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Hi all -

I am new to this forum, and am interested in getting some advice on purchasing a 5 series BMW. I currently own two VW products (a Passat W8, and a Touareg V8), and am seriously considering getting out of the W8.

I test drove a 530i last evening, and was very impressed, not surprisingly. I am most interested in hearing about your experiences with the 530i and 545i, as those are the two cars I am trying to decide between.

Is the car reliable? Have you had any serious problems with yours? What has your service experience been like?

In addition, I would be purchasing this from BMW of Arlington (VA), and am curious as to whether anyone here has dealt with them.

Thanks so much for your patience with a newbie such as me

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The 5 series has been around for a long time, but if you are looking at the new 5's, then you are looking at a different kettle of fish. The 5's are generally around for 7 years - so for example, 97 to 2003, with the new model out in 2004. Some feel it is better to wait one year and get the 2005, or in the older series the 1998 versus the 1997 model. Some of the bugs will have been worked out. If you followed this philosophy out to its logical conclusion, the very best model to buy would be the 2003 as it would have most of the bugs worked out of the 97 - 03 line.

More will go wrong with a 5 series car than with many cars because the 5 series has so much more in it than most cars - so the logic is simple - more in it, more to go wrong. However, if you ask most of the 5 owners, they will tell you they love their cars.

Now the new 5 series is filled with controversy as you would expect a new line to engender. But this new 5 has strayed from the "traditional" looks of a Bimmer and it has idrive, but fortunately a dummed down version of the 7 series idrive which was difficult to manage for many. Idrive is managing your car via the computer which is a logical progression for cars to evolve to and BMW is the first to do it - of course. But idrive isn't totally user friendly yet, though the 5 series is better than the 7 series.

So you have two crowds - the traditionalists who would probably purchase a 2003 model and the newbies to BMW who would buy a 2004 5 series not realizing the controversy swirling around the new 5's.

Where do I stand? Well I just bought a 97 528i which I plan to own for about a year and a half. I will trade it in for a 2003 5're which I will own until the 2011 model comes out.
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Honestly not alot goes wrong with the 5ers. If your looking into a used e34, then i have a few notes.

At around 100k, your looking at front struts/misc front suspension components.
The 530 and the 540 are two diffrent animals, the 540 has a v8 and the 530 has a big 6.

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