 330i - that's why I settled on it. Like I said, I am not an aggressive driver, but I would like to have some get up and go when I need it.
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well for the 5 series at least... i'm not diggin the look. the rear lights are shaped too aggresively for a rear end that doesnt look aggresive at all... and likewise for the front. unless your getting a M5, i wouldnt consider the 530i unless of course you have a family and is looking for alot of room and comfort that the 330i will not provide for the rear passengers.
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      06-04-2006, 05:09 PM   #32
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Either one would be great, for me it would boil down to economics. The E90 is a lot less expensive than a 5-series. That said, it sounds like a 525 would be the best car for you. Despite the comments about how similar the two are, there is quite a bit more interior room in the 5-series. Two inches more shoulder room, inch and a half rear knee room may not sound like much, but in reality that puts it in a different class.
Well, the E90 starts out lower than the 5er, but (using MSRP as a guide) a similarly equipped 530i would have an MSRP of ca. $53,000 while my 330xi has an MSRP of $50,000. Not a big difference.

Of course, I came out of a 5er and really like the 3er better so I wouldn´t consider the 5er anyway. Only the 3er provides true Freude am Fahren.
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      06-04-2006, 05:27 PM   #33
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Remember too that you can find a pre-owned 530i in excellent condition and that right there takes $5 to $8 grand right off original purchase price. There's one in my area at a BMW dealer and there selling it for $44K with only 8000 miles on it. So comparing it to a brand new 3, that sounds like a good deal to look for a nice pre-owned one, search your local dealers.

I also don't care too much for the rear of the 5, it's the trunk that just doesn't flow right.

There is also about 2 more inches in leg room in the rear of the 5 series compared to the 3.
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