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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 03-17-2013, 11:41 PM
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08-09 550i and 535i prices

I am looking to buy a car for my father and he does not care about the engine power. He only wants a reliable car with great driving quality. Is there any problems with the 535i heat? Because he wants to use it mostly in the summer and I've heard the turbo cars get very hot and that might cause problems.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:49 PM
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If he doesn't care about power, why not get a 28? And why would you even consider a 50? Just curious.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:52 PM
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Because I will be using the car for the next three months then I will give it to him
I feel the 28 is underpowered car
Is there any problems with cars that have high mileage? 70-80k Should I expect to spend a lot of money on the service?
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:03 AM
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My 2008 535xi has 70,000+ on it and I've only owned it for a couple months. I needed thousands in repairs already but it was "good-willed". These repairs were related entirely to the enhanced engine you seem to be currently coveting lol. I do not think you would need to anticipate very high costs if you go with a 28. 35 seems to have issues related to that extra power.

Aren't the 2008 and 2009 528's 6 cylinders?

I'm not trying to be argumentative. I am just trying to make sure you go in with your eyes open if you do what I did.

All of that said, my car is f*ing awesome! No regrets on performace.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:22 AM
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The reason I am looking at the 550i is because I don't like the headache that comes with the 535i engine as most of the engines are tuned or modified at some point.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:26 AM
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I don't know anything about the 550's engine except that it's 8 cylinders (I think). It just seems so odd to pay for that car if power isn't a concern. I mean, he will take advantage of it if it's there, correct? It's a lot of money if he truly doesn't care. But, to each their own. I'd buy a 550 if I could.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:07 AM
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"Most" 535s are tuned????
Hardly.

You seem ready to argue for what you already have decided to purchase for yourself.

Do your "father" a favor and buy something else.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:39 AM
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"Most" 535s are tuned????
Hardly.

You seem ready to argue for what you already have decided to purchase for yourself.

Do your "father" a favor and buy something else.
Yeah Yukon

I think I decided on the 550i. It is really the engine heat I am afraid of not the tuning.

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:33 PM
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Both my friend and I own 2008 550i Msport models. Both are black. I live in NJ and He's NH. They both have about 60k +/- on the odo's. NJ is a similar climate if not slightly warmer than Chicagoland. I lived in Barrington IL for 2 years so I kind of know the climate in summer. You will have no issues with the V8 550 but as others have said the 535 is rarely tuned, gets better mileage and is nearly as quick. You have a bullet proof inline 6 there. If I were buying a 3 month car to give to my dad who did not care a lot about power there's little choice - 535 unless they have a crappy repair record which I woud not be familiar with. But forget about heat issues with the 550 - not likely if taken care of and coolant flushed per manual. Your Dad's gonna love it regardless. Hope my son buys me one when I get further up there.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:50 PM
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"Most" 535s are tuned????
Hardly.

You seem ready to argue for what you already have decided to purchase for yourself.

Do your "father" a favor and buy something else.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:21 AM
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Both my friend and I own 2008 550i Msport models. Both are black. I live in NJ and He's NH. They both have about 60k +/- on the odo's. NJ is a similar climate if not slightly warmer than Chicagoland. I lived in Barrington IL for 2 years so I kind of know the climate in summer. You will have no issues with the V8 550 but as others have said the 535 is rarely tuned, gets better mileage and is nearly as quick. You have a bullet proof inline 6 there. If I were buying a 3 month car to give to my dad who did not care a lot about power there's little choice - 535 unless they have a crappy repair record which I woud not be familiar with. But forget about heat issues with the 550 - not likely if taken care of and coolant flushed per manual. Your Dad's gonna love it regardless. Hope my son buys me one when I get further up there.
Based on my experience I would hardly call the 535 bullet proof. If you want a bullet proof 5 series you are probably best off with a 528.
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