5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
I'm not sure what the problem is. This forum is not inundated with message and thread traffic; instead, there are only a few postings a day. People like myself who have owned both E39 and E60 may be able to help other E39 and previous generation owners with their questions and buying decisions. If you separate E60 owners into their own forum, I'm not sure what advantage that will bring.
Its not that hard to understand, two points:
1) According to my sales friend at BMW, the 3 series is the most "bought" car of the BMW fleet, and the 5 series is the most leased. So the lease guys don't take the ownership thing as seriously as "owners" do. I know some might disagree, but I think in the majority of cases, this holds true.
2) 57% of all BMW's sold are 3's, so logic would say that the 3 forum will be the busiest.
I have been on forums for almost ten years now and moderate in one on model railroading. My experience is that they get divided off to quickly and then traffic is sparce amgonst them, better to have fewer forums that are "busier."
I agree with your assessment and further:
A. I think the 3 series tends to attract a younger generations than the 5 series. I am not talking a fleetwood generation vs. Trans Ams; when it comes to Bimmers, the gap appears to be much narrower since both 3 and 5 series fall under a broader concept of "sport sedans".
B. I am not so sure about the cost factors in terms of purchasing vs. leasing either the 3 or the 5 series and/or How much marketing strategies, dealers incentive,commercials etc play a role in the customers decision making process.
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