Thread: 530i vs 540i
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:07 AM   #13
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The e39 has been my dream car for many years. I think its design is more classic than the new ones. I have a 97 540 sport package that has treated me reasonably well. If you do a lot of city driving, I'd certainly go with the 530, as the 540 is a pig in the city. 80-90% of my driving is on the highway, so my fuel efficiency isn't bad. As well, the V8s are known for seal and gasket leaks. Its a common problem for that engine. I'm not familiar with the engine reliability of the 6. All in all, the 530 will be cheaper to maintain, from tires to oil changes to powertrain repair. The 525 I'd stay clear of. I feel that engine has no business in a heavy car like the 5 series.
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