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Old 08-31-2010, 11:41 AM
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535i or X5 35i Premium?

I'm looking for a suitable replacement of my fleet of 2006 525i company cars. Which would you guys prefer. The cap for the total price with options is 65k each. With which can I get more options for the same price.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:10 PM
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Definitely the 535 because it the latest and greatest. Even if you went with fewer options, the F10 is both more enjoyable and more impressive right now.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:41 PM
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Definitely the 535i. I have a 2007 X5 3.0 right now. Before that I had a 530i, next month I get a 535xi. While the X5 has the same engine, it is a much heavier vehicle and I noticed it in day-to-day driving. It is just not as nimble on the road. The X5 is also much less refined just by virtue of its SUV design... any objects in the trunk that rattle or roll are audible in the passenger cabin. While a 2011 X5 has a more powerful engine than my 2007, so does the 5-Series so unless you really must have the rear hatch configuration, or must have 3rd row seat (for kids only) go for the 5-Series.

The X5 is assembled in the US so you would be supporting US jobs if you go that route... but take a look at the window sticker and you will still find that the vast majority of parts are sourced from Germany.

Price wise, X5 and 5-Series come out pretty close to each other depending on exactly how you spec it. But for $65K you can get either extremely well optioned. You say that this is company fleet cars... so I presume you are leasing? Be sure to compare money factors and residuals and do all the math as BMW may have different rates depending on which vehicles they are trying to incent people to buy, thus affecting your monthly cost.

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Old 08-31-2010, 03:06 PM
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Well I'm thinking of leasing 2 and buying 2. Since they are for my business partners, maybe when I pay the 2 I buy off, I'll leave them so that the rest of the employees can use them and then buy new ones. Then another question is which one is cheaper to lease for a business. Maybe I'll get 2 of each. I would get the 535xi but I live in Florida lol, we get snow once every 20 years and it's like an inch. Seriously, people panic when it falls under 60 degrees.

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Old 08-31-2010, 03:30 PM
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Without snow, I'd go for the 535i, unless the larger cargo area is a big plus.

The ride in the X5 is going to be worse, and it will be slower/heavier. On pricing, I was surprised to find that the X5 is cheaper for what I was interested in - for comparable options, my equivalent choices were between a 528xi and an X5 35d.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:28 PM
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Can you get a X5 50i for that price? Perhaps you could haggle a bit with the dealer... that would be my preference.
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I'd get 528's. Plenty quick, 0-60 in 6.6s which is a full second faster than the 06 525i. No reliability concerns with turbos and fuel pumps blowing up. Lower operating costs too, 3 mpg better overall. Oh, between the 535 and X5 I'd get the 535.
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I'd get 528's. Plenty quick, 0-60 in 6.6s which is a full second faster than the 06 525i. No reliability concerns with turbos and fuel pumps blowing up. Lower operating costs too, 3 mpg better overall. Oh, between the 535 and X5 I'd get the 535.
OK, give it a break now (j/k)
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Get a 528i.
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:34 PM
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The 528is are underpowered. They'd have a hard time climbing up a multi story parking garage lol.
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The 528is are underpowered. They'd have a hard time climbing up a multi story parking garage lol.
You're not keeping the revs high enough. Underpowered is more like, a 318i sedan. Not like BMW sells those here.

A fuel pump failure definitely will have an impact on accelerating up a car park.
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The 528is are underpowered. They'd have a hard time climbing up a multi story parking garage lol.
So I've heard...
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