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Old 7th April 2009, 22:27   #1
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Looking to buy a BMW 5 series into the garage after my brother sold our old 530D to get the A4.

I am confused between which one should I go for, 520D seems quite pocket friendly and I will be using this car mostly for city driving only but again...
530D was a blast to drive when I had it but is almost 7-8 lacs more than the 520D.

What do you guys recommend? I was even thinking about going for a less used 530D highline but heart always says to go for the brand new
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Old 7th April 2009, 23:11   #3
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yeah this will be 3rd new car this year
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Well, the only practical choice you have is 520D. After spending additional 8 lacs, when & where will you "blast" in mumbai???
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Well, the only practical choice you have is 520D. After spending additional 8 lacs, when & where will you "blast" in mumbai???
In every little gap, at every signal, on every empty stretch of road, my friend. Driving the 530D is a one-way ticket to the afterlife, the torque is so addictive it's like your foot involuntarily mashes the throttle every few seconds

But anyway, here I agree that the 520D should be a more sensible option for you considering most of the driving will be done in the city.

Tell you what, try finding a pre-owned 530D which is still under the service plan. And get it extended. It will be the best of both worlds, you won't have to spend the whole 8L more.
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Old 8th April 2009, 23:18   #6
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i looked at some pre owned 530D and found some very low mileage 525d as well...how are they in performance compared to 530D ?
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Also spiff is the car going to be chauffeur driven or self driven?
If chauffeur then go for the 520D.
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it will mostly be self driven car..if not always
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but why did you have to sell the 530D in the first place. Was it the current gen ?
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Get the Bury 8 Blackberry kit for the Bimmer when you buy it

I say find a decent highline as someone mentioned, best of both worlds.
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i looked at some pre owned 530D and found some very low mileage 525d as well...how are they in performance compared to 530D ?
PM Sahil for info on that, I'm sure he has a good idea of all the 5-series engines in relativity.

And have the car inspected and checked thoroughly. If possible, find one with the extended BSI plan or purchase one when you get the car. Peace of mind ownership + kick-*** performance. Unbeatable.
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i looked at some pre owned 530D and found some very low mileage 525d as well...how are they in performance compared to 530D ?
Both have the same engine, the 530d a higher tuned engine remap hence churns out 100 more nM of torque and 15% more BHP. Noentheless, the 525d is fun as hell and will leave you grinning each time the torque surges. To put things in an easier way- The performance difference between the 520d and 525d is pretty evident, if a person is not an enthusiast then he might pass of the 525d and 530d as the same.

What is the going rate for the 525d?

I forgot to mention in my PM the other day that all these cars are on discounts, bargain hard and you might just get a deal that will convince you to get a new 530d.

Why buy used when you can afford a new one, just my two bits
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what about 530i guys?? new one is about 1.5 lac cheaper than 530D so I figured after 20,000 kms driving in a year I will end up saving more on the petrol
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I forgot to mention in my PM the other day that all these cars are on discounts, bargain hard and you might just get a deal that will convince you to get a new 530d.
Sounds like you saved a bag or two on the 520D Is it here already?

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what about 530i guys?? new one is about 1.5 lac cheaper than 530D so I figured after 20,000 kms driving in a year I will end up saving more on the petrol
German diesels have significantly better resale as compared to their petrol counterparts. And, well IMO, the diesels are a lot more fun to be honest. It all comes down to one word - TORQUE !!

Add to that the generally lower running costs. I think the D's make more sense as a buy in the higher echelons of our automotive industry.
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I guess the only A4 that one would sell a 530 for would be the 3.2FSI! Still have it?

Between the 5 series, it is the 530D that is the one of choice. MOST fun to drive. If you have the budget, don't look anywhere else.
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