I'm a soon to be college graduate from south new jersey. I joined this site because I'm considering purchasing a e39 525 for a daily driver. I'm glad to see the quality of information on this site is outstanding.
My reasoning is primarily economic, the 525 has a smaller displacement. I am assuming that translates to better gas mileage.
I've also discussed The BMW v8 engines with a well informed BMW owner and their disposition to water pump failure or overheating something or other.
Reliability is the name of the game, with a little more pull than a Inline 4.
Of course this is all subject to change. At the moment I have a Subaru Outback Sport, I want to make a well informed transition and that may take some more research but for now I just have to worry about my final exams.
I not particularly a fan of the looks of the 3 series. I am Obsessed with the looks of the 5 series and because I enjoy road trips the additional space is well worth a bit more weight. The 180 or so horsepower is more than sufficient.
I just have to unload this subaru on someone and find a sweet little ride.
I agree the additional space is nice. Specially for the passengers in the rear.
The one thing about Subaru's that I don't like is that they have the worst paint in the industry. I have never seen a car that's less then 3 years old have paint flaking and peeling off. One guy went through a car wash and lost a baseball size chunk of paint from where a rock chip was. Quality paint should never do that.
Haha I drive a 97 and treat it like a truck. I'm not too concerned with the paint, seeing as it is often beneath a layer of mud! However, I have noticed that on my friends 07 impreza sti the paint is chipping in odd locations...I suspect the quality of the paint remains poor.
In the cars "worth having" industry perhaps, but there are Alot of others that are close, if not worse. Nissan and Chevy are the ones I'd peg for being in the bottom of the barrel. It's all due to Perspective I suppose.
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