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115sonic
05-03-2007, 09:55 PM
Between 1999 and 2002, I leased several 530s for my bosses. At that time, one BMW sales mgr told me that I was better off leasing a 530 rather than the 540 (V8) because the V6 was bullet proof. He actually had a 540 with just 2000 miles on it. My bosses decided to go with the 530s and were extremely pleased over the duration of the leases.

My son is considering a 550. I wonder whether the 550 is as mechanically sound as the 530? Any input???

Thanks.

zen68
05-04-2007, 07:30 AM
BMW has been building V8 for years so it's definitely not a problem. I have a 550 and love it. I don't go around and race people but it's nice to have the power when you need. This year, the 535 comes out so the decision will be a bit more difficult; however, I still choose a V8 because of concern about the durability of turbo design.
You can't go wrong with the 530 either but if your son can afford and 550, why not?

merklebob
05-04-2007, 08:29 AM
you need to define son =teen ager = v8 bmw is trouble. get the six it bullet proof and for a teen fast enough.


for a older adult son [you define] the v8 is a very very good choise. ive had a 545 and its one of the sweetest machines ive ever owned. the mpg is also ok not good.

115sonic
05-04-2007, 09:21 PM
you need to define son =teen ager = v8 bmw is trouble. get the six it bullet proof and for a teen fast enough.


for a older adult son [you define] the v8 is a very very good choise. ive had a 545 and its one of the sweetest machines ive ever owned. the mpg is also ok not good.

30 years old. Air Force Academy grad. Good kid. I need to get him to buy one for me too, but I love long wheelbases (Sedan de Villes).

115sonic
05-04-2007, 09:28 PM
BMW has been building V8 for years so it's definitely not a problem. I have a 550 and love it. I don't go around and race people but it's nice to have the power when you need. This year, the 535 comes out so the decision will be a bit more difficult; however, I still choose a V8 because of concern about the durability of turbo design.
You can't go wrong with the 530 either but if your son can afford and 550, why not?

I think he will buy an 07 with 4500 miles on it, take it to Germany, and then trade it in about a year down the road, capturing his military discount over there.

Car is beautiful, most options except nav.

You mentioned turbo. I have typically stayed away from Amer turbos because I believe that they fail at about 36k miles. Blue books show as especially big hit after three years with most cars with turbos.

Also, I grew up with big block 57--64 Fords and Chevies. Real V8s. Tons of power. Not many accessories=few maint problems. 100,000 miles on each of those cars. Today, all cars look alike to me. Even though I push a pencil for a living, I was always one of the best mechanics in town. Still am with older cars. Thanks for advice.

jetjock07
05-05-2007, 07:36 AM
you need to define son =teen ager = v8 bmw is trouble. get the six it bullet proof and for a teen fast enough.


for a older adult son [you define] the v8 is a very very good choise. ive had a 545 and its one of the sweetest machines ive ever owned. the mpg is also ok not good.


If you were to cruise by my school one afternoon, you would probably find that little 4 cylinders = trouble for half the teenagers here. :D

bmwfanwashdc
05-08-2007, 08:27 AM
neither..... you will def be better off in 3 series or 7 series for repair. i am still haunted by my 10 mph crash now b/t 10-14 k for a fender bender thanks to the grav 60 technology and they are still working on car.

zen68
05-08-2007, 03:18 PM
Is grav 60 technology also used in the new 335i or 750i? I remember BMW website mentions something about "Aluminum front and rear subframes".

cccplus
05-08-2007, 04:44 PM
no offense... but does any1 care about how difficult/impossible it is to repair grav60. that's why we have insurance...