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Thrumcap
03-21-2007, 04:31 AM
Is anyone else considering both of these? Interior dimensions are not that different- only the trunk is substantially larger on the 535.
$10K less and immediate availability of the manual transmission, is making me lean towards the 335.
I've always thought the 3 series was the most fun to drive of all the BMWs I have driven and the press the 335 has gotten has been unbelievable. Am I really giving much up going with the 335xi over the 535xi?

Pjuran
03-21-2007, 05:29 AM
Drive both and see for yourself. The cars feel totally different.

gresch
03-21-2007, 06:01 AM
Drive both and see for yourself. The cars feel totally different.

you test drove a 535xi?

krash
03-21-2007, 07:43 AM
Is anyone else considering both of these? Interior dimensions are not that different- only the trunk is substantially larger on the 535.
$10K less and immediate availability of the manual transmission, is making me lean towards the 335.
I've always thought the 3 series was the most fun to drive of all the BMWs I have driven and the press the 335 has gotten has been unbelievable. Am I really giving much up going with the 335xi over the 535xi?

Yes. I am. To be honest, I am leaning towards the 335xi, but haven't ruled out the 535xi yet. The 5 is within my budget. All things being equal, I'd prefer the 5. But they are not equal in terms of $$$$$. When I sit in a 335, it is hard for me to justify a 535.

m123xyz
03-21-2007, 07:52 AM
I've been leaning the other way...535xi but really only for 2 reasons which are fairly dumb

1) spare tire
2) the column on the passenger side doesn't obscure my vision. In the 3 I have a much bigger blindspot.

3) 5 feels a little more solid and roomy. dimensions may be same but sitting in 3 feels a little "squinched" while in 5's got more breathing room. And I'm short 5'10.

ks-man
03-21-2007, 07:53 AM
If you can wait a month or two I would definitely recommend test driving the 535 and then deciding. I'm thinking like Pjuran that the feel will be totally different though this is just speculation as the 535 isn't out yet. I'm imagining that the 535 will be more a luxury feel than the 335's sporty feel. After driving both I'm imagining you will easily be able to tell the differences and decide which you're interested in. It probably will also depend on what options you want. The 535 comes standard with a few more things (Idrive and automatic are the main ones), so I would build one of each exactly how you want it and then see what the cost difference is. I think you said you want manual so the no cost upgrade of the 535 will actually make it less appealing to you since now all parties are paying that cost, not just automatic users.

fabby
03-21-2007, 07:55 AM
I was in the same boat trying to decide and went with the 5 series as it 'feels' bigger. The 3:thumbup: drives quicker and is easier to toss around but for my everyday type of middle aged driving, the 5 is more comfortable. Picking up the 535 in May.

Thrumcap
03-21-2007, 07:56 AM
My problem is I need a car at the end of May so I don't think I am going to have the time to wait to test drive either.
I guess I will drive the 335i and see. If it blows me away, I guess there is no point in considering the 535....

fabby
03-21-2007, 08:12 AM
If you are leaning toward a 3 series, dont test drive the 5 so that you wont know what your missing:D

krash
03-21-2007, 08:26 AM
If you are leaning toward a 3 series, dont test drive the 5 so that you wont know what your missing:D


Yes. I won't make any decisions until I drive both. I could easily end up with a 5 instead of a 3 despite my current leaning. I do like the size of the back seat better for my kids. Also, the 5 has better safety features for my family (which is also key for me). Even though I really love the way the 335i drives, familiy considerations weigh heavily on me.

I really can't wait for the 335xi and 535xi to be on the lots and available for test drives.

jacksonhunter31
03-21-2007, 08:34 AM
It felt small to me--and I'm old enough (42) to want more comfort and space. I was surprsied by how nimble the 530 felt--the 535 should feel even more sprightly. I also think the interior of the 335 was not luxurious enough--but that is personal taste. Coming from an Audi all BMW interiors feel a little plain and bereft of creature comforts. Both are great cars--I have a good firend with an 06 330 and he loves it, but I wanted more space and more luxury. I drive 20K plus per year and the added size adds a lot of comfort.

So all that said--what do you want? The 335 is eminently more "tossable", quicker and more youthful, the 5 series is more luxury oriented...but still fast and handles beautifully..

go drive a 335 and a 530...

Ugly Bear
03-22-2007, 12:11 PM
Interior dimensions are not that different- only the trunk is substantially larger on the 535.

Errr.... 5er gives you 2 inches more shoulder space and 2 inches more leg space in the back. See here (http://autos.msn.com/research/compare/interior.aspx?c=0&n=3&i=0&ph1=t0&ph2=t0&tb=0&dt=0&v=t104292&v=t102671)

Bart001
03-22-2007, 12:22 PM
Errr.... 5er gives you 2 inches more shoulder space and 2 inches more leg space in the back. See here (http://autos.msn.com/research/compare/interior.aspx?c=0&n=3&i=0&ph1=t0&ph2=t0&tb=0&dt=0&v=t104292&v=t102671)

I drove a 335 and my 545 feels MUCH roomier inside. Really a totally different feel of interior roominess.

I drove a 1994 325is every day for 9+ years, but after my 545i I feel spoiled by all the room. I'm tempted to go back to a 3er because of cost, but I'm really spoiled by the 5er :thumbup:

krash
03-25-2007, 09:26 AM
Errr.... 5er gives you 2 inches more shoulder space and 2 inches more leg space in the back. See here (http://autos.msn.com/research/compare/interior.aspx?c=0&n=3&i=0&ph1=t0&ph2=t0&tb=0&dt=0&v=t104292&v=t102671)


You wouldn't think so, but 2 inches is a lot when it comes to these cars. It could mean the difference between total comfort or feeling cramped.

Over this weekend, I think I made a decision to NOT go with a 335, G35 or any car of that size.

I want something the size of a 535, M45, GS350, or Acura RL.

This is a huge shift for me.

bmwccc
03-25-2007, 09:39 AM
You wouldn't think so, but 2 inches is a lot when it comes to these cars. It could mean the difference between total comfort or feeling cramped.

Over this weekend, I think I made a decision to NOT go with a 335, G35 or any car of that size.

I want something the size of a 535, M45, GS350, or Acura RL.

This is a huge shift for me.


Me as well, I was on the fence with the 335i vs. 535i. I went to the dealer the other morning and had both cars 3 series vs. 5 series put next to each other to see the exterior size difference then compared the interior feel. The exterior was a little longer in the rear because of the trunk and the interior felt cramped on the 3. I drive over 20k per year so comfort is important as well as trunk space. That comparison head to head from the interior comfort feel and trunk space made my mind up. The added benefit of the new 6 programable idrive, larger back seat for the kids and the new sport auto shifter is icing on the cake.

bmwccc

jbeene
03-25-2007, 05:40 PM
I went from a 325xiT to a 530xiT and the cars, while maintaining BMW characteristics, are quite different.

Fit and finish on the 5 is better, way more features and it hauls a$$ on the highway. The 5 has effortless speed, the 3 is a little more choppy in the ride department and a little less luxurious overall. Still an enjoyable car to drive but just not in the same league as the 5.

The 5 will do everything the 3 will, just a little bit better imho. Hauls more stuff, I find it more comfortable, handles as well, soaks up bumps better but it gets much worse mileage. Strange thing, that I didn't believe at first, is that the 5 only weighs 75 pounds more then the 3.