Last post on Nov 30, 2007 at 1:07 PM
You are in the BMW 5-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 5 Series, Infiniti M35, Sedan
#106 of 143 Re: ??????? [mmoreno1978]
Apr 03, 2007 (1:47 pm)
Pretty nice, I gotta tell you. Low 80's, sunny, not very humid. Overall, very pleasant!
I am sorry, but I drove the 5 series vs. the M when I went to get a new car in January. I was coming from a Mercedes and an Audi before that and was completely impartial to both BMW and Infiniti.
I liked the design of the 5 series over the rather bland (IMO) design of the M. And the driving experience of the 5 over the M is much better. Again, my opinion. You may have yours.
But I do think the 5 is a much better car than the Infiniti, thought the M is a huge step forward for them, and infinitely (oops!) better than the Lexus, which I didn't even fit it. I am over 6'4".
Apr 03, 2007 (1:56 pm)
Come to the US. You can lease a similarly equipped 530xi for less than a M35x.
#108 of 143 Re: ??????? [sixpaqs]
Apr 03, 2007 (2:06 pm)
I wish I felt the same way. The BMW was a fun drive. The GS was WAY to tight for me too. (Im 6'2) The interior of the GS was very impressive though. The 5 Series interior was just so plain. (IMO) It didnt feel luxurious at all. The interior of the M (with the WOOD TRIM) was much nicer.
I aree the styling of the 5 series is pretty nice, especially with the Style 123 Sport Rims. The 18 inch rims give it a very good look. I wish they would have offered those rims on the Xi. I may have jumped on it. Especially to save a few bucks. (The 5 series lease was about $10 less per month)
#109 of 143 Re: ??????? [sixpaqs]
Apr 04, 2007 (3:52 pm)
I agree. Just drove the 550i and M45 today. Left with the 550i.
#110 of 143 Re: ??????? [illinimax]
Apr 05, 2007 (4:59 am)
You will never truly appreciate the BMW until you get a chance to drive it at the BMW performance Center in Greenville, SC. You can sign up for one of the driving classes starting at $400 - $500 which lasts all day on saturday and they even provide you with lunch.
This is where you find the car's capabilities of braking, traction, steering, and no body roll.
My wife drives a 745Li that avg 26 mpg on the highway. I feel safer in this vehicle with my 1 year old son than in any other vehicle I have driven. Why? Because I know the handling capabilities of the vehicle.
I like the M45, but am partial to BMW because of what I had a chance to experience with it (plus the better gas mileage with a larger car). I have not had a chance to go through the same rigorous driving with the M, but I don't think I need to.
I advise anyone to take the BMW driving school at the BMW center. This is where they actually make the x5 and the 3 series. Besides learning driving skills, you will get a chance to see why you pay the extra money for the BMW. Trust me, you get what you pay for.
#111 of 143 Re: ??????? [papsephus]
Apr 05, 2007 (6:46 am)
26MPG!!! Wow...very impressive.
#112 of 143 Re: ??????? [mmoreno1978]
Apr 05, 2007 (7:02 am)
Yes. That is doing about 75 mph on the highway. Remember that this is a 6 speed transmission and at 75 mph the engine hangs around 2000 to 2500 RPMs. It drops considerably when driving in stop and go traffic just like any other vehicle.
It still does not beat my 2000 Toyota Corrola in gas mileage, but my toyota is not a mile long and have 325 horses.
My point is that there is much more going on in the vehicle than meets the eye, which is why most people would say they are overpriced. I agree that they are expensive and may not ever be able to afford to get another one, but that does not discount the fact the it is a performer. Plus I think the maintenence is build into the price. 67k miles and not a single penny paid yet for maintence. New brakes, new torque converter, new worn parts, new trunk motor, etc. Not a penny paid. Tires are expensive, though (which I did have to pay for).
#113 of 143 I6 VS V6, well...
Jun 12, 2007 (5:55 am)
At least to me, what put Nissan (Datsun) in automobiles' map was the Z240/260 ("fair lady") back in seventies and the reason, inline 6 engine
What makes W124 Benz e-class as one of the longest selling model, Inline 6 engine.
The last inline 6 engine in luxury car, ahem BMW 530-535
I hope BMW keeps making them.
#114 of 143 Re: I6 VS V6, well... [hpia4v2]
Jun 12, 2007 (1:35 pm)
#115 of 143 I just tested both
Jun 23, 2007 (5:30 am)
After reading great reviews and ratings on the M series, I decided to test it. I first drove the BMW 535. It was very quick and solid. I then took an M35x out from another dealer.
I found the electronics on the M to be superior but in driving dynamics it was a distant second. The steering feel was not there. The BMW was superior in terms of suspension and brakes. It also felt more solid- the doors were heavier etc.
I'm sure that the M is a great value and that has to be part of its attraction. It's quick, reliable and offers all the tech goodies of the more expensive cars but to me the BMW experience was a level above, one that you certainly pay for.
Just my 2 cents.