Originally Posted by epb
I always find it amusing that the last "real" car of any brand is the one the poster had.
The 5-series since the E39 are no less real, though it does enjoy the strongest consensus I've seen for "last great 5-series," in the way that the 993 is still the last great 911.
As far as lamenting the move to FWD - that hasn't even occurred yet! I agree that I'm not a fan of electric-assist power steering, though it's gotten better than its first release in the E85 Z4.
I stand by my comments that the E39 is the last real 5 series. Actually When I was looking to trade in the E39 540i, I desperately wanted to be impressed by the E60 545i. But during the test drive, it was wholely underwhelming. So I went back and bought the E39 M5. I kept that until 2 years year ago, I still miss that car dearly. There is not a single current model BMW that I would buy. To another poster I agree, the Jaguar XF is what I would get now. Beautiful in and out, I would imagine that it makes every drive feel like an occasion.
Funny you mention 993. That is my weekend toy. And yes trying to find a clean 993 does cost a lot more than any 996 and many 997. There is a reason for this. supply vs demand
my views are commonly shared. This is a good thead, BMW... "the ultimate sellout machine"http://www.autoextremist.com/current...extremist.html
Make no mistake, FWD is coming in 3 years. I imagine the test mules are already running around somewherehttp://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...-cars-by-2015/
Electric power steering....'nuff said