In Reply to: Re: 530i vs 540i posted by Norm on July 09, 2000 at 15:15:02:
Our salesman didn't have prices for the 2001 5s yet. But he didn't think there would be much if any change.
He did have the option list.
As far as I can tell, the only differences for 01
is that you can now get the cold weather package with the sport package (but not the heated wheel) and you can finally get an in-dash CD player.
Apparently the universal garage door opener is now standard. And 5s now comes with "white indicator lenses" ala the 2001 7 series.
Oh and there's a new color "Slate Green".
We went with Cosmos Black/Stone Green, heated seats, parallel spoke wheels, and in-dash CD.
That's to replace my Cosmos Black/Gray M3.
I guess I'm going up 2 cylinders and one speed.
My wife has a 97 540ia. I test drove a used 540ia with sport. To me, there was a world of difference with the sport suspension. I don't think I'd be happy with the standard 540 vs the M3 but I'll happily give up a little handling for more luxury in the 6-speed.