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M5 or 996

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I'm presently the happy owner of a 99 540 with sport package. To date this has been the best car I've owned. I chose the 5spd steptronic automatic due to the amount of driving I conducted. Unfortunately, a great deal of that time was spent in traffic (I live in L.A.). Anyway, my commute to work has been drastically reduced recently and I'm in the market for a new car (i.e. one with a manual tranny). The 6spd Porsche 996 with the factory Aerokit (basically looks like a GT3) is my current choice. The problem is that I've truly enjoyed my BMW. Furthermore, the enthusiasm expressed by the posts on this forum have made me take a second look at the M5. Now I don't want to start any war of words, but for arguments sake lets assume that both cars boast similar performance figures. So here's my question: Does it seem a bit odd driving a 4000lb 4 dour sedan with a manual tranny? Every car that I've owned, with the exception of the 540, has been a two-seater sports car with a manual. It just seems that manual transmissions belong in smaller compact sports cars. Please help do away with my concerns as the M5 seems oh so sweet.

Safe driving to all.

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I had a 1999 996 and the experience is much overated. It is small, noisy, hard to get in and out and worst of all it wont beat a M5 0-60. Take a regular 996 off of your list. Now if you got great big cajones then step up to a Twin Turbo and the game just changed. This beast has so much power that you wont care if it is small, noisy, hard to get in and out and best of all it will suck the paint off of a M5 or most anything else with more than two wheels.

So if you don't buy the turbo then the M5 is by far the smartest choice.........

Thats just my opinion.
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