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Old 11-14-2012, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by andrew320i View Post
Wait, do the sport seats on the E39 have the seat cushion extender? I think I'd appreciate it as I have long legs as well. I'm not sure what the seats are in my E36, but they're great - fits my torso very well. Perfect for keeping me in the seat around fast corners!

All 5 series here in Australia are sports automatic or just automatic, so no luck on the manual 528i unfortunately. The 528i is 142 kW compared to 170 kW for the 530i, so it's a fairly noticeable difference. Also getting the 530i means I'm getting a car from the 2000s, which is a nice plus.
Yes, the sport seats have the thigh extender, just like those in the e36. I believe that they are narrower than the e36 sport seat, so the typical 'American Butt Width' is too wide for the e39 sport seat and frequently mentioned as uncomfortable.

Were there no manual transmission e39 in Australia? A brief look on revealed no e39s, only e34 and e28.
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