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Your Ride: 1995 325i
I think that the 5-series of those particular years were (are) very highly regarded, Consumer Reports may even have said it was the best car they had ever tested. Of course it'd be worthwhile to see how they've held up repair- and maintenance-wise since then, and again Consumer Reports would be one place to look.
On a personal note I'd opt for the 6-cylinder engine with manual transmission.
Your Ride: 1991 318is (e30 m42), 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
Well the e30 is the best BMW ever . The e39 is a great car my dad had a 528i and it was a very nice car, the 540i with a 6 speed is a great car and definitely one of the finest sedans and would be on my look out list if I wanted a sedan.
Although I own a 530, this isn't a biased opinion- a lot of people prefer it over the 540 because the inline 6 is almost perfectly balanced, and doesn't have the inherent vibration issues that the V design has. The M54 is also considered by many to be the best BMW engine ever made, and was on Ward's 10 Best Engines list from '01-'03. But then who can argue with the M62's 282hp
I tried to do as much research as I could before I bought into an E39, and they all pretty much share the same problems. The difference I think was the changes they made in '01; previous to that the 525's and 528's had the same problems plaguing their 3 series counterparts. The 540 however is just a beast- the thing is a bit louder than the other 5'ers. I noticed that when I was test driving them.
And I hate the back end of the E34's- looks like someone chopped it off. Other than that, I think they're great. But the best looking BMW in my opinion will always be the E24
when we got the E46 we almost purchased a e39 530, E46 was purchased because my mom was having a mini mid life crisis and wanted something more sporty, but I think the E39 looks more elegant and refined.
First time i saw an 39 m5 i fell in love, I will never stop wanting one, along with an E30 M3, Best cars Bmw made style wise IMO.
We all get the urge...Saturday early morning...nothing to do till noon... BMW FTW
The aural sensations of 1st gear WOT
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