Okay folks, the suspense is over . . just picked up the new ride, an '01 530i in Anthracite Metallic. 97k miles, but she feels and looks brand spankin' new, only one tiny ding and a small scratch on the nose. The leather and interior is immaculate, every single thing works. Even the notorious shitty cupholders are in perfect condition. Cold weather package, 5spd Steptronic (auto- blah), alarm/keyless entry, rear auto shade, DSP CD stereo, moonroof. It's gonna be a while before I can figure out all this stuff it has. What a difference from the old E36, but I still miss her sorely. Onto some pics . .