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Re: Just back from Euro Delivery of my 540i (archive)

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Posted by Nicole Hamilton on August 18, 2000 at 12:27:06:

In Reply to: Re: Just back from Euro Delivery of my 540i (long) posted by Chris on August 18, 2000 at 12:12:38:

Nice summary. I sure hope the weather was better for you then it was for me!

We were lucky. In each of the cities we visited, it was always pretty clear while we were there. But it did seem like anytime we got in the car to drive from one city to the next, that we ran into some torrential rainstorms.

The good news is that we were collecting so many bugs (when they smack into you at 100+ mph, they really stick! :) that we got to really look forward to each storm to clean the windshield.

At 135mph (top end when keeping to the 4k break-in limit), we felt like we were doing 70-80. In fact, my wife asked why I was going so slow when I was cruising at 100mph.

When we picked up the car, all they said was keep it under 4500 rpm, which worked out to about 140 mph and, yes, I admit we did that the first night. :)

Later, but not until we were well past the 1200 mile break-in period, I discovered the manual also asks that you keep the top speed below 106 mph, regardless of rpm during that breakin period. Fortunately, I don't think we were up above that too often just because a lot of our driving during that period was in Austria and Switzerland where there are speed limits.

The top speed we hit, back in Germany with about 2000 miles on the car, was 152 mph. And actually, the biggest problem I found at that speed is just that a flyspeck on the horizon is smack in front of you in seconds! You overtake things too quickly.

Like you, whenever we hit a construction zone or a traffic jam that forced us down below about 80 or 90, we all joked about how much of a crawl it seemed and how could we ever go back to US speeds.


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