Originally Posted by allenus
Yeah, i noticed theres a couple of nice cars around where im staying. quite a few of the e60 m5's but haven't seen any e34s. Are the 3.6's more reliable or anything? I'll also have to ask round and see if anyone knows of a good mechanic.
I'm used to spending money on running a car so i dont think it'l be too much of a shock to the system, the xk8 is a shocker.
I once drove an XKR on a track. It was a performance match for the E34 M5 and very refined but an inferior driver's car, no offence intended.
If you buy an E34 M5 you will be buying a car with the potential
for controls of unbeaten linearity and fidelity. I'm not saying the steering has more feel than an Elan for example, but it has a consistency and weighting that gives you so much confidence in its ability to point or reign in this one and three quarter ton car. It is far superior to the synthetic feel of the (quicker steering) E39 Sport I owned. I could write a page about the throttle alone - compared to any modern car and even any performance car I've driven it gives you incredible opportunity to meter out the power according to grip available - you really
don't need traction control. It is a driving experience that will surpass that of any of the newer BM's I've driven even if they may be quicker.
I say potential
because it seems that most of the cars on sale need a considerable amount of work to reach optimum. I have spent almost my purchase price again in 5 months, with more to come. However, it is worth it - the improvements are obvious. I would say it's a shame you're not in England where we can sample the talents of Mr Darren Farrell - he works wonders with the cars. It may even be worth a trip over.
My experience is two 3.8's owned. I've driven a 3.6 and I thought the engine was really sweet, smoother and revvier. The 3.8 feels more torquey though and still has top end zest well beyond normal performance cars. Either car is amazing in the 4-7k rpm band, they just don't tail off. The ultimate spec is often thought to be the 6 spd 3.8 with big brakes but my current 5 spd feels much lighter (apparently gearbox is 30 kg lighter and there's less unsprung weight). IMHO 6th gear was only of use in the UK until I got my driving ban.
This is a car that provided much of the engine experience for the McLaren F1, including the rose jointed throttle linkage, con rods, crankshaft, and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. Every revolution of the engine is special. An XK is a very nice car but ordinary in the detail comparison.
If you're thinking of one you must
get one! I think it is a deeply fabulous car to own.
IMHO this Board will add considerably to your ownership experience. It will also present opportunities in the event of problems.
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