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Old 04-19-2013, 06:16 PM
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PLEASE HELP - NEWBIE 535 vs 528 (2011/2012)

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I'm sure this topic has come up many times but I guess I'm still learning how to navigate this site. Here is my situation....

I am looking at either a 2011 535 XDRIVE or 2012 528 XDRIVE. [/B][/B] Both cars will have to have navigation, heated seats (front & rear), parking sensors, rear camera, premium package, cold weather package, technology package, bluetooth, etc. Needless to say, which ever car I picked needs to be loaded. My worry is that the in-line 4, while better on gas, etc is about 1-2 years old I suppose and I can't afford a mistake on this deal, ala the TwinTurbo deal with the 535xi before it was fixed a year or two back.

The struggle is that I'm trying to decide between these two types and the main thing in mind is RELIABILITY. I understand power is important but I would say that's second, I would rather go for the car that I can drive for a longer period of time, please give me your feedback, I need all the help I can get. Take it easy on me and forgive me ignorance.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:45 PM
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how about getting a Certified Pre-owned? 6 years/100k miles warranty should be sufficient for you to keep the car for "a longer period of time".
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:46 PM
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Team BMW,

I'm sure this topic has come up many times but I guess I'm still learning how to navigate this site. Here is my situation....

I am looking at either a 2011 535 XDRIVE or 2012 528 XDRIVE. [/B][/B] Both cars will have to have navigation, heated seats (front & rear), parking sensors, rear camera, premium package, cold weather package, technology package, bluetooth, etc. Needless to say, which ever car I picked needs to be loaded. My worry is that the in-line 4, while better on gas, etc is about 1-2 years old I suppose and I can't afford a mistake on this deal, ala the TwinTurbo deal with the 535xi before it was fixed a year or two back.

The struggle is that I'm trying to decide between these two types and the main thing in mind is RELIABILITY. I understand power is important but I would say that's second, I would rather go for the car that I can drive for a longer period of time, please give me your feedback, I need all the help I can get. Take it easy on me and forgive me ignorance.
You can't realistically expect us to predict which car will be the most reliable - how long is a piece of string? All things being equal, I would go with the N55 for no reason other than I own one and have had no problems.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:48 PM
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how about getting a Certified Pre-owned? 6 years/100k miles warranty should be sufficient for you to keep the car for "a longer period of time".
I agree on getting a CPO for either car but which one is the problem. trying to figure all that out, I'm reading so much and its driving me insane as I am constantly talking myself in and out of deals between the two cars. Is the in-line 4 too new? should I wait or go for old reliable and get the baseline 6? If its no big deal between the two and power is NOT the end all be all, does the in-line four make sense considering gas mpg, etc.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:22 AM
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MY F10 is a 2011 I purchased at the end of 2010. I chose the 535 over the 528 due to the additional power and the relatively small cost difference considering the extra features on the 535. Mine is not an X drive so this comment is related only to the 535i.

My 535 has been a dream to drive, I get 24 mpg on average, have plenty of power (really more than I ever need) and have had only one small warranty issue. Even the so-called runflat tire issue has not been a problem for me. Just changed my original runflats at 34,000 miles.

But, due to the very complex electronics on either car, the best way to protect yourself is to purchase an extended warranty. They are not cheap, but provide the peace of mind you are looking for.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:44 AM
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Thanks for the info Jack. I was looking at the 535 xdrive. That's a nice blend at 24mpg. If you don't mind me asking, why didn't you go with the AWD?


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Old 04-20-2013, 08:12 PM
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His profile says he lives in Tennessee. And they will not have much need for an AWD there.

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If you don't mind me asking, why didn't you go with the AWD?


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Old 04-20-2013, 08:33 PM
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Good point. Living in Northeast I sometimes think everyone lives in Philly or New York lol.


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Old 04-20-2013, 09:14 PM
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PLEASE HELP - NEWBIE 535 vs 528 (2011/2012)

If reliability is so paramount above performance then you're looking at the wrong brand.


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Old 04-21-2013, 07:28 AM
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I don't want a Lexus. I want to get a BMW and from that get the most reliable one if there such a thing. I guess I have a crazy soft spot in my heart for bmw 5 series.


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Old 04-21-2013, 08:36 AM
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PLEASE HELP - NEWBIE 535 vs 528 (2011/2012)

I own a 2011 535 X drive. Car drives like a dream. Doesn't hurt to have the extra power when needed. I haven't had any troubles yet. 24k miles. The Xdrive is great in the wet/ snow too.


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