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Old 02-12-2004, 12:11 AM   #1
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'00 540i 6-speed or '01 330ci

Hi everyone,

my bro is looking into buying a car this spring and he's got his eyes set on either a '00 540i (33-35K$) , a 2001 330ci (around same price or a 2002 IS300 (29K$). They all have around 40-60,000km. He will be going for manual transmission on all cars.

Just wondering if you guys have any opinions between the cars....I've heard that E39 5-series are not that reliable? Is that true?
I think that's his main issue with the 5-series.

Any suggestions, comments or experiences would definitely be appreciated!
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Old 02-12-2004, 12:14 AM   #2
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Re: '00 540i 6-speed or '01 330ci

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Hi everyone,

my bro is looking into buying a car this spring and he's got his eyes set on either a '00 540i (33-35K$) , a 2001 330ci (around same price or a 2002 IS300 (29K$). They all have around 40-60,000km. He will be going for manual transmission on all cars.

Just wondering if you guys have any opinions between the cars....I've heard that E39 5-series are not that reliable? Is that true?
I think that's his main issue with the 5-series.

Any suggestions, comments or experiences would definitely be appreciated!
Out of these two..... I'd go with the 5er for sure!!!
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Old 02-12-2004, 12:15 AM   #3
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I would go for the 5, the only real problem with the 6speed is the clutch, you might have to replace it every year or so, it was pretty obvious what I was gonna to choose wasn't it
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Old 02-12-2004, 12:20 AM   #4
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If your gonna use the room, and can afford the gas go with the 540i.

If he is gonna mod the car and If he doesn't need the room and wants a two door. Go with the 330
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Old 02-12-2004, 12:47 AM   #5
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540 for sure especialy with the 6 speed
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:16 AM   #6
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i'd go with 540
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:22 AM   #7
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Well does he need so much space that 540i offers?
if he is considering Ci I dont think he does.

So if he need room, 540i for sure.

If he just needs a car to drive arount 330ci
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:42 AM   #8
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Old 02-12-2004, 03:42 AM   #9
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540 without using brain! Sickfinga, do you want to say that 330ci is somthing more special then a 540i?
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Old 02-12-2004, 03:43 AM   #10
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540i,330ci or IS300?? where did the IS300 come from.I would take a 325i over a IS300.I suggest a 540i,its awesome and its the closest you can come to an M5.If he doesnt want such a big car and doesnt wanna be at the gas station every 10 mins then go for a 4door 330i.
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Old 02-12-2004, 09:37 AM   #11
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540, definately 540!!!!
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Old 02-13-2004, 03:42 AM   #12
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had the same decision to make, and since I don't need so much room I went with 330.. wanted clk430 originally but that car felt weird
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Old 02-13-2004, 01:16 PM   #13
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had the same decision to make, and since I don't need so much room I went with 330.. wanted clk430 originally but that car felt weird
I test drove a clk430 with the sport package or is it AMG package?? it felt pretty smooth but didnt feel quick compared to a 5spd 330i.
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Old 02-13-2004, 04:22 PM   #14
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Old 02-13-2004, 04:41 PM   #15
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I would get a 540 over the 330
but I would get an M3 over the 540
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