2001 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: My First Beemer (a 540iA)

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540i Sedan (4.4L V8 6-speed Manual)

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My First Beemer (a 540iA)
By Gumdoc on


2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)


If you asked me, "Would you ever buy a
BMW?" longer than 3 months ago. I never
considered it. I always felt BMW was
not generous enough with
appointments. . .till now. I bought a
low mileage 2001 that was in pristine
shape; 7500 miles and not a mark. I
had been looking for a luxury car and
was drawn to the Mercedes E Class. On
a whim I called my local dealer and
they had just taken what became my car
in on trade that morning. They were
out of new ones so they let me drive
the car. In its condition, it was an
ideal purchase for me.

Best Features

Gas tank size (less frequent fillups). Awesome sound system like a private concert. Remote key fob went into pool with me and still works! Handsfree phone. Most favorite feature: basic seat has excellent lumbar support (no fatigue on long trip).

Worst Features

Increased room for newborn carseat. Nose bra for bug protection. Car has room for 4-5 adults and trunk only holds 3 sets of clubs max. Dealer needs to be better versed in accessories. Windshield was hit by a stone and it took 1.5 weeks to get a replacement.
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