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The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

 
 
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:54 PM
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How responsive would a 2003 530i sports auto be?

I just drove my friend's Holden Cruze (a recent Australian car, auto and probably 1.8L 4-cyl), and the auto experience is... far from sporty. Primarily, it seems to take well over a second of flooring it before it changes into the right gear and goes for it. The sports mode is lame too. This makes me fear that a 2003 530i sports auto would be likewise unresponsive. Of course once you're accelerating well, it'll be a gun, but I'm not keen for significant delay to get to that stage.

So how is it? In plain auto mode, how long is the delay? In sports mode, do you feel that you basically have the same control and responsiveness as a manual?
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