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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#11535 of 12737 Re: 2004 or 2006 BMW 525i for a "First Timer" [sbrown8244]
Jul 15, 2006 (8:10 am)
I was thinking the same thing a few weeks ago and even drove down to the local BMW dealer to check out a used 2004 525i. Turns out that the 2006 and 2007 models have 30 more horsepower than the 2004 and 2005 versions (now 215 instead of 185). Of course the price also increased so you probably get what you pay for. In my case, I didn't think a BMW with a vehicle weight of ~3400 pounds and only 185 hp was going to cut it so I bit the bullet and ordered a new one. By limiting the options, it wasn't that much more expensive than a 2004. Especially with 4 years of free maintenance. Also, the 2007 model gives you 4 years of emergency roadside assistance (like onstar) at no cost.
I also test drove a 330i (new) and while it was a great ride, I am used to a bit more interior room so I opted for a 5-series.
Good luck with your car shopping. I owned a 1992 325i for 6 years and loved it! I eventually sold it to my dad (so I could pay for home improvements), but finally got the bug to enjoy the driving experience again.
#11536 of 12737 Re: 2004 or 2006 BMW 525i for a "First Timer" [sbrown8244]
Jul 17, 2006 (11:13 pm)
I don't know the particulars, but IIRC the 2004--being the first year for the e60--had several glitches which were remedied for 2005 and later.
I believe they were software problems; dunno about anything else. You might try a search.
#11537 of 12737 Re: 2004 or 2006 BMW 525i for a "First Timer" [vicportland]
Jul 18, 2006 (11:35 am)
Lease programs, if that would fit you, make a 2007 on a lease difficult to pass up.
The newer 525 have the higher output engine -- and it needs the extra boost.
#11538 of 12737 Re: 2004 or 2006 BMW 525i for a "First Timer" [sbrown8244]
Jul 18, 2006 (2:41 pm)
I also test drove a new 325 and 525 in December 2005 and opted for the 2006 525 (prem., auto, xenon). Much more interior space and I dont feel as though I missed out on anything with the options I chose. Occasionally I wish I looked into a 530 but since I did not test drive one I am not sure if the extra hp makes enough of a difference. I have even looked into replacing my 2003 E320 with a 330i (for the superior drive experience) but in the end I dont feel I would be happy with the lack of interior space of the 3 series.