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You are in the BMW 5-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#11348 of 12737 Re: Troll Central??? [booyahcramer]
May 16, 2006 (6:18 am)
Dude, it's always a good idea to make sure the brain is in gear before engaging the mouth (or the fingers in this case). First off, for whatever reason, BMWs have historically been much faster than the numbers on paper would otherwise indicate. Like it or don't. Second, the 530i has 255 hp, not 220. In fact, I cannot remember a 530i model ever having 220 hp. Maybe the old V8 version from the early 1990s?
As far as calling y'all Trolls, yup, that's what y'all are. Descending upon a dedicated forum and bashing the car in said forum is VERY Trollish behavior. I would expect the same treatment if I was to start posting on the Sonata forum claiming that it is nothing but an overpriced spam can. Now, if this was a comparison forum, then all bets are off of course.
As a final comment, BMWs have NEVER been all about horsepower. There have been times when they have evolved to the point where they were near the leading edge, however, I cannot remember any time in history when any non-M BMW was a class leader as far as horsepower is concerned. When the Trollish elements of the driving public finally get that through their heads I sincerely hope their incessant need to bash will evaporate.
#11349 of 12737 Re: Troll Central??? [shipo]
May 16, 2006 (6:30 am)
Well said! If someone is driving what they consider to be a superior automobile, why do they feel the need to justify it in forums dedicated to other marques? To paraphrase a friend of mine, I seriously doubt that there are any 5er owners who lie awake at night wondering if they should have bought a Hyundai or Toyota...
#11350 of 12737 Re: Huh? [jimmy81]
May 16, 2006 (6:49 am)
Why do you bother posting here?
Your comments are totally absurd and have no basis whatsoever in fact.
Just because you are miserable, why come over here and make ridiculous claims?
Go tell it on the mountain in the Toyota forums instead of embarrassing yourself here.
Your post is totally laughable!!
#11351 of 12737 Re: Troll Central??? [booyahcramer]
May 16, 2006 (6:58 am)
As Shipo correctly points out, BMW's have never been about the HP.
You are completely missing the point.
It's about the incredible balance and performance rivaled only by more expensive vehicles.
When I am driving on the interstate and I have to make a quick emergency maneuver, it's the BMW that will make it safely, not the Camry or bloated brother, the (ugh!) Avalon.
BMW's are relative bargains for what they are.
#11352 of 12737 Advice for a 5'er "wannabe"?
May 16, 2006 (7:45 am)
I just happened upon this thread since it showed up on the "front page" of the forums, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts from the folks who are so knowledgable about the 5-series (and other BMWs). So, I thought I'd take advantage of the expertise on this forum and ask for some advice.
I drive a TSX now, and would like to replace it with a larger, AWD car (or wagon). After several months of lusting after the E90, I finally decided that it was just too small for my needs, and have moved on to the 5-series (as well as others in its class). So, I've entertained thoughts of what are probably considered the "usual suspects" - M35x, RL, GS300 awd, A6. I am, however, very drawn to the 5-series.
Since I entered this with a 3-series budget in mind, these cars are a bit of a stretch, and I've started looking at the used market. Obviously, there's not a ton of inventory out there on these newer models, but they're starting to trickle in.
With all that said, here are my questions/considerations:
1) Any apprehension I have with the BMW relates to reliability - I've owned almost exclusively Japanese brands (Honda, Acura, Toyota, Infiniti). My thought is that with going with a 2006 or newer 5-series (to get the AWD) alleviates some of this concern, with 3 model years under their belt?
2) From looking at Autotrader and other sources, it seems to me the wagon is depreciating much quicker than the sedan - I assume due to the lower demand for the wagon? Since I like the functionality of the wagon, this could work out well for me.
3) I've always had manual trannies on my car. I'm strongly considering going to an auto for this purchase for a couple of reasons: a) part of me thinks the auto fits the character of the 5-series (i.e., I wouldn't consider an auto in a 3-series) and b) if I'm looking to the used market, I'm thinking it's gonna be extremely difficult to find a manual. Now, I know this is a personal decision, but anyone else make that move from a pretty die-hard manual trannie person to an auto?
4) Any other advice based on my situation?
Sorry for the long post; thanks for any insight.
#11353 of 12737 Re: Troll Central??? [shipo]
May 16, 2006 (8:08 am)
I was interested in a 06 325 or 330. Dealer didn't have a 330 I could test drive, so I drove the 325. Decent car, kinda slow, but a little small for me. So I asked about the 5 series. They had a 525 to drive. And it has the same measly 215 hp engine in it as the 325!
Wow - what a deal! And I'm German and have been strongly considering a BMW. What a letdown. Didn't see how the $50000 for the 530 and 255hp was the answer.
#11354 of 12737 Re: Troll Central??? [meateater]
May 16, 2006 (8:58 am)
So, let me get this straight, you're slamming all BMWs after one test drive? In a 325i (automatic?) no less. Yeesh! For the sake of your credibility let's hope that your test drive was at the very least over night and covered one hundred miles or better.
May 16, 2006 (9:18 am)
I had 2 325's.
Now I have a $60k 4.4 liter 325 hp 32-valve V-8 545.
By Jove that is the answer, and I'm not even German.
#11356 of 12737 Re: noise at 80mph!! [jccssc]
May 16, 2006 (12:40 pm)
I just leased an 06 330, I'm in CA. Am also experiencing high pitch noise when driving above 80 mph. The dealer's technician test drove with me and I was able to duplicate the same noise while I was driving. Dealer now refuse to repair, stating they will not break the law by driving above the legal speed limit to duplicate the noise defect. Please share with me how your BMW dealership repaired your vehicle & how did they over come the driving above 80 experience. Thank you.
#11357 of 12737 Re: The Answer [hpowders]
May 16, 2006 (4:22 pm)
Oooh. I love your answer! Wish I could do the same.
Here is the answer for me: I have an Accord for when I must behave on the road, and my 530 for when I want a heart thumping driving experience.