Posted by Skip Chase on January 11, 1999 at 13:47:32:
In Reply to: 540iA - Ultimate DR but poor build quality !! ???? posted by RJK on January 09, 1999 at 00:10:50:
To be quite candid, I agree with your 5 series complaints. I live in Washington, DC and I have owned just about every luxury car make. Mercedes is superior in build quality, but it is not as much as a driver's car. I loved my E36 328is and still love my E39 528i, but I also recently got a Lexus GS. The Lexus is faster, but not nearly as much of a driver's car. The build quality is far superior and even though the car is a new design, it doesn't give me the aggravation of all the minor bugs and build quality problems that both BMWs did. The car is better built, less expensive and has a much better stereo than the 5-series. 17" wheels are a must here. The car also does not eat through brake pads and rotors like the BMWs and Benzes. Washington DC is also cursed with 2 of the worst BMW dealers - VOB in Rockville and BMW of Fairfax. Beware when going to either!
If only BMW could build them as good as Lexus (or if only Lexus could build them as driver oriented as BMW). That would be automotive perfection.
Skip - '98 GS400 and '97 540 6 speed.