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Old 08-12-2006, 01:19 PM   #16
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Does the M5 have a rack and pinion, or does it have that recirculating ball?

I've never driven a 530, but i have driven a 540 and a 528 and it was a night and day difference betweem the two, with hte 540 being the reigning champ!
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Old 08-12-2006, 07:30 PM   #17
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Does the M5 have a rack and pinion, or does it have that recirculating ball?

I've never driven a 530, but i have driven a 540 and a 528 and it was a night and day difference betweem the two, with hte 540 being the reigning champ!
it's got the recirculating ball

http://www.bmwworld.com/models/e39_m5a.htm
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Old 08-12-2006, 07:34 PM   #18
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No way, but i always though that the M5's handling like a dream considering their size!!

Is there a significant difference in the 540 steering and the M5?
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:43 PM   #19
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Guys , i ll open up a secret for you if the 540 and 530 will have same wheels and tires , 530 will have a much better handling since it is lighter... but try some 245s in the front and 255 or 275 at the back and 540 will rip the 530 in handling all the way back to germany..... i had 245s in the front and 255s at the back on my 540 on my original 17 inch rims ,, it handled like a go kart, i couldn believe that this massive 4 door sedan could do in turns... but then came the time when i had to change my tires and didnt have much money so i bought 4 original size ( 235s )... the difference was day and night.... its like i drove a different car after that....
Also M5 suspension is the same in every way as a 540i ... the only diffrence is they have slightly harder shocks and springs which also makes the ride alittle bit lower and of course the huge tires that makes a huge difference in handling, everything else is the same as a 540....
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:49 PM   #20
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No way, but i always though that the M5's handling like a dream considering their size!!

Is there a significant difference in the 540 steering and the M5?

Good question! That's what I would like to know. More specifically the 540i with m/sport package compared to the m5
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:35 PM   #21
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As I have a 540 sport package, I'm very curious about this myself.
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:53 PM   #22
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so i went ahead and picked up a 01 540i-6 spd with m sport package. i'll try to post pics soon in the following week or so.
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congrats on the purchase, you have just increased the E39's family on the board
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:44 PM   #24
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the m5 steering is the same as a 540i
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:45 AM   #25
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congrats on the purchase, you have just increased the E39's family on the board
Thanks. I'm pretty excited about it. I just hope the car is not too hard on my wallet.
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Old 08-20-2006, 07:35 PM   #26
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Driving its way to perfection -e39 review in the National Post
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