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Re: my new 2000 528i driving impressions (long) (archive)

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Posted by Norm on July 09, 2000 at 09:48:58:

In Reply to: my new 2000 528i driving impressions (long) posted by james on July 09, 2000 at 09:36:05:

: i just picked up my new 2000 528i last wednesday; manual tranny; jet black with black leather comfort seats; xenons; premium sport package; moonroof; sunshades. great car!!!

: 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
unladen weight:

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!


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