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      04-27-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
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520d vs 325d

No...not for me, for my father. I know some of you have had 5 series before.

He doesn't care much for performance. He currently has a C Class mercedes (C220d I believe). He has had quotes and reckons that the 520d works out cheaper for his company to lease than the 325d (with an equivalent spec) and that economy-wise it helps him out also.

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I thought that the 520d would be less nimble, bigger to manouver but at the end of the day maybe the economics win.
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      04-27-2007, 12:08 PM   #2
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Why does he not go for a 320d?
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Why would he do that if he can have 325d? Minbd you, that was my first question to him.... Get 320d with extra spec......

I think right now he's thinking why get a 3 at all if he can get a 5 for less money!

Maybe 320d would be cheaper than 520d.
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      04-27-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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It really comes down to the sort of car that he wants and the driving that he does.

The 520d is a surprisingly good car. Whilst it doesn't perform quite as well as a 320d because of the weight it's damned close. It'll also hammer a 520i into the ground (sorry Ruffy), though it doesn't have the wonderful straight six howl as you keep the revs up to make progess. The 5 does feel like a big car and doesn't shrink around you like the 3 does. It has masses of interior space a brilliantly comfortable ride and as Ruffy has said, the manual box is a good one too.

The 325d will obviously give better performance, but it's also going to be a sportier more involving drive.

If I were going to do mega miles, or spend hours a day in the car for work I'd go for the 5. As I don't I'd go for the more involving drive of the 3.

Get him down to a dealer for some testdrives
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I had a very similar choice when I opted out of my company car scheme. I looked on the drive the deal and could get a similar price for either an M Sport 520d or 320d...

Overall though I just felt a 520d was the entry level for the 5 series and I'd rather have a 320d (as I'm under 30!) for the sportier drive. I guess for the older driver the 5 series is the car to go for, but the E90 320d is a fantastic car and much much better than the E46 I had prior...
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