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Old 05-05-2002, 12:22 PM   #1
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Torn between 540/6 and 330i/5 ..What to do?

I am interested in tracking the car, and obviously a 330i is more nimble then the E39, but what about on a speedway? Would the 540i still be too big and heavy? Its just that......V8=big grin factor in my head. A lot of M5 parts could be thrown on the E39 too such as bumpers, mirrors, wheels, etc.........But I love the E46......Ofcourse you could say E46 w/ a supercharger, but I want to stick w/ a n/a car. Tell me what you guys think. Maybe Samir could build me a race motor out of the 4.4L. :-)
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Old 05-05-2002, 12:39 PM   #2
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I know I always say this...

.. but drive both through a variety of conditions and you'll know what you prefer.

As for me the 5er is just too big - too much weight, too much back behind me for real fun in the twisties. Just not tossable enough

If I could have two cars I'm sure I'd enjoy the 540 for the rest of the time though - there is something to be said for the V8 :smile:

(mmmm M3 with V8 huh?
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Old 05-05-2002, 12:39 PM   #3
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I would get the 540/6 in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-05-2002, 12:49 PM   #4
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The 540i is great, especially with the M-Sport package that we can get here, in Canada. (The M-Sport pack includes the M5 look alike body kit, and upgraded sport suspension.) However, there will be a new 5 series coming out late this year or early next year. Your call. Personally, I would wait for the new Audi S4 that will be out in Sept.

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Old 05-05-2002, 02:00 PM   #5
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Get the 5

Those 5 series look wicked in black with the angel eyes.
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Old 05-05-2002, 02:08 PM   #6
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If your gonna track the car a bunch stick with the e46, 5's are too heavy but fast though.
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Old 05-05-2002, 02:12 PM   #7
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I will go for the E39
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Old 05-05-2002, 03:25 PM   #8
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i was in the same boat. i wanted a four door but something that drove like a sports car. the 540 is a kickass ride but it felt kinda big for me. the 330i was perfect. nice combo of lux and sport. plus with the money i saved i could mod the shlt outta the 330. another reason i went for the 330i instead is cause i love the way it looks and the 5er replacement is around the corner.
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Old 05-05-2002, 03:37 PM   #9
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Re: Torn between 540/6 and 330i/5 ..What to do?

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I am interested in tracking the car, and obviously a 330i is more nimble then the E39, but what about on a speedway?
I would go with the 330i. The 540 isn't much larger inside and the trunk volume is identical. The 330 would be a better track car.

If you are talking about a speedway such as the TWS 2 mile oval, the V-8 540 would be faster because there aren't as many turns.
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Old 05-05-2002, 06:30 PM   #10
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Do you mind the recirculating ball steering in the 540i?
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Old 05-05-2002, 06:54 PM   #11
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Are you talking about getting the 540i new? If that's the case, then I would advise you to get an E46 M3.

If your budget is more for a new 330/used 540, and you're looking for a trackable car, I feel your best bet is an E36 M3. All that money you save for mods will get you a killer track car that looks real good on the street too :smile:
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