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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:24 AM
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2 cars, 1 decision

I'm at a fork in the road. This will be my first purchase of a BMW an I need some help from your wonderful minds.

2007 530xi? or 2007 535xi? I test drive the 530xi and instantly fell in love. It has 90k on it but felt smooth and new. Heard a small rattle when first started but quickly became none-existence.

I was thinking of going to the credit union and getting an extended warranty? Sound like a good move?

535xi I'm On my way to drive as we speak but in already in love with the 530. It has around the same amount of miles and slightly higher in cost.

So 2 questions I guess. Which one would u choose? Am I going in the right direction as far as a warranty?

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:43 AM
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Warranty is a good idea if you aren't able or interested in doing your own repairs. 530 will be more reliable than the 535, but you can easily mod the 535 to 400HP and more. 530's have sweet engines with good power, so if it is enough performance for you and you won't get an itch for more in a year or two then it is probably the better choice. The choice changes if you see yourself seeking more power and performance in the future.

What year is the 535? There are no 2007 535's in the US, they started with model year 2008.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:42 PM
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I'm sorry it is a 2008. White with 98,000. Not sure if I will do much with it because this is my first to around. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:35 PM
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535 hands down
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:29 PM
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I would say 530.. not sure if 535i was tuned, if so i would not be comfortable with a 100K miles on it..
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:14 PM
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If it was a V8 (like the 545i or 550i), I would understand all of the caution toward getting it with over 100k miles. But why the caution with the 535i? Still HPFP worries? Or are there other mechanical issues popping up with older N54s?
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:39 PM
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550i or 545i mostly run stock, very few add dinan package to give some boost.. But N54 engine cars are heavily modded and 90% of these engines are tuned, we need to see if those cars went for service (proper intervals).. This is very very important factor to get any N54 engine cars.. It is better to do a thorough checkup on this 98K miles car..
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:31 PM
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If it was a V8 (like the 545i or 550i), I would understand all of the caution toward getting it with over 100k miles. But why the caution with the 535i? Still HPFP worries? Or are there other mechanical issues popping up with older N54s?
Are you serious? There's always a bigger risk of buying a force induced car than any naturally aspirated car with high miles. However, considering the way some of these threads have been going lately, it's probably a good idea to stay away from ANY of these cars with close to 100k miles! Seems like regardless of which drivetrain you buy, major problems will occur over time...
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:49 PM
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Are you serious? There's always a bigger risk of buying a force induced car than any naturally aspirated car with high miles. However, considering the way some of these threads have been going lately, it's probably a good idea to stay away from ANY of these cars with close to 100k miles! Seems like regardless of which drivetrain you buy, major problems will occur over time...
I can agree to an extent. It's not so much the forced induction as it is the type of engine or even car. You'd think turbos "ohh the previous owner probably abused the crap out of it". But the same can be said about NA especially a 545/550.
Any car can last a long time as long as the owner takes care of it. Trouble is the owners neglect a lot of simple basic maintenance procedures.

I vote 530i N52 engine because its still a technical marvel for which other car makers still jaw drop about. I think even today it's still the lightest 6 cylinder engine around in a mass produced car.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:29 PM
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v6tt , v8 n/a its still a bmw and those in any engine configuration can be costly

To the OP i would be skeptical of buying any 90kmi Bmw. But if i had too i would make sure im financially prepared for worst case scenario, or pay upfront for a legit iron clad Warranty. (both) I'd get a factory service history on any late model car regardless of make. And i'm partial but i would buy the 535 not just for the extra pedal grins and mods but because its white everyone knows white cars are faster duh. And i always think of the end game and the 535 with the n54 motor will always be worth more when your done with it.

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Old 03-16-2013, 05:34 PM
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I had a 2007 530xi for slightly over 3 years and must say the car was very smooth and trouble free most of the time. The N52 is a NA peach of an engine with 255 hp and is quite fast for day to day duties. Regular maintenance was all that was required till about 80K miles. The Valve cover gaskets needed to be changed at around 81K miles. At 85K miles the Water pump failed followed by starter failure.

I switched to 2010 530i Xdrive which is a FI N54 engine. Have already had the HPFP and odd numbered ignition coils changed and the car is < 35 K miles (under warranty though). The car is a bit quicker than 530xi - but not by a big margin. The turbo does give that extra pull which is nice for fast overtaking!. The interior layout design and the new Idrive is much better on the 535. The 535 also has some exterior upgrades ( light, side markers etc ). I do like it better than the 530xi. Time will tell on the longevity of the N54 engine.

You will not go wrong with either though. Test drive the 535xi and pick the one which puts a bigger smile on your face.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:18 PM
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Are you serious? There's always a bigger risk of buying a force induced car than any naturally aspirated car with high miles. However, considering the way some of these threads have been going lately, it's probably a good idea to stay away from ANY of these cars with close to 100k miles! Seems like regardless of which drivetrain you buy, major problems will occur over time...
Haha....well I'm coming from a sour experience with an 05 545i that has been one maintenance headache after another after the 80k mile mark (I now have 115k). I guess I'm just hopeful the N55 is more reliable because I have a new 335i on order...
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