Oddly enough I am getting a 1998 528i that was my mom's. It is quite a big car. My parent's used to have a 3 series a long time ago.
Personally I think the 5 series is a little too big, but I don't have kids or anything like that. I prefer small cars as they get better gas mileage, usually, are more fun to drive and easier to make handle well. I used to road race motor cycles so I enjoy going around turns fast.
They both have good power. If the 3 series were a manual I would absolutely want it over the 5 series.
The point about gas that I was trying to make was to see the price differenece it would cost in one year for gas. You would have to take into account the difference in cost per gallon of premium versus regular and then estimate how many miles you drive a month or year. Then take the difference in cost per gallon and use the MPG and your annual mileage to calculate the cost difference in gas per year of each vehicle. I bet it would not be a lot.
So, I would go 3 series. A BMW is a BMW and they are great cars. The 5 series will actually cost more to maintain too.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012 AT 9:59 PM