In Reply to: Re: surprised they had one to drive. Will you have posted by The Doc on January 30, 2000 at 13:35:28:
: The car I drove had done 8K miles and was being sold on behalf of a customer. The waiting list for M%s at the dealership extends to 5, but, if I want to wait for a 'build', I just pay list price.
: : : I have been very happy with my silver E39 540iA......its loaded with all the goodies - 18" Alpinas, Carin522 sat/nav, white lenses, Swichtronic and so on. I think that, with one proviso, the 540 is a great car.
: : : My reservation is that it is a dull drive. Sure, you feel classy and ever so rich when you cruise around the streets, and I never found it wanting for performance in absolute terms. Its just that what it does, it does ever so politely...if you get my drift.
: : : Now, I was driving past my local BMW dealer and spotted a new M5 in what I think is called Silverstone blue....a light metalic colour. What a sexy little beast. So I turned in to the forecourt, spoke to a salesman, and, 10 minutes later was given the keys to test the beast.
: : : Initial impressions compared with the 540? Well, much more direct and better weighted steering, a symphony of an exhaust noise and performance in an entirely different world from my 540. Outstanding.
: : : Am I going for it..........you bet.