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    E39 528i Owner with M5 Question

    Yesterday, my parked 528i 5 speed was hit at about 40 mph, and I'm assuming it is going to be totaled. To cope with the loss, I test drove an E39 M5 yesterday, and I found the acceleration to be less smooth than I'm used to. It seemed that at some points, a slight push on the throttle would really shoot the car down the road, and sometimes it wouldn't. Is this common, or a sign of a problem with the car I drove. Thanks for your help-


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    Re: E39 528i Owner with M5 Question

    I test drove one too and remember something fairly similar. I think this has something do with the drive by wire technology for the throttle which I assume it uses. Also, there are those sport buttons that affect the throttle response.

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    Re: E39 528i Owner with M5 Question

    Mine only hesitates like that when it is cold. Also, I distinctly remember a learing curve when I first got the car. My acceleration was often jerky and my shifts we a bit clunky. It was just a function of learning to smoothly control that much torque. I also found the traction control to get in the way a lot. A new set of tires and many miles of experience have fixed that problem too. Now she drives as smooth as an automatic. FYI - my 2 previous cars were a 5 speed E36 M3 and a 6 speed E46 330i.

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