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Old 01-19-2013, 10:14 PM
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I test drove both multiple times before going with the 550. The $4500 difference was a comfortable one for me to go with the 550. When cruising, you can't really tell the difference in terms of power between the N55 and N63 engines. It's really in the acceleration that you feel the punch with the N63 engine. I have to say the N55 does have that sportier feel especially while cruising while the N63 seems too smooth. That's just my observation.
I think that's a really concise and great way to put it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:09 AM
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There is alot of difference between the 535i and 550i. One of the most glaring ones will be felt when four hefty adults are in each sedan with full loads of luggage and travelling uphill. The 550i has diesel-rivaling torque and that is the most important factor when starting from a stop or in passing acceleration or in being able to handle increased resistance (ie increased load). The 550i will carry the hefties with alacrity. Conversely, power inadequacy will be felt in the smaller engine.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:58 PM
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I tested 435, 535 and 550 2015. The first was 435. It is really nice, fast, nice seats. Great.
After that 535. Ooooh, it is much stronger, another story, for me the best. So, to try or not 550, I did not know what to do. Just to try, but 535 is excellent for me.

Oh my god, it was not normal. I could not keep my had starting on green light. It was a lessonn to put my head on headrest another time.
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:06 PM
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Do not test 550

If you want to buy 535 DO NOT test 550.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:31 PM
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Biggest mistake I've ever made is walking away from a 2011 550i CPO (38K miles) to save $4K on a lower mileage (11K) 2011 535i. I do love the 535i, but having test driven them both I will always remember being at 100 mph at the top of the freeway on ramp, and not really having had to press hard on the gas to get there. In most driving I'd probably never notice a difference, but when you want to accelerate, the 550 is so much more fun and doesn't make you worry about an internal hemorrhage somewhere in the moving parts.

IMHO 550i. Definitely.
Same here. I only looked at CPO 535s, but after I took delivery of the car I noticed that 550s of the same year were only 4k more... Doh!

I'm happy with my 535i regardless.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:40 PM
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There is alot of difference between the 535i and 550i. One of the most glaring ones will be felt when four hefty adults are in each sedan with full loads of luggage and travelling uphill. The 550i has diesel-rivaling torque and that is the most important factor when starting from a stop or in passing acceleration or in being able to handle increased resistance (ie increased load). The 550i will carry the hefties with alacrity. Conversely, power inadequacy will be felt in the smaller engine.
The torque is key. I had a 320d rental in Germany about a month ago, and of course on the autobahn the car didn't feel as fast as my 535i (320d has about 160 hp). However around town, the 320d felt like it could keep up with my 535i (280 ft/lb vs 300 ft/lb).
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:16 PM
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I think the reality is it comes down to money.

I once owned (for a laugh) a Chevy Camaro new 2011.

I test drove the SS with 400+ HP and the RS with 312 HP. At that time I got to the payment I was looking for and discovered that I could essentially get a base SS or a loaded RS.

When it came down to it, I loved all the toys, 312 HP was plenty, and I was pleased with my choice (although ultimately the lack of side visibility made me dump the car after about a year). Now a couple of boy racers claimed the V6 was sacrilege, but I still managed to get pulled over for speeding in the first month, and it hit 100+ pretty easily and quickly.

I liked my HUD and other gadgets that I wouldn't have had on a base SS.

When it comes to BMW options can easily add 25-50% on the base price of a car. Engine upgrades too pile on the dollars.

If you can comfortably afford a 550, with all the packages you want, then fine. But if you can only afford a modestly optioned 550 versus a far better equipped 535, then you have to decide if toys are more important than horsepower.

Having recently picked up a nicely equipped CPO 535xi, I can assure you that performance does not disappoint. Even in comfort mode it's quite the beast, sport mode is so aggressive I've not even bothered to try Sport Plus yet.

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Old 06-26-2015, 12:44 PM
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I drove both the 535 and 550 M sports back to back. Bought the 550. The 535 just didn't move the car as effortlessly and I don't want to have to have my foot it the accelerator to get the car moving. If gas mileage is a concern then you're probably on the wrong car altogether.
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