Next, was a 1998 540i-6spd. What a rocket this thing is. I've driven E34 540-6s before and speed was comparable. Clutch and shifting a little balkier than the 528. The six speed is much easier to miss a shift, gears are closer together, overkill with this much torque. Drive around town all day in fourth gear. Again sport package so handling was almost identical to the sport wagon. Steering not as precise as the 528 though. Car had 62000 miles on it, interior leather and upholstery were showing some wear already and the car shimmied at 60 mph. Could it need new thrust arms already??? Fast and fun, but showing its age already.....
My E34 is still the benchmark I use when driving any car. In some areas, I believe that the E39 is definitely a far better car, but in others I don't see any improvement at all. Now if I could get a 540i 6-speed Sport Wagon w/ the rack and pinion steering of the 528i, now we're talking.......
'94 530iA w/ 95k, Nikasil, Bilstein HDs, Style 32 17"
Coming soon: M-technic Sport Springs, RD adjustable sways, Conforti chip