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#1 (permalink) Old 07-29-2004, 07:36 AM
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Here is the simple question -

Why should I buy the 1997 540i over the 1998 GS400 all things being equal in condition of car and price?
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Both are great........ but one is a Toyota. You are asking the question on a BMW forum, what do you think the answer is giong to be? :P

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If you like to be pampered, and don't really want to worry about the car, get the Lexus. If you love cars, and love to drive, get the 540.
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"Get the Lexus" ^

Behave yourself.





<span style='color:blue'>&quot;So my BM makes me a flash bastard? Then I guess you're just keeping it real from the seat of your nova?&quot;</span>

<span style='color:gray'>&quot;...and the home of the brave..... is bravey 130bhp from a 7 litre engine? 100bhp/litre or don't bother building it!&quot;</span>

<span style='color:red'>&quot;Aaahh the UK; where every road is jammed, under construction, poorly maintained and unfairly policed, at least we don't get over-taxed for it........ HA HA HA!&quot;</span>
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Don't know if this sort of thing matters to you much (or at all)

Lexus Gs300 (Auto only) 0-60mph = 7.9secs
Bmw 540i (Auto) 0-60mph = 6.3secs
Bmw 540i (Manual) 0-60mph = 6.0secs

I know which I'd prefere, but like I said you probably don't care.

Figures courtesy of Parkers Guide (UK)
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The figures above are for a GS300 he is interested in a GS400. The Lexus has a softer more luxurious ride, the 540 is more about driving and having fun. The BMW will out handle the Lexus all day. The 540 gets my vote.

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Come on, how can you compare a Toyota with a BMW... If you have to ask, get the upgraded Toyota!

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The lexus is a lot softer ride, and will have softer seats, etc.

The BMW is a lot firmer ride with firmer seats. Iknow im only mentioning two things, but IMO the BMW is a lot lot better for LONG drives, it keeps you well supported and not feeling sick.

This is important to me because i get motion sick easily. The lexus for short trips though is really really comfortable and enjoyable.

To me, the lexus is your everyday drive because you have to , so why not be in a smooth car and enjoy it... while the BMW is the drive because I love to drive and I want to tear up the streets because I know my car can. lol

Both are great cars though - but the Lexus is gonna have the edge in reliability / maintenance costs.

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There is no comparison. 540 will eat the Lexus on performance.
I guess it depends what you want in a car.
For most of us the answer to question is obvious.

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540 "eat" the GS400?

I really doubt that. they both have medium sized v8s. The 540 will just have the edge in suspension - which most people wont even push to the limits in a daily driver.

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okay, first off, its a fucking 540i. THose things are fucking beasts. you put the pedal down, thing just fucking goes. put the pedal down in a lexus and it thinks about it, then makes you comfortable, and by that time the 540 is already 2 miles ahead of you. get the 540 if you planning on living and the lexus if you want to sleep in your car.

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Sorry GS400 0-60 6.1secs

Get my facts straight next time!!!
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Damn, you're right on the money Spiff...

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okay, first off, its a fucking 540i. THose things are fucking beasts. you put the pedal down, thing just fucking goes. put the pedal down in a lexus and it thinks about it, then makes you comfortable, and by that time the 540 is already 2 miles ahead of you. get the 540 if you planning on living and the lexus if you want to sleep in your car.
I take it you've never driven a GS400 before... People that are going to help should at least know what they're talking about.

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