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    BMW 745Li vs. S500 Acceleration


    Well I'd posted almost six months ago, that I had raced a friend's 2002 S500 from standstill to around 115 mph, and that the S500 had beat me by a car length.

    Well we tried again a few days ago, and to my astonishment, the 745 was a good car and a half length away from the S500.

    It was probably down to a couple of factors:

    1. My car is now well broken in, with 6250 miles down, unlike last time when it had only done 1437 miles.

    2. I used 98 Octane gas just like the S500 did, instead of Octane 95 that I used earlier.

    3. I increased tire pressure to 38 psi front, 40 psi on the rear tires.

    What a difference these factors made. The 745 is truly faster than the S500, and I'm defintely glad for that. Wonder how much of a difference the new 7 speed transmission in the 2004 S500 will make.


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    Re: BMW 745Li vs. S500 Acceleration

    Most of the MB drivers I encounter are so old that they are lucky to keep it between the ditches, much less smoke me in a rolling start highway drag race. I have been impressed with 745i performance since getting mine just a week ago, but can say that performace relative to MB and Lexus 0-60 time was not my reason for selecting this car.

    Good to know I can run down the few S500s I encounter that are actually exceeding the speed limit!

    When I take out my 996TT, all I get is kids in Hondas with coffee can mufflers looking to go at it. Time behind the wheel of this new 7 is much more relaxed. Awesome car. So far I love it.'04 745i blk/blk
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    Nice of you to drop by...

    That original post of yours was regularly coming back to haunt us :)


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    Re: Nice of you to drop by...


    Funny thing was, I decided to post my second round of experiences, after seeing my original post on mbworld.org, and having all manner of MB fanatics disecting it to no end. I hope this will shut them up.

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    Does it really matter in the overall picture?

    The 7 and S are luxury sedans. I think both BMW and MB market these cars to the target audience with other things than 0-60 times or 1/4 speeds. Sure speed and power are important, but things like leather, safety, comfort, NAV, passenger room/comfort, etc. probably weigh more into the buying decision for the average buyer than braking distance from 100mph.

    Just 0.02.

    Good to hear your "second round" results nonetheless ...

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    Where do you get 98 Octane fuel?

    I have not seen more than 91 Octane here in California. I have contemplated to use additives to boost the octane but not sure if that is a wise decision.

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    Obviously it doesn\'t....



    I think if I was only worried about out and out performance rather than luxury I'd be buying myself a 911 Turbo or M3. But what's remarkable about this car is that with all this comfort and luxury, you get some pretty incredible performance as well. And as you said most buyers will probably never come to appreciating or utilizing all the power and performance that is on tap. Anyway it's always nice to pull one over a competing MB!

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    98 fuel in germany is the 93 octane in USA.


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    Where can I find 93 in California?

    PS: are you the same gent that took a trip to Hong Kong a couple of years ago? I just came back and couldn't believe the number of 7's (and other superb automobiles) running around all over the streets.

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    Going one step further re: Lexus drivers...

    I have never seen a single Lexsucks driver that knows how to drive worth a sh_t! I have come to believe long ago Lexsucks owners have a different demographics; for them, this is a status 'imported car', a step up status from their former Olds or Caddie ownership of 30 years. Sadly trying to look informed for the bingo night outings and for picking up their wives from Linen-n-Things, or popping open the trunk in-front of any mall - usually 5' from the curb in order both lanes are forced to stop.

    On the other hand, have seen a couple of Infinity Q's with aggressive drivers trying to keep up and get a better look at the angels eyes of the 7, especially on the I-5 between LA >> SD.

    Just personal observations...save your flames.

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    don\'t believe there is any in CA. only 91.

    CA has the strictest emission standards -- believe it is related-----

    it still works (most of the time), but i'll know for sure in another 5k miles.
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    Yes, it does...

    If luxury were my only qualifications for this car, there is no doubt I would be driving a LS430 or Caddy DTS. Both have the same luxury, or more, for less money. My attraction to the 745 was that it's a roomy, comfortable and luxurious car that still accelerates and handles well. In an ideal world, my daily driver would be a sports car. Unfortunately, I need more room. The 745 is the best of both worlds. IMO only BMW balances performance and luxury so well.

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    94 octane readily available here in scenic NJ


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    I dont't know in Cali but 93 is everywhere in


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    bump :p



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    BMW: Here's your new demographic

    Congratulations! Panke and Bangle must be very proud...


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