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Islander
03-04-2007, 04:42 AM
The dealership is trying to get rid off all 2007 525s in stock before the 08's come in. Does this sound like a good deal: step, leather, CWP, Rear Airbags, Rear seat heating $39290. For this price I could get a 335 loaded with the options I want. Do you think that is a decent deal on the 525 with the 08 model coming out so soon, or should I try to negotiate them down even further.

Trevor

kevinp
03-04-2007, 05:30 AM
Dirt Cheap (relatively speaking:) )

krash
03-04-2007, 05:55 AM
335

You probably could get a great deal on a 530 as well. I'd consider a 530 over a 335, but never a 525 over a 335.

kevinp
03-04-2007, 08:17 AM
+1

itzeug
03-04-2007, 08:21 AM
the 525 is underpowered, its not as fun to drive

justbe
03-04-2007, 10:48 AM
The dealership is trying to get rid off all 2007 525s in stock before the 08's come in. Does this sound like a good deal: step, leather, CWP, Rear Airbags, Rear seat heating $39290. For this price I could get a 335 loaded with the options I want. Do you think that is a decent deal on the 525 with the 08 model coming out so soon, or should I try to negotiate them down even further.

Trevor

I calculate invoice on this car to be $44,780. This is about 5500 below. How are they doing that? Is there trunk money on the '07 5's now?

tarheel15
03-05-2007, 03:55 PM
Considering six months ago there was no discount on these cars the price seems like a steal. As far as underpowered, I don't agree. The 525 has no trouble keeping up with anything out there in real world driving and its a much more substantial car than the 3 series, if you're in the habbit of drag racing, buy a Charger SRT8....

dUMpEdE39
03-05-2007, 04:06 PM
Why don't you get the best of both worlds...535i?

Ugly Bear
03-05-2007, 10:57 PM
Why don't you get the best of both worlds...535i?

Right. It will cost him $10K more at least. Why not get 550 then? :dunno: Actually, M5 is even better!

royz86
03-05-2007, 11:42 PM
I would go with 335i as you buy cars every 3-4 yrs and you should enjoy what you have... although it seems like a steal, you wont be satisfied with what the car offers... unless that's the options you're looking into

Islander
03-06-2007, 12:34 AM
This is a military overseas deal that is why the price is so low. For example the current base price on the 335 is 34200. I am unable to test drive either car now as I am in Iraq I hate to pass up a good deal though but I guess its better to wait. I am sure I will be happy with the 335.
What is the biggest advantage over the 525 anyways? more room? more comfortable ride?

If they continue to drop the price I may have to pick one up I am sure I could always resell it for what I paid when I come back to the states in another year.

Thanks for the advice Trevor

kwilliams
03-06-2007, 06:12 AM
These are two completely different cars !

You're talking 300hp (335i) vs. 215hp (525i)
0-60 in 5.7s (335i) vs. 7.8s (525i)

The body dimensions are very different as well, inside and outside. The 3 series being a smaller more compact vehicle vs. the full size sedan dimensions of the 5 series.

My opinion is, it really depends on what your priorities are. If you're looking for sporty driving and performance then the 335i is the way to go. If on the other hand you need a larger vehicle to comfortably sit 3/4 adults or accomodate a family in comfort the 525i will do it.

Keep in mind the 525 only delivers 215hp. It's still a great car but not the fastest! The 335i is considerably more powerful than the 525i. You could consider a 530i which might bridge the gap to a certain degree and with the release of the 535i the 530 inventory is being moved out as well.

Either ways you'll definitely enjoy the car........but I believe it comes down to a choice between.....larger size sedan/more comfort or much better performance......

Tough choice.....both would be great !!! I went through somewhat of the same dilemma!

Good luck and let us know what you decide !

shabbaman
03-06-2007, 10:00 PM
What is the biggest advantage over the 525 anyways? more room? more comfortable ride?



Exactly.

The 5 series also has some options not available on the 3, for example, the comfort seats.

The 5 chassis is more luxurious, more isolated, more quiter, definately not as connected to the road as the 3 (although it's plenty connected, especially with the sport package).

The 3 chassis is more visceral, more reactive and responsive, feels like it's doing what you're thinking better than does the 5. Seats are a little smaller, it's a little tighter in there. Louder exaust. Doesn't have some of the features as the 5.

Now, the engines...It's night and day. Without getting into particulars, the '25' is not really in the same league as the '35', especially when you're comparing the 525 with the 335. In direct comparison one car will feel like a brick while the other will feel like a feather.

1st question you should ask yourself, money aside, which car would you rather have?

krash
03-07-2007, 04:21 PM
Exactly.

The 5 series also has some options not available on the 3, for example, the comfort seats.

The 5 chassis is more luxurious, more isolated, more quiter, definately not as connected to the road as the 3 (although it's plenty connected, especially with the sport package).

The 3 chassis is more visceral, more reactive and responsive, feels like it's doing what you're thinking better than does the 5. Seats are a little smaller, it's a little tighter in there. Louder exaust. Doesn't have some of the features as the 5.

Now, the engines...It's night and day. Without getting into particulars, the '25' is not really in the same league as the '35', especially when you're comparing the 525 with the 335. In direct comparison one car will feel like a brick while the other will feel like a feather.

1st question you should ask yourself, money aside, which car would you rather have?


Well, lets hold on for a second here...

Xenons and Logic 7 Sound System are standard on the 335. They are optional on the 525.

Seriously, I think the 525 is sort of a ripoff when compared to the 335 (even if you can get a 525 for same cost as a 335). If you want a 5, go for the 530.

Also, I'd suggest to the OP to post the same question on the e90 section of Bimmerfest...

wasupdu
03-07-2007, 05:32 PM
Considering six months ago there was no discount on these cars the price seems like a steal. As far as underpowered, I don't agree. The 525 has no trouble keeping up with anything out there in real world driving and its a much more substantial car than the 3 series, if you're in the habbit of drag racing, buy a Charger SRT8....


I couldn't agree more. I have a 525 and I've never thought it was underpowered by any means. The 5 series and 3 series are COMPLETELY different beasts so if you're after speed in an entry level BMW sedan then go for the 3 series. If not, the 5 is the way to go despite it not having "all of the options" that you'll find on the 530, 545, 550, etc.... The 5 is overall a more classy ride. If that's not what you're going for then pick up the 3.

krash
03-08-2007, 03:44 PM
I couldn't agree more. I have a 525 and I've never thought it was underpowered by any means. The 5 series and 3 series are COMPLETELY different beasts so if you're after speed in an entry level BMW sedan then go for the 3 series. If not, the 5 is the way to go despite it not having "all of the options" that you'll find on the 530, 545, 550, etc.... The 5 is overall a more classy ride. If that's not what you're going for then pick up the 3.

Actually, a stripped down 525 is more "entry level" and less classy than a fully loaded 335.

exis350
03-11-2007, 12:16 AM
Actually, a stripped down 525 is more "entry level" and less classy than a fully loaded 335.

It may be in some regards and to a select few--but a 5-series upon first impression to the vast majority is perceived as a step-up, more sophisticated, and a more mature car than the 3.

I just went through this decision process as well and hands-down opted for the 525i (not stripped down though). The 335i is an excellent car, but feels somewhat toy-like compared to the 525i. I love the speed factor... and coming from an '06 Lexus IS 350, the 525 feels SLOW. But it's speed is decent and totally acceptable.

The size factor is also big deal. Squeezing clients, colleagues, or others you care about in the back of a 3-series is near unacceptable. Toting child seats in the back of the 5 is way easier as well.

And those 20-way comfort seats... ahhhhh. :)

Islander
03-11-2007, 04:20 AM
Thanks for all the advice I go on leave at the end of April so I will make my decision after test driving them all. I think I may enjoy the size over the speed but those 300 HP sound tempting.
I am hoping that they have a 08 528 to test drive as well.
I will let everyone know what I decide upon in May.

Trevor

Starab
03-11-2007, 05:48 AM
The dealership is trying to get rid off all 2007 525s in stock before the 08's come in. Does this sound like a good deal: step, leather, CWP, Rear Airbags, Rear seat heating $39290. For this price I could get a 335 loaded with the options I want. Do you think that is a decent deal on the 525 with the 08 model coming out so soon, or should I try to negotiate them down even further.

Trevor


The car has to be US specifications for here
Check the prices (invoice for euro/USD) and do math
People negotiate and buy at euro invoice prices( $+euro invoice)
If $500-$1000 difference (07/08 OR 3 series/5 series) it is your decision-Goodluck
Can you bring one for me too- the same deal?

Navybusa
03-12-2007, 12:02 AM
I'm considering deals similar to this one. The military sales program base price on the 525 is 37300 and the 530 is 41000, but you get 2500 in free options. I drove a 335 and it was fun, but to small for the family. I thought about the 525 or 530, but decided to order a 08 535. The military price for the 535 is 43850, which includes the ship home fee. For the 07's you must pay an additional 700 over base price for the ship home program. I sure I could save 4000 to 6000 with the 07, but I think that cost savings will be offset due to the deppreciation the 07 will have when the 08 models hit the market.

Navybusa
03-12-2007, 12:03 AM
I'm considering deals similar to this one. The military sales program base price on the 525 is 37300 and the 530 is 41000, but you get 2500 in free options. I drove a 335 and it was fun, but to small for the family. I thought about the 525 or 530, but decided to order a 08 535. The military price for the 535 is 43850, which includes the ship home fee. For the 07's you must pay an additional 700 over base price for the ship home program. I sure I could save 4000 to 6000 with the 07, but I think that cost savings will be offset due to the deppreciation the 07 will have when the 08 models hit the market.

jagu
03-12-2007, 10:11 AM
Go with the 08 528i.
I have an 07 530 and it is more than adequate and I traded a 740i sport for it.
3 years ago I used to drive a 3 series, I loved it but I will never go back because of the size.