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bro2boss007 01-10-2014 04:21 PM

Looking to buy my first BMW
 
Hey Guys! I currently drive a Honda Accord and I'm looking to buy my first BMW this year. I've heard a lot crap about the high maintainence costs and everything but I guess my love of BMWs still doesn't let me settle with anything else. lol

My cousin in the states has a 2010 M5 and a 200 530i. Both superb cars! Ridonculously suped up! Feels so good to go around in those Bimmers! I've visited two M-fests with him and I always saw myself owning a Bimmer soon! Looks like the time is soon approaching when I will be able to afford one. I'm not looking at classics, I'd rather buy the newer versions, may be not the 2013s and 2014s.

Any suggestions? Help me out here!

dbworld4k 01-10-2014 04:36 PM

Search. Read. Gain knowledge. Make an informed decision.

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mr ilia 01-10-2014 06:41 PM

Any car sales man will be able to help you with the decision making on yoyr BMW.

bro2boss007 01-11-2014 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mr ilia (Post 1636133)
Any car sales man will be able to help you with the decision making on yoyr BMW.

Any car sales person will be able to help me; you're right. But I know for sure that the sales associates don't care about what you want. They care about what they want out the door...I'd rather have a discussion with informed people like a lot of members on this forum and with others that actually drive BMWs before buying one rather than taking a car dealer's word for it.

Thanks!

TSI 01-11-2014 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bro2boss007 (Post 1636183)
Any car sales person will be able to help me; you're right. But I know for sure that the sales associates don't care about what you want. They care about what they want out the door...I'd rather have a discussion with informed people like a lot of members on this forum and with others that actually drive BMWs before buying one rather than taking a car dealer's word for it.

Thanks!

Do you want a car, SUV, 4door, 2door, convertible, big, small, fuel-efficient, powerful, etc.
That's the first question, which only you can answer. Once you've decided on which model you like, the forums can help you narrow it down to a specific submodel (eg. 328 vs. 335, etc.) Then you pick your actual car, and voila.

bro2boss007 01-15-2014 03:44 PM

I'm confused between 335, 530 and 535s....Need to read up on these three and all the variations in them...

windwagen 01-15-2014 08:33 PM

The first number is the chassis.... 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 etc... and now there is a 4 as well. In general, the bigger the number, the larger the car.

The last two numbers refer to the engine. At one point, there was some relation to the displacement but in general the bigger the number, the more power. If the car is the "M" version, it will be the top power train level.

The "i" suffix doesn't mean anything any more. "is" suffix would be a higher tune version. For example 335i vs 335is .... the latter has a bit more power but is essentially the same motor.

"x" means awd...

Be careful when shopping.... many people falsely or mistakenly use "M" badges or use "M" loosely in their descriptions. I'm sure if you post links to an ad here, members will be all over it which will help you...

Good luck!

bro2boss007 01-16-2014 09:59 AM

Thanks Windwagen, that was pretty informative. As far as I know, i means that the cylinders are "inline" as opposed to the V-formation...This discussion is going to be very interesting! :)

bmwm5lover 01-16-2014 11:03 AM

I've pm'd you.

windwagen 01-16-2014 04:25 PM

Actually, the "i" is a leftover from many years ago when fuel Injection wasn't common. Now, it's redundant.

To help you choose....What's your lifestyle? Do you have kids? Are they big or small? How many? Do you need lots of room? Are you considering taking the car to a race track? Do you want crazy power or are you happy with adequate?

Prioritize the following for yourself...

Handling/Cornering
Straight Line Performance
Confortable Ride
Price

bro2boss007 01-16-2014 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by windwagen (Post 1636695)
Actually, the "i" is a leftover from many years ago when fuel Injection wasn't common. Now, it's redundant.

To help you choose....What's your lifestyle? Do you have kids? Are they big or small? How many? Do you need lots of room? Are you considering taking the car to a race track? Do you want crazy power or are you happy with adequate?

Prioritize the following for yourself...

Handling/Cornering
Straight Line Performance
Confortable Ride
Price

I'm not married, I don't have kids. I don't care about the room really, but bigger cars appeal to me more than the smaller ones. I drive a full-size honda accord Sedan. I'm looking to get something for weekend driving really. Yes, power and the way the car sounds with custom exhausts is important to me, but I'm not looking to go all out to the racetrack lol.

windwagen 01-16-2014 05:46 PM

5 series offers more room for sure.... Any of the V8s will have tons of power. Turbo 6 like 535 should be pretty good too...

bmwm5lover 01-17-2014 11:03 AM

Hey, I presume it was you who I spoke on the phone with yesterday?
A few things to note;

V8's (04-08) are mainly garbage once they get up in mileage, unless lucky and a really well maintained one. Main issue is they begin smoking. Unless you are really wanting a V8, I would stay away.

bro2boss007 01-17-2014 11:12 AM

Yes, you're assumption is right! It sure was me who you spoke to on the phone yesterday. I am not looking for a V8, I'd rather go for the M if I were to go anything over the 6 cylinder engines...I always thought that BMW produced inline and not the Vs (except for the Ms which have the V formation of cylinders, I might be wrong). But regardless, I am not looking for the 8 cylinder BMWs.

bmwm5lover 01-17-2014 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bro2boss007 (Post 1636779)
Yes, you're assumption is right! It sure was me who you spoke to on the phone yesterday. I am not looking for a V8, I'd rather go for the M if I were to go anything over the 6 cylinder engines...I always thought that BMW produced inline and not the Vs (except for the Ms which have the V formation of cylinders, I might be wrong). But regardless, I am not looking for the 8 cylinder BMWs.

Ok great, let me know when you'd like to look at the 335XI.


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