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post #38 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 01:11 PM
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The best answer depends on many factors, not just the few attributes you listed, and ultimately you will have to choose for yourself.
  • 2003 vs 2004
  • 540i vs 530i
  • old style vs new style (your preference)
  • 12k miles vs no miles (how comfortable are you with 12k miles?)
  • second hand vs new (how comfortable are you with used cars?)
  • sports package vs premium sound (how important is sports package vs sound?)
  • steptronic vs ?? (do you want the steptronic on the 530?)
  • price of 540i used vs price of 530i new (probably plenty of room on used 540i for negotiating price)
  • other options already on 540i vs other options already on 530i
You see, there's no way I can answer this for you in a way that will fully satisfy your needs, wants, and budget. The E39 is mature and has "all the bugs worked out" -- or at least 99.9% of them. The E60 has relatively little field-history and probably some growing pains.

Test drive them both on city roads and on the freeway, preferably under calm and windy conditions. You have the option to lease a 530i for a couple of years if you're concerned about bugs in the new model. If you really like the power, price, and style of the 2003 540i, then that's your car.
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