View Full Version : BMW or Audi

05-14-2008, 04:15 PM
Hey guys,

I am looking to buy a new luxury car. I have it narrowed down to a 2005 BMW 530i or a 2005 Audi A6. I am leaning more toward the BMW right now.

Does anyone have experience or suggestions about either of these cars?


05-14-2008, 04:21 PM
Pick your poison. Either is going to cost a fortune to maintain. Audis are known for electrical gremlins. Either way I wouldn't own either of them past the warranty period.

05-14-2008, 04:27 PM

05-14-2008, 04:30 PM
BMW. Audi's are nightmares... about the only thing worse than them are Mercedes.

05-14-2008, 04:40 PM
Sodar, I've heard the same thing about BMWs. Wife has an Audi, fun car, very nice, but the strangest stuff seems to go wrong, and that thing CHEWS through tires. At least last time, I got tires with a 50K mile warranty, so at least I'll get a pro rate this time around. 92K, and we are just finishing our 3rd set, and we drive them BALD, wait until the absolute last minute to change them.

Speaking of electrical gremlins... the radio won't stay on. Cuts in and out, and really likes to play tricks on long trips.

05-14-2008, 04:43 PM
i have not owned either, but those 530i's are sweet looking

i do know a guy who has an 06 or 07 A6 and that thing is in the shop ALL the time...

don't the bmw's come with a pretty killer service package; aka free oil changes, etc?

05-14-2008, 04:46 PM
We have a 550i and it is one heck of a car can't go wrong with a BMW

SunCoast 83
05-14-2008, 05:02 PM
I'd take the BMW

05-14-2008, 05:06 PM
Jay, you may want to change your Location.

05-14-2008, 05:09 PM
I've owned both. The A6 cost me much less to own. They are both fine cars and I'll own one again in the future.

05-14-2008, 05:10 PM
Two good friends have these cars. One has an 07 A6 with high performance package and the other recently picked up an 08 BMW 5 series sedan (not sure which one). I have ridden in both a lot. I like the BMW simply because it is better engineered in my opinion. Also like the cool heads up display and other cool features like that. The Audi navigation seemed counter intuitive and hard to use where the BMW is pretty straight forward and easy. That said, if it were me I would get the A6.

05-14-2008, 05:12 PM
BMW........once you get past the iDrive it really is the Ultimate Driving Machine!

TX.X-30 fan
05-14-2008, 05:17 PM
BUY AMERICAN??? :confused:

05-14-2008, 05:22 PM
BUY AMERICAN??? :confused:

Lets not go there, what do you say? ;):D

TX.X-30 fan
05-14-2008, 05:33 PM

05-14-2008, 05:47 PM
BUY AMERICAN??? :confused:

Pontiac G8 GTP??

05-14-2008, 06:52 PM
Buy neither! Buy a Cadillac CTS or STS instead! ....and No, I'm not starting the "Buy American" debate - the new Caddy's are awesome! Just my 2 cents!


05-14-2008, 06:55 PM
I had a BMW M3 and sold it. Everything is expensive on a BMW, great car expensive to maintain. My sister had a Audi, hated it. They are also expensive to maintain. Go with the BMW you will love the way it handles.

05-14-2008, 07:15 PM

05-14-2008, 08:38 PM
You are asking a win-win question. Both cars have great reputations and are among the best engineered cars in the world.

I am currently on my second A6 Quatro. Best driving car I have owned. In rain and snow the all wheel drive of the Audi cannot be matched. Buy the extended warranty, the comments on maintainance have a degree of truth. I run them to 200,000 miles and over that time the maintainance seems to be as expected. However both Audi's had a bump at 70-90,000 miles that cost me $3-4,000. Always weird stuff but you are repairing a $50,000 car.

On the flip..my neighbor works for BMW and loves his 5 series. It is a beautiful, high performance ride. However in the Chicago winter I smile and drive and go wherever I want and he either waits for the roads to be cleared or slides and glides all the way home.

05-14-2008, 08:43 PM
The Audi will give you all wheel drive, I think the "i" version of the bmw will not. bmw = rear wheel drive. I think the 530 xi would be a nicer car. My bosses wife drives a black on black 05 bmw 530i. She say the controls were a little tough to get use to. You can't go wrong.

05-14-2008, 08:44 PM
I'd take the BMW

hands down............................ BMW

05-14-2008, 08:47 PM
I've drive an '03 BMW M5 and my wife drives an '04 BMW M3. Both great cars. Her car is stock, mine is not. The dealer does give me a little lecture every time I bring it in because of the mod's I've done...:rolleyes:

They came with a good warranty. We haven't had any problems (outside of warranty problems) on either car.

My M5 is now out of the "regular" warranty now, but I also bought the extended warranty. I don't think it will help me much. I'll be taking it to a local repair shop I know to save money on repairs if I should need them.

I don't know anything about the Audi's. I had considered an A6 2.6T a while back, but bought a Saab 9-5 Aero instead...bad choice :noface:

05-14-2008, 08:53 PM
OK, where's Gene?:rolleyes::D

05-14-2008, 08:55 PM
BMW nicest built auto

05-14-2008, 09:10 PM
OK, where's Gene?:rolleyes::D

I am Gene ..Think about it?????????.........:rolleyes:

05-14-2008, 09:31 PM
just go ahead and get an m3 or m5........the other stuff is alright but if you want real bmw performance you need an M

05-14-2008, 10:37 PM
I have an '06 Audi S4. 340 HP 4.2 Liter V-8. Fun to drive, sounds AWESOME. Have had two problems-both electrical. 1-wiring harness to daytime running light fried, 2- coil went out. Expect 16-18 MPG with this model. Stiff seats, suspension, 18 in wheels - not the most comfortable ride...Did I mention fun to drive? Fast, too. Also, not everyone has one...unlike the beemers. That said, M3's and M5's are great cars.

05-15-2008, 12:09 AM
I am Gene …..Think about it?????????.........:rolleyes:

OK, then it's time for you to self destruct again!:rolleyes::D8p

05-15-2008, 12:46 AM
we drive them BALD, wait until the absolute last minute to change them.

Scary! I have SEEN a study showing braking distance in wet is almost TWICE as long with tires @ 4/32 as opposed to new. Texas state law says you don't have to change until 2/32!! Seeing first hand how a lot of people keep up their vehicles, I am nervous to hit the road around here.

I'm a BMW fan myself. Maintenance is going to be high on anything nice. The odds of seeing someone who just dropped $60K on a vehicle at Just Brakes is probably pretty slim. 8p

05-15-2008, 07:32 AM
Love the Bimmer. Currently driving '05 325xi Sport Wagon with all wheel drive. Awesome car. Previous daily driver was '02 A4, also a very nice car, but look out when its out of warranty. The BMW I bought CPO from a dealer, so I pay nothing on service and drive the nicest loaners in town. I have only paid for tires, and can renew the CPO at 50,000 miles for the cost of an all around brake job (which is covered). It's my wife's Volvo that's killing me on service, but she loves it. On the American made front, the Mastercraft/Suburban combo I think shows my support of the domestic economy. Oh, and the Volvo is a Ford:D

05-15-2008, 07:33 AM
Go with the bimmer. You could spend the extra and get the M5 with a V10 in it.

At the end of summer I'm going to buy a 92-98 BMW 325 coupe 5 spd. Thats if I make enough money this summer

05-15-2008, 08:52 AM
i love my VW's!!!!!!!

05-15-2008, 08:55 AM
I have never had an Audi, although I have had so many friends complain about them, I would personally stay away.

I have had a BMW 325CI for the last 4 years. All I can say is that it is an absoluteluy amazing car. Best car to drive that I have ever owned, truly handles like it's on rails. I haven't any reliability or service issues at all. My next car will definitely be another BMW.

As for the buy American slant, they do build BMWs in South Carolina, although I don't think that the 5 series sedan is built there.

05-15-2008, 09:16 AM
On another note, I had an old 85 BMW 325e in college. absolutely NO power, but man, I could take exit ramps at 70 and barely feel it.

The best part was the way the car would start to lose traction in turns, wouldn't just break loose, it would let you know that you are going a little too fast and to back off of the gas.

The shift linkages were soo smooth too. Had to drive to class one day without a clutch master cylinder (no clutch at all) and was able to make it without too much problems. That transmission just fell into gear if you had the rpms right.

05-15-2008, 09:41 AM
Don't forget the good ole window regulators which are known to crap out on Bimmers. A euro shop will charge you about $500-600 per window to replace, (you don't even want to know what the stealership charges!) I know because I had to replace 2 at once. not fun :( I owned an Audi about 3 weeks after that. :D

05-15-2008, 09:44 AM
I thought the paid off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW in the driveway as the status symbol of choice.

To quote Dave Ramsey.

05-15-2008, 09:49 AM
I've owned two Audi's and one BMW. No problems with any of them but the Audis were WAY more fun to drive IMO. My 2000 S4 was the best car I've ever owned. I had a 96 A4 in Colorado right after I got out of college and that car would rip up the mountains in any weather. Had a 2001 330ci as well with no problems but the "fun to drive" wasn't there as much. Personally, I like the Audi's and think they are fantastic cars.

05-15-2008, 09:51 AM
I thought the paid off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW in the driveway as the status symbol of choice.

To quote Dave Ramsey.

Tru Dat, Tru Dat. I gladly drive my 97' Suburban around now a days. She's paid for as is my wifes ride. Funny, the drive so much better when they are paid for. :D

05-15-2008, 10:08 AM
friend of mine ,who is on the board(capn walshy) has one of these


absolutely awesome......V10 lambo gallardo engine....

05-15-2008, 11:53 AM
I thought the paid off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW in the driveway as the status symbol of choice.

To quote Dave Ramsey.

That is why I am looking at 2005 not 2008!

05-15-2008, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the advice. I think I am going to go with the 530i. Now I just have to find the right one...

TX.X-30 fan
05-15-2008, 12:16 PM



JUS SAYIN???? ;)

05-15-2008, 12:18 PM
BMW has a HUGE operation in SC.. That helps.. By buying a Big Money Wasted (whoops) at least there would be some support for American jobs.

05-15-2008, 12:33 PM
BMW has a HUGE operation in SC.. That helps.. By buying a Big Money Wasted (whoops) at least there would be some support for American jobs.

Is that the one in Spartanburg? We went there for M driving school. Fun stuff :cool:

05-15-2008, 12:48 PM
Yes it is.. I bet that was fun

05-15-2008, 12:48 PM
Buddy of mine had a 85 or 86 325 in high school. He bought it with 208K on the odometer. He performed NO maintenance AT ALL on this car, never changed oil, ANYTHING! It finally died at 326K. I really don't think I could do that with my Chevy Impala.

Next door neighbor had a 90s 750 (V12) It was a nice car, but he would show me the bills for maintenance alone and they were insane. You even needed two oil filters!! It started suffering from electrial issues, the estimate was over $4000. He traded it in on a newer 540. He's got over 120K on that now, and you'd never know it. It is a tight ride.

I would like to drive the new M3. It was sick with a 6, gotta be insane with the V8!

As far as the Audi goes, I haven't known many people that own them, but each one that I did had numerous mechanical issues with them, and no longer own them.

My vote, BMW.

05-15-2008, 12:53 PM
Check out topgear.com

05-15-2008, 12:53 PM
Yes it is.. I bet that was fun

Yes it was :D

2 days beating on their M5's. Got 5mpg average and went through half a set of tires :D :rolleyes:

05-15-2008, 12:54 PM
How can you tell the difference between a porcupine and a bmw? on a porcupine the *****s are on the outside:)

05-15-2008, 02:25 PM



JUS SAYIN???? ;)

A buyer's focus should not be on where the car is from, but if the vehicle meets their personal expectations.


Workin' 4 Toys
05-20-2008, 09:48 AM




JUS SAYIN???? ;)

05-20-2008, 01:08 PM
Take a look at the Infiniti G or M. Amazing machines...