1997 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Fun to drive!

1997 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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540i Sedan (4.4L V8)

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Fun to drive!
By PAER on


1997 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


Initially, I wanted to purchase a 7
series, but discovered that I could get
the same V-8 in a 540. Plus! Why pay a
few extra thousand dollars to have leg
room for people to sit in the back who
are not paying your car note!

The 1997-2001 5 series look basically
the same, so I used the “worst house in
the best neighborhood” theory and
purchased a 1997 in mid-Jan 2004 with
only 52K miles on it.

At the 61K mark, the cooling system
died and I got that and all belts
replaced at an independent BMW shop.

I saved some pennies and went from
riding a bike to getting this BMW!


Best Features

1. V-8 2. Gas milage 3. Limited exterior design changes between 1997-2001.

Worst Features

Cup holders...of course! Master A/C control on steering wheel. More easily removable flashlight in glove compartment.
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