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Shame on BMW
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By No More BMW
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1998 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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What an expensive piece of junk! At 55000 miles, this garbage had nothing but problem after problem. The catalytic converters went (luckily covered under warranty), the engine had multiple oil leaks at different times, the power steering hoses leaked, the front control arms had to be replaced. On the inside, the power tilt stopped working, the driver's power seat stopped working, the electronic dash lights burned out to the point of being of the messages being illegible and the back cup holders wouldn't open. All of this happened while I pampered the car. I am somewhat of a fanantic about caring for my cars. I gave poor performance and fun to drive scores because I was afraid to drive it!


Best Features

When the thing was running right (rarely), it had a lot of power and handled well.


Worst Features

A little quality would be nice. Besides for the constant repairs, the other notable improvement needed was the radio. It got terrible reception and the sound quality was below average. I had to give low comfort scores because the power tilt and driver's seat rarely worked, so I could not adjust them.


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BMW 540i The Ultimate Dream Machine
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jud
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1998 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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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).


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

Cup holders are designed for aluminum cans, are fragile and silly... no, make that just plain stupid.


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Bimmer Rating '05 for 1998 540i
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Myles Fields
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1998 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

My favorite feature I would have to say is the V8 engine and just knowing that im in a BMW.


Worst Features

One improvement that I would give this car better electrical systems. Generally around the sunroof and radio areas.


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540i
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By Atlanta
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1998 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

BMW already said it, but I'll say it again, "Ultimate Driving Machine". Styling, performance, comfort, . .


Worst Features

Less plastic in the important parts, more thought on sound system.


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I LOVE this car! but...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By c1
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1998 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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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
GTI new.
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
spark plugs.
Did a once over on the car-Not bad for a used car
that should be bullet proof for a while now.


Best Features

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!


Worst Features

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 gauges.


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