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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Manager, Vehicle Testing

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
As the sun starts to set on our time with the 2018 BMW 540i xDrive, it's been a race to hit our goal of 20,000 miles. Desperate to get our odometer moving, our senior manager of vehicle testing operations, Mike Schmidt, grabbed the baton and hit the road before dawn one morning, with the sole purpose of driving until he emptied the tank. Hashtag MVP.

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2018 BMW 540i: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 BMW 540i

Where Did We Drive It?
In addition to its usual commuting duties with fellow editors, I took our 2018 BMW 540i on a quick round trip from L.A. to San Francisco. That gave us a nice 790-mile boost on the odometer. We needed to take it back to the dealer for a repeat warning light, but it seems it's fixed for good now.

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2018 BMW 540i: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Carlos Lago, Manager, Feature Content

2018 BMW 540i

Where Did We Drive It?
Though nearly everyone on staff loves driving our long-term 2018 BMW 540i, the past nine months haven't been issue-free. Weird electrical gremlins have popped up on occasion. And while none have been catastrophic, they do make you wonder what's going on inside the car.

Since we've had the 540i, Apple CarPlay has frozen a few times, and the entire entertainment screen has refused to boot up. This month? The backup camera stopped working, which required a simple restart. More complicated was the "passenger restraint system malfunction" alert that popped up one morning. That warning required a visit to the dealer, which didn't fix the problem.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive - Introduction

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

What Did We Get?
Is it possible that middle-child syndrome can apply to the automotive world? Are midrange models overshadowed by their siblings? The BMW 5 Series is in that position, but it's still a star in its own right by offering affluent shoppers exceptional levels of refinement and performance in a spacious sedan.

There's no getting past the fact that most shoppers these days are more interested in crossovers and SUVs, thanks to their elevated ride heights and larger cargo capacities. Yet sedans such as the 5 Series have advantages when it comes to handling, fuel economy, overall performance and maneuverability. Is it enough? We got a 2018 540i xDrive to find out.

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