In Reply to: Which is better - 530i or 525i... posted by curtisblow on September 26, 2001 at 17:14:30:
Got my car mainly for commuting and my budget would not be happy with possible repair costs on a V8. Check with the shop as to the comparable Inspection I and II costs. What really concerns me are costs when there are major repairs - you got two of many things - two heads, two exhaust manifolds, exhaust system probably more expensive, etc. The 2 extra plugs aren't too bad but the rest of the stuff adds up!
For economical operation, my choice would be an M50 and for performance I would go for the 535 - these are really quite fast with a stick. If possible higher repair costs are not a factor - then consider a 540i.