Either a Merc or BMW
I AM Planning to buy either a BMW 5 Series (2007/2008) or a
Mecedes-Benz E-Class 220 (2007/2008).
Which would you recommend and why ?
I have been told that BMW is a driver's car while Merc is a
Which has better resale value, better mileage, after sales
service, etc ?
The differences between these two cars are not a lot.
All it comes down to is personal taste. It's a subjective
point of view.
Branding between these cars is very potent. These two makers
have created strong brand perceptions, for example, the BMW
brand is perceived as more edgy, performance-oriented, modern,
young; Mercedes-Benz on the other hand positions itself to
represent values such as comfort, elegance, a classy car for
This is what they want you to think and feel.
Resale value: The difference in depreciation between the two
cars is marginal.
Bear in mind, a new Mercedes prices itself higher. In simpler
terms, a three-year-old Mercedes might depreciate about
RM180,000 from new, and a BMW 5 Series will absorb roughly the
same amount of depreciation in the same amount of years.
However, if we take the class range up a notch, a 10-year-old
BMW 7 Series has a higher price compared with a Mercedes
S-Class. Then again, that is a different class we're talking
about and it may nto be similar situation with the 5 Series and
Used car buyers are younger and will be looking for a car
that they want to be identified with. They look for that in a
Also to note, BMW ahs improved in terms of secondhand sales
as more spare parts have been made available and the number of
service centers has increased in the past five years. This means
used BMWs are starting to catch up with the Mercedes-Benz in
terms of spare parts.
After sales service is, surprise, surprise, as good as it
gets. Both offer tremendous after sales service.
One question you may like to ask yourself is the comfort of
being in the driver's eat and the handling of the car. These may
require you to actually sit in the car and/or test drive the
car. They both respond slightly differently and you get a
lighter feel in the Mercedes' steering. However, the BMW is not
exactly heavy in comparison, but you do get a sturdier and
firmer feel which goes well with a car of that status.
At the end of the day, you're buying a reliable car and they
are both top selling models in the prestige range.
It is a very hard question to answer -- the choice is really
yours to make. It's like ordering in a Chinese restaurant: You
think you're satisfied with your order, until the next table
comes along and orders something else.