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      07-06-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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BMW X5 vs. 3-series Xdrive

Looking to buy the wifey a BMW and we're looking at the 328x, 335x, and X5. Price range I'm trying to stay in is $30-45K.

There are a lot of 2011 328s available with very low mileage for around $30k, when I move up to the X5 we end up looking at the 3.0-4.8L from 09-10 with around 30-40k on the clock. Prices range $39-45k for the X5.

I really know little about the 3.0 and 4.8 engines and X5s in general, no clue if they are problematic. Curious if anyone has one and if you had to recommend any of the above what would you choose.

I personally would like her to have a Xdrive vehicle. We have a 2000 Cherokee that can get us through snow, but for safety I'm thinking a bigger X5 is good. She doesn't drive a lot so i'm also worried that the X5 would be a waste.... that's what get me thinking that a 328 would be enough and save us $15k. We plan on keeping this car for a while and probably when we decide to have kids within the next 2-3 years.

Any insight appreciated! Thanks in advance
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