I have been in teh BMW family for a few years now and this car has been a lot of fun to drive even as an automatic.
For a 17 year old car it can still handle well, even after years of New England weather.
My car has started every day in hot, cold, wet, dry and snow filled days with out issue and has never left me stranded, it is a higher maintenance 5 series due to it being the V8. Average extra cost a year would be estimated at around $2000.00, for a typical do it yourself er.
I have had the car 11 months now and have bought new suspensions, mounts, brakes, exhaust, and typical other things.
heated seats, lumbar support, On board computer read outs (mpg, mph, temp, estimated mileage on fuel, etc.
Comfortable seats, great window views on blind spots, stylish BMW classic look with hand built qualities.
Front end suspension needs replacing every 60k or so, switches constantly stop working, temperamental electrical. Gas guzzler 12/20 mpg.
Sluggish take off with automatic.
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