I'm still smilin' from your recent post. I took delivery of my new '01 on the 23rd. My initial observations mirrored yours. First, there was no "hair-trigger" accelerator like there was when I test drove a '99. Second, I was bracing for the so-called harshness on all but the smoothest pavement. It was almost too comfy... Didn't have your luck, however, with an M5... though I'm still on the prowl.