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View Poll Results: Once you go from a 3'er to a 5'er, you can't go back?
Yes 14 27.45%
No 37 72.55%
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      Today, 04:14 PM   #23

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Got a 540 as a loaner a while ago. Huge! Would not consider buying a car that is now as big as the former 7 series.
Was thinking as an M5 comp as a daily. Looking at the new X3 M comp instead.
The gts is a keeper for pure fun.

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Originally Posted by BM dnobagaV View Post
...The increased agility & fun of the 3 Series...
But this is the reason I buy BMW, and the only reason. Which is why I own a 1-Series - even more agility and fun.

(And an X3 for the snowy days and hauling my kid, not nearly the fun of the 1 but better than most else in its class).
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I don't think I'd want a 5 series unless it's purely for every day driving. The newer 3 series is already rather large and approaching huge proportions.

The key differentiator is if you like driving on the track and/or twisty mountain roads. If you do, then even a 3 series becomes a bit too large to handle tight roads and have fun. But it's still do-able. A 5 series on such roads is just pure frustration and no fun at all. I took a new F90 M5 through some twisty mountain roads and it was fast... but it's way too large and no fun to drive. Driving those same roads in my M3 is much more fun. And I very much doubt the M5 would be faster than my M3 on those roads despite having over a hundred more horsepower.

For my next fun car, I actually want something smaller than a 3 series. No 5 series for me.

But if you like giant luxo land yachts, more power to you.
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