After driving many different cars that I think I want, I am back in a BMW for the duration. This one will not be sold. This is the first time that I elected for the turbo version and I am amazed the difference that the turbo makes in power. It is amazingly faster than the 530 and would run circles around the 525. The seats are amazing and the overall sound level in the car is so quiet, even at highway speeds, that people can hear me fine when I talk over the bluetooth buklt into the car. If you are contemplating another car over the BMW, take it from a guy that has strayed on two occasions, don't do it. Go with the BMW. The handling alone just can't be beat. The 535 that I bought has the sport package and this car handles better than the 300z I used to drive and the the 350z that a friend once drove. I highly suggest you buy a BMW. And Carmax makes them so affordable. I bought this 535 for less than I bought my 525 for from another dealership.
After a month of driving it the car is still a winner. I have not had any issues and it has been great fun to drive. I especially like the font seats. I look forward to making a road trip in the car to really test out the seats. Of course, the acceleration and handling are as I expected them to be (very good). On the downside, I am concerned about the driver�s front crash test results. Only achieving three stars leaves me with lingering doubts about the safety of the car for the driver (i.e. me).
Third BMW I've owned and my 535 is a tank and surely the most dependable. Handles and performs like a beast...but it will not pay for speeding tickets. If you have a 5th grade education, you can manipulate the I-Drive with no problems. Wife looking for a 645cic for looks...I prefer practicality.