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      01-11-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Question 2011 328xi OR 2008 335xi?? Which one?

Hey guys,

I'm thinking of picking up a 2011 328xi or a 2008 335xi.

Why I think I should get the 328xi:
-warranty
-latest idrive
-lci

Why I think I should get the 335xi:
-faster
-coupe
-cheaper to finance

Keep in mind I need an xDrive car for the winters around here.

Which one would be the better choice? So hard to choose lol!

Thanks guys!
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      01-11-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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Is the 2008 CPO? If it is, you may have a similar warranty left, and BMW is running a special on CPOs right now with one option being an additional 2 years of free maintenance.
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      01-11-2011, 04:03 PM   #3
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I would think that the options available for each car would be very important as well
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It's cheaper to finance? really? (not a pointed question...genuinly suprised)

Also, insurance is a lot more expensive for the 335i. For me it was about a $300/6 mo difference (and my 7 year history is clean, minus one ticket)
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i would say the 335xi would be more expensive due to fuel consumption, higher tax and higher insurance. But if u say its cheaper, go for it tbh. If u go the 328 you will always be thinking "What would it be like with those extra ~90hp"
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I'd get the 2011 328xi, or maybe even wait for a 2012 at this point.

Way less potential mechanical problems than an older 335i. JMO but you really wouldn't be missing that much without the turbo engine. I kind of wish I'd went with a 128i and shaved a significant amount off my payment.
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Thanks for the responses guys. The 335xi is CPO and has around 50,000 km on it which is pretty good. It's got the sport package, premium, iPod and I think something else, can't remember.

Thing is though, insurance is more expensive and if I ever got in an accident I'm sure it would skyrocket.

The 328xi is pretty much brand new (just a few km's on it from being a demo) and it has a heated steering wheel and the nav package. Nav is something I really want so I'm leaning more towards this one.

Plus, I'll have the peace of mind of having a lot of stuff covered by warranty if anything should go wrong. I plan on having this car for 2 years so I kind of don't want to take a chance by getting the 335xi which would be 6 years old by the time I'll want to sell it.

Is a brand new car with a warranty better than a used with CPO?
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That's actually kind of a lot of km's/mi for an 08. No thanks.
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That's actually kind of a lot of km's/mi for an 08. No thanks.
Really? I always thought 20,000km per year was acceptable but it's probably more like 12,000 or 16,000 right?
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It's just more than I would be happy with. It's probably gone through a couple HPFP's already too. I'd find a car that's been driven 10-12k km/yr instead of 20k.
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It's just more than I would be happy with. It's probably gone through a couple HPFP's already too. I'd find a car that's been driven 10-12k km/yr instead of 20k.
Thanks mate. I think I'll go with the 2011 328xi though. Less power I know but I think I'll just feel better with the car being new. One less thing to worry about eh?
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It's just more than I would be happy with. It's probably gone through a couple HPFP's already too. I'd find a car that's been driven 10-12k km/yr instead of 20k.
10,000km a year is like 6000 miles. How many people do you know who drive that little?
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This is the classic bigger house in the worse neighborhood, or smaller house in the better neighborhood. There's one logical answer, and one emotional one.
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This is the classic bigger house in the worse neighborhood, or smaller house in the better neighborhood. There's one logical answer, and one emotional one.
LOL I think I'll take the logical one just cause this will be my daily driver.
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i would say the 335xi would be more expensive due to fuel consumption, higher tax and higher insurance. But if u say its cheaper, go for it tbh. If u go the 328 you will always be thinking "What would it be like with those extra ~90hp"


My insurance changed $11 a year when upgrading from a 328 to a 335. Depends on your area.


As for the rest, I'd base it solely on features and value. I wouldn't buy a 2011 328, but I'd lease it. The pre 09 iDrive is pretty painful, so make sure you understand the differences. It's just so slow and laggy with its menus.
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11 328-xdrive

I've had both, and sure the 335 is quicker, but I could go back to a 328 easily. Unlike popular opinion around here, the 328 is not slow, its just not as quick as a 335. And it's new compared to 3 years old with no HPFP worries.
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This is the classic bigger house in the worse neighborhood, or smaller house in the better neighborhood. There's one logical answer, and one emotional one.
Bah

90% of the population would say that owning a BMW of any kind is akin to the "big house in worse neighborhood". Unless you are choosing the lowest possible cost mode of transportation, you are paying more for a luxury when you buy a car. A BMW is a significant luxury.

To the op, the best advice is to get what you really want with no regrets. Settlig never is a good idea and always leads to regret. Drive both, figure out what you want and go from there.

Again, a BMW of any type is a luxury. And that's ok, so long as you can afford it.
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