Initially, I wanted to purchase a 7
series, but discovered that I could get
the same V-8 in a 540. Plus! Why pay a
few extra thousand dollars to have leg
room for people to sit in the back who
are not paying your car note!
The 1997-2001 5 series look basically
the same, so I used the “worst house in
the best neighborhood” theory and
purchased a 1997 in mid-Jan 2004 with
only 52K miles on it.
At the 61K mark, the cooling system
died and I got that and all belts
replaced at an independent BMW shop.
I saved some pennies and went from
riding a bike to getting this BMW!
2. Gas milage
3. Limited exterior design changes
Cup holders...of course!
Master A/C control on steering wheel.
More easily removable flashlight in
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