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#87 of 400 1995 530i 5 spd or 2001-2003 530i SP 5 spd -buy?
Sep 04, 2007 (1:22 pm)
Forum Members, your opinions, please, on to buy the 95':
Here is the ad for the 95 model: "112k highway miles, july 95 manu, owned since July 96 (I saw the forum link talking about the v8 US gas issue + I have a bmw mechanic to do a prepurchase inspection), owner bought a x5 and now willing to part with the 530i - asking $7400, Kelly BB=$8390"
1. I owned a 89 325i (same indi bmw mechanic as noted above), 5 spd, sold it for a minivan (wife mostly drives), and now ready for a "fun car to drive on weekends" (I work out of my home)
2. I still have the 95 dealership brochure, all these years.
3. I read the msn.auto.com reviews on the 95 and 2001-03 and both seem like incredible cars.
4. 95 is out of warranty, 2001-03 may not be, therefore, trying to gauge maintenance costs.
5. 2001-2003 5 sp = $17-$23k, + I would need buy a plane ticket to inspect (all autotrader + cars.com listings are out of state). The 95 listing is 5 miles from my home.
Anyone have owner's experience or opinions of the 95 530 5spd vs 2001-03 530i 5 spd?
Thank you. Paul
#88 of 400 Re: 1995 530i 5 spd or 2001-2003 530i SP 5 spd -buy? [pfagen]
Sep 04, 2007 (1:46 pm)
Assuming that it has a full service history, the updated engine block and has had the oil, coolant and brake fluid changed on schedule, I'd say go for it.
#92 of 400 Re: Posts moved [pat]
Sep 05, 2007 (5:44 pm)
Thank you for replies, to date. Paul
#94 of 400 BMW 2006 550i - Please advise
Sep 21, 2007 (8:46 am)
I am looking to buy a 2006 550i with about 14K miles. I have heard from several people the high cost of maintaining Beemers. Is is worh the high dollars. I can get a fully loaded Acura RL or GS 350 for less than what I will pay for the 550 (but I love the way it drove on my test drive).
How has your experience been with the 550?
What is the mileage that you get?
Any maintenance issues?
#95 of 400 Re: BMW 2006 550i - Please advise [bobthedude]
Sep 23, 2007 (6:22 pm)
Uh-oh, you missed spelled Bimmer, this seems to be a sore spot for many folks on these forums .
I am sure many will offer the same advice. You can't compare the RL and GS 350 to a 550. Comparing a 6 cyl. to an 8 is, well, just wrong. Especially those two cars which are not known for their sportiness. The RL and 350 are fine cars and will provide better gas mileage (I don't have the #'s for the 550 as I have a 535) but won't be as much fun to drive. It all depends what you are looking for. You may want to consider the M if you don't want to spend as much but want a sportier ride.
#96 of 400 1998 BMW 528I
Sep 29, 2007 (9:29 am)
We're looking at purchasing a '98 528I with about 58K miles on it from the original owner. It's in almost excellent condition other than a major scuff on the lower fender. Always serviced at the dealer, no accidents, etc. with a clean carfax record. We're also looking at a '98 Volvo S90 also low mileage, 50K miles, excellent conditon. Does anyone know of any major issues on the 528I or the volvo. We just sold a '95 530I with 160K mi. We loved it. We're leaning toward the BMW but would like some input.