In Reply to: Good article M5 vs E55 posted by Larry on May 02, 2000 at 02:34:25:
+ lots of power and traction needless to say
+ much more rear leg room than the M5 (M5 has only the knee room of the new 3 series) E55 is day and night over M5 when moving people
+ most practical, can be a civilized limo or a sports sedan
+ EPS (traction control) works very well
+ very solid, no squeaks or rattles
+ stealthy, more so than M5 (some believe cops think most bimmers like to race not MB)
+ very good seats, the 2000 models have superior side supports better than the 1999 models.
+ lots of headroom
+ 17 inch spare tire which M5 doesn't have.
+ one touch with the truck popping open is cool when your hands are occupied.
- car follows the imperfection of the road too easily (Michelin Pilot Sports)
- steering is light although precise, needs to get used to
- typical E class single blade average windshield wiper
- typical E class rear headrests, when folded down may make some minor noises banging against the rear deck when car goes over major speed bumps
- first gear is very powerful, unless car is in winter mode, powerful delivery is very strong and abrupt. one needs to get used to very gradually stepping on the gas in standard mode.
- new left/right gear change is not convenient without a positive feedback on gear selected. one has to take ones eye off to look at the dash to see the selected gear. better with old gated shift in my opinion.
- steering wheel has spokes that are a touch too thick, not offering very good grip and the steering wheel is a bit too high.
- factory telephone way too expensive.
- no dash CD, navigation not standard unlike M5.
- remote unlock doesn't remember driver's seat and mirrors position unlike M5
Of course, personally, I would buy another again over the M5 anytime!