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Why used 525i is cheaper than 3 series?

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In the used car market I'm seeing '06 525i's priced very close to '06 330i. Even the lease residuals show this discrepancy:
2010 BMW 528i Sedan
48 Month – Residual 35% of MSRP – .00255 Base Rate
60 Month – Residual 29% of MSRP – .00255 Base Rate

2010 BMW 328i Sedan
48 Month – Residual 43% of MSRP – .00255 Base Rate
60 Month – Residual 36% of MSRP – .00255 Base Rate

Could someone, please, explain the reason for this? Is there anything wrong with a 4-year old 5 series vs 4-year old 3 series, such as reliability issues? Unless I'm missing something, it looks like a used 5 series is a much better deal than 3 series.
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Purely performance. The 525i was considered by many to be underpowered (versus the weight of the vehicle) whereas the 330i has normally better performance than a current 328i.
I'm all about performance and the 525i though a very nice car it doesn't deliver enough in the performance department for my taste.
As stated above performance, which then translate to sales. The 525 will be typical in low demand, the dealer will be stuck with it and try to move it by lowering the price........Supply and demand.
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