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BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 350, Audi A6, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#45 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [rjlaero]
Dec 28, 2007 (4:06 pm)
As an avid BMW e39 owner who may very well elect to purchase the new 535SP, I must say I was very impressed with the new S5. It has the 4.2L V8 and it is a very sweet ride. Currently available only with 6M, it performs as a true touring/sports coupe should. Also a beautiful design in person - pics don't do it justice, IMO.
I've driven the 335i Coupe a few times and found it also to exhibit everything I love about BMW. Sure would love to have the 535 & S5 in my garage! One thing I can say... my 2003 530SP has been nothing short of a tremendous ownership & driving experience! Gives me the impetus to stay in the BMW family, but that S5 sure calls my name
#46 of 73 BMW Reliability
Jan 19, 2008 (3:15 pm)
Why worry so much about reliablility of the turbos. Trust me, if something goes wrong BMW will fix it. I have a 2003 7 series and have spent $0 other than uprading my maintenance plan which was just over $1000. Yes, I have had to bring the vehicle in plenty of times because something needed to be fixed, but they gave me a car to drive and I left there will a bill for $0. I got a 335i to drive a couple of times while my car was being serviced. WOW! Now that was a FUN car to drive. Slow down in the curves? For what? Just give it more gas!
Again, if you are worried about have to shell out $$ for the maintenance of the 535, then talk with them about the maintenance plan.
That's just my experience.
#47 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [lovemyclk]
Jan 20, 2008 (8:10 am)
I must say I was very impressed with the new S5. It has the 4.2L V8 and it is a very sweet ride.
I too like V8 performance. Try the 550i, you'll be very impressed!
#48 of 73 comparison
Jan 27, 2008 (5:55 pm)
I was trying to decide btwn the bmw and audi, also. I now have the 550i. I last had a 2001 530sp. I like the new body much better as far as size. Much more comfortable for me with passengers. The idrive is a pain! It's easy but inconvenient. You have to go thru multiple steps to just change stations. The newest bmws have improved a little in that regard. They now have some preset buttons. With the runflat tires, I get this forceful message when you just get a little low on air. It says, "Stop immediately!!!" The first time it happened it freaked me out. It's happened twice now and I tend to ignore it a little. I check the tire pressure and fill it up. No flats yet! As far as cupholders, the newer cupholders are tons better than in my 2001! I didn't think they'd be that good, but they're perfectly fine to me. I had so many spills in my old car. I agree with the fact that the Lexus is not for me. It's too small inside with very little headroom. Not sporty enough for me, either. I do like the Audi. It does get better side crash ratings. I also wish bmw had xm radio instead of Sirius. Minor issue. It's tough to move away from bmw once you've had one. Reliability on both have been excellent!
#49 of 73 Re: Make the logical choice (for you) [Bushwack]
Feb 02, 2008 (7:24 pm)
I drove a GS and an ES just to see what I was missing by driving BMWs. It turned out that I wasn't missing anything. The numb Lexus driving experience and the steering column made of rubber bands were immediate deal breakers. I also fundamentally object to paying $50K for a vehicle that's mass produced (to a significant extent) from parts that are designed to be cost effective in a $25K vehicle.
The Mark Levinson stereo almost could make it worth it, though.
#50 of 73 Re: comparison [cablue]
Feb 02, 2008 (7:26 pm)
A BMW dealer can install XM satellite radio of you don't like Sirius.
#51 of 73 Re: comparison [anon3]
Feb 04, 2008 (2:54 pm)
Thanks. I didn't know that. I do prefer XM.
#52 of 73 in response to bmw vs audi vs lexus
Feb 05, 2008 (9:33 pm)
they are all great cars. currently, i am finishing up my lease on a 2005 A8. A car i absolutely love, but that has been in the shop so many times you can't imagine. All little stuff, all covered by warranty, but nonetheless, I must have had that car in the shop every 6-8 weeks over the course of the 3 years.
I have been looking at Bmw 5 series, the a6, and the gs. If the 5 series didn't do god awful in the side impact test, i would get that car in a second. But i have a baby so thats out of the question.
I have discounted the a6 completely because of all the trouble i had with the a8. But safety is very important to me and the a6 kicks butt in the safety department, and even though I live in california, the confidence in inclement weather that quattro provides is incredible. and i checked consumer reports and they feel that the 2007 a6 for some reason is incredibly reliable. According to them, the a6 is just about as reliable as the lexus. i find it very hard to believe.
by the way, i have mmi in my car and its absolutely incredible.
so the a6 is back on my list vs. the gs.
the 5 series which i initially wanted is out because of the bad side impact results.
#53 of 73 Re: BMW Reliability [papsephus]
Feb 08, 2008 (6:38 pm)
Papesphus, let me understand this, you bought a 7 Series and you are happy when they give you a 3 Series loaner????
#54 of 73 Re: in response to bmw vs audi vs lexus [juanbron]
Feb 11, 2008 (5:56 pm)
Is an X5 an option? The interior is identical to the 5, just a little bigger, and I believe it received 5 star side impact ratings for front and rear passengers. It's an SUV (sort of), but might be a reasonable compromise. Personally, I prefer it to the 5 series for many reasons.