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Old 08-11-2014, 07:46 PM
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Unhappy Traded the 2008 535i for a Benz

I got one too many check engine lights on the 535 so traded it for a cls550. The 535 had so many weird problems that I just couldn't take it any more and bought a Benz without thinking it through. The 2008 535 is a notorious pig and should't have judged all others by this one so probably should have went with a newer model 5 series. I miss the size and feel of the BMW so when I get out of the Benz I will be back.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:16 PM
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My friend has a CLS 550 and has had more problems than I can remember. I almost got one until I talked with him. Hopefully his was just one of those issue cars like your BMW. Good luck.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:21 PM
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E60 is really a problematic cars

even local BMW dealer told me not to buy one... one of the worst Chris Bangle's work
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:57 PM
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Our 2008 535xi has been trouble free and is a great car, IMO. I guess it all depends on who is driving one and how you take care of the car.

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Old 08-11-2014, 11:52 PM
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It's actually the ability and will of the 5 year old that put the final touches on it at the Munich factory at 4:50 PM on Friday knowing Wonka was opening his gates in town that night...for 5 year olds and under.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:24 AM
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My 535 had a few bugs, HPFP, battery issues, et.al., but overall I was happy with the car. And they were all under warranty. That's why I stayed with BMW. My 335 has been flawless and exceeded my expectations.
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:41 AM
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It's actually the ability and will of the 5 year old that put the final touches on it at the Munich factory at 4:50 PM on Friday knowing Wonka was opening his gates in town that night...for 5 year olds and under.
I blame Oktoberfest. I've wondered if they serve beer in the company cafeteria. I've had thoughts of lederhosen-clad German workers having beer-drinking contests while they were assembling the components of my car.

I was "upgraded" to an 535i E60 loaner, once. It was okay, I suppose, for the short drive home, and looked just fine parked in my driveway for the week while they awaited the part they needed for my car. When my car was finally repaired and I returned it, they couldn't read the mileage from the key fob. One of the other gals at the service desk rolled her eyes and said something like, yeah, it does things like that. I left with the impression that the 535 was a lemon-law buyback or at least known to be problematic. Several years of 5s are on the Consumer Reports "Used Cars to Avoid" list, so that wasn't a unique car.

Poltergeists. My E91 has some, and I can't imagine having a car with even more of them.
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:51 AM
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Wrong sub-forum.

FWIW, the Benz will have strange issues and gremlins too.
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:31 AM
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I had a cls. It is the reason I will never own a Benz again. $1000 for new alternator and both batteries...$800 for the front drivers side airbag of the air ride suspension system. Both of those repairs in an 8 month span. Mercy aren't what they used to be.

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Old 08-12-2014, 07:03 AM
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Eh... I'd hazard to say that any car that packs THAT much in electronics to need two batteries, is going to need a new alternator and batteries way sooner than most other typical cars. Don't know if I'd necessarily fault Mercedes for that one.

Air ride suspension systems in any manufacturer seem to have all sorts of owner horror stories about replacing, so again, not a huge surprise to me there either.

We're a victim of our desires. We want all the goodies, we just hate paying for them when they go bad. I mean, no matter what car we've ever looked at to buy, be it a Ford Focus, or a BMW 7 series, it's not like we could ever pop the hood and look at all the cool stuff and think, "Yeah, that will be reliable and/or cheap to fix"

None of the big 3 luxury brands make it easy for us to fix/replace the electronics. Worse yet, last I checked, even Hyundai makes it harder to fix electronic issues nowadays with how integrated everything is. I had an acquaintance go through a self induced electronic nightmare getting an aftermarket remote start installed. Once something went bad, he pretty much had to get it uninstalled first because noone could figure out if the root cause was from the aftermarket electronics, or the factory integrated electronics.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:36 AM
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The CLS is going to be a PITA. I hope it doesn't have air suspension, but I'm sure it is stuffed full of electronics which are guaranteed to check out at an inconvenient time. Labor rates here are $200/hour, so make sure you bring a big bag of money to obtain repairs.

I have a little Benz, but I bought one that has minimal junk on it. Basically it is a V6 with auto and a good radio. I don't need to communicate with aliens in space ships!

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