1st time buyer help! Bmw 550i - 5Series.net - Forums


E60 Discussion Anything and everything to do with the E60 5 Series. All are welcome!
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-21-2017, 11:24 PM   #1
New Members
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Ukiah
Posts: 7
Default 1st time buyer help! Bmw 550i

hey there I would like to get some advice from you guys before purchasing my first bmw also first vehicle. This is just a thought ! There is a bmw 550i 94k I was looking into. I would like to know any issues I would possibly run into with itís Mileage Is this a Reliable vehicle what would you rate this vehicle and what kind of feedback would you give me
Andy707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 06:34 AM   #2
Members
Senior Members

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Atlantic Beach, Fl
Posts: 277
Default

Welcome to the forum...

Best advice I can give is to have a pre-purchase inspection performed by a reputable independent BMW shop. Also here is an excellent document to new owners and potential owners.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...9&d=1507504629

Last edited by jtbgonesailing; 11-22-2017 at 06:51 AM.
jtbgonesailing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 08:56 AM   #3
Super Moderator

 
JayArras's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fairfield County, CT
Posts: 2,190
Default

Also welcome.

If this will be your first car, I have some questions for you.

1. What other brands have you looked at?
2. What are you looking for in a car?
3. How reliable does it need to be? In other words, if it was giving you problems, would you still be able to manage to get where you need to go?
4. How mechanically inclined are you?
5. Would you be prepared to spend $2000 a year or more on car repairs?

The reason I ask these questions is because being a BMW owner is not for the faint of heart. These are awesome cars but come with a myriad of problems over time that are not inexpensive to fix. For your first car, I'd recommend you start with something known for reliability like a Toyota, Honda or Subaru.
JayArras is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 09:17 AM   #4
New Members
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Ukiah
Posts: 7
Default

Iíve looked at a few other cars one of my other options right now is a 08 Chrysler 300c SRT Design. Iím going for looks basically and a v8. And I feel like it should be realiable Ennough o go to work and back and occasionally out of town. Iím not very meachanicly inclined to be real honest I plan on taking some courses in college. And I have a Honda Accord already haha itís time for something bigger and better . Thank you for responding and making me a lilttle aware
Andy707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 09:30 AM   #5
Super Moderator

 
JayArras's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fairfield County, CT
Posts: 2,190
Default

Yeah, I hate to steer you away from potentially being a bimmer owner, but the 8 cylinder cars especially are money pits.
JayArras is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 11:39 AM   #6
New Members
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Ukiah
Posts: 7
Default

How about the 535i how are those?
Andy707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 11:59 AM   #7
Super Moderator

 
JayArras's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fairfield County, CT
Posts: 2,190
Default

There have been some issues with the turbos, depending on the year. The most reliable 5's are the 528 and 530 with the M54 or N52 engine.
JayArras is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 05:01 PM   #8
Members
Senior Members
 
KyleB's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Posts: 2,381
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy707 View Post
hey there I would like to get some advice from you guys before purchasing my first bmw also first vehicle. This is just a thought ! There is a bmw 550i 94k I was looking into. I would like to know any issues I would possibly run into with it’s Mileage Is this a Reliable vehicle what would you rate this vehicle and what kind of feedback would you give me
If you've never owned a BMW and you're looking to get into the brand, I would look for an '04 or '05 330i ZHP. from an overall performance/reliability/cost of ownership/DIY'ability standpoint it is in my opinion the best car BMW has ever produced. Get a manual if you can.

good luck with whatever you choose. I agree with everyone else, a 550i is not a good choice for your first BMW.
KyleB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2017, 06:35 AM   #9
New Members

 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Stamford, CT
Posts: 29
Default

If this is your first car and you can't DIY and want a reliable car, a 550 is probably the worst one to get right behind the M5...

Get a 3 series, it's a lot cheaper and reliable than the 550...Or if you definitely want a 5 series, go for a 530 like someone suggested above. the 550 is a performance car with a v8 engine and though it's fine to drive, it'll be expensive when there's a problem with the car.
Nadhir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2017, 08:50 AM   #10
Members
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 207
Default

The 550i was my first BMW!

Ahh... I remember all the good ole trouble-free early days... And then the cursed constant wrenching on her started. Luckily, I've managed to keep her out of the dealership or any service garage and work on her myself for the last 7 years. But I would have never bought one if I already wasn't good with working on cars.

OP, my BMW was my third car. You say this 550i will be your first car ever? Yikes! Unless you are a mechanic or have deep pockets (or are very optimistic in life), stay away.
dingolfing is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:30 PM.


All content Copyright © 2012 by Internet Brands, Inc. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.