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Buying a 2007 BMW 5 Series

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Why not get a 2006 330i instead?

Same engine, lighter car, more fun to drive
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DJ_Peanuts22 wrote:
Jan 25th, 2016 11:34 pm
Why not get a 2006 330i instead?

Same engine, lighter car, more fun to drive
Because entry level.
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EP32k2 wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 1:03 am
Because entry level.
Yeah, can't be a budget baller on a 10 year old entry level luxury car. Might as well go for the model that will equal your payments in repairs.
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carmaster wrote:
Jan 25th, 2016 6:08 pm
LOL. BMW>Audi in terms of Douche.
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carmaster wrote:
Jan 25th, 2016 6:08 pm
LOL. BMW>Audi in terms of Douche.
didn't clarkson say that all the BMW cocks migrated over to Audi?
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nasa25 wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 11:48 am
didn't clarkson say that all the BMW cocks migrated over to Audi?
Yes he did :razz: but I don't take anything he says seriously. I watched TG purely for the entertainment but never if I need actual advice on buying a car.
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AtlsNBP wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 12:29 pm
E60 M5 or go home.
Meh, the SMG is pure trash on it. Drives like someone that doesn't know how to drive manual. It downshifts fine though.
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Vietlord wrote:
Jan 25th, 2016 4:23 pm
I'm looking to get a used 2007 530i for $10000 or a 2009+ Genesis Sedan Tech pkg for $11000

I was wondering if the whole "owning a BMW" is expensive saying is still going on. Is it that much more expensive to upkeep a BMW 5 series vs a Hyundai Genesis?
You are comparing two very different cars. One is a very fun driving car with likely limited luxury features. The other is a luxury boat.
If you are looking to buy a car for it's name I wouldn't bother with BMW. It's like the new Civic these days. Streets are flooded with cheap 323s.
Your repairs on a BMW will be expensive if you do everything at the dealership. If you find a good mechanic and buy the parts online it's mostly reasonable. As long as you avoid the N54 FI engine (535) you should be fine. Any time after about 150,000km be prepared to shell out $1000 for a new coolant pump if it hasn't been replaced already. Other than that the engine (N53 in a 2007 530i) and the car itself are pretty solid.

As for the Genesis, I would imagine with more luxury features there are a lot more little things that can break resulting in many less expensive repairs. I read that on the older models lost of people had transmission issues. Problem with buying cars with all the fancy electronic gadgets is it's very difficult to check them all before purchase.
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Get a Mazda 3. It's like a mini BMW.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Cheapo-Findo wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 1:06 pm
Get a Mazda 3. It's like a mini BMW.
Actually Mazda 3 = M3
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rsang39 wrote:
Jan 25th, 2016 10:26 pm
That doesn't generalize a population of drivers. It's the equivalent of stereotyping an ethnicity because of what you experience. I've seen plenty of idiot drivers in X and Y brand but I never label someone driving a particular brand of car a douche or an idiot because that's making an assumption. You should learn not to do that; it'll make you a smarter person.
So then tell me how did bmw drivers get the tag of being douches?
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BeaverLiquor wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 2:00 pm
So then tell me how did bmw drivers get the tag of being douches?
probably due to boi racers Senna'ing in their ultimate driving mobile.
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BeaverLiquor wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 2:00 pm
So then tell me how did bmw drivers get the tag of being douches?
Variety of factors. Movies, TV shows, introduction of the M3 in the mid 80s, increasing interest in motorsport racing, tech boom of the 90's making BMWs more affordable for more people, etc. What happens is that over the course of several years people begin associating X with Y and one way or another people started developing the impression that all BMW drivers were self-righteous, pretentious drivers. As funny as it is, people will buy a BMW because that's the exact image they want to portray and that's how it starts. Personally I think it's absolutely stupid to stereotype that someone who drives X car, wears Y brand, or has some particular sticker on their car (i.e. Browning, Fox Racing, Monster etc) just because "you heard it on TV or through the internet". All you're doing is perpetuating the stereotype, making assumptions, and jumping to conclusions without bothering to do homework. That's simply my opinion however and it's largely due to the fact that I engage in evidence-based problem solving.

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