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  1. Just joined today! Seeking advice on which to buy; 2006 530d or 2006 730d 
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    Hello everyone,

    Just joined here a few moments ago - seems like a very useful site with lots of knowledgable people.

    I'm wanting to purchase a used BMW 5 or 7 series, with a 3 litre diesel engine. I only drive about 6k miles a year.

    Having looked on things like autotrader I see that the used price for both these cars seem similar (around £10k to £11k for c. 80k miles on both). I only drive automatics and like my creature comforts (i.e leather, satnav, electric seats etc.). Seems to me that a 730d gives you much more for your money when buying used of this age.

    Regardless of the slightly higher tax of the 730d (and potentially marginally higher insurance costs) I am seeking advice from anyone on maintenance costs - specifically how often I should expect to replace tyres and how much should I roughly allow? Also, what are the service intervals for these cars? Finally, are there any common faults I need to consider when going to check out some cars?

    Any advice is appreciated!!

    Many thanks,

    JROxford.
     
     

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    530d's - thermostats,swirl flaps, dpf (linked with stats) .... for the amount of mileage you will be doing - i would buy a petrol version on either car.
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    With that low mileage of around 6k, I too would also go for the petrol version definitely.
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    Ooh thanks for all the replies already!

    Ok, seems like a theme of petrol better than diesel here. Can anybody tell me why? My last 5 cars have been diesel and all reliable, great economy and strong torque. What are the benefits of a 730 petrol over the diesel?

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    Hi and welcome to the forum,

    Diesel is great but petrol is more fun. The MPG/Cost is still much better with diesel.
    I routinely drive a 530D and my 740I, and the 7 is WAY more fun to drive having loads of power and is just more 'cushy' and with more gadgets.

    Operating costs - Aside from the higher fuel/MPG cost with the 7, I Couldnt say. You need to test drive both if operating cost is not the major concern.

    Either way - Great cars!

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