In Reply to: Women will never understand..... posted by buboy on August 18, 2000 at 12:58:28:
It's not surprising that the Germans would question why Americans need 280 or more HP. The US approach to roads, traffic, and car ownership are beyond the Germans' comprehension.
We have laws that aren't obeyed, and aren't really meant to be obeyed.
We have hugely expensive enforcement methods that fail in their intended role (revenue-generation) if too many people obey the law.
We do little to ensure that drivers know how to drive their cars but everything to ensure that they can walk away from the resulting f*ckups.
We have a very large vehicle-purchasing population who buy 300HP cars and drive them 70mph when a 150HP 523i will cruise all day long at 120mph.
The stock 540i is a fast car, but it is nowhere in the league of a true supercar. Have you ever driven a BMW modified by AC Schnitzer, Dinan, or Racing Dynamics? Obviously you haven't, or else you wouldn't make such dumb and sweeping statements.
I found nothing in Nicole's remarks to be dumb or sweeping.
Speed costs money, how fast do you want to go? It's a matter of deciding how much you want, and how much you're prepared to pay for. And eventually you realize there are always faster cars than you own, and faster drivers than you are.
Like any other hobby, there are those who are real enthusiasts and those that are perfectly happy with recreational activity. The true enthusiast will make his car different, unique, and faster than the showroom stock model. Especially, in light of all those fucking soccer moms driving BMWs now.
The problem is this: there is no free lunch. There are very few changes that can be made that don't have a cost - financial or otherwise. 20-inch (or even 18-inch) wheels involve a ride-comfort tradeoff. Suspension mods likewise.
If one has a car that one drives for short drives on good roads on sunny Saturdays, one can sacrifice ride, wet-weather driveability, etc. For most folks, though, a 540i is daily wheels.
I'm sure you will enjoy your 540, but the next time you get your ass dusted by an M5 or a Ferrari 355, or even a Dinan 540, on the freeway or through a canyon, you may change your mind... but, we're guys and we love to compare our dicks, right?
Okay, so you drop another $25K at Dinan trying to make your 4000lb E39 go faster, and you get blown off by some Fox Mustang worth $15K total. Or some old Porsche 944 Turbo with an intercooler 8 inches thick.
There's always someone faster, and the E39's weight alone means it'll never be the fastest thing out there.
'89 Mustang LX (351W, Griggs, cage, etc.)