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Paul540/m3
10-18-2004, 05:58 PM
Just out of curiosity what is a faster/ better (handling and all around) car? Which would you personally take?

thanx in advance
-Paul

Gamite
10-18-2004, 07:46 PM
as much as I like 6spd 540's, its still no "M"

My motto has always been:
Always take the prev gen M over the next generation highest "non-M"

eg. E36 M3 over E46 330ci.

Paul540/m3
10-18-2004, 07:55 PM
My motto has always been:
Always take the prev gen M over the next generation highest "non-M"


So where's ur E28 M5 lol
just palyin man

325iSBimmer
10-18-2004, 08:19 PM
^^^^^^^^^^good point

T.Dot_E30
10-18-2004, 08:29 PM
I donno man, I'd take a 2004 330ci ZHP (//m package) over a E36 M3, even if it was pretty mint. The only way I wouldn't would be if it was supercharged or turbo'd, drop with sum nice 19' BBS rims.


Back on topic.
For stock performance i'd take the M5.
For stock looks i'd take the 540i. I like the styling on the e39s

Gamite
10-18-2004, 08:31 PM
So where's ur E28 M5 lol
just palyin man


aw sheit, *angel*

Gamite
10-18-2004, 08:32 PM
I donno man, I'd take a 2004 330ci ZHP (//m package) over a E36 M3, even if it was pretty mint. The only way I wouldn't would be if it was supercharged or turbo'd, drop with sum nice 19' BBS rims.


Back on topic.
For stock performance i'd take the M5.
For stock looks i'd take the 540i. I like the styling on the e39s


Think about it this way, however much you spend on that E46, you could have done to the E36 M3, and made it that much cooler. Plus, an E36 M3 is about 20 grand cheaper, and that 20 grand can go directly to mods!


However, when cars get older, maintenance can go up, like in the case of the M5.

Quack
10-19-2004, 12:53 AM
I really really wanted to buy a E34 M5, but I got sick of the old interior look and went for something more mordern, it was a hard choice for me

Gamite
10-19-2004, 06:12 AM
that's true, the E34 interior sucks compared to the E39, damn heated steering wheels might have turn my choice too.

lvan
10-19-2004, 06:53 PM
Most E34 M5 are 1991 year . 92-93 very rare . My point is that when e39 came out it was 1997 so we are talking about 6 years difference. I mean if you are picking up 1998 E36 M3 and comepare with 2001 330ci ,thats not so bad becuase only 3 year is the difference. In any case I would still go with 330 because E36 are getting to look dated. No offence but it came out 1991 in Europe.
When it comes to E34 M5 and 540. I would go with 540. 5-6 years difference is just to hard to get over and especialy old E34 Interior . It does not look that bad but front dash is really old. If you are into speed you are looking about 0.5 seconds loss .

Understated
10-19-2004, 07:02 PM
So where's ur E28 M5 lol
just palyin man

ahhah....technically he's exempt since he owns a 535 which isn't the top of the line bimmer @ that time....the 540 was *th-up* *wave*

Gamite
10-19-2004, 08:08 PM
ahhah....technically he's exempt since he owns a 535 which isn't the top of the line bimmer @ that time....the 540 was *th-up* *wave*


ahhah...."TECHNICALLY" I'm not exempt since I own a 535 which WAS the top of the line "5 series" at that "TIME" (1992)


540 was introduced in 94. ;) no hard feelings though :)

lvan
10-19-2004, 08:33 PM
92 540i was only in europe. Look it on www.mobile.de
Two years later in Canada.

crazyvadim
10-19-2004, 10:04 PM
I donno man, I'd take a 2004 330ci ZHP (//m package) over a E36 M3, even if it was pretty mint. The only way I wouldn't would be if it was supercharged or turbo'd, drop with sum nice 19' BBS rims.


Back on topic.
For stock performance i'd take the M5.
For stock looks i'd take the 540i. I like the styling on the e39s

Check the price on a 04 330ci and then a E36 M3.

My motto has always been:
Always take the prev gen M over the next generation highest "non-M"

I agree with that but sometimes you just want a newer car with better technology and a warranty.....

ZiMMie
10-19-2004, 11:31 PM
E34 M5 hands down.

Bruno
10-20-2004, 11:00 AM
as much as I like 6spd 540's, its still no "M"

My motto has always been:
Always take the prev gen M over the next generation highest "non-M"

eg. E36 M3 over E46 330ci.

Gamite, if you know how many problems you can get with an M5 and the price of each parts to fix them (M parts are unique to M cars).
Then you would choose the 540i.

Gamite
10-20-2004, 12:21 PM
well, obviously I don't, so that's why I chose M5. :P

Honestly, I guess I don't know enough E34 M5 owners, but I honestly don't hear about problems with them. I know the clutch is expensive though

MarkD
10-21-2004, 08:05 AM
well, obviously I don't, so that's why I chose M5. :P

Honestly, I guess I don't know enough E34 M5 owners, but I honestly don't hear about problems with them. I know the clutch is expensive though

The clutch kit is around $500 - $550. I had mine done for about $800 total.

MarkD

GEEE$
10-27-2004, 10:49 AM
well, obviously I don't, so that's why I chose M5. :P

Honestly, I guess I don't know enough E34 M5 owners, but I honestly don't hear about problems with them. I know the clutch is expensive though


It's no 944T clutch job, that's for sure. :eek:





G$

Bmwstylz
11-03-2004, 08:27 PM
Personally I would take an e39 540 ! I have always wanted an M5, but as others have mentioned they are expensive to fix, not to mention few and far between.

As a poor starving student I could also probably buy a 6-year newer 540 for less than an older M5.

Now when I am ridiculously rich I will have a both an e28 and an e34 M5 (+ e30 / e36 M3s) in the garage and an M2 as a daily driver! :)

Bavarian-E30
11-21-2004, 06:15 PM
the reliability difference between e39 540i and an e34 m5 is very large. I read a past issue of "European Car" and they had an article all about buying a used e34. They said there are a lot of engine troubles and things can get very expensive. Even though the E34 M5 is a very amazing car that has a personality different from current M5s i would choose the E39 540i. When spending in between 20-40k i would want something fast, smooth yet reliable. add the sport package on the E39 and you have a car that can now hang with the E34 and be reliable at the same time.

Ryousuke
11-22-2004, 12:30 AM
You are saing that instead of a 2004 330Ci might aswell get a M3 and then dupm 20k into mods... but don't you think that most people don't have enough cash to pay off for a brand new BMW so instead they choose to lease or finance teh thing ;\

TiemenT
11-22-2004, 08:17 PM
E36 M3 over E46 330ci.

damn.. i really can't imagine that choice.. :huh?: