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Posted by Johnny on September 24, 2001 at 12:30:26:

In Reply to: Pondering E34 purchase vs. Passat. Help with ???s posted by skya on September 24, 2001 at 11:26:16:

These are great driver's cars, and I mean great. "Voodoo and Black Magic" comes to mind, quoting a Car and Driver. Somehow through engineering, they give these cars something extrodinary.... they have a "soul"..... BMW's communicate and drive like no other brand. They are the benchmark of all other "driver's cars". Always the target of some marketing or design department.

They are easy to maintain with a few tools. They are easy to repair with more tools, the assistance of this site and a Bentley manual ($65). My biggest costs have not come from maintenance, but from upgrades. You'll get caught in "gotta be something else to upgrade" phenomenom if you're not careful. I would stay with the inline 6(525i/535i) in lieu of the V8 (540i). Longer engine history and no block problem.

Buy the E34,525i or 535i, for a great daily driver with attitude and a nice weekend excursion throgh some twisties. Nothing drives better, remember "soul"? Be prepared to do some minor repairs and go a little bit beyond fluids.

There is never a day I step out of my 12 year old car with 130K on it and think, "man I wish I drove a new car". My next one will be a M5, E34.

Passat's look "Audi" like, are pretty cool designs and I'm sure a great daily commuter car. I carpool with a guy who has a 2000 A6. It's smooth and quite, but I'd rather drive mine any day than ride shotgun in his. Nothing looks or drives like the E34.

For vanity, there's nothing better:

"Wow, you drive a BMW 5 series!"

"Wow, you drive Passat VR6 4 motion!"

Which of those are you most likely to hear?

Economic decision - Passat
Driver's decision - E34 (Passat + 10% more effort)


'78 530i (sold to buy the 3)
'99 323i (sold to buy the E34)
'89 525i
130K driving it to 200K

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