In Reply to: my new 2000 528i driving impressions (long) posted by james on July 09, 2000 at 09:36:05:
: i recently sold my 1997 540iA, which i only owned for about 4 months. I have been driving Bimmers for 25 years. i also ride motorcycles and have presently a Honda VFR800 motorcycle. I have owned various motorcycles, including BMWs, and the VFR800 is the best overall bike I have ever owned. i am very attentive to the handling, weight and "feel" of cars and morotcycles.
: HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ABOUT MY NEW 528: the 528i is a much better car, in my opinion, than the 540, for two fundamental reasons. the extra 400+ pounds for the 540 fall virtually all on the front end of the car. thus, the 540 feels much too heavy to me, and almost feels like a front wheel drive car. i feel like i am being pulled by the front wheels of the 540, rather than pushed by the rear wheels of the 528.
: second, the rack & pinion steering in the 528 has a much better feel. i can feel the contact of the front tires on the road with the 528; i always felt detached from the road with the 540.
: sure, the 540 is faster. but, the 528 has a sportier and fuller character; a fine degree of refined rawness.
: this is just my view.
re: "400+ pounds" - While I don't doubt you feel some difference and apparently prefer the 528, here are the actual numbers from BMWNA
540iA(3803) - 528i5spd(3495) = 308 lb.
Perhaps a more fair comparison would be:
540i6(3748) - 528i5spd(3495) = 253 lb.
Still the 528 has the weight advantage but not as many pounds as your post suggests. I am glad you like your wheels anyway!