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Re: 528 Sport or 540ia??? (archive)

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Posted by BMleW on January 16, 1999 at 10:32:54:

In Reply to: 528 Sport or 540ia??? posted by Doc on January 09, 1999 at 21:18:57:

: I am looking to purchase another BMW but the problem I am having is "WHICH ONE" to buy. Can anyone provide me with information about the 528 Sport. Why is it considered a Sport? What are the options? Is it really worth it or should I just purchase a base 540ia?
: Very confused, please help.

I've had BMW 4 & 6 cyl. cars since 1976, and really, they don't build bad engines (never had a 528e though!) so I can't imagine how you'd be unhappy either way....but....the 540i is one smooth machine. I figure you don't do many slaloms on the street, and I'd acknowledge that the 528 has sharper steering (feel) but the compelling point of the V8 is how effortless it is. With a slush box, I'd pass on the 528...go for a 5 speed. However, you'll always enjoy the torque and power of the 540 either way, and you won't have to push too hard to get the benefits. If you don't mind the extra $$$, I'd say buy the 540i. You won't look back.

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