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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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"odd"? nope. certainly not.

the M5 is a great daily driver (IMO) and if you're not stuck in LA traffic all the time the stick shouldn't faze you. even if you get stuck in traffic every now and then it's not a big deal.

the M5 and 996 are very different beasts that happen to have some similar performance characterists. the 996 is a sports car. the M5 is a luxury performance sedan.

technically, you need one of each :) but in the absence of aribtrary money and the need to hire a divorce attorney, it's not a trivial decision, IMO.

good luck,
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