E39 touring or Magnum???
The stork is dropping off a bundle of joy in December/January and I need a family friendly vehicle. My wife has a 2011 Sonata and I have a 2003 Ranger Supercab. I sold my Mazdaspeed Miata a couple months ago to make room and free up a little cash.
I think I want a wagon-like vehicle, instead of a sedan, SUV, or *gasp* minivan. I prefer older, simpler vehicles. I'm not a fan of the E61. I 've pretty much narrowed it down to either an E39 or a Dodge Magnum.
MPG is a concern, but not a primary criteria. I would lean towards a Magnum Hemi or a 525it. The MSD on the Hemi makes that a reasonable option. I know a 540 would be a more equitable comparison, but 16 mpg is a little hard to swallow. At least a 525 gives me a nicely balanced. Space is pretty comparable between the 2, although the backseat is roomier in the Magnum.
What about longevity? Driving pleasure? Maintenance costs?
I've driven E39 sedans and tourings, but never a Magnum. If all goes well, that will be corrected tomorrow.