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The 6spd has an M-technic suspension.... (archive)

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Posted by David Chen on August 31, 2001 at 09:26:37:

In Reply to: 540i manual or automatic?? Why??? posted by Thomas on August 30, 2001 at 21:08:35:

that is somewhat firmer and slightly lower than the automatic's but without any noticeable increase in ride harshness. Plus, the 6spd comes with front sport seats so if your waist size is larger than 40, don't bother. Every time my 42" pant-size rugby playing buddy gets in, I dread to think the side bolsters will split apart.

Costwise, the 6spds eat clutches and if you're not careful, flywheels too. If you're looking for an automatic, make sure the "lifetime" tranny fluid was changed by 60K miles otherwise the lifetime of the tranny is around 100K.

C&D tested the automatic at 0-60 in 6.8 while the manual did it in 5.7 (0.1 shy of the '91 M5) Chipping will produce proportional increases in power, i.e. 20 for the manual and 15 for the auto.

Happy Hunting,


I now have a 94 530i 5spd and was thinking about shopping for a 95 540i. I am wondering which would be better in handling, which one I would get better performance from after it is chipped, and which would be faster if either at all.

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