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BMW 5 Series, Infiniti M35, Sedan
#68 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [sfcharlie]
Jul 16, 2006 (9:48 am)
As a past owner of a 2003 BMW 530 (29,000 miles) & current 2006 M35 (25,000 miles) I've experienced both. The M35 is my choice for a number of reasons:
Handling - The M35 (with Michelin tires)is equal to the 530
Performance - The M35 is slightly quicker
Driving Comfort - M35's interior dimensions are a plus
Electronics - The 530 is not in the ball game - M35 is the hands down winner (reliable electronics too)
Overall Reliability - 530 had several (minor) problems, one (minor) for the M35
Both do their job well but my next vehicle will be a 2008 M35.
#69 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [prophet]
Jul 16, 2006 (1:57 pm)
I'm also a past owner of a 2003 530 and 2006 M35. I much prefer the M, but i do miss the smoothness and quietness of the BMW. (I am ignoring the incredibly loud auxiliary engine fan on the 530..I don't miss that for an instant)
Most of my driving is around town with an occasional 400 mile road trip. I want the power to a) get on interstates, pass cars 60-80mph to get into a clear space of road and to get out of trouble when someone does something really stupid on the road. Both have enough power. I don't care much about acceleration off the line at a stop light and there are not curves or hills in Southwest Florida so cornering performance is, unfortunately, unimportant.
If I were back in Connecticut/vermont, I would buy the 530 because the BMW suspension is unbeatable. In South Florida, the M gets my buying $'s.
I have a 2 year lease (at very close to zero percent interest) and I too am likely to purchase a 2008 M35 with the expected new 3.7 engine and the new transmission that Nissan put in the Maxima this year.
#70 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [ghstudio]
Jul 16, 2006 (5:55 pm)
Strategic Vision is a new player (10 years old) in the auto rating game. Responses from more than 29,000 buyers who bought 2006 models in October and November of 2005 were used to calculate the Total Quality Index.
Total Quality Index
* Satisfaction with complete ownership experience
* Perception of quality
* Emotional attachment to vehicle
2006 Infiniti M35/M45 - 908
2006 BMW 5-Series Sedan - 904
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan - 900
2006 Audi A6 Sedan - 893
Don't know statistical significance of point differences. Even the 15 point difference between M35 and A6 might or might not be significant, given that this is a score out of 1000.
I have just broken in an M35 and have mixed reactions. Great acceleration. Worst mpg of any car I've driven since 1987 Chevy Blazer. Not super-engaging on curves and turns, but comfortable in all aspects.
#71 of 143 More Strategic Vision Detail
Jul 16, 2006 (6:45 pm)
2006 Total Quality Award Winners
"Luxury Car" Segment
Rank- Vehicle- TQI Score
1- BMW 7-Series Sedan- 928
2- Infiniti M35/M45- 908
2- Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan- 908
4- Jaguar XJ- 905
5- BMW 5-Series Sedan- 904
6- Lexus LS 430- 903
6- Lexus GS 300/400- 903
-- Segment Average ----- 901
8- Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan- 900
9- Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan- 897
10- Audi A6 Sedan- 893
#72 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [prophet]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:32 pm)
You are comparing the electronics of the last year of the E39, 2003, a 7 year old design from 1996, with a car released in 2006 . You need to compare the E60, 2006 5-series electronics to get an apples to apples comparison.
And you have to be a fairly conservative driver to find the handling of the E39 equal to the M35. The E39 inspired an amazing degree of confidence in curves and turns, which I do not think the M35 provides.
#73 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [vsaxena]
Jul 28, 2006 (6:26 pm)
I went from a 2002 540 to an 06 M35x, and while the M is a very nice car, it doesn't come close the driving pleasure of the BMW. I will admit that perhaps I should have looked at the M45 sport, but unfortunately I didn't. I also got significantly better mileage with the V8 BMW than the V6 Infiniti.
Oh well, it's only a 2 yr lease.
#74 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [jdmass]
Jul 30, 2006 (7:31 am)
Call infinity leasing and ask about their early termination program. I did and after 12 months, I am being released from the remainder of my lease with a minimal penalty. They basically are asking for the difference between the remaining obligation and the current wholesale value of the car (which is very high).
I love most things about the m35x, except the gear shifts from 1 to 4 and the mileage which is just plain bad.
#75 of 143 Re: Review of M35 in USA Today [avineberg]
Aug 19, 2006 (4:39 pm)
Actually that is the norm if you want to turn in the car early and get out of a lease. It is like trading in the car or selling it back to ad dealer.
A better option often is to get someone else to assume the lease, using one of the lease market places like leasecompare or even craiglist.
#76 of 143 If the M35 and the BMW 530xi were the same price...
Nov 04, 2006 (12:08 pm)
Let's just say they were the same price, which one would you buy and why?
#77 of 143 Re: If the M35 and the BMW 530xi were the same price... [shermanl]
Dec 26, 2006 (6:14 pm)
I ordered a 530xi since it leased for only $50/month more than a comparably equipped m35x. I drove both several times and don't think they compare despite the experts' articles.