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#1 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 10:47 PM
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I've never owned a Bmw, but have always aspired to. I'm 21 years old and live in the San Francisco bay area. In chosing a car, purchase price and running cost are very much a concern. For me, I would put comfort and style over performance. In the $7 -10k price range, what would be the most car for my money under my criterea. I have often heard that a 5-series is a much better car than a 3-series?
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i would go for the 3 series for a few reasons
1) 3 series tend to be easier/cheaper to replace parts on
2) ive driven both, they are both fun to drive, but the 3 series wins that battle
3) i dont think non m5s have stick shifts, but i could be wrong
4) i think they are more stylish, but its completely up to your tastes
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you cant go wrong on either though


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buy a nice, used Honda. Won't break down, doesn't cost much to own or maintain.

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some 5s have stick shifts... im not sure about the e39s tho

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I like the 5 series better, but either way you can't really go wrong. Make sure to post some pics whichever you decide.

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Well, since you said you care more about style and comfort than performance, then I am guessing that stick shift or not doesn't really mater. Definitely go with 5.

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almost all E34 and all E39 5 series are available with manual transmition
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i have my bmw for sale. im not really in your area but it is in your price range.
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i have more pic and info if you want em...email me at DragonFyreBD@aol.com , PM or just reply here.

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Your in Florida? I'd consider buying your car if you weren't so far away. Too bad.
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