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Old 08-22-2004, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you had to choose which would you take a 1999, 325 or a 540
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Old 08-23-2004, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it depends on if u like a little car or a big car. 3 series is small and sporty, but the 5 series is a lot bigger and a little slower
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if the 5's a stick then the 540, but i love the small nimbleness of my 325is 5 speed
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I'd take the 5....I like the bigger engines...more luxury...yeah the 540 would do me good....

but the 325 manual is pretty tempting....if it were a 330Ci...I'd take the 3...but not this time....
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Old 08-23-2004, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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540i with 6 speed. Think of it as almost an M5.
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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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I choose the 540 (6sp) and have not regreted the choice.

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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.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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540i stock beats the 99 or 00 or something S4.

540 i sa beast.

540 hands down.
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5.5 to 60? damn. i retract my previous statement
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540i of course!

540i is def quicker than the 325...regardless with transmission
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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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Good choice! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do...
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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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