: Help decide between a 2004 525i vs 545i

05-11-2010, 03:20 PM
Hey guys, I need some advice for my next purchase. Its between 2004 very basic 525i with 60k miles on it, clean title, no warranty for 14k or 2004 545i loaded with navi, 93k miles and slvg title due to stolen parts, but its fixed now and is selling for 11k. I am also worried about the gas milage for the 545i, the difference by the books is about 3mpg but is that actual or not. Any ideas would be helpful.

05-11-2010, 05:49 PM
Well, seeing as you are coming from a 745i, I would be surprised if you weren't a little disappointed with the performance of a 525. Both cars are great cars, but you will not have anywhere near the same "get-up-and-go" with the smaller engine.

As for the salvage title of the 545 due to stolen parts, if you can satisfy yourself with the nature and extent of the stolen parts -- and that their replacement was made with appropriate new/used parts (nothing "kludged" together to just get the car running for a sale), then you might be ok. Otherwise, you might want to keep looking for another deal out there on an older 545 with a clean title. I don't know the running rates for 545's, but I'd be surprised if it were that much more expensive for a clean titled one.

Good luck with your search.

05-11-2010, 06:01 PM
That 04 545 is going to get very expensive to maintain. It's close to 100K miles. No doubt it needs a complete cooling system replacement. Given the salvage title, who knows what if any preventive maint has been done. But agin, as PimoX stated, if you can reconcile all that in your own mind.......

FWIW...the 545 is down about 60+ horses from an S550. The 545 engine is nice, but the comparison is whacko from an output standpoint.

05-11-2010, 09:41 PM
A 545i with a salvage title as result of stolen parts combined with high mileage is a BAD combination. It will be more expensive to maintain in the long run (which is what is going to happen, because selling that thing is going to be a nightmare). While 11k is a GREAT deal on a 545i, I think it is easily offset given that particular vehicle's history. Run away, continue looking, time is your friend.