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BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

Hi motorists

I face a nice dilemma and would be glad to have a wise word from you:

F31 - YoM '19, 22tkm, 4-zyl diesel, awd, first owner
F11 - YoM '17, 80tkm, 6-zyl diesel, awd, first owner, costs more by a 1000.-

F11 cons for me: only 1 free service left, then every 20tkm a ~CHF 1000.-, higher tax and insurance(although not too different compared to F31), parking space is tight whenever you go

F31 on the other hand: free service up to 100tkm, read for the next 80tkm no to little investments expected, easier parking

F31 cons: louder inside, less pleasure on motorways, less space inside(I am tall), weaker engine

F11 is overall a better car and more expensive to run, someone spoke highly of its engine: https://www.englishforum.ch/3258794-post16.html

I plan to own either of them until for some reason I am not able to - job, regulations, move etc.

I have a feeling in 10 years/100tkm they will cost about the same, prolly 10'000.- if I am lucky, only F11 will cost more to run by about 10-15%, but pleasure-wise should compensate for it.

What would be your pick and why?
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

Why don't you get an F31 with the 6 cyl engine? I drive a 330xd from 2017 (bought with 45k on the clock), and it is great. That is of course if the 3 is big enough for you.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

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Why don't you get an F31 with the 6 cyl engine? I drive a 330xd from 2017 (bought with 45k on the clock), and it is great.
thanks, the 4-cyl F31 is my leasing wheels which I am on the verge of keeping, but wanted to see what else my budget can buy me and voila - the 5-er popped up. I did not want to deal with an unknown vehicle but the F11 is from a private seller.

I looked up the 330s and to my surprise they are not only not cheaper, but more expensive https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/autos/...dy=1&vehtyp=10

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That is of course if the 3 is big enough for you.
I fit, I am not crammed, but F1x offers more comfort, that is why on the other verge I am keen on switching to a bigger kombi.
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I fit, I am not crammed, but F1x offers more comfort, that is why on the other verge I am keen on switching to a bigger kombi.
The 530 probably has a higher spec? I can imagine the 320d being poverty spec.
Some low-end BMW models they even took away some things to make them more affordable.
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The 530 probably has a higher spec? I can imagine the 320d being poverty spec.
Some low-end BMW models they even took away some things to make them more affordable.
both have M-Packet, F11 although has a few more extras
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

Sounds as if the money is your biggest concern. You have to figure out whether the money would make a difference or not.

I'm 6'5 and my 7-series felt like a properly sized car and great for the motorway but I also have had a 3-series since like forever. Neither of them diesels, neither of them cheap to run.
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my 7-series felt like a properly sized car
curious how you manage to park it? sneak into garages? open doors?
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curious how you manage to park it? sneak into garages? open doors?
Reverse in, retract the mirrors for the garage entrance and there was no problem. The 3-er coupe was worse as the doors were bigger. Having a double width garage should have helped but there's usually like a ladder or giant jacks down the middle.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

I have recently just bought the f31 and being quite tall myself at 6ft 1 have more and enough space.
Also pleased with the car very comfortable on long journey's and if you want a bit of fun has more and enough power, can only recommend it...
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

You're not comparing apples with apples here. The 530xd is a better car in every sense. Bigger, more power, more torque, quieter, better road manners. That said, the 320xd is the sensible option. Younger, lower KMs, lower servicing, parts, fuel, tax, insurance costs. It's a listen to your head or follow your heart decision.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

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You're not comparing apples with apples here. The 530xd is a better car in every sense. Bigger, more power, more torque, quieter, better road manners. That said, the 320xd is the sensible option. Younger, lower KMs, lower servicing, parts, fuel, tax, insurance costs. It's a listen to your head or follow your heart decision.
this.

heart says F11, mind says F31 is good enough.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

Maybe look outside of the BMW brand. A Skoda would also probably be good enough.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

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Maybe look outside of the BMW brand. A Skoda would also probably be good enough.
nope, the choice is to be made between these two as specified, I am not trying foreign waters at this time.
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Maybe look outside of the BMW brand. A Skoda would also probably be good enough.
Škoda is always great.

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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

Coming late to the party here but went through precisely your dilemma. Test drove both the F11 530D (2014), bought a Passat B7 (lol, don't ask!) then test drove and fell in love with an E91 (2011 so late series) 330d Touring. I personally preferred the drive to the newer 530, and you can get a lot of car for your money if that's at all an issue - I paid circa. 12K for a car with 127K km. Interested to know your decision in the end. For us, we could have bought a newer, 'fancier' diesel - but ultimately we really fought shy of plunging a lot of money into a an ICE at this point in time, given the way that diesel is being penalized by various governments. We're going to run the E91 into the ground - to the extent that in 5 years I won't be that bothered that we won't get anything back in terms of sell on. With a newer diesel car, I'd be nervous.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

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Coming late to the party here but went through precisely your dilemma. Test drove both the F11 530D (2014), bought a Passat B7 (lol, don't ask!) then test drove and fell in love with an E91 (2011 so late series) 330d Touring. I personally preferred the drive to the newer 530, and you can get a lot of car for your money if that's at all an issue - I paid circa. 12K for a car with 127K km. Interested to know your decision in the end. For us, we could have bought a newer, 'fancier' diesel - but ultimately we really fought shy of plunging a lot of money into a an ICE at this point in time, given the way that diesel is being penalized by various governments. We're going to run the E91 into the ground - to the extent that in 5 years I won't be that bothered that we won't get anything back in terms of sell on. With a newer diesel car, I'd be nervous.
it did not pan out with the 530d, the seller pissed me off.
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it did not pan out with the 530d, the seller pissed me off.
Well, he was after all a BMW driver...
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Well, he was after all a BMW driver...
It's a diesel, does not count.
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Well, he was after all a BMW driver...
he's a lying duche, that is it.

and quite arrogant, yes.
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Re: BMW F11(530xd) vs F31(320xd) considerations

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it did not pan out with the 530d, the seller pissed me off.
Let me guess - you asked for a test drive and you been offered back seat and clean shoes check and no-touch-my car policy ?

pretty standard for BWM seller I guess when he/she loves the car and the "other-love" ask him to let it go

Driving and buying Audi is much easier - there is no love and it's just a 4-wheel-stroller - sellers let it go first moment they can
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