03-07-2013, 07:23 PM
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Join Date: May 2011
Mein Auto: F10 550i M Sport 6-speed
Well-said. (I had three E39s, but just couldn't stomach the looks of the E60, so I went to Threes until the F10 charmed me back into the Five, and I never looked back.)
Originally Posted by K-A
The E39 was one of the biggest home runs of any modern mass produced car, as well as perhaps the highest on the "modern classic" Sedan totem pole.
I used to drive my Mom's every now and then when I was younger and dreaming of one day being able to afford my own (hers was a 528i, noticeably underpowered but that distinctive I6 sound and feel was always engrained in my blood and man was it smooth), and I do remember it feeling a bit more connected than my F10....
.... but speaking relative to time (i.e, basically every car nowadays is quieter, bigger and softer than its forefathers), I really feel like the spirit of the E39 in terms of design at least has been recaptured by the F10. My Mom had an E60 after her E39 and it gave me no impressions of the spirit of the E39.
The interior of the F10 is very elegant and premium, just like the E39, the lines are smooth and the car has a balanced essence of finesse that teeters the lines of sportiness and stateliness that I feel the E39 also captured during its time.
I feel that in overall refinement, the F10 captures the E39 during its time and then some, but as far as driving I'm sure those longing for the E39 feel will find it massive, soft and floatier.
As for a universal judgement of car Vs car in the appliance Vs appliance sense, the F10 is a vastly superior automobile, as of course it should be, considering it is essentially an 15+ year evolution of the E39.
To me, my current 550i is what my 540i/6 was 14 years ago -- fast, smooth, elegant, but with a level of capability just below the surface that is astonishing.
'11 F10 550i M Sport (ED Aug 1, 2011; US deliv, Sep 12, 2011)
'08 E90 M3
'07 E92 335i
: ordered Nov '06; delivered Jan '07, totaled Sep '08.
'02 E39 M5
: June 2002 - June 2007
'00 E39 540i/6
, '97 E39 528i
, '92 E34 525i
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