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1998 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Should not have bought new
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By Jim
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1998 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


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I bought this new in '98 -- mistake, I should have bought used and saved some depreciation. The vehicle is trouble free. Below normal wear and tear-no real system failures. I still love driving the car and it looks great. The seats wear like iron-even with my considerable weight. At 121,000 miles it is tighter than my wife's Acura was new. I do agree that the cup holders are junk. I make several long trips a year and average over 30 mpg at speeds well in excess of posted. The braking and handling have saved my bacon several times in Atlanta traffic.


Best Features

Acceleration, hanling, brakes. The car feels solid and looks great inside and out.


Worst Features

Cup holders. CD player in trunk. Tail lamps burn out too often.


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The best of all worlds
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By j528i
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1998 BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i 4dr Sedan


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A classic vehicle that offers a truly sporty ride, with excellent highway handling, while comporting itself with that slow lingering class often found in high-tea cosmopolitan settings. Refined, elegant but full of secret agent type surprises.


Best Features

Sport package! Wonderful driving machine, especially at speeds which fall well north of the 64MPH signs. Fantastic steering/manuevering characteristics.


Worst Features

Would benefit little else. Already the complete package.


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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 Sedan 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
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By Myles Fields
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1998 BMW 5 Series Sedan 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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By Atlanta
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1998 BMW 5 Series Sedan 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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