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Re: e28 or e39 - your opinion please. (archive)

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Posted by Dan Latta on February 03, 2001 at 01:15:51:

In Reply to: Re: e28 or e39 - your opinion please. posted by Todd Kenyon on February 02, 2001 at 17:09:28:

I concur-however you may want to consider the e28 535i or 535is as apposed to the M5 because of the parts. Even if you are doing all the work yourself the availability and cost of parts is steep. I chose the 535is and all is great! The M5 is a suhweet ride though. I just don't want to pay for the upkeep.

Dan Latta
'87 535is
'89 325is
'00 ML320

Purely personal decision. The one thing you will never get back when you give up the E28 is the raw, tossable, connected to the car/road feeling. The new cars are so amazingly solid, tight, and quiet, that in my opinion you feel very isolated. The clutch is very soft, and steering is a bit too numb for my taste. I was fortunate enough to borrow my dad's E39 540i 6spd for 6 months, and it is an amazing car. But a completely different beast than the E28. I would pick my E28 M5 any day over the 540 (which is what I did, bought the M5 and gave him back the 540). A third consideration would be to get a very nice low miles E28 M5 for 20k or so.

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