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#12695 of 12737 Re: Should i consider a 535xi 2008 ? [bbrimmer]
Aug 13, 2010 (3:35 am)
Im convinced Consumer Reports has some kind of agenda. Twice in the past we've bought cars they 'recommended' and seen the same car on the 'avoid' list a year or 2 later. Same thing went for a TV and a washer/ dryer. Not to mention that none of these products gave us any trouble. I long ago cancelled my subscription because of these boneheads.
I bought a 2008 535 w/ 28k miles about a year ago (not a cpo). After driving the Infiniti, Acura, Audi, and Lexus there was really no comparison in how much better the BMW drives. Knock on wood, I absolutely love this car and have no trouble with it. I bought the 535 because i wanted something fast and i drive it pretty hard. If you drop back to the 528 you'll certainly get a decent car but its probably going to perform about like the other cars in it's class. Did they say why to avoid this car?
#12696 of 12737 Re: Should i consider a 535xi 2008 ? [bbrimmer]
Aug 13, 2010 (3:44 am)
Same here w CR. I bought a 4runner which was on its most-reliable-ever list and nearly wound up lemoning it.
The twin turbo BMW engines, which are in the 535 but not the 528, have had problems with high pressure fuel pumps failing.
#12697 of 12737 Re: Should i consider a 535xi 2008 ? [bbrimmer]
Aug 13, 2010 (1:24 pm)
I agree re: CR; their surveys aren't even close to being a representative sample. The only problem with the E60 535i is, as mentioned above, the HPFP, and BMW now covers it for 100K miles- CPO or not.
#12698 of 12737 Re: Should i consider a 535xi 2008 ? [pcman]
Aug 14, 2010 (2:12 am)
Thanks for the response. No, there was no explanation. The interesting thing is that they did recco the 535 in their 2009 April Cars Edition, but did not in the 2010 edition.
BMW has shifted to a single turbo 300 hp this year. But I am glad to hear you have had no issues with yours.
#12699 of 12737 No 2011 528i with a stick?
Aug 20, 2010 (5:13 am)
Well, after a five year hiatus from driving BMWs (due to starting another business), my economic fortunes seem to be changing for the better and may once again allow me to get back to driving something I really want to drive.
With the above in mind, I paid a long over due visit to the BMW USA web site and was shocked to find that one cannot configure a 528i with a manual transmission. What's up with that?
#12701 of 12737 Re: No 2011 528i with a stick? [rayainsw]
Aug 20, 2010 (7:46 am)
Yeah I saw that, but given that I have a 16 year-old at home, there's no way I want to (occasionally) turn him loose with a 535i 6-Speed. That and my feeling is that the 2011 528i (with the unobtainium grade 6-Speed) will have about the same performance as my (former) 2002 530i 5-Speed; which was more than enough for my needs (but not necessarily my wants and desires). I wonder if I order a 528i 6-Speed via the European Delivery program like I did with my 530i.
#12702 of 12737 Good for you shipo
Aug 20, 2010 (11:26 am)
I'm glad you're on your way to turning around your fortunes. Your kid is 16 already! Wow! Good luck & keep us posted!
#12703 of 12737 Re: No 2011 528i with a stick? [shipo]
Aug 22, 2010 (3:55 pm)
shipo, you need to find a dealer with a close working relationship to BMW AG. Sometimes they can accomplish much more than the average dealer.
Anyway, I'm glad to see you are returning to the BMW fold
#12704 of 12737 Re: No 2011 528i with a stick? [roadburner]
Aug 22, 2010 (6:37 pm)
Thanks for the tip.
Regarding the return to the BMW fold, I'm not there just yet, but things are definitely starting to look brighter .