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Old 09-13-2014, 12:28 PM
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Advice on the 5 Series Vs. 3 Series

I know you 5 guys don't know me but I have been looking for a decent 3 series to trade on. I have came up empty so far. I did however have a gentleman with a nice 525 contact me today and I went and drove the car. It was an automatic but had the sport mode and it was actually quite fun to drive, it also had plenty of pep imo. What are your views on the 5 vs. the 3 except for the obvious things.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:15 PM
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What are your views on the 5 vs. the 3 except for the obvious things.
Not to flame you BUT, what exactly are you asking?? There are 5+ generations of both 5- and 3-series, and within those generations you have anywhere from 2-5 models, excluding LCIs mixed in there. Now on to available options in both the engine and interior department. What are you looking at in comparison to the presumed e34 you checked out? E30, E36, E46, E9x? What should we exclude that is obvious to you?
We could write a book for you, or you could thumb through the thousands of posts at your fingertips, on this forum and others on the internet. After lots of reading, target model(s) that you think you'll like, find some and drive them!
To answer your question above, I view the 5-series as a car made by BMW with four doors*, and the 3-series as a car made by BMW with both four and two doors**.

*Excluding the one-of-a-kind E34 M5 convertible
**Excluding the 318ti hatchback
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:59 PM
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Im guessing you've got a e36 318. The 525i will certainly be a step up with the same or better fuel mileage and a ton more room.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:01 AM
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One's a kids car, the other is a grown-up car. It's harder to get tickets in a 5 and you can get ladies in and out with out pulling!
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:51 PM
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:36 PM
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My reason for getting the E34.
I always wanted one, and then i found the 540i, but i like speed i had in an M3

The reason i did not get an ///M3 is because I'm a big boy, 6,4 and i did not fit the E46 at all, i could not get comfortable, and was cramped.
The 540i has power, and is roomy for long rides and overall drives better than it would seem.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:52 PM
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My reason for getting the E34.
I always wanted one, and then i found the 540i, but i like speed i had in an M3

The reason i did not get an ///M3 is because I'm a big boy, 6,4 and i did not fit the E46 at all, i could not get comfortable, and was cramped.
The 540i has power, and is roomy for long rides and overall drives better than it would seem.
+1 Yah the 540i is the same power as a e36 M3 if Im not mistaken and is 10 times more comfy.
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:33 PM
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I'm not going to say much Goose really just nailed it.
Though the 3 series has grown up a bit as well as the technology has changed
drastically with in the model years.

It depends on what your looking for.

As a family man, the 5'ers and 7'er work for me.
I owned a e30, loved it. But it didn't suit my needs.
So I sold it for a e34... and now I'm on number 3 (actually number 4 if you count the wrecked Alpina find that I chucked)
Next is a e38
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:24 PM
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I'm not going to say much Goose really just nailed it.
Though the 3 series has grown up a bit as well as the technology has changed
drastically with in the model years.

It depends on what your looking for.

As a family man, the 5'ers and 7'er work for me.
I owned a e30, loved it. But it didn't suit my needs.
So I sold it for a e34... and now I'm on number 3 (actually number 4 if you count the wrecked Alpina find that I chucked)
Next is a e38
Man you both nailed it perfectly! Same reason here. Had a e36 328is and sold it cause it was too small for my everyday needs and wound up with a 5 series which I had wanted from day1 which can carry 5 people. Unlike the 2 door which could fit 3 1/2 people.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:54 PM
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Thank you all for the replies, I used your info and purchased an E30. We have an Xterra and this is my "drive by myself to work" vehicle so I thought it would be fun and I have wanted one for a long time.
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:24 PM
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I do not use the car for family, just me. Like the feel, weight, performance, size of the 3 (E46), and for the rare time I have a passenger --the front pass seat is good. Back seat floor room is maybe an inch or 2 shorter than the 5, but works for the 1 time every 2 months I might need to use it.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:33 PM
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5 series, is like the worlds most well rounded car.

It has the best compromise between handling and ride quality and and is capable of any task.
Its like a Swiss Army knife, usefull in every situation.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:33 PM
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:48 PM
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Except for hauling
In what sense?


M5/540's already haul ass... lol

For carting stuff, a 5 is not a small car. But if you a lil need more, we have the wagon variant.

Haul like tow? I know andy tows his e34 sedan on a trailer using his e34 wagon. So its not bad.

IMO, a BMW can do anything well "ON ROAD".
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:42 PM
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I can fit all body removable body panels in my car except the hood all at once. Two fenders, 4doors two bumpers and a trunk, it was hard to get them in and out, but i was able to do it. I did it to get new panels for the car because of rust, but the undercarriage is bad.
Iv seen people haul trailers with a 525 so the 540i must be able to do it easily, and haul @$$ at the same time.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:34 PM
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I'm talking like lumber... but then again my dad has carried 12ft 2x4's in his firebird
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I'm talking like lumber... but then again my dad has carried 12ft 2x4's in his firebird

Without the ski pass punched you can fit 8' lumber in with the windows up. 10' has to stick out the front window. Usually
I use my truck to haul lumber but if it's just a few pieces of moulding the e34 is fine. A quarter sheet of plywood will fit in the back seat but not the trunk.


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I'm talking like lumber... but then again my dad has carried 12ft 2x4's in his firebird
But like if he got a camery or E class he would be fine though?

It will hual competitively for its class. Its not an f350 i admit.
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5 series, is like the worlds most well rounded car.

It has the best compromise between handling and ride quality and and is capable of any task.
Its like a Swiss Army knife, usefull in every situation.
Agreed. A bigger 4 door that drives / parks like a smaller one. Can we say turning radius?

I also had an E30 once, a 325is coupe. Just over 5 years of driving the wheels off of it.

Cheers:

- Light on it's feet, handling that inspired.
- Gearing and diff packed a wallop around town.
- Great visibility

Jeers:

- Hit or miss build quality. Particularly the exterior trim (that leaked), plumbing (that leaked), and electrical wiring....WTF were they thinking?
- Gearing got winded on the interstate...really needed a 6th speed for long cruises.
- Tranny tunnel from hell. Unless the driver was an inboard-leg amputee, on anything over a 10 minute drive, it left them wishing they were. Even cruise control couldn't help your throttle leg from falling asleep.

The E30 was a great college car, but had it's flaws, and it's 3-series successors (like what kills most small, sporty model lines) suffered corpulence.

So much so, that BMW had to introduce the recent "1-series" just to step foot back into the compact size arena that the 02 series and E30 used to dominate.
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