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Re: Can't agree. (archive)

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Posted by 540eeter on August 18, 2000 at 14:50:21:

In Reply to: Can't agree. posted by JEM on August 18, 2000 at 12:45:21:

Those with the automatice will never ealize the true potential of their automatic is for might as well buy a lincoln...for some people, stock is fine, for other people, stock sucks...I happen to agree with the enthusiasts of the group. Take what you have, improve upon it and make it yours. Anyone can buy a 540, but no one else will have the same set up: chip, intake, rims, suspension, exhaust etc...I would hate to be sitting in my 50k car and have someone else pull up in hte exact same thing...variety is the spice of life. If you want to be normal, go ahead, but I prefer to fly with eagles, not pigeons...

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
'00 M5

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