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Old 11-19-2018, 05:41 AM
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It will out run any x5 or x6. The m5 is nice but the others are standing still.

ps it will outrun anything thunder is driving.


.......love them....very rare in Oz.......very thirsty.........
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Old 11-19-2018, 05:59 PM
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.......love them....very rare in Oz.......very thirsty.........
On the highway 20 to 22 mpg. Around town not so much 13 to 15mpg.
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Japanese cars cost less and require less maintenance/repair.

I have a 2007 Rav 4 that has required almost no repair other than oil change and brakes.
It has over 100,000 and running strong. My E61 also has over 100,000 miles and required much more repair, water pump, intake value cleaning, rear hatch, and now value cover gasket. I still like my german E61 and thinking about a M550.
We have a same generation Rav4 in our family, purchased new. Total piece of junk. Wheels are rusting from regular use, muffler formed a hole from rust, door latch failed so now every time the passenger door is shut it makes a really loud pop, motor burns oil, water pump, etc, etc, etc. Pedals in that Rav feel like they are from a tractor... my own personal experience with that car...
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My wife has a 2015 e350 wagon and I have recently been underneath it and started figuring out the maintenance routine etc. REMARKABLE how similar the brakes, suspension and other systems are. There are some differences though and many are in the Benz' favor.

Interior design is in MBs favor. Just seems to make more sense to me and reduce the likelihood of annoying BMW-esque rattles etc. Their COMMAND NAV system is the worst of the worst though. literally a 3 on a scale to 10 IMHO. If that.

But one thing I've noticed with regard to long term ownership is that 1) MB parts are generally only available in Genuine flavor (no Lemforder tension struts for half the price and 2) the community of DIY folks (and general DIY resources) pale in comparison to BMW. That may very will be because they break less, so there is no resource where none is needed.

I think it depends what one's goals are. In my case it's long term cost of ownership and driving quality. I'm cheap and don't like to spend a lot of money on cars but insist on a tight suspension and quality driving experience. Looks are important but not paramount. For the OP, safety was at the top of the list. We all have our particular motoring-neuroses.

When test driving MB, I did get sense of greater 'quality' than with my BMWs to be honest. If money were no object, I probably would look at a higher end MB with certain customizations to fit my ultimate goals. But for me as a DIY guy, BMW represents a much better value. I've grown up believing that 75k mile disposable water pumps are the norm along with perpetually leaking valve covers and oil filter housings. It's all I know at this point. I might feel disconnected to my beloved car if there wasn't always a little something wrong with it!
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I had an old BMW and I recently switched to Tata Tiago . We have, in India, is a very popular SUV, and I was able to afford to buy it new. I love BMW , but I can't afford to buy a new model. I had to choose the cheaper option.

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I think I'm not in the list because I jumped from Mercedes to BMW LOL. Actually, I don't understand why did you ask this question in a BMW forum ?
i was a BMW owner for 10 years, had a 2003 BMW X5 black/black, sport pckg. cold weather package, privacy package, DSP sound system, 3.0i, clear corners package. first 50k had no issues, regularly serviced it, after 50k the car began to give me hell, battery/alternator had to replace 3 separate occasion, oil leak that would never go away, had to replace both left and right brake lamp assembly, engine belt (which would make noise when idle and i see nowadays on other BMWs). Instrument and Radio cluster pixels were going out and i couldnt even see the radio station i was on.

I made some modifications to the car, did rear and back window tints, added an AUX input, and changed the sport steering wheel, to an M steering wheel (400 bones for it).

All these issues made realize what worth is it in going back to BMW, albeit i miss the handling, the thought of going back made me worried in my stomach. I even tested a E70, a 2013 model X5 and it looked good for what i had but i ended up passing on it. I bring it up because i want to know what i thought of people moving away from BMW
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My wife has a 2015 e350 wagon and I have recently been underneath it and started figuring out the maintenance routine etc. REMARKABLE how similar the brakes, suspension and other systems are. There are some differences though and many are in the Benz' favor.

Interior design is in MBs favor. Just seems to make more sense to me and reduce the likelihood of annoying BMW-esque rattles etc. Their COMMAND NAV system is the worst of the worst though. literally a 3 on a scale to 10 IMHO. If that.

But one thing I've noticed with regard to long term ownership is that 1) MB parts are generally only available in Genuine flavor (no Lemforder tension struts for half the price and 2) the community of DIY folks (and general DIY resources) pale in comparison to BMW. That may very will be because they break less, so there is no resource where none is needed.


I think it depends what one's goals are. In my case it's long term cost of ownership and driving quality. I'm cheap and don't like to spend a lot of money on cars but insist on a tight suspension and quality driving experience. Looks are important but not paramount. For the OP, safety was at the top of the list. We all have our particular motoring-neuroses.

When test driving MB, I did get sense of greater 'quality' than with my BMWs to be honest. If money were no object, I probably would look at a higher end MB with certain customizations to fit my ultimate goals. But for me as a DIY guy, BMW represents a much better value. I've grown up believing that 75k mile disposable water pumps are the norm along with perpetually leaking valve covers and oil filter housings. It's all I know at this point. I might feel disconnected to my beloved car if there wasn't always a little something wrong with it!

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