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  • FWIW, I have tested 2004s of both and (everything else being equal) would take the S4 over the M3 in a heartbeat. 0-60 the M3 wins, but most people are not driving these cars on tracks. The S4 has significantly more low end torque, something I am …
  • I just bought a 2000 BMW 540i wagon with about 26,000 miles for $30,500, though I had to put $750 into it right away for service and an inspection sticker. Seem like, for a change, I was in the right place at the right time. They generally seem to…
  • Sorry, I phrased my question poorly. How many miles can I expect the engine to last assuming no racing?
  • I am considering a Cadillac CTS V, which of course has the Z06 engine. My inclination is to wait for the 2005s given the adage never to buy a car in its first year. That aside, forgive my ignorance, but how good is the Z06 engine? If I don't race…
  • Within the last week I purchased a 2000 BMW 540i wagon with about 26,000 miles. For a change I seemed to have gotten a good buy $30,500, though I immediately had to put $750 in it for service and to get a Maryland sticker. So far I really like the…
  • Thanks blueguydotcom. That was in fact my experience, though I also got a little nervous at taking it to the redline because of all the lights that came on in the tack. That suggests the engine has good horsepower but limited torque. I am a littl…
  • I recently drove and M3 and an M5. The M3 had the SMG transmission, the M5 of course was a 6 speed. The M3 did not have nearly the kick of the M5. I realize the M5 has more torque, but I would have thought that would have been offset by the fact …
  • Thanks gordonwd for the feedback. I should drive the 330i as well. I drove the 3 series once, but found the seats uncomfortable. The M3s have different seats. I wonder if they are more comfortable. Any sense if M3s are a pain to own?
  • This repeats a prior message that may have been not that clear. I have a 540i now and am very happy with it. I probably should leave well enough alone, but I am some what tempted by the M series. I spend a lot of time in traffic and so a manual i…
  • This repeats a prior message that may have been not that clear. I have a 540i now and am very happy with it. I probably should leave well enough alone, but I am some what tempted by the M series. I spend a lot of time in traffic and so a manual i…
  • I have a 540i now and love it. Still, I wouldn't mind a bit more performance. The M5 is out of my league, so I am thinking about the M3. I spend a lot of time in traffic and so might perfer the "auto-manual" transmission. Does anyone know anythi…
  • Thanks for all of the feedback. I should have realized what A, and LSD for that matter, stood for. I like my "540iA SP" A LOT better than the 540iT. It handles wonderfully. There is something about BMW sedan handling I have been unable to match …
  • Riez, Yes, I got the sport package. Actually, I thought the "A" in 540iA stood for that, is that right? What does LSD stand for (I assume you are not talking about the hallucenogen)? So I do have the 3.15 differential. I was thinking in terms o…
  • Riez, Yes, I got the sport package. Actually, I thought the "A" in 540iA stood for that, is that right? What does LSD stand for (I assume you are not talking about the hallucenogen)? So I do have the 3.15 differential. I was thinking in terms o…
  • So far, barely 24 hours, I really like it, much better handling and a little more power than the 540iT I traded (also better looking). I paid about $1,000 under KBB retail, $37,500 with 36,000 miles. It has about one year to go on the original war…
  • Thanks to all for terrific advice. I think I will go with stock rims if I can find them used. Can I impose with two more questions? Will wider tires in the back give meaningful better handling? Any tire brands you would recommend? Again, many t…
  • Thanks for the feedbadck kyfdx. I don't drive the car in the snow, so that is not an issue. Getting the wheels used would be a smart way to go. It seems like a bit of a hassle to have different size wheels in front and in back. I assume that mea…
  • I have a 540i and am planning on upgrading from my 16" wheels. Would people recommend 17"? Are 18" overkill? What tires and wheels would people suggest? I need fairly sturdy wheels as I drive some in the city with potholes, etc. Many thanks.
  • I have a 2000 540iT (regular tires and wheels). Anyone care to venture a guess of how much it would cost to upgrade to the sports package?
  • FWIW, I test drove the Audi S4. I thought is was a good car and handled well. I liked it better than the Mercedes 32 AMG or the M3 (latter had too little torque for my tastes), but I would still take my 540i over any of them in terms of handling (…
  • Out of curiosity, everything else being equal, would all-wheel drive handle better than rear wheel? If so, why haven't more companies gone to it? Expense.
  • I have a 540it now and decided that is too pedestrian, so I plan to upgrade. As I mentioned in prior posts, I have thought about the M5 or even Audi S4, but I might just go with a newer 540i with a sport's package. I am not entirely clear on what …
  • kdshapiro wrote: "But isn't that what compromises are all about? The M3 is a hard-edged near-luxury racer that has been called the best GT ever." Well it depends what you want. If you do your driving on a race track, the M3 might be the way to go.…
  • I have been in the market for an M5 for a bit. Doing a little research, waiting to sell my 540i. I friend of mind suggested I drive the Audi S4. Comparing it to the M5 is a bit apples and pears, but I would take the S4 in a heart beat over the M3. T…
  • I have a 540i. Does anyone know if it is possible to upgrade to the sport package, what would be involved and a ballpark cost?
  • Thanks ewog. That was very helpful and just what I was looking for.
  • As I noted above, I recently test drove the M3 and the M5. The M3's times are, if anything, better than the M5's, but the M5 definitely seemed to have more "kick." I was told that was because the M5 had more torque. I have never been really clear…
  • Shipo, I agree with you. I plan to go with the M5. I don't like the M3 that well size-wise, the M5 is more practical and has more kick (perhaps because of the extra torque?).
  • I made a big mistake and drove the M5. I loved it! It made the 540i I drive--a great car by any measure--seem a little grandmotherly. Lots of kick and great handling--and that was in early rush hour traffic. God know what it would be like with f…
  • Continuing with my prior thread, the more I think about it, the more I think I would not be happy with a car the size of the M3. As designman pointed out, it is not a sports car and also not a sedan. I need a car that works for trips, so an M5 mak…
  • I used to own a 911, though it was a while ago. Assuming the basics have not changed, you might be happier with the BMW, I am. 911's are even more expensive to maintain than a BMW, always take a specialist, and even for them are a pain to work on.…
  • Thanks to designman and jb_shin for their feedback. In fact, designman, I have opted for the two car model. I have a Volvo 850 with 118,000 miles that is still going strong that I use and the 540i wagon. The wagon handles fine and has lots of pep…
  • Thanks to riez and sdg380 for the feedback. When I asked if the M class cars were a "pain" to own, what I meant was are they reliable cars without needing a crazy amount of maintenance. SDG380 makes the good point that I can't expect it to be like…
  • I have a 540i now and am very happy with it. I probably should leave well enough alone, but I am some what tempted by the M series. I spend a lot of time in traffic and so a manual is too much of a pain. In the 3 series the M class has an optiona…
  • FWIW, I bought 1 2000 BMW 540i wagon a few months ago. It has low mileage, around 28,000, and a few months of the primary warranty left. I got it for $30,500 from a private party, and immediately had to put $750 into it for service, so it really c…
  • After Riez's wise counsel that I check it out thoroughly, I did some more research on extended warranties. I thought I would share the results with the group. It turns out that what they really are, are insurance policies. An insurance company ba…
  • Speaking of the posts on the sport package, everyone seems to agree it really helps handling. So far I have resisted adapting my 540iA because I fear the cost of bending rims on crummy Baltimore streets. If anyone has been driving the sports packa…
  • I am curious how many people have had something exotic go wrong in the first 100,000 miles they have owned their 5-series and conversely how many have not had exotic problems. By exotic I mean things like the ac failing, transmission problems, sign…
  • Thanks for the feedback riez. Being a lawyer, I did read the fine print, though I have not checked out how good the company is. I assumed since a BMW dealer dealt with them, they were reputable. That is likely true, but still, it would be good t…
  • Thanks for the feedback riez. The warranty is sold by the BMW dealership closest to me and they told me it is honored by BMW dealerships nationwide. They pay up front.