540 no questions. The 5 series handles GREAT suprisingly for how big it is, and that v8 makes huge amounts of torque, HUGE amounts.
540 hands down.
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540,,auto or manual.its 0-60 in around 5.5 seconds for the manual and 5.7 for the auto.It handles as well as a three also.you can barely even feel the size difference.plus if you want something fast go for the 540.
Thanks for the feed back I think I will go with the 540. For some crazy reason the 540's seem to be less expensive then the 325/328 in the Toronto area. I also love a nice V8 with all that smooth power.
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Originally posted by Rolm@Aug 24 2004, 07:16 PM Thanks for the feed back I think I will go with the 540. For some crazy reason the 540's seem to be less expensive then the 325/328 in the Toronto area.
It may very well be related to the cost of ownership. You are comparing two totally different cars.
The three series is a fun, cheap car to own as Bimmers go. You won't get the luxury ride of the bigger and more expensive 5 and 7 series, but you won't have the maintenance of one either. The e36 cars are relatively reliable given proper maintenance and great for someone who wants a fun car of good build quality.
The 5 series, more specifically the 540 is BMW's best offering as a sports sedan. It's 4.4L V8 puts out loads of torque and enough horsepower to keep the speedo going well into the triple digits. It's posesses a superior ride to the 3 regarding comfort, and using better interior pieces has a vastly superior build quality. The downside, cost of ownership. The big 8 from BMW can be costly to maintain and even more so to be repaired.
Both are great cars, but honestly they are for two different people. The 3 would be great for a younger person wishing to enjoy great performance and German engineering, while the 5 is for more mature audiences with deeper pockets.
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