I think you need to try one then, the way people talk about the e39 M5, i think an e90 would be a good natural progression, although from what you say, the lack of torque below 2k rpm would be different to the e39, you do need to make sure of the box a decent amount in the e90. On the flipside, having just been down to Cornwall for the weekend, whilst it is epic letting it fully rev out to 8k+ rpm, it travels ground really rather well from 3-5k rpm and with the 2 pipe mod does sound wonderful. The noise under load in that rev range is sublime, lovely induction noise along with the warble/wail of the V8, my god does it love to rev though, the throttle response is magic even in normal mode, in Sport Plus its electric.
Its got plenty of space for 4 people and their luggage and cruises quietly at 80mph with a decent sound system & full iPod integration (the "base" sound system is also more than good, far better than in the M135i where it was terrible!), with the EDC set to "comfort" the ride quality is very good, with some slight firmness added in "normal", "Sport" will be set for when im by myself and the roads are billiard table smooth i think, the M Button is currently set for Sport+ throttle, Sport steering, Normal EDC and TC On, if i want MDM ill turn that on manually i think.
All in all, ive owned it for a week and done 1k miles over a variety of roads & speeds, both myself & with 4 up. Barring the slight thirst, 15 around town, 24 on the trip to Cornwall (compared to 27 in the e46 M3 and 31 in the M135i) and small fuel tank (just enough range to get from Weybridge to Penzance), i can safely declare (thankfully as its cost more than anything else ive owned), that its the best car ive had, quite easily.
It surpasses the wonderful e46. Whilst do miss the rasp of that car, the V8 sounds fantastic in a different way, more broad chested/deep and it just sings to the top end. Easier than the 6 in the earlier cars imho, it never sounds strained, similar to the vtec lumps in a Honda, it feels like if there was no limiter it would happily go far higher with no sign of strain or unhappiness. The overall usability and feel of the car is just that bit better than the older ones, but again, imho, better than the new ones, purely as the quality of the interior materials is just higher, perhaps the e92/e90 era was a great one as it matched the higher build quality of the e46's with the modern tech of the F30's, but without the penny pinching of the modern era, im not sure, but i do love the car. The perfect family car perhaps, but bugger me, it wont be cheap to own i dont think.
I tend to agree, my boss has an e63 AMG and the noise whilst amazing, is a little "forced" sounding i think!Well Dave besides all the arguing about fun, its lovely! I love driving my Dads E92, the noise is special when it get going. You can keep your Mercs with their loud exhausts, its all about being subtle until the time is right not farting and spluttering at 30mph.
Thanks Chris, im loving it so far, have actually ony ever seen 1 other saloon, so i do think they are alot rarer than the coupeI'm so full of want for one of these it's ridiculous.
I know they're by no means a rare car, but they are very special, and they will be remembered as a great.
You & me both, luckily my parents live about 15 mins drive away, so i tend to walk along the beach there every time i go home!Love St Michaels Mount! :smile:
Other way around but it's the cheapest way to hide the age of a car and not look out of place as plates which actually spell something are exceptionally rare and expensive.Agreed, but it's still standard though despite being a different layout- 4 numbers, space, 3 letters right?
Ha ha, good to see you floating around Matt, hope you're well!! Impressed you still have an e36 as well lol ...A PGAC / Performance Car Club nostalgia trip led me here. Didn't think I'd get 2 for 1 with Dave and Phil in one thread! M3 looks sweet. I've considered one for a daily driver but I really want an estate, don't really need a daily driver and have an E36 touring that won't die! A S4 Avant will probably appear eventually (or maybe a C or E63 estate).
As an aside, my wheels are beginning to upset me, the lacquer has peeled & buggered the polished finish, so i am pondering buying some Avant Gardes, for £660 delivered, they probably arent that much more than getting the wheels properly refurbed. These are my 220M's vs genuine OEM M359's, the Avant Gardes have a slightly wider offset (equivalent to a 12mm spacer on the front):