Originally Posted by VCOUI
While my absense has likely given it away, I figured I'd put some closure on the subject. The result was bitter-sweet however, I decided to sell my 400E and pick another BMW.
I'm now driving a 1997 BMW 528i. I must say I do miss the power and lovely sound of the Mercedes V8, however the over all feel of the BMW is just more to my liking.
Thank you to those who replied. I have moved on and will now be hiding out on the BMW boards. Best of luck to all! *GO KIMI*
nice E39! i have a 540i/6 and a 93 W201 Sportline. your first impressions are very... well... different.
the E30 and the E36's are small cars. You might have had a better "feel" of a MB if you went with a 190E with suspension set for the twisties.
The best way of comparing my 540 with the 190 is:
the 540 demands you attention around a turn because the torque and power in the M62 is so overwhelming, you WILL need to pay all your attention to control it. can be fun. the 190 will ask for your attention because it'll ripe around a turn just as well but it doesn't have the power to get out of hand so it feels like it would ask you to push it more then to hold it.
i honestly enjoy driving the 190 so much but it just lacks the power the 540 offers. it's a nimble car and makes turns with little to no effort. in the 540, you feel the size. you know you're in a bigger car.
one's a scaple, the other is a chainsaw. both gets the job done. one is just an overkill.