In Reply to: Can't agree. posted by JEM on August 18, 2000 at 12:45:21:
If you are not a very spirited driver then you are right you don't need a chip or suspension.
The car is a real animal when you wake it up from its hibernation.
First off, there just isn't much room for pulling much HP out of the 540i V8 with software. A few, but that's about it.
In the case of the automatic cars, the Dinan transmission software does not do enough to be worth the money. I'm hoping Jim C can do better (much quicker part-throttle kickdown, mainly.)
And finally, in terms of suspension, the factory sport package does a very good job. I'm beginning to think it could use a little more damping, or maybe our shocks/struts are going off a little at 33K miles, but in general it's an excellent package for a daily-driver.
I can also understand why someone would choose not to get the sport package, though in my case I'd never buy a BMW without the sport seats.
The main weakness of the non-sport US-market 5s is the tires, which are all-season Energy MXV4 or EcoContact eco-squealers unsuited for anything but low-speed freeway cruising.
'98 540iA sport-pkg