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Old 12-18-2010, 12:36 PM
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535 vs. 528 for 70 Year old

I love my 530xi which has been flawless since my ED in March, 2007. Now that my warranty has expired (just turned 50,000 two weeks ago) I'm seriously considering doing another ED later in 2011 and get a 2012 MY. Ever since the F10 was first announced, I never thought of anything other than a 535, since that would be the natural replacement for my 530. However, this next car may be the last BMW I'll buy, hoping to keep it for a long time, and I don't want to have the spectre of a poorly designed HPFP hanging on my neck. That's why I'm also considering the 528.

My driving style is somewhat spirited (when my wife is not with me), but I never take my 530 above 82-84 mph. I'll never have the need for very high speeds, although I did take her up to 110 mph for about 5 minutes on the Autobahn during the ED.

So my question is this: As a youthful 70 year old, should I play it safe and focus on the 528 with its better fuel economy and naturally aspirated engine, or move up to the 535 with the better acceleration (which I will certainly enjoy) and the prospects of a troublesome turbo.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:49 PM
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I'd think that if the new N55 is going to be unreliable you'd know it pretty soon. After all, it's been on the market already for 8 months or so. By the time the 2012s are out you'd have more than a year's history by then.

The one thing I'd have to comment on is that the suggestion for the first 1200 miles is not to go over 100 mph. i'd have a hard time holding to this in your position.
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:23 PM
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I love my 530xi which has been flawless since my ED in March, 2007. Now that my warranty has expired (just turned 50,000 two weeks ago) I'm seriously considering doing another ED later in 2011 and get a 2012 MY. Ever since the F10 was first announced, I never thought of anything other than a 535, since that would be the natural replacement for my 530. However, this next car may be the last BMW I'll buy, hoping to keep it for a long time, and I don't want to have the spectre of a poorly designed HPFP hanging on my neck. That's why I'm also considering the 528.

My driving style is somewhat spirited (when my wife is not with me), but I never take my 530 above 82-84 mph. I'll never have the need for very high speeds, although I did take her up to 110 mph for about 5 minutes on the Autobahn during the ED.

So my question is this: As a youthful 70 year old, should I play it safe and focus on the 528 with its better fuel economy and naturally aspirated engine, or move up to the 535 with the better acceleration (which I will certainly enjoy) and the prospects of a troublesome turbo.
I'll bet the new F10 528i accelerates similar to your 07 530xi. Too lazy to read the car mag reports but they would be similar engines and now a better 8 spd transmission.

I went from an 08 535i to another 535I 2011 and it was a huge step forward in almost every category. Much more luxurious, still way fast, and handling is great.

Just drive them both. Sounds you have some luxury of time. See which you like. No need to "play it safe" ........ ha ha ....... get what you like, you deserve it!
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:45 PM
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I'd think that if the new N55 is going to be unreliable you'd know it pretty soon. After all, it's been on the market already for 8 months or so. By the time the 2012s are out you'd have more than a year's history by then.
Actually this engine debut in the 535i GT in late 2009, so you've had over a year, as well as continuing to proliferate throughout the BMW line up
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:45 PM
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This 70 yo thought long and hard about the pro's and cons of the 535 vs 528. After carfull analysis, I chose an M3.
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:03 PM
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:08 PM
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you're only 70 once--get the 535.

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Old 12-18-2010, 04:29 PM
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I love my 530xi which has been flawless since my ED in March, 2007. Now that my warranty has expired (just turned 50,000 two weeks ago) I'm seriously considering doing another ED later in 2011 and get a 2012 MY. Ever since the F10 was first announced, I never thought of anything other than a 535, since that would be the natural replacement for my 530. However, this next car may be the last BMW I'll buy, hoping to keep it for a long time, and I don't want to have the spectre of a poorly designed HPFP hanging on my neck. That's why I'm also considering the 528.

My driving style is somewhat spirited (when my wife is not with me), but I never take my 530 above 82-84 mph. I'll never have the need for very high speeds, although I did take her up to 110 mph for about 5 minutes on the Autobahn during the ED.

So my question is this: As a youthful 70 year old, should I play it safe and focus on the 528 with its better fuel economy and naturally aspirated engine, or move up to the 535 with the better acceleration (which I will certainly enjoy) and the prospects of a troublesome turbo.
No.

Get what you want. Take it to 130 on the autobahn, by the time you need to worry about the turbos, the problem will take care of itself.

You only have so much time to do the things you enjoy doing.

I realize that I am just a young whippersnapper at age 60, but you don't get the time back. Just think, when you hit your '80s, then you can go get a Malibu.
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:59 PM
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate your responses, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only Bimmer driver out there who remembers Hydromatic.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:12 PM
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate your responses, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only Bimmer driver out there who remembers Hydromatic.
Hey why not try on an M3 or 550i ir M5 and avoid HPFP wories.
M3 vert is a great car.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:26 PM
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate your responses, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only Bimmer driver out there who remembers Hydromatic.
How could anyone forget hydromatic?

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Old 12-19-2010, 05:41 AM
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If you remember shaker hoods and the rumble and shake of a high lift cam with solid lifters like I do, you will love the 535 and the 550. Either one is an evolved and refined version of what captured our hearts when we grabbed that Hurst gearshift on the floor for the first time.

Facts do not yet support chronic HPFP issues in the N55 (or N63) engines. 70 is the new 50. Enjoy!
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:01 AM
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:14 AM
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Actually this engine debut in the 535i GT in late 2009, so you've had over a year, as well as continuing to proliferate throughout the BMW line up
You're assuming they've sold one or two of these.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:15 AM
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How could anyone forget hydromatic?

You forgot. It was Hydramatic.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:17 AM
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If you want AWD again then you don't want the 528i because it doesn't offer that. Your AWD option with the 2.8 engine would be the 328.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:30 AM
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You forgot. It was Hydramatic.
I guess my English isn't as good as yours.
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How could anyone forget hydromatic?

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Old 12-19-2010, 10:55 AM
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:05 PM
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If you want AWD again then you don't want the 528i because it doesn't offer that. Your AWD option with the 2.8 engine would be the 328.
Well that settles it. I need the x-drive, and so long as the 528 doesn't have it, I'll stick with the 535.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:17 PM
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Here's a video some of you (older timers) might enjoy. It brings back memories of the Hydra-Matic in my father's 1941 Olds, which he bought in 1948. I believe the auto tranny option cost $50 when it was first introduced.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:34 PM
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Took delivery of my 2011 535i x drive on my 76 th birthday. Love it. Can't go too fast in urban new england but it is nice to think I could if the opportunity arose. The lane assist and blind spot are quite useful. The night vision is useless and I do not recommend it. We will see whether the warranty on the car lasts longer or shorter than the warranty on me!
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:37 PM
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Well that settles it. I need the x-drive, and so long as the 528 doesn't have it, I'll stick with the 535.
^supposedly the 528 will have the AWD late 3rd/early 4th quarter 2011. I heard this from BMW customer service and from the dealer. I guess the decision to make the 550 x drive pushed the 528 x drive back.
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate your responses, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only Bimmer driver out there who remembers Hydromatic.
A lot of us "old guys" not only remember we have maintained our love for quality fast cars throughout our lives. Now that we are "mature" we can actually afford them without risking our futures!!! While I am 7 years younger than you, I see "old age" as an opportunity to enjoy life to its fullest.

With that in mind my 535i X drive is on its way!!!
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:01 PM
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Go with the 535. You'll appreciate it this winter. Besides, haven't you heard that 70 is now the new 40?
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