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Old 12-03-2004, 01:22 AM
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But still.. Europe is not the most expensive place to own a car. Work harder to get your M5 in Europe. Best of luck.?
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The standard of living in certain places in the US may be higher, but in those places the salaries are also higher. This is pretty much evident. Also evident is the fact that it's IRRELEVANT when talking car prices or even electronics. In Europe these things cost a LOT more. And on average US salaries are higher than European ones. I look at IT for instance, which is my field. Or medicine which is my wife's. Neither of us could ever make what we are making here in Europe. Of course we have expenses that some Europeans don't have, but in the end we make more money doing the same things. Nothing wrong with that, but I agree similar jobs pay more in the US.

So I tend to agree with Mario, in that it's easier to buy an M5 here. And you can't just say move to the US and stop complaining. He's just frustrated about the high prices there just as I'm frustrated that us Americans don't have all the diesel models, other options, etc. Everything here is served up more bland in a way and prepackaged.
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Originally Posted by 530E60NL' date='Dec 2 2004, 04:24 PM
[quote name='mario_zg' date='Dec 2 2004, 04:20 PM'][in EU when someone is driving E60 its succesfull bussinesman, top executive or russian mafia :-)

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Originally Posted by a061444' date='Nov 29 2004, 04:21 PM
I still haven't decided on whether to get the 530i or the 545i.? I take both for a test drive and each had its weakness and strengths.? I guess I am just trying to justify the 6k difference in price.? Right now I can't see myself spending the extra 6k, plus the extra in gas consumption.

Those of you that have a 545i could you please tell me the not so obvious benefits of having the 545i vs. the 530i.? Just from the 10 min. test drive it was not so obvious to me.

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Hi there,

I'm new to the forum and in a similar position. While still deciding between the 5er and the 05 A6, I'm starting to look past the 530 with the 225 hp engine. The 530 (the only one I tested thus far) was fairly quick but IMHO didn't have the wow factor. I didn't bother driving the 545i, as I thought it was 10K more and, more importantly, it would spoil my impressions of the 530. But in retrospect, the cost difference is less and you only live once. I will test drive the 545 very soon, a pre-Christmas shopping treat.

So, now I'm thinking of waiting for the R6 engine and potentially other improvements. Whether based on years of reading car reviews and driving a few quick cars, a 0 to 60 in the low sixes or better IMHO equates to high performance. Good handling of course is key too. This is subjective as alot of diesel owners will tell you that 30 to 50 and/or 50 to 70 accerelation times are far more important and useful in every day driving.

Anyway, its possible to have two regrets if one gets a 530 225hp, namely, missing the 4.5 V8 or the 3.0 R6. The idea of not getting BMW's most advance engine (valvetronic/etal) would be tough. But, life in a 530 as many owners point out is fine too.

Another way I think of it is this. If the cost difference is $6K between the 8 and 6, waiting six months pays for the difference in price. Fuel cost is a nonfactor.


Lots to think about, which is half the fun.


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My 545 is 100K with all the options. The Netherlands seem to be pretty expensive.

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well it seems you have about 30K in options!!!!, so maybe its not the Netherlands, but the addict in you
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545i all the way BAAAAAAAAAAAAAABY!
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Originally Posted by m630' date='Dec 4 2004, 01:36 AM
well it seems you have about 30K in options!!!!, so maybe its not the Netherlands, but the addict in you
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Over 40K actually. What would my car cost in the NL...
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Originally Posted by mario_zg' date='Dec 3 2004, 04:41 AM
mario, stop comparing to USA.
a?

what's not to compare:
USA M5 cca 90.000$
EU M5 cca 160.000$

same car, same manufacturer, same everything
?where is the problem????

standard of living is really flexibile thing, been to USA, been whole EU - I dont want to go into that discussion, but one thing is obvious - it takes less work to earn M5 in states
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the difference in price is not about the currency exchange rates but more about the marketing and decisions of the regional BMW's (like BMW NA). Market share power of BMW NA allows it to set the price
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Originally Posted by Iceman' date='Dec 3 2004, 07:39 PM
[quote name='m630' date='Dec 4 2004, 01:36 AM']well it seems you have about 30K in options!!!!, so maybe its not the Netherlands, but the addict in you
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Over 40K actually. What would my car cost in the NL...
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thats amazing,
...here in the US, there arent 40K in options available (No INDIVIDUAL)
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Originally Posted by m630' date='Dec 4 2004, 01:57 AM
[quote name='Iceman' date='Dec 3 2004, 07:39 PM'][quote name='m630' date='Dec 4 2004, 01:36 AM']well it seems you have about 30K in options!!!!, so maybe its not the Netherlands, but the addict in you
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Over 40K actually. What would my car cost in the NL...
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thats amazing,
...here in the US, there arent 40K in options available (No INDIVIDUAL)
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I don't even have Individual...
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