cn90 wrote: ↑
Thu May 30, 2019 9:24 pm
BMW is the best-kept secret.
Personally, I like BMW better b/c it seems to run well and does not have the little problems in Volvo.
BMW is more fun to drive. But the fun stopped in 2006 when BMW switched to electric WP etc.
Get a 2004-2006 X3 or X5 with M54 engine < 100K miles. Great values!
You couldn't be more wrong; but I'm sure you will find a way to convince yourself the M54 is superior.
You need to understand the maintenance in its entirety to appreciate how the N52 was BMWs most reliable, efficient, and best performing non turbo inline 6 they ever made. You keep quoting an electric WP being a sole reason to not buy a car; this is completely ridiculous. Firstly, the WP will last at a very minimum of 100,000 miles but many have lasted over 200,000 miles. It is DIY friendly and can be purchased for around $300. Yes it is more than a mechanical WP but the extra efficiency gained from its smart electronics will pay for itself many times over. On cold days it runs slow and you can turn off the car and still get residual heat.
Now, lets compare the entire cooling system on the M54 to the N52. The entire M54 cooling system is a ticking time bomb: fragile expansion tanks, WP that have very short lives, hoses and when something fails its pretty common to blow a head gasket. On the N52, the cooling system is solid; no major weak points and if the engine gets too hot, the car will go into limp mode protecting the engine. Many have limped very long distances to safety and caused no engine damage.
Lets not forget the oil burning, PCV issues the M54. The N52 has none of those issues. There are many people that have over 300,000 miles on the original engine and transmission! Don't believe me check out these posts.
The N52 was the best NA engine BMW ever made, it is more powerful, efficient and silky smooth. The M54 is a decent engine, but the N52 is better in every way. The whole E90 series are amazing pieces of Engineering. Its quiet and comfortable, but take it on a back road and it hugs every corner and the steering feel is to die for. I love the interior build, not a squeak or rattle; its as if the interior is made from one block of material. When people read consumer reports, the N54 engines sway the reliability results because it was one of the first of its kind; especially for BMW and it had many teething problems. The N52 was revolutionary too with its half magnesium half aluminum block but they got it right.
My S70 was a great car, didn't rust at all, was so comfortable; especially for long drives. But it lacked any sporty driving engagement both in steering feel and handling. I also didn't like the turbo lag which made it feel slow in the city. My wife still has her 850 and loves it: its comfortable and super reliable; never given us any problems. The materials are all high quality and it is so simple to repair. My wife doesn't care for sporty so I think we will always have a Volvo in our stable. If it every dies, we will get a used S60 or V60. I myself have been very fortunate with the BMW it is very reliable and the only headaches I've had to worry about was the starter (not easy but not hard), window regulators (BMW problem forever) and oil pan leaks (typical BMW). Both cars makes are way underrated; which is great for the used market.