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E39 (1997 - 2003)
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 10-12-2014, 06:01 PM
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Talking BMW vs Chevy Impala

Today while driving home, I was at a red light, me just chillin minding my biz listen to music, and to the right of me i noticed a chevy impala (tinted)... could of been year 2001-2003 who knows i couldn't tell the diff...

But any who, it was me and this car in front of everyone at the light, so when the light turned green this chevy just took off like it was trying to challenge me, (u can tell when someone is trying challenge you at the light if u like to race cars) but anyway he took off so me being me "a competitive person" i hurry and switched to manual trans while he was in front of me because i had no idea what he was doing of course he had the lead, my front light was no more then 12' - 15' inches behind him, i was already in 3 gear at the time.. so all of the sudden he seeded up more and i slowed down a bit because there was a light coming up...



So at the second light, it was red but quickly turned green and he speeded up even more !!! and i smashed on the peddle and i was like a car length behind him as we got further down the road the road that 1 length car became 2-3 behind lol... i was in like 5th gear didn't red line yet but had to slow down because i got scared of cops sitting somewhere this guy didn't even care and kept going but, let me tell you this Chevy impala was no ordinary impala it defiantly wasn't stock material and it had noise to the engine like it was upgraded or something....

I felt so embarrassed, because im sure my baby could give a regular impala some competition if it was stock... and i got caught off guard so that 1 car length could of been neck and neck and if i haven't slowed down it could of made a bit of difference but.. anyway wanted to share this exciting time i had today with yall... cheers
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:13 PM
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Your 525 has less engine than a V6 impala.. Sorry to let you know. And because of you're lack of engine and the general fat assery of the E39, big heavy fat sedan made for heavy middle management executives and their wives and 2 kids. Not made to race damned Impalas!!! Oh and if you want to gain distance on an Impala.. Take some turns.
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:29 PM
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lol haha !

so why does everyone wants to race me it seems like.... every since i had a bmw, all sport cars i see likes to taunt...
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:34 PM
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If you want you're E39 to be a race car, grab the power train out of a M5 engine tranny ect.. And rip out every piece of comfortable equipment you have.. CD, AC, Leather electric seats, steering colum stuff, heater, blah blah blah. Oh and door cards and all that. Then maybe it can perform.
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Because the general population is misinformed, they think bimmers are fast. While some bimmers are fast not all bimmers are fast. M3, M5, M6 Fast, 745iL.. NOT FAST, 525i NOT FAST, comfortable yeah!! But NOT FAST.
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Define fast. A 525 wouldn't beat a 1984 Toyota pickup with a load of gravel off the line... BUT... If we are talking top speed and comfort a BMW will be on rails while the chevy imp is getting ready for rotation (when a plane takes off)

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Old 10-12-2014, 07:13 PM
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Define fast. A 525 wouldn't beat a 1984 Toyota pickup with a load of gravel off the line... BUT... If we are talking top speed and comfort a BMW will be on rails while the chevy imp is getting ready for rotation (when a plane takes off)

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lmao are u sure about a 1984 Toyota pickup ?


you cant be serious... my 525i may have a sec slow acceleration off the line, but if i were to put it in manual, im sure it wouldn't even break a sweat... like i said already i was already keeping up with the impala once i was in manual transmission... i was only inches behind him...
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:19 PM
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I had a VW beetle before my 525i is 1.8 turbo with a light chassis would have blown my 525 out of the water. All that insulation for noise dampening weighs it down. That's also why we get 20 mpg in town

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My 540 could've taken him. Not saying my car is M5 or even M3 fast. But I've put some pretty quick cars to shame including a few wrx sti's, older C4 vette's, older mustangs/camaro's, fast and furious ricers...and the occasional Audi's

But I've only beaten them because they are usually too immature and try too hard. It's hilarious though when their buddies or girlfriend is riding along and I annihilate them. Just the pathetic look of their face after is priceless And I love it when they try to do the "I wasn't racing, that's how I always drive" excuse. Face it, you lost!!

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I'm debadged so a lot of people don't know I'm in a 528. The only way to tell is my rims. Stock style 29s. But I get some Audi hate every once in a while. Little A4s with their Jetta engines and tiny turbos.. Revving at me at lights.. Sure I wanna take em.. Sure I think I can because I'm very collected at the wheel.. My turns are smooth and calculated and presicse.. But I know my car weighs near 2 tons with an inline 6 that barely has power, and an aero dynamic package from the late 90's...
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My previous ride was a E39 530i 5MT, 0-60 in 6.8 sec, it was no racer but had precise handling and decent I6 N/A sound. My current ride is a F30 328i 8AT, 0-60 in 5.8 sec. In one occasion an E39 540i tried to catch me on corners but the 328i was light enough and spool fast enough to hold its own. On straights the 540i v8 should be advantageous, but the 328i I4 turbo should hold off the E39 I6 N/As with ease.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:45 AM
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I'm pretty sure my current 530i is a shade quicker than my previous 2002 3.8 Impala.

The 3.8 ran out of breath at around 5k. Well more like hit a wall but out of breath sounds better.

The 530i has no such issues.
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Geezer, you're talking 3.8 against 3.0.. Burnz is talking 3.8 vs 2.5.
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Choose your ride and races carefully. There is always a faster gun, but in the quest for speed, luxury is most oft laid aside.

Not bad to have 2 or 3 rides. One great on gas, one fun to drive, one very comfortable, one fast as he$$...

You never know what's under someone's hood until you get to look, and seldom know how fast someone is until you get to race.

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0-60 in a 525 is mid 8s, 0-60 in a 535 is mid 5s, yet, if his 525 pulled up next to me on the street, and he started revving his engine, and giving sideways glances, I bet he would beat me down the road.
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0-60 in a 525 is mid 8s, 0-60 in a 535 is mid 5s, yet, if his 525 pulled up next to me on the street, and he started revving his engine, and giving sideways glances, I bet he would beat me down the road.
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i hurry and switched to manual trans:

tell me about this?

when did bmw start putting steptronic transmissions in?
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:00 PM
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I try not to validate the old joke of "What's the difference between a rose and a BMW" by driving with complete indifference to cut-offs and challenges.
Just give me a 250 kilometer drive on the Autobahn and I'll take my 528i over any Impala any day.



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Old 10-13-2014, 06:23 PM
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Impala is a faster car hands down, More HP per pound, Simple.
Now a few weeks ago I was minding my own business rolling down the highway and I was watching a brand new Mustang Cobra slowly catching up to me as I was rolling at 90 Mph.
He finally came up to me and he had a very fast car, Low with wide tires and sport suspension and at times we were rolling pretty good, On a straight he would walk me like I was an old Yugo.
But rolling thru the mountains on turns where the road was not race track smooth he would have to back waayyyy off as his ride would skitter on expansion strips at the higher speeds,
He was in a 50K car and I was in my 1999 528 wagon 5 speed walking away from HIM at 100+ speeds when the road was not straight,
This must have been upsetting to him ! ! ! !
The 525/528 is a nice highway cruiser which gets pretty good MPG and with a tight suspension IE no loose bushings or ball joints, You can embarrass many higher end cars,
But off the line you can beat a public transportation bus or even an ambulance ! !! !
Stop trying to win,
You already did, You drive a classier car ! ! !
Now my little 2500 Lb 318ti with a Super charger and 5 speed trans is all about spinning the rear wheels to 50 Mph when I keep my foot flat and stupid ,
It is however way faster than the million pound wagon with LESS Hp.
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