144,000k and still runs strong and tight. This is a car that makes driving fun again. It's 14yrs old and rides better than some domestic brands that are only a few yrs old! The 5spd manual is smooth and crisp, the suspension lets you know what's going on and BMW must under-rate their horsepower ratings because I have blown away many V6's with my M42 engine. I run exclusively 5w30 Royal Purple and SHELL V-Power Gasoline. I also updated the factory plastic headlamps with a set of EURO 4300k HID Depo Glass Headlamps with angel eyes. Now I can finally see at night!
Orange back lit dash, seats that fit like a glove, the vault like feeling when driving, the low rumble exhaust note when it's idling, the on center feel of the steering, the positive feel of the door handles and switches inside the cabin, and just the way it drives, solid and tight.
To add a higher 5th gear so its not a 1/1 ratio. When cruising @ 70mph in 5th your rpms hover around 3200rpms. I'd like to see it hover in the 2500rpm or less range.
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