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I am in the market to get the car with in 6mons. I am consider between the 550i and 535i (2013-2015). I am driving 535i (2010) now. which model should I get with least trouble as breaking down parts and maintenance etc ...
Please post your feedback, experience with the 550 since I didn't have any experience of this model before.
 

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Did you search bimmerfest for reliability on BMW 550s? just curious. There are a LOT (and I mean a LOT) of posts with basically your exact same question, and tons of threads discussing the topic.
 

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what should I search? F10 series? what engine model?
 

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what should I search? F10 series? what engine model?
N63 (for the 2013 and older 550s) and N63TU (for 2014 and newer). Pretty sure thats the breakdown, but someone will correct me if I am wrong.

(notice that big n63 recall thread stickied up top?)
 

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N63 (for the 2013 and older 550s) and N63TU (for 2014 and newer). Pretty sure thats the breakdown, but someone will correct me if I am wrong.

(notice that big n63 recall thread stickied up top?)
This is correct.

And given that the 2014's are almost 3 years old, they're getting more "affordable" (however you'd like to define that). So less and less of a reason to buy the n63 engine.

I've driven both cars recently, I have the 550 and had the 535 as a loaner. I can't imagine ever having the inline 6 vs the v8. That being said I had the 535 because mine was in the shop. Turns out it was nothing, but no doubt a less reliable machine.

So I went CPO and wouldn't do it any other way. I'm not into wrenching my own car.
 

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I had 2013 535 and now a 2016 550. I'd definitely say get the 550 as the power is something else! The N63TU (Technical Update) engine in the LCI 550 is reliable and very strong.
 

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If you want the most reliability? 535. If you want the most fun.. 550. Getting a CPO car will mitigate your potential repair costs.
 

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If you are coming from an E60 both F10s you are considering will give you a deficit in handling. What you loose in driver feel can be compensated with the power in the 550 which you won't have with the 535.

At any rate, both look better than the E60 :)
 

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I might consider the 550 instead. Wanting to see how is 400HP feel like :). on the 550, is there a room for custom map, tuning device? or just that is ?
 

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I might consider the 550 instead. Wanting to see how is 400HP feel like :). on the 550, is there a room for custom map, tuning device? or just that is ?
You can tune both 400hp and 445 hp versions.
 

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I have a 2014 550xi (33,000 miles so far) and previously had a 2011 535i. I haven't had really any problems with the 550. It uses a fair amount of oil, and the dealer has changed the battery twice as part of some customer care program. The mpg difference between the two over more than 30K miles is about 3 mpg (19.6 for the 535, 16.5 for the 550). The lease on the 550 ends in June, 2017, at which time I have to decide whether to get a 540 or a 550.
 

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I have had both the 550's and 535's. I currently have a 535.

While the 550 is a very fast vehicle, the 535 is also quite quick.

I personally now prefer the 535 since its longevity is most likely better, it
has a better weight ratio (the V8 is very heavy), and you can order
M Sport Exhaust for the 535. You cannot order any factory exhaust for the 550.

After the new body has been out for a year or so, I will definitely go with a 540 (I6)
and not the 550.

Tough choice, I know. However, the 535 sure make a nice package.
 

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After the new body has been out for a year or so, I will definitely go with a 540 (I6)
and not the 550.
Are they making the new 540 model?
 

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There are a lot of threads on this very subject.
The 550 owners will tell you how great power is and life is not worth living without it.
535 owners will tell you they went for reliability and happy with power.
525i guys don't get a say, but they are happy with what they got.

Me, I have a manual Transmission 535 and I think its great. Not as fast as the 550, but Im good.
Im busy shifting and having fun.

Basically, drive both and see what you like. These cars are Bigger than the E60 and number in comparison.
If n63 motors are less reliable. To some, its worth the price to have the power.
N55 is more reliable than N54 motor. Know your motors.
 

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If you haven't considered it, take a look at the 535d. We have the '14 xdrive d and while I haven't driven he 550, I do not lack oomph with the diesel torque. It is quicker than my ///MRoadster which is pretty darn quick. On top of that quickness, I average roughly 35MPG highway driving @ roughly 80 mph, which the neither of the gasoline power plants will touch.
 

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I will try the 550 to feel the differences :) . Thanks to all your input feedback.
 

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If you haven't considered it, take a look at the 535d. We have the '14 xdrive d and while I haven't driven he 550, I do not lack oomph with the diesel torque. It is quicker than my ///MRoadster which is pretty darn quick. On top of that quickness, I average roughly 35MPG highway driving @ roughly 80 mph, which the neither of the gasoline power plants will touch.
May not touch 35, but I regularly get 31+ in my 535i at that speed.
 

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I can get 29-30 on my 535 with freeway 70%, city 30%. If I do all freeway at 75-80 speed I can get 30-31++
 
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