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Postby agp » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:30 am

What's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW? Porcupine has pricks on the outside.

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Postby djrez4 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:01 am

FastSRT8 wrote:LOL!

No what I meant was for the amount of money you pay for the Porsche loaded... you should be able to get something a bit more special.

I can see that. But AWD is a must-have. I can't think of anything else that would be more special that also has AWD, unless you bump up to a Gallardo. That's a big price bump. I guess the R8 fits in there too.
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Postby Spunky » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:40 pm

I know this is late to the party (congrats to the OP on the new 5 series!) but anyone else attracted to this topic, I can't vouch enough for finding a good example of an older 5 series. I found a single owner 2002 540i 6-speed with only ~45k miles and have brought it to near-new condition. The E39 530i Sport, 540i/6, and M5 are all fantastically well-balanced vehicles.

Don't even think about it in terms of financial trade-offs. Interesting thing with BMW is that they aren't just improving on a formula but make very different products at different times. Obviously it's personal taste as there is no competition in objective performance figures, but the E39 exceeds the driving experience of newer cars for many people. I've driven loaner 2012 3- and 5-series when my car was in the shop, and actually looked forward to getting behind the wheel of my car again.

They did finally nail the new styling on the last gen 5s though.
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Postby Z06Biker » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:02 pm

While arguing which among Benz, BMW (and Audi) is better is akin to asking which tastes best - Kobe beef, Colorado rack of lamb or Maple Farms duck confit, having owned and driven (on the street and on the track) my fair share of the German holy trinity, I can safely say this article sums up which marquee makes the best performance luxury cars on the market (in the price range being discussed here), currently:
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