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Old 04-11-2004, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello all...

i found this forum today becasue i am on a uest for a new car. well a new-used car. until recently i drove a 1996 volvo 850R. i loved that car, it was great to me and a great pleasure to drive until i totaled it a month ago. i would buy another one because they are priced so low (around $9-$11k) but i want something a little bigger with more power. i was looking into 1997-2001 540i 6 speeds. but then i got to thinking about gas milage and the insurance costs. but i still cant decide what i want - a 528i or 540i.

whatever i buy it is going to be a manual transmission with sport package.

my questions are:
does the 528 have more than adequate power? i mean does it move the car without really having to work?

does the sport suspension/wheel-tire combo on the sport package offer a great improvement in the handling department than the standard suspension?

and finally does the 2.8 get THAT much better milage than the 4.4?

i could do all the research i wanted on the internet, but i want some real opinions from real people that drive these vehicles every day. thanks a lot!
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Old 04-12-2004, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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does the 528 have more than adequate power? i mean does it move the car without really having to work?
It has adequate power. I have driven a 528i quite a bit (my father has one), and I took it on several trips before I bought my 540i, so I can give you some good comparisons -- although both of our cars are automatics, I have driven the manual versions as well. As I said, the 528i is adequate, and it felt fine to me until I drove the 540i. The 540i is effortless. You ask, it goes. After I drove a 540i the 528i felt like it was working pretty hard. BUT, if you get the manual 528i it feels decidedly more peppy.

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Yes. Quite a bit tighter...and harsher. Neither my dad nor I opted for sport packages because although it seemed fun for short stints, with the amount of travelling we both do I think feeling every little bump would get tiring after awhile. But, if it is sport you're after, the sport packages definitely deliver that over the standard.

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Ah, YES. Overall, with both city and highway, my dad's 528i averages 21-22 mpg. I get 16-17 in the 540i. And with gas prices as they are, when I filled up the other day it cost me $36.

Here's my advice to you: drive a 528i manual. You'll really like it. Then drive a 540i manual. It will be, as one reviewer put it, "a life-changing experience". It was a tough decision for me, but I wound up with an automatic because 1) it was tough to find a 6-speed at a price I wanted to pay, and 2) when I really thought about it, I don't want a stick in my daily driver. Also, this is one of the best automatics I've ever come across.

Here's what I think it boils down to, and this is what I feel when I get in each car:

528i : "This is a really nice car, smooth, good passing power."

540i : "WOW" - and there's nothing more that needs to be said
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Old 04-12-2004, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah.....

the volvo i had was the R model so it had the factory sports suspension and 17" wheels, pretty hrsh ride on rough roads. it had very little low end torque becasue of 5 small pistons, but over 3500 RPM the car was a beast! i love turbos what can i say but i need somehting with a lot more low end power for city driving. i suppose i will go with a 540 6 speed. i am willing to spend about $30k and 6 speed 540s arent a rarity around here or anything so i wont have any trouble with that. thanks a LOT for the help!
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I am gonna raise the bullshit meter. By no means Volvo R is a slow car around town. It quite fast for its huge size. Remember it is a really fast wagon. Plus any bimmer you buy is going to be smaller than Wagon R unless you get the BMW wagon.

PS: I love beemers to death, so don't get me wrong. It is just that, I also have experienced Volvo TR and it is not a slow car as you suggested.
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no it is a very fast car. but the low end power was lacking. it has gobs of power at higher RPMs, but the turbo lag was what hindered low end power. but the car was a blast to drive, i wish it wasnt totaled. had it for 7 years, was planning on having it at least 7 more.
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why not settle inbetween for a 530i hehe
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no, i dont want a 530 becasue for the price of a 2001 530 i can get a 2000 540 6 speed with some change left over, plus how much more powerful would it even be thn a 528? i have pretty much decided on a 540.
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its about 30 more hp/t0 than a 528i.
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You might try driving a 6speed 530 before you decide.
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yeah....lol i didn't know 530i's were 6 speeds

anywho the 530i is one of the mos balanced cars you could find.
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the 2004 530i can be purchased with a 6 speed manual.
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hey...i own a 98' 528i in 5-speed...i'm all about hooking up cars and shit like that...my last car i did was a honda prelude 92 si...there a so many parts for it for speed and power...

if your definitely looking for something with power i suggest you stick with the 540i 6-speed...for the 528i there are not a lot of parts out there for the car unless your willling to drop a lot of money for like dinan parts...

about the gas mileage i get about 23 m/g but i'm always traveling on highway...i usually less if your driving local all the time....
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ok guys thanks for all the help and tonight a bought my vehicle!

i went to encinitas ford and they had a car that i fell in love with right when i drove it. youll be relieved to hear it aint a ford! haha...

i got a 1999 740i with sport package and 63k miles for 25k out the door. anthricite with tan interior. excellent shape, navi, premium sound, etc. very nice vehicle, i like it a lot more than the E430 i drove t the same place which i was convinced i was going to buy a week ago. i looked at a 540i today too, but it didnt have a sport package. unfortunately the 740i isnt a manual (as i am sure you all knew anyway) but the price was right and it is a nice vehicle. i am pleased, and thanks for your help!
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Wow, nice...that's a pretty good deal, I think. Please post some pics! Congratulations!
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