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Fun to drive, not to pay for
By Mark on
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1999 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan
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Torque out the kazoo, lots of grunt for passing, throw it in to corners as hard as you want. I regularly drove the car on 600-mi trips and was very comfortable at the end. However, exceptionally expensive maintenance has been a downer. I spent over $3500 (incl $650 to replace a window motor) in 8 mos and could be spending another $1500 as the car has >100K mi. Will not buy another BMW w/o warranty (and probably not with warranty until iDrive tumor is removed).
Favorite Features
Handling, cornering abilities, acceleration, the BMW "look".
Suggested Improvements
Labor rates and parts costs are horrible, and few non-OEM/non-dealer choices available. Longevity/affordability beyond 100K is questionable. Usual knocks about BMW "cupholders". Make interior door handle pulls of metal instead of plastic (broke two).
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