Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Luxury, Imports & Niche


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 14th December 2007, 11:31   #1
BHPian
 
morphin1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 165
Thanked: 24 Times
Question BMW 325i,320d or 523i??? EDIT Bought 320D Highline

Hi all,
I live in new delhi and am looking to purchase a car in the next 3months.When travelling on highway my driver drives mostly and I only drive in the city.
I am 25 years old and am buying this car for myself.
I am currently looking at the BMW 325i, 320d and 5-series.
Also since New C-class is coming out i will look into that too.

But for now my biggest confusion is this:

A.) 325i costs 35 lakhs and 523 costs 40 lakhs on road. As we all know the 5series sounds more prestigous as compared to 3-series. 523i lacks the performance of the 525i.
B.) Also 3-series is small so is probably easier to park and drive around.
C.) Since i am spending 35 lakhs I dont mind puttin another 5 lakhs to buy a bigger not necessarily better car.
D.) Also what do you guys think about the 320d? It is more economical but lacks I-Drive, sunroof & performance.

On the last point.
E.) Would it be fair to compare camry, passat and new accord, to C-class, 3-series and 5-series?
F.) Is the model lineup in the 3-series segment going to get any change next year with better variants? ofc not the M classes

Please help me as I am going mad here.
Thanks a lot

Last edited by aah78 : 14th December 2007 at 22:23. Reason: Cleaned up a bit.
morphin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 11:57   #2
Distinguished - BHPian
 
jkdas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Thiruvananthapu
Posts: 9,661
Thanked: 1,389 Times
Default

If you can buy 5 series what do you want to think of 3 series?

And how about A6?
jkdas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 12:08   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
nitrous's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: UAE/Lon/Madras
Posts: 6,966
Thanked: 282 Times
Default

320d or the 525D.
Check sahil's review
nitrous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 12:16   #4
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,890
Thanked: 9,723 Times
Default

BMW chauffeur driven ?

I suggest you look at the merc c-class or hold on for the Audi A4
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 12:33   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
BUSA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,130
Thanked: 10 Times
Default

If your budget is for a 5 series, why not check out the E Class?

And since you getting a chauffer, opt for a diesel. No sense in buying a 325i, get a 320d.
BUSA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 12:55   #6
Team-BHP Support
 
benbsb29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 8,023
Thanked: 3,480 Times
Default

I wish i was as spoilt for choice as you are at the age of 25.
I would opt for the 5 series. Also BMWs are meant to be self-driven, and not for the chauffer.
benbsb29 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 13:12   #7
BHPian
 
morphin1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 165
Thanked: 24 Times
Wink

I will be driving the car on my own most of the time.Dont know If I want to drive such a big car as the 5series on my own as parking it would be a pain.
Would be great if you all can assist me on whether to get 325i better performer or 523i(which might be lil bit more so called high end, image oriented).
Also since new e class is coming out in 2009 i dont wanna get an e class right now.
Also 320d saves me about 3lakhs .....
morphin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 13:55   #8
BHPian
 
R.P.M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 179
Thanked: 7 Times
Default

If u can live without the tv function, sunroof and cruise control go in for the 523i. You can also get the engine chipped after the 2 yr warranty period to develop the exact same power/torque of the 525i ( same engine with a different state of tune).

The 325i will be a more exciting drive, but the 5 series just offers so much more in terms of ride quality, comfort, snob appeal etc. My money would be on the 523i.
R.P.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 15:46   #9
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,202
Thanked: 2,094 Times
Default

morphin - I have test driven the 523i and it is not slow by any means. The car hits 100km/hr in about 9 seconds which is pretty good, it has good low end and mid range torque...only thing is that you might find it running out of steam at the higher end of the rpm...nonetheless its a great and much better drive than its rival E200k
Yes the 5 series is bigger than the 3 series but once your inside it the car doesn't really make you feel like you feel its bulk on the road. It handles and manoeuvres like a small car. It just takes sometime to get used to and by the end of it you will forget that you were looking at the 3 series more strongly just because of its size!
Having said that, my money is already on the 5 And if you can stretch your budget for a 525d, its a no brainer then on ! Check out my review..http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-bmw-525d.html ..if that helps in convincing you in owning the fastest Indian production car
Sahil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 16:42   #10
BHPian
 
morphin1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 165
Thanked: 24 Times
Default

Thanks for the inputs Sahil and Rpm..
Pretty convinving that 5series should be bought as they are much higher in class range and the cost difference is not much.
where i am spending 35 i can stretch a bit more to 45.But dont think that i can do more than that right now as it might attract the wrong kind of attention.
Also I had a wild idea,I will buy the 3 or the C right now. 3years down the line I will get the new Eclass how is that idea?
morphin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th December 2007, 22:16   #11
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Ajmer / Mumbai
Posts: 210
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

I would suggest 525d and not any of the petrols. Just try it out to see it perform. My friend here just got one, its absolutely awesome.

Last edited by alankarm@sancha : 14th December 2007 at 22:22.
alankarm@sancha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th December 2007, 13:59   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
Invinsible's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,257
Thanked: 60 Times
Wink

hey, look no further then the 335i ..the ultimate machine with twin turbo, 407NM of torque, 300+ HP. Talk to BMW guys and see if they can import one for you. If you can streach you budget nothings gonna beat this. Nothing can comes close to this except the M series. Also, you can opt for the coupe and have fun over the weekends. Think about it!!!
Invinsible is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th December 2007, 21:48   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
khanak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mumbai/Toronto
Posts: 2,734
Thanked: 128 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Invinsible View Post
hey, look no further then the 335i ..the ultimate machine with twin turbo, 407NM of torque, 300+ HP. Talk to BMW guys and see if they can import one for you. If you can streach you budget nothings gonna beat this. Nothing can comes close to this except the M series. Also, you can opt for the coupe and have fun over the weekends. Think about it!!!
Whats the point of importing a 335i? If your paying the duty might as well get the M3. Also I think morphin would rather get a 525d if he could stretch his budget that much.
khanak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th December 2007, 14:09   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
jesal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 2,322
Thanked: 5 Times
Default

get a top end 3 series or a decent mid 5 series and not basic 5. u dont want to buy a basic 5 now and regret later that i wish i had this and that later. this is not a honda civic where u can buy S type and make it into a v type. its a beemer. save a little more and get a decent model. if i were u sunroof was my top priority and then idrive. u are about to spend 40 laks and realizing damn most of the other bmw owners have it all and not me. go for nothing less than 525
jesal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th December 2007, 14:25   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
iraghava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 153 Times
Default

I would suggest the 325i for the following reasons:

1. It's got good performance & is pretty quick.
2. If you drive your self then it's a very manageable car esp. when it comes to parking etc.
3. Given the number of ars that are there in Delhi already it doesn't attract much attention now which is good if you want to remain low-key.
4. Space is good enough if you travel alone or with another person. If you need more space you might want to try the 5.

The 5-Series for someone who drives himself is a bit big IMO esp. when it comes to parking etc. but it is not unmanageable by any means. But, taking all factors into account if the competition was between a 530i & a 325i, I would probably take the 5-series.

But, right now between the choices given I would take the 325i.

Last edited by iraghava : 16th December 2007 at 14:26.
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Skoda Octavia or Pre-owned BMW F30 320d. EDIT: New 320d booked coolboy007 Sedans 54 17th June 2016 15:41
JAGUAR XF 3.0 Petrol Vs BMW 523i sudhir3127 The International Automotive Scene 25 1st March 2011 16:48
VW Passat or BMW 320d Highline or New Audi A4 - EDIT : Bought BMW 520d Insane Devil Luxury, Imports & Niche 147 5th November 2009 00:59
Bmw 520d or Audi A6 or Volvo S80-EDIT- Bought 530D highline kau_therock Luxury, Imports & Niche 59 17th June 2009 07:21
Test Drive: BMW 523i lamborghini Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 8 10th November 2008 11:00


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 08:26.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks