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#12286 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [jeqq]
Dec 10, 2007 (5:44 am)
Be prepared to really like the 535xi. Other than the sound of that terrific BMW straight 6, it will "feel" like you are driving a V8. The 528 is still going to provide much enjoyment... like Shipo, my 2003 530SP leaves little to be desired. It took the new TT engine to make me consider replacing my current 5! Still have not done so, as I truly enjoy my car... and nothing drives as good as a "paid for" car
#12287 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [lovemyclk]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:50 am)
Still have not done so, as I truly enjoy my car... and nothing drives as good as a "paid for" car
Especially a paid for E39. I still prefer it to the E60, though I will admit that the 535d I drove was pretty nice.
#12288 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [roadburner]
Dec 10, 2007 (11:11 am)
I keep my '03 e39 with Sport Pkg in great condition by staying on top of all maintenance matters. Just by-the-book service visits, a proper break-in process and miles of rewarding DRIVING! I have yet to spend a dime on anything other than tires... and periodic detailing!
Has been a fantastic ownership experience... and anybody who rides in it asks "is this new?" Still solid as any new car after 50K miles and 5 years this Jan. It goes down the road unlike anything in its price range and comports itself quite well in the twisties.
#12289 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i or 528xi vs 535xi
Dec 10, 2007 (7:56 pm)
I have a 2003 530i (still love it also with 53K on it) and it is rated at 6.9 seconds with auto for 0 - 60. When comparing to the performance of an '08 model the 528 auto is spec'd at 7.1 seconds. Not much of a difference but not parity.
I am also in the process of choosing between a 528xi and 535xi. Well the 528xi is in fact 7.6 seconds 0 - 60. This is about the performance of my '99 528i. And I did notice a big difference when going from my '99 to '03, so .7 of second is noticable.
I did drive the 535xi and it put a big smile on my face. Solves the self questioning about spending upper 50s for a sports sedan Of course MPG suffers but it is a heck of a ride. With option parity you are talking a < $7K difference versus the 528xi. So just cut out those Starbuck mornings... The only cure to getting performance and MPG IMO are the diesel engines that BMW will release in 2008. I hear though that the 5-sedans may not get the engines - only the X5 - that would be a shame. Especially if they produce 400 lb ft of torque - 40 more than a 550! Decisions decisions...but never buy a smaller TV or slower car than what you have...
#12290 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [manybmws]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:21 pm)
"I have a 2003 530i and that is rated at 6.9 seconds with auto for 0 - 60. When comparing to the performance of an '08 model the 528 is spec'd at 7.1 seconds. Not much of a difference but not parity."
Hmmm, 6.9 seconds to sixty? Ummm, that sounds awfully slow. Off the top of my head I'm kind of remembering that my 2002 530i SP was somewhere between 6.3 and 6.5 seconds, and the 2008 528i is right bang on 6.5 seconds itself. As for comparing the E39 530i to the E39 528i, yeah, I agree, my Butt-O-Meter was easily able to tell the difference between the two cars. In fact, I found that the 1999 528i that I drove as a loaner when my 1999 328i was being serviced was noticeably slower than my 3er, and my 530i was faster still.
As for my previous post, what I was trying to convey was that the new E60 528i is a very competent car, clearly not as fast and entertaining as the 535i, but clearly not as expensive either. It's funny, the E39 525i was so anemic in its power delivery that it was a car that I would never even remotely consider, while the 530i was quite wonderful, and the 540i of the era was an absolute blast. That said, I chose to get the 530i and save the $8,500 that was the cost of a like-for-like 540i. Here we are again just a few years later and the new 535i should easily be able to give the E39 540i a run for its money and the new 528i can give the E39 530i a run for its money. I'm thinking that I might well make the same decision as I made last time and opt for the 528i, were it that I was shopping today and not in a position to be using rolled up C-Notes as tooth picks.
#12291 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [shipo]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:30 pm)
I have an auto - 6.9 is the number in the BMW brochure I have from 2003.
You had a manual - don't you remember?
All numbers I quoted were for auto trannys.
#12292 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [manybmws]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:35 pm)
Ahhh, silly me, I never even think in the terms of an automatic transmission on any 3-Series or 5-Series.
#12293 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [shipo]
Dec 11, 2007 (6:14 am)
Another consideration: twin turbos are a maintenace nightmare waiting to happen.
#12294 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [530ir1150r]
Dec 11, 2007 (6:51 am)
bah. there is no proof of that.
there are plenty of turbos that have been on the road for decades with no extra maintenance problems.
#12295 of 12737 Re: 2008 528i vs 535i [shipo]
Dec 11, 2007 (6:58 am)
Thanks for the comments. I gave BMW a rest yesterday and test drove a Mercedes E320 Bluetec diesel. It was really super, more impressive than the 528i.
I was almost sold and then re-read the Mercedes reliability ratings in CR. They terrified me.
Today I'll go back to a BMW dealer and take another look. I see a low mileage 2007 530i that I should perhaps consider, but it is in an inconvenient location.