By Maximus on
2001 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I was shopping for a 4 door sedan for a while. I choose this car over the Saab 9-3 Vector and Audi A6. The first time you drive, you will feel the difference between the cars. The solid interior and precise handling, the deep tone of the 3.0L engine is just music to your ear. This car is way better built than saab or audi. I compared the 530 to the 540 . It is really a catch of badges since the 540 is 340 lb heavier than the 530 you really only gain a minimal performance but instead of getting 21mpg in city you will most likely get around 16-17.For exacly that reason I choose the 530.
Steptronic is the best clutchless manual I've ever driven. Xenon lights are handy too.
Stereo system, sounds like my granpa's SOKOL radio from the 1980's.