Hi all! After months of procrastinating, I joined BMW CCA. I live a bit south of Charlotte near Waxhaw and the Providence Road Racetrack (more than once I've caught myself going just a bit over the speed limit ). I have a 2002 E39 525 with the sport and premium packages in blue water metallic. While not a stop light racer, it sure does handle well! I've admired BMW's for many years. As a teenager in the sixties, I was introduced to the car culture via drag racing. One day, my Dad was running an errand and brought me along. He stopped at a news stand to get some smokes and also picked up Car and Driver for me to read and not be a pest. Well, a whole new automotive world opened up and, via a subscription that I begged for, I learned about handling (oversteer, understeer, caster, camber, etc.) and began to prefer cars the could handle vs. accelerate. I read with enthusiasm when CD reviewed the 2002i model and drooled over the Bavaria. Unfortunately, a new one was out of my price range and family came along and so ownership of a BMW was put in the background for many years. The enthusiasm was re-kindled when we purchased a used Passat for my son. I drove it once to work and was impressed as to how much better this used German car was when compared to my new Civic. When I told my wife I wanted a BMW, she wasn't real pleased but allowed it as long as it was an even trade (that ruled out an M5!). Soooooo, I traded in my 2 year old Civic for the 525.....the only cost being the extended warranty CarMax offered which came in handy last year.