Sold my low mile 95 M3 and kept old Porsche SC Cabiolet. Bought used 540i thinking comfort but did not expect comfort and FUN. Corrected usual bugs in cooling system for peace of mind. Great acceleration, not as quick as M3 but easier on these old bones. As fast as P-car but not through corners. Don't understand knock on stereo as premium unit is terrific once you read directions. Added homelink via ebay (very simple install). Will buy another when - and if - I wear this one out. Rock solid at > 100 mph (so wife tells me).
Performance in a 3800lb 4 door sedan. Wonderful touring car. Acceptable mpg for the beast that it is. Great seats. Heated seats are better than those in M3. Safety in mutliple air bag system. Over 60000 miles and tight. Makes it tough choice to take old Porsche out for a spin.
Cup holders are designed for aluminum cans, are fragile and silly... no, make that just plain stupid.
This is a excellent vehicle to drive. The V8 packs quite a punch. The interior is wonderful and spacious. the only thing that I thought was a negative was it has some electrical problems. Such as the sunroof. Although I would buy this car any day for its unmatched performance and quality.
My favorite feature I would have to say is the V8 engine and just knowing that im in a BMW.
One improvement that I would give this car better electrical systems. Generally around the sunroof and radio areas.
E39 540i is one of the best cars ever made, bar none. With that said, there is one thing to watch out for when purchasing one, the cooling system. Water pumps with PLASTIC impellers, PLASTIC expansion tanks that crack, Thermostats that fail, and radiators that usually don't last past 70K miles. CPO is great, when it runs out, do-it-yourself and save a bundle. This car is put together right and working on them (and I didn't until this car) is a breeze. You will not be disappointed with this car.
BMW already said it, but I'll say it again, "Ultimate Driving Machine". Styling, performance, comfort, . .
Less plastic in the important parts, more thought on sound system.
I bought this car used in great condition w/63,500
on OD. Looked like a new car in and out.
Very good deal-got it for less than my previous VW
This car has a GREAT engine!
Be prepared for high dealer repair cost...
I put in three saturdays of work in the car and
saved over $2000 in labor.
I knew what to look out for- the stock shocks are
almost always blown by 50,000, but I would have
switched to Bilstiens anyways. Put in a new water
pump and thermostat , changed all the fluids and
Did a once over on the car-Not bad for a used car
that should be bullet proof for a while now.
The Engine is a beast!
Although the stock sport suspension would be
more than adequate for most buyers, with some
suspension and wheel and tire tuning, this car will
eat the road, still be comfortable, with luxury and
room to spare. Just what the doctor ordered to go
with my new twins!
The dealer will treat you like you have money to
throw around- so be prepared for the high cost of
labor and parts.
In general this is a very well built car-but if you
want a get it and forget it car this might not be the
one for you.
Look out for -suspension,cooling system,vdo
Great car to drive when it is on the
road. I've owned cars that had a
reputation for poor reliability but
the car beats them all. I'm a first
and last time BMW owner. Buy it only
if you have a second car and lots of