Originally Posted by ILC32
I cannot understand the M5 being included in the top 3 over the E92. By what criteria is the M5 better? (Perhaps an Evo editor owns an E39?)
I can totally understand. The E46 and E39 were two of the most precise handling chassis ever produced by any company. Even in 530i M-sport trim, that car's handling rivaled the E46 M3 and seemed just as balanced, if not more balanced doing it. I only got to drive the E39 M5 a few times, but I tell everyone that I honestly believe it is the best bmw in the last 20 years. (Being that there's no M3 CSL over here, that one doesn't count. And no offense to you E46 M3 drivers, that one will always be a very very very close second). The E46 and E39 frames represent to many bmw fans the end of an era. The E9x series of cars doesnt even begin to compare. M or no M, there's no comparison between the FEEL of a e92 335i and the FEEL of even a 525i nonsport. After spending so much time in an m-sport 530i (they came with different suspension back in those days, not just a kit), I had to get serious coilovers to make me feel like i'd evolved (well, and to do some other things).
The E39 M5 FTW. If I had the cash lying around and trusted old cars more, I would buy one right now just to be a housepet.