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11-11-2003, 10:02 AM
I've owned all three and IMO the E55 is easily the winner in this competition. I would rate the M5 second and the RS6 third. It takes some serious chutzpah for Audi to price the RS6 at a base of $82,700. At least Porsche gives you some panache as they're ripping you off.

11-11-2003, 05:16 PM

11-12-2003, 04:13 AM
saloon vs saloon. yawn.

11-12-2003, 09:26 AM

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11-16-2003, 10:54 AM
This spring I think I'll be changing my '02 M5 for an '04 E55. I would appreciate the insite of someone who has owned all three super sedans. Thanks.

11-17-2003, 07:07 PM
Had 00 M5 bought used. Used a lot of oil and had creaks and rattles. Traded for 01 M5. Did not burn oil, much tighter build quality. IMO main strength was throttle response and main weakness was body roll. Really liked M5 except traffic conditions made the use of a clutch untenable. The RS6 is the most "fun" of all three because of the suspension and connectivity to the road. In return you get the "noisiest" of the three. Wind noise off the A pillars is an A6/RS6 given,the exhaust note which is excellent (best of the three), there's a whine between 2-4k rpm that becomes annoying in city driving and a che che che noise that comes from the hvac system that shouldn't be there. The interior and sound system are definitely below par at this price level. The seats are a joke and the leather squeaks. The RS6 had no multi-function steering wheel and was feature poor e.g. no auto headlights. Once rolling I'd rate the RS6 as slightly slower than the M5 and the handling slightly better. Once again the RS6 is way overpriced in this category. Once you get used to the Mercedes type ride the E55 is head and shoulders above the others. With the E55 you give up some of that perception of sportiness for the luxury, tightness and comfort that comes with excellent build quality. The acceleration is awesome and the handling is 98% of the RS6. It is feature rich and everything works like it should. The seats are very contoured and heavier people should definitely test drive before purchasing. I'm first on the list for the E60 M5, but I'll have to test the smg 3 out first. It's got to be smooth in auto mode or I'll just stay with MB and wait for the next E60 or E65 MB.

11-17-2003, 09:28 PM

11-18-2003, 04:26 AM
I traded in my 01 M5 for an 03 E55 and feel the E55 is a superior car. We must all keep in mind that the next M5 is the true competitor of the latest E55. I'd order an E60 M5, but I'd kill myself having to look at it in the morning every day.

11-18-2003, 09:53 AM

2003 BMW 540i 6-speed, Sterling Gray/Black
Dallas, Texas, by way of Laguna Beach (hometown)
M5 Bumpers w/Style-37 18" M-Parallel Wheels
Digital Sound, Sunshades, 30% Window Tint
Eisenmann Exhaust ('High-Performance' version)
CDVectomy, UUC Short Shifter, Hardwired V1 Radar

Retired: 2001 530i, 1997 SL500 Sport, 2000 328Ci 5-speed,
1993 400E, 1987 325 5-speed (first car, started the Roundel fever)

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11-29-2003, 09:26 PM
...... its an automatic. Doesn't seem like I would have fun driving it ... then again who knows. I'm more of a manual person.

and the RS6 is the best, IMO
11-30-2003, 09:03 AM
not as fast as the E55, but much more involving and less weird electronic feeling handling and braking then the E55. Also the RS6 is an all year vehicle whereas the E55 sucks on snow (even with snow tires). Paddle shifters on RS6 work all the time (not only in sport mode). Better handling, braking, cornering than E55 and just as good build quality. IMO the order is RS6 #1, M5 #2, E55 #3.

12-01-2003, 03:36 PM
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12-12-2003, 10:17 PM

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12-30-2003, 06:36 AM
My preference is still the M5 although down on power it still feels more balanced to me and certainly more involving to drive. Just my opinion of course...

RS6 & M5 have such cheap interior.
02-05-2004, 03:12 AM
The Audi doesn't even come with a map based navigation, and the car rattles and squeaks due to the old chassis and rough ride. M5 is slow. For a sedan I rather have a civilized ride with all the power. If I want involvement I go for an Elise for the track.

The E55 is by far the best deal.

10-04-2004, 07:35 PM
Never drove any of them but I do know this BMW IS THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE.

M5, hah ha ha the size of a ford V8 and it produces more power. Take that you euro haterz.

M5, Hah ha ha half the size of a viper engine yet produces about same ponies of RT 10. take that you euro haterz.

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