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The 2002 BMW 525i - Grey 6 13.95%
The 2002 BMW 530i - Dark Blue 37 86.05%
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      07-26-2008, 08:03 AM   #1
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Which One?

EDIT: They dropped the price on the 530 $4,900
EDIT: I'm afraid to say this on these forums, Im 16 this will be my second car. I will be trading in my sister's '02 Nissan Pathfinder LE. For a good deal.
Saying I'm 16 gets me chewed up. Im not one of those nascar teens either, I like to cruise and enjoy my car. Go for drives.
So please no comments about being 16.

Alright! Im going to get a car pretty soon! Here are my options!
Tell me what you think are the pros and cons of each one and which I should get in the end.
Could you tell me the power differences also, 0-60 times? Im not going to be racing this thing by any means but, curiosity.

Could you also tell me if I am going to run into a lot of problems with either of these cars?
thanks.

http://www.fantasyautoinc.com/carview.php?view=1138

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http://www.fantasyautoinc.com/carview.php?view=1129a

The 525

PROS
-low miles
-love the color
-navigation
-manual trans.

CONS
-No sport package
-less power
-cant see what the interior looks like (not a big issue, ill go down there and see it)
-no xenon

The 530

PROS
-more power!
-xenon
-sport package

CONS
-24,000 MORE miles than the 525
-Automatic trans. (not a big issue)
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      07-26-2008, 08:21 AM   #2
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Just go with your gut and enjoy your ride
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      07-26-2008, 09:47 AM   #3
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530, MT, black, OEM mesh wheels, slammed.
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      07-26-2008, 12:14 PM   #4
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Even for an 02 530 with the milage that is really cheap - I would be warry and certainly check the history on the car as it should easily be worth more.

I would also be afraid of the automatics - not known for their longevity and if they go, they tend to go in the 80-100k range. Most people think it is because of the lifetime fill on the fluid, so if you get a lower milage autobox, change the fluid ever 50k and it should last better, but the manual will always be more fun and a bit faster!
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      07-26-2008, 01:02 PM   #5
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go with the 530
the 525 is just way to weak for a 5 series
i have a friend who has a 530 the thing is decently fast and he still complains about it lacking power so i can only imagine how bad the 525 will be like
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      07-27-2008, 11:46 AM   #6
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what do you think the insurance would be like on both cars? AAA.
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      07-27-2008, 12:35 PM   #7
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ur 16 why are you getting a 5?
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      07-27-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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Okay, so no comment on your age.

How about a comment on your income?

btw, Fantasy Autos is a perfect name for that used car dealer......
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      07-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #9
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these would be more fun at 16
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      07-27-2008, 07:37 PM   #10
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If you HAVE to take a 5'er i'd say go with the 530, because i'm biased towards 3.0l's and higher never mind any of the other pro's/con's....
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      07-27-2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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According to the Kelley Blue Book, the 530i should be at least $2,000 more than the 525i. Make sure you run a CARFAX record check on each car ($35 unlimited vehicle reports, well worth it). Here are the KBB values for each car:

525i (sale price: $14,900):
  • Trade in: $13,550/$12,795/$11,455 (Excellent/Good/Fair)
  • Private Party: $16,635/$15,720/$14,505
  • Suggested Retail: $19,860
    (i.e. max price for a perfect vehicle with clean title)

530i (sale price: $10,500):
  • Trade in: $15,250/$14,330/$12,700 (Excellent/Good/Fair)
  • Private Party: $18,690/$17,600/$16,135
  • Suggested Retail: $22,285
    (i.e. max price for a perfect vehicle with clean title)

According to Fantasy's pricing for the 525i, the 530i should be somewhere around $16,500 (assuming identical condition).
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      07-28-2008, 02:48 AM   #12
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I think its nice to see a 16 year old out there not concerend with getting the fastest car he can get ahold of. +1 to you for having such good taste as well. Not many teens understand or care about the luxury side of vehicles. Very sophisticated for a 16 year old in my opinion.
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      07-29-2008, 01:39 AM   #13
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i'd go with the MT =)!
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      07-30-2008, 12:12 PM   #14
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Have you driven any of these cars.
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