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    Considering moving from 540 sport to 335i...

    my 540 has been a highway chomping monster for a long time... with 256,000 miles on it I'm considering something smaller as I mostly commute/drive solo..(and it seems like every repair lately is $1000+). Curious to see what the pros/cons of a change like this might be. TIA...

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    cons...not as roomy and a slightly stiffer ride...

    pros...335i will handle better, accellerate faster and give a slightly stiffer ride. Do IT!
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    Re: cons...not as roomy and a slightly stiffer ride...

    I'm not too sure about "accelerate faster", as the V8's have plenty of torque and horsepower. The 335i is quicker in a 1/4 mile.

    Ride quality is going to be the biggy; the 5's longer wheelbase gives it an advantage in quality/softness. You might consider the non-sport-package 335i if you think the sport-package is too stiff.

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    Thanks guys... yeah I haven't driven one

    yet but hope to get time in the next few weeks. I did have a 328is coupe back in the day :) and loved the suspension/ride. The 540 just kicks [Oops!] on long runs and goes from 65-100 mph with seemingly little effort. I love it and will miss it. I've owned a lot of cars and nothing has been better on those long trips. I still get 26+ mpg on the highway with it :) I think I'm going to make the move though it's only a matter of time. Appreciate the responses! Thanks!

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    How long is your commute?

    I moved from a 528i (E39) to our E36 for a 75 minute commute and really got tired of the jarring ride, especially from the SP suspension. First, I swapped the SP suspension to M3, but it was still too stiff for that commute. I picked up my 525i last Fall: What a relief, even though it too has an SP. I have only taken dealer shuttle rides in an E90, but it felt pretty stiff. So, you may have to adjust your expectations. . . Nothing is as comfortable for a long commute as a five series.
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    Thx for the replies..commute about 3300 miles/mnth

    ..about 75% of that is open lane tollway/expressway driving :) ...something 540 excels at for sure!

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    Re: cons...not as roomy and a slightly stiffer ride...

    Even the 328i will suit most people's needs for speed. 65 to 100 is no problem even in 6th gear. I get about 32 mpg's on the highway @75-80 mph, currently reading 25.2 combined. The SP is not so jarring either, but ofcourse mine came with 17's, I don't know about the 18's on the 335's. Don't forget though the run-flats on newer BMWs add to the harsher ride.

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    Re: cons...not as roomy and a slightly stiffer ride...

    Sport package is the only way to go. Lower, stagered 18" wheels.

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    Re: Considering moving from 540 sport to 335i...

    I have been debating the switch from an E39 to a 335. Just bought a new 335d. Thrilled with the grunt! Glad i did.Pick it up Saturday. They are hard to find. I was going to buy one from Sacremento dealer but buying a CA car it to much work.Found the right one in SLC.

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