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Old 25th April 2005, 23:13   #16
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What about Alfa Romeo? 456 or something? But again that too is a sporty car right?
Pal I bought one Alfa and that had given me more trouble than all the other new cars I;ve bought. I'd advice you to stay away - this is advice that I didnt take, mind you. Lived to regret...
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Hey Mike,

Did you not post in this thread that your uncle already had an E-Class since 2002?

Either ways, the 5 wins hands down. In the latest autocarindia, the Merc ranked 3rd, Audis A4 second and the Beemer got the top spot. No competition. Despite Beemer not having a comparable sales / service support infrastructure in India.

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Old 25th April 2005, 23:42   #18
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Hey Mike,

Did you not post in this thread that your uncle already had an E-Class since 2002?
Tut, tut Mikey. Does your uncle own a 7 Series bought second hand in '03 or an E Class bought new in '02 as quoted in the original thread? Why then would he want to buy a 2nd hand E Class yet again, I wonder?

Make up your mind, mate.
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The case is simple. Between a used E39 5-series and a W211 E-class, the W211 (new shape), takes the cake. But only by a whisker. The E-39 is infintely more reliable and better to drive. But the W211 is more luxurious and has a better ride quality.

However, between the new 5 and W211, the new 5 takes the podium. If you can look for one with standard tubeless tyres, rather than run-flats which come as standard on the new E60 5-series and ruin ride quality, you have a winner. The new 5 is more luxurious, is better equipped and is more comfortable in the rear than the W211. Of course, the new 5 has more problems than the older E39, nevertheless its a better car even maintenance-wise to live with. Also, the 5 should hold better in terms of re-sale value in present day Germany.

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Tut, tut Mikey. Does your uncle own a 7 Series bought second hand in '03 or an E Class bought new in '02 as quoted in the original thread? Why then would he want to buy a 2nd hand E Class yet again, I wonder?

Make up your mind, mate.
Sorry to get you all confused.

The 7 is with my uncle in Germany. And the E-class with my other uncle in Cochin in Kerala. And he is the guy who is prompting my uncle in Germany to buy the E-class. I’ll speak with him this weekend and will let you know what’s he up to.
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Thanks everyone for the response. Will definitely forward these to my uncle, let him decide.
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Hey Mike,

Did you not post in this thread that your uncle already had an E-Class since 2002?

Either ways, the 5 wins hands down. In the latest autocarindia, the Merc ranked 3rd, Audis A4 second and the Beemer got the top spot. No competition. Despite Beemer not having a comparable sales / service support infrastructure in India.

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Glanced at the article, although the BMW came first, am not sure whether the Audi came 2nd. Handling and interior finsih were not upto par but remember Autocar globally has a policy, new is best. If you see the first test of the elantra vs skoda, the elantra won. A few months ago, they did this again with the skoda and the skoda won !!!!???
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I respect everyone's opinion, but for me I like all the cars, but i prefer owning Audi A6 or A8 they are packed with power and great to drive.
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End of the day, three great cars which are individual in their own way. Drive and decide which is best for you. One cannot go wrong out of these choices
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Got some sad news,
After consulting my uncle’s friend who owns a new 545i, my uncle dropped plans to buy that, coz he doesn’t recommend it. Now am tired of consulting my uncle… now I quit.
But the good news is that, he got plans to a used ’04 A8.

I was quite busy these days… and I’ll leave to uk in a month or two. But I’ll post the supercar pics which I’ve taken very soon.
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5 series BMW ne time any where
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For once I'll side the 525i... that is one quick - not to mention hot - looking machine. The E now looks a bit old, and though still extremely classy and comfortable, I'd much rather have the new 5.
Just my 2c...
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I would say the 5 series any time .. E is nothing in front of it..

Anyways is Skoda Superb available there?? Why arent you considering that?
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Hey Mike,

Did you not post in this thread that your uncle already had an E-Class since 2002?

Either ways, the 5 wins hands down. In the latest autocarindia, the Merc ranked 3rd, Audis A4 second and the Beemer got the top spot. No competition. Despite Beemer not having a comparable sales / service support infrastructure in India.

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Wait till we get the E350 here.Autocar will definately change its mind then.
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I dont know if this will help at all, but just have a look at this drag race between the E90 M5 and the E55 AMG

5.4 MB only.

I'de say go for the 5 series.
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