TARRYTOWN, NY – “Exhibit A” on the unintended consequences of perfection: BMW AG's '04 5-Series sedan. Not that the all-new 5 isn't incredibly good. The problem is, it's got to take over from the previous-generation car – and that one was nigh on perfect. Beautifully balanced. Meticulously assembled. The outgoing 5, internal designation E39, was fabulously – almost organically – complete. Now, the 7-year run of one of the industry's most universally praised cars is over, and its all-new ...

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