Originally Posted by bosz
Anything E (ie E90,92etc) will depreciate faster since the intro of the F30 and believe me, it has not sunk in yet, but the previous generation is going to look so old in the next little while with more and more F30s hitting the roads. The F30 will remain the same for the next 3 yrs or so and even for another 2-3 yrs after the LCI. So you're buying a more expensive car but which will remain relevant for yrs to come vs buying a previous generation car. My 07 5 series looks so old and crappy compared to the F10,but when I bought it, the F10 had just been out for a year so it had not sunk in yet how old my prev gen 5 is going to look. And now with F10s everywhere, it just feels like I own an old crappy bi mmer. And I tried to sell it a couple times but the offer prices just too low (again due to being a prev gen car)
If you don't care about looks, I think E feels better driving, specially because of the steering wheel feedback that's all.
I do still really like the looks of a 2010/2011 E9x, actually prefer it to the F30 style as previously mentioned. The cost of the car is going to fall just as quick whether its a F30 or E90, so many people drive BMW's (or C250,C300, IS250, A4, etc) in this city, they are basically the new civic. The depreciation is going to happen regardless, so i might as well get the vehicle right after the initial fall, a 2011. They do retain most of their value for the next couple of years though. It definitely sounds like the E series is more of a drivers car, more feel and more sporty. To be honest i've never owned a car that has a drive system like I-drive. This will be my first car since out of school, quite a big step up from the GC8, purely a mechanical car, no electronic aids (other than ABS).
You have an odd situation, sure the F10 is a better car but its also one of the greatest cars of the year. Even top gear commented that the basic 5 series is so good, does it make sense to spring for the M5. Which sadly makes the previous models look worse than they actually are. However i dont think the new 3 series are that much better, more refined in certain area's if anything. Not until the twin turbo version of the M3 with a DCT comes out anyway.