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Old 02-06-2016, 08:45 PM
rowekmr rowekmr is offline
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3 Series vs 5 Series

I'm really wanting a BMW and first wanted a 06-10 5 Series because I am 6'04" but after sitting in a 02 328xi and 06 330xi I can fit into those pretty good. I have read that the 3 series are faster because of the weight but I won't be racing it. I believe the 5 series will have more rear seat room for passengers. Is that true?

Do the 530 and 330 share the same engine (also 535 vs 335)? What about transmission and AWD system?

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Old Yesterday, 11:31 AM
Douglas Paul Douglas Paul is offline
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I always say test drive as many cars as possible for long periods of time to make sure your fully happy with your choice. I was open to both the 3 & 5 series cars when searching because at 5-11 I can fit well in both.
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I believe the 5 series will have more rear seat room for passengers. Is that true?
Yes My son is 6' 2" and drives a 2009 135i so check them out also.

Check out Certified Pre-Owned BMWs. This adds an additional two years to the original warranty up to 100,000 miles whichever comes first. It will show you all the BMWs within that distance.

Just enter your zip code then when the page comes up select the distance you are willing to travel to check out BMWs. You can Look at all the 5 series the 3 series and maybe even the 1 series within the range you selected.

http://cpo.bmwusa.com/

You can download a BMW owners manual all the way back to 2004. You have to scroll down to see all the BMW models.

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Old Yesterday, 02:55 PM
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I had a 3 series prior to my 5 and although I loved the sporty feel of the 3, I truly loved the comfort of the 5!
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Do the 530 and 330 share the same engine (also 535 vs 335)?

Thanks
The 530i and the 330i do share a similar engine. So does the 535i and the 335i, they are turbo charged or twin turbo charged depending on the year, and have more power and generally gets better fuel economy. Overall, they do seem to suffer more in terms of reliability.
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Old Yesterday, 08:26 PM
Amish Bimmer Amish Bimmer is offline
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I have both. A 328 vert and a 528. I got the 3 for my wife, I love it, but in my line of work, I have to carry clients. I'm 5'10 and it's a task to sit in the back of the 328.

For comfort and passengers, get a 5 series. My 528 is still fun, but it takes good care of comfort for all involved.

Good luck in your search......go slow, be picky, it's out there.
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