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kimluk
05-23-2007, 08:59 PM
My wife is driving a 2000 Volvo S70 and she wants to replace her Volvo with a Prius next year. Volvo is our only car which can seat 5 poeple comfortably. Therefore, I am thinking to get a 535i to replace my 1999 328i in a couple years. I like the balance between the sportiness and ride quality of my 328i. I would like to hear from owners what they like and dislike the 5 series, particularily from people who owned both 3 series and 5 series.

Bart001
05-24-2007, 03:26 AM
I would not go so far to say that even the current 3-series can seat 5 people "comfortably," so that realy doesn't seem like a viable option for you. Yes, the back seat of the E60 is pretty comfortable, at least as reported by my occasional passengers :) I've never sat back there m'self.

The 3 and 5 are quite different. Don't get fooled by the fact that you can get the same motor in each. Test drive a 5 a few times!

jacksonhunter31
05-25-2007, 10:54 AM
Apples and oranges. Nobody but small children in the backseat of 3, tall adults are comfortable in the backseat of a five. One is more a sports car, the other a refined, but still very sporty luxury car. I looked at and drove both, picked a five--so clearly I'm a fan. For my money, the Audi A4 is more car for less $$ than the 3 series if you want a smaller car--the interior of the A4 is dramatically better than the interior of a 3er. Again--just my opinion...

iversonm
05-25-2007, 11:25 AM
As someone who is about to move either from or to the dark side (depending on your opinion) I'll put in my 2 cents.

The three is considerably more nimble than a five.

In reality, you own a three for ithe way it drives. There really is no other car with equivalent driving dynamics in the market. I really can't expain how pleasurable it is to drive. When I feel otherwise, I stop at the nearest gas station and check the tire pressure, becasue it has dropped too low.

The size of the back seat has never been an issue to any occupants that has travelled in one of my E46s. One passenger felt it was more roomy than his Jeep Grand Cherokee, but that car has a pretty lousy back seat.

That being said, the 5 is far roomier and more comfortable than the 3. There is no comparison. It gives up some athleticism as a result, but it still is more of a driver's car than the rest of the market, IMO.

They are two of the finest cars you'll find, but are quite different. You really have to drive both to see which you prefer.

abe
05-25-2007, 11:41 AM
For my money, the Audi A4 is more car for less $$ than the 3 series if you want a smaller car--the interior of the A4 is dramatically better than the interior of a 3er. Again--just my opinion...

Don't you get banned here for saying stuff like that??

:rofl:

jacksonhunter31
05-25-2007, 03:06 PM
Don't you get banned here for saying stuff like that??

:rofl:

Just violently attacked--but it is worth it for the laughs...(I also happen to believe it):rofl:

bmw101
05-25-2007, 04:51 PM
In terms of interior audi A4 and bmw 3 series are pretty much the same in my opinion...

Vitacura
05-25-2007, 09:11 PM
I am going to the 535i from the 335i because the back seat is too cramped for adults. And I do drive them around regularly.

kimluk
05-29-2007, 03:59 PM
Vitacura,
Can you give me your opinion on comparing 325i to 335i and 535i in power/handling and ride quality/comfort for the driver? On a scale of 10, I will rate my 328i: 7 in power/handling and 7 in ride quality/comfort; my wife S70: 4 in power/handling and 6 in ride quality/comfort; and my 997S: 10 in power/handling and 6 in ride quality/comfort. Since we have one car in common (almost), I would like to know how you and other owners will rate all your BMWs. Thanks.

yahtzee
05-30-2007, 06:41 AM
I drove a 335i, 528i and a 535i yesterday. The 335i is certainly more geared towards less passenger more driving experience. That said, the 535i is extremely quick and allows for golf bag storage in the trunk. I honestly dont think I could get my golf clubs in the trunk of the 335i. I love how they both drove but they were different. I am going back and forth right now between the 335 and the 535 but the 535 I drove yesterday didnt have the Sport package (which I will get) so it still wasnt a fair comparison. The non-sport 535 did have significantly more body roll but I would expect it to.

merklebob
05-30-2007, 07:41 AM
i measured the back seat of my 2005 545 and found it was the same width as a mercury gramd marquies. lots of room and a great sporty car to boot.

petesamprs
05-30-2007, 09:03 AM
How come the BMW website lists the "rear shoulder room" for the 535i as only 2" more than the 335i (57.2 vs. 55.1). I have an e90 and find fitting three adults into the rear seats very difficult...but as I consider upgrading, I can't figure out how 2" will make that much of a difference. Either i) the data is not correct, or ii) I'm underestimating how much difference 2" in rear shoulder room makes.

Any thoughts?

535i 335i
Exterior length 191.1 " 178.2 "
Exterior body width 72.7 " 71.5 "
Exterior height 57.8 " 55.9 "
Wheelbase 113.7 " 108.7 "
Turning radius 18.7 ' 18.0 '
Front legroom 41.5 " 41.5 "
Rear legroom 36.0 " 34.6 "
Front headroom 37.7 " 38.5 "
Rear headroom 37.9 " 37.5 "
Front shoulder room 57.3 " 55.4 "
Rear shoulder room 57.2 " 55.1 "
Passenger volume 99.1 cu.ft. 93.0 cu.ft.
Cargo capacity 18.4 cu.ft. 12.0 cu.ft.

gweiden
05-30-2007, 09:09 AM
I'm roughly six feet tall and just purchased a 535xi - I love it! It's the perfect size and has incredible power. It's about the same size (interior-wise) as the Volvo 850 I drove prior to purchasing the Bimmer - So, will seat five people comfortably. In the 3 series, if I am in the driver's seat, there is no way a person could be comfortable in the back seat directly behind me. Hope this helps.