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#212 of 1317 New 5 series vs used 7 series
Feb 20, 2001 (6:07 pm)
I put this question on the BMW/BB/L board, but don't see any responses, although it is a great site, as is this one. I can afford a new 5 or a used 7 . Have driven a 530iA sport and a 525iA. Went to drive a 740/1998, but it was sold. There are many available in Houston (40 miles away). Anyone have who has experience in both and would care to comment on the differences, I would appreciate your thoughts.
Feb 20, 2001 (6:36 pm)
This is purely based on second-hand knowledge. But I would say go for the 7. I know many people who have both, and they prefer the 7, just because of it's size. The 5 is really tiny inside, so if you have a family, or are transporting people a lot, then the 7 for sure.
For pure driving pleasure, the 5 wins out, because it is smaller, and available with the manual. But it sounds like you would be getting an automatic regardless, so might as well take advantage of that creamy V8 in the 7. The 7 is the flagship model, and is engineered to higher standards, and therefore will last longer. So, if I were you, I would go for the 7. If you get an extended warranty, it is as good as new, and you get more for your money than a 5. Hope this helps.~ A.R.
#214 of 1317 BMW 7 series vs. Mercedes
Feb 20, 2001 (7:37 pm)
I am hoping there is someone out there who can give me some true insight. I am in the early stages of looking for a car. I currently own a VOLVO and I like it but really want something else. I have narrowed my choices to the E Class Mercedes(320 and/or 430) and the BMW (740i and/or 740il) I have pulled data from Edmunds, done comparisons on what is standard vs. optional. I only want standard features. I have looked at the specifications, pros and cons as stated by EDMUNDS and the price. I have consistently read that Mercedes has a no discount ploicy , so this may be one point of elimination.
My question is to those of you who may have purchased this vehicle and can give me info on the maintenance cost, what problems you may have experienced etc. I live in Fairfax ,Virginia but am not opposed to driving a few hours away to get the best price possible.
Also, does any know if BMW or Mercedes provides you with a loaner car regardless of where you purchased the car? Sorry for all the questions.
By the way, I am new to Town Hall. Nice talking to you.
Feb 20, 2001 (8:01 pm)
I would just like to point out that the MB E and BMW 7 are not in the same class. I'm sure you know this, and am wondering why you have not considered the S-Class and the 7?~A.R.
Feb 20, 2001 (8:18 pm)
I have not ruled out the MB-S series, was actually thinking about the S430. Any input you can give on this one?
#217 of 1317 Follow up on my BMW New 5 vs Used 7
Feb 20, 2001 (9:01 pm)
Thanks for the input ARCOATES, You are right, on the A/T. Brought on by an L5-S1 lower back injury years ago, getting out of a truck with my 6'2" frame and an F-101 parachute on. I did the TR3A in '60-61 and a '59 Jag(2.4,4DR)in'61-63. I loved the Jag even with its troubles.Once is enough, and the new ones are too small. Even had a Rover sedan in '67. The drive shaft fell off that backing out of the driveway. Did a 5.0 Mustang in about '85,it did FAST with spirit, Then, I ran a Skater 24 (boat)with 2-2.4 EFI's (240 hp each)a few years ago.It did FAST on the water with a whole lot of spirit. Now after 9 years in a Suburban I need to be re-invigorated. My wife has had Acura's (2)since '90, but the are not BMW's. I will drive a few 740's and see what they are like. Ops ,forgot about the BMW(2wheel)750 and the 8MPG Cad Fleetwood Brougham D'Elegance. Now there was a real road (straight road )car. I have a feeling the 740 will bring back some old those memories,and be big enough. Thanks, Axel
#218 of 1317 Great Deals on the 740i
Feb 27, 2001 (12:10 pm)
I've been shopping for a new car for the past six months and I just signed on for the 2001 BMW 7401. I was considering MB E320, but with the "deal" I got from BMW, the difference was very small and you get much more on the BMW. I just leased a new 2001 7401 for less than $800 and the cap cost was $700 below invoice. I guess BMW is trying to get rid of the 2001 model for the new 2002. Anyway, you can now get a car way below invoice.
Feb 27, 2001 (8:03 pm)
I just bought a 97 740iL and I am in love. I got rid of a 96 MB E320 that gave me nothing but problems. There is no comparison between the two especially if you are a performance oriented driver.
Feb 28, 2001 (2:37 pm)
You are preachin to the choir! Nothing beats a good 740!~ A.R.
#221 of 1317 Just Bought 740iL (1999);(Ref post 219&216)
Mar 01, 2001 (9:46 pm)
Boy do I feel I made the right decision. Drove it last Sat (home over the weekend)for a test. In retrospect, even though I let sales talk me into it, it gave me time with friends, to look it over. Closed on it Mon and let them keep my 1993 Suburban. Just took it back tonight for some agreeded to stuff( tint,& other things). Got a 528 loaner.The 528 is a very nice car and totally different appeal. I think it all boils down to what makes you feel right. For me it was the 740iL