Greetings all, I have been lurking here since I found this site a couple of weeks ago ...and have been checking out other online BMW sources in hopes of finding answers to several questions I have. I have been looking for a new(er) work car and have been considering a BMW or Mercedes. I tend to put alot of miles on a car averaging ~1000-1500 mi/wk ...sometimes more. I need a wagon because part of the time I need to carry a couple of pakages ...weight it not an issue, but they are bulky. I need something that is comfortable and from what I have seen the BMW's are capable of 300K mi with regular maintenance. I have searched for a FAQ and cannot find anywhere that these questions are answered ...please forgive my ignorance.
I am strongly considering a 5 series. What is the differences between the 525 and 528 ...other than the engine size?
What options are available on different models?
Why do I not see any '96-'98 models?
An an audiophile I will be upgrading the stereo in whatever model I get. I will plan on ripping out everything I can get to and bypassing the rest. Is there any advantages of a '94-'95 model over a '99-01? (these are the years I'm considering most)
What MPG can I expect out of each model?
What are the reliablility / dependability issues with the I6 vs. V8?
I notice that the older V8's are 3.0 and the newer ones are 4.4? What MPG is expected from each ...any other differences besides cu. in.?
Anything to look for or avoid?
thanks agian for your input,