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I'm going to be selling all my current vehicles in the near future and am going to be buying one main daily driver. I have decided on the 540i, its the perfect vehicle for me. I was debating on a c43 amg, and a couple other vehicles but I kept comming back to the 540i.
Its gotta be auto. Thats a given. With a ~70 mile commute everyday in teh suck traffic my left foot is getting tired driving my z3.
For reliability, which is better from experience? E34 or e39? I like the look of both in different ways, and the sound system I have already purchased for them will fit either one (arc audio acs 265's all around with an arc flatline 12d2 sub and a pioneer avic N1 nav/performance meter + 2 arc amps to run everything)
I'd say it depends on your budget.
If possible, I'd go for the E39,
basically it's the same car, but the E39 with sport package makes a difference. And the interior is more appealing whereas in the E34, the interior is rather dated.
I owned a E34 540i first, then upgraded to the E39 and have no regrets.
The first time I got into the E39, I felt the difference right away. The steering feel is one of them, being tighter and almost feel like a rack and pinion.
The E39 540 Has a good engine, reliable, not as thirsty and sounds great when you punch the throttle. It's also easier to repair due to up rated electronics. It's your best bet if you want to avoid headaches. More parts are available at hand also.
after owning both, an e34 and e39 - I'd have to say the e34.
They are not 540s, but im sure the differences are the same as they would be between the two 540s.
I get SO much more driver-satisfaction out of my e34 than the e39. The e39 feels nice and MUCH more luxurious and refined, but it quickly feels "boring." the sport package helps, but theres still something lacking. The turning radius is not as sharp, the car feels heavier and more unwilling to be able to handle sharp maneuvers (even though it WILL handle them almost as well as the e34) It just feels so "unhappy" I love them both, but if I had to pick just ONE, it'd be the e34.
Reliability is going to be very similar between the two assuming that mileage is also very similar. Parts for the e34 are dirt cheap nowadays and can be found anywhere it seems like (online that is) and the e39's suspension is a bit more of a bear to work on, but it's do-able still.
If I remember right, your coming from an e30. The e34 will be loads more luxury and refinement while still feeling "tight" on the road. The e39 will just be a flat out lux car in comparison to an e30, but may feel a bit heavy and "boaty" if you like the handling and feel of the e30.
the main differences between the two is that the e34 lacks refinement and modern looks in the interior,etc. If thats what your after - go e39. If your after a fun, but still very nice riding car - go for the e34. Drive both and you will see. And yes, e39s DO tend to feel tighter all around (usually), but keep in mind almost every e39 you come across will be a lot less mileage than almost every e34 you come across due to age, so thats a terrible comparison!!!
Good luck on whichever you buy, they are both amazing cars. Oh - and the e39 540 is a bit more powerful (4.4L vs 4.0L) and has the option of steptronic. When driving the car, you can't really FEEL the power difference, but if you watch the speedo / tach, you know it's their.
With this board being mostly e39s, (and many with a few exceptions have not even driven an e34) My comments will be an uphill battle - so theres some bias there. I suggest you drive both extensively.
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