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samhill
07-27-2004, 04:13 PM
Hello all:

When considering a used 5-series, of how much value is the sport package? Do the benefits outweigh the additional trouble of having different width tires (no rotation ability, etc)? I'm interested in hearing Sport owners' feelings on their cars.

Thanks,
Samhill

Quack
07-27-2004, 08:24 PM
I have a 98 540 with sport package, the width of the tires are the same all around, only the M5 has a staggered setup, the sport package is really just apperance & the suspension setup

///Greco540
07-28-2004, 10:28 AM
Actually in 98 the optional style 32 rims were a staggered setup. 8" in front 9" in back running 235 in front and 255 in back. Also in 98 the sport seats were optional as well. Not too many of those available.

The sport package has an M tuned suspension which is about an inch lower than regular e39's.

O.S.
07-28-2004, 12:49 PM
my 2000 540 has sport package.
Staggered tires. 235x45 front, 255x40 rear. looks cool, drives well.
love it.
Sport package was a must when I was looking for the car.

in my understanding - staggered setup was standard on 540 on 2000 models and up. I might be wrong.

Mystikal
07-28-2004, 01:42 PM
Staggered setup (8" front, 9" rear) arrived for the 1999 model year. It also had a slightly different suspension setup to help balance it though. The rear springs on 99+ models are slightly stiffer to help reduce understeer, but it still isn't as balanced as an earlier model.

And no, there is no good reason to have a staggered setup. It just adds understeer, something the E39 didn't need more of in the first place.

Get a 97-98 with SP. The springs and sways are much better than the base car, and the shadowline sure looks good.

Quack
07-28-2004, 01:49 PM
Originally posted by ///Greco540

The sport package has an M tuned suspension which is about an inch lower than regular e39's.

really?, I got that suspension setup and I still think it sits way too high, I'm planning on replacing the suspension anyways

///Greco540
07-28-2004, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by Quack
really?, I got that suspension setup and I still think it sits way too high, I'm planning on replacing the suspension anyways
I also don't like the fender gap as well. Drop it with some H&R's!

Also replace your sway bars with an M5's and you'll feel the difference.

Quack
07-28-2004, 02:07 PM
yeah I was planning on getting a set of H&R springs with a set of Koni Yellows shocks

Mystikal
07-28-2004, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by ///Greco540
Also replace your sway bars with an M5's and you'll feel the difference.

Only change to the M5 rear sway. :)

Quack
07-28-2004, 09:07 PM
why's that Jay? are the front the same size diameter?

Mystikal
07-28-2004, 09:14 PM
No, you'd end up with the same depressing understeer if you change both. Do just the rear and it'll help swing that ass like an E30. :D

Quack
07-28-2004, 09:18 PM
I don't have a problem swinging my ass out in the 540, ask Mike(koncise) when we were heading out to pick up the battery leaving Fil's BBQ I got that fat ass rear end swinging out like mad

Mystikal
07-28-2004, 09:32 PM
Yes, but that's power induced oversteer. I'm talking about neutralizing the balance without having to give it gas.

Quack
07-28-2004, 09:33 PM
but that's what I do, I love to giver in my car :D