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View Poll Results: E34 M5 or E39 540i/6 speed
E34 M5 15 38.46%
E39 540i/ 6speed 24 61.54%
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:00 AM   #16
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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.
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:21 AM   #17
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well, obviously I don't, so that's why I chose M5.

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
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Old 10-21-2004, 07:05 AM   #18
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well, obviously I don't, so that's why I chose M5.

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.

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Old 10-27-2004, 09:49 AM   #19
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well, obviously I don't, so that's why I chose M5.

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.





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Old 11-03-2004, 07:27 PM   #20
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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!
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:15 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 11-21-2004, 11:30 PM   #22
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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 ;\
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:17 PM   #23
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E36 M3 over E46 330ci.
damn.. i really can't imagine that choice..
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