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Souvrain
11-23-2008, 12:01 PM
Im looking for a 540i 6 speeed between 2000 and 2001 .. and i want to know if the car as alot of problem know to man kind ? ...it would have less then 150 000km and was very well maintain ...sorry for my frenchglish again !

Whip_lash
11-23-2008, 12:50 PM
I just bought a 2001 bmw 540i/6 M package and i love it. The most common issues with the car are cooling issues so check that the water pump, rad...etc were done. Also check the suspension such as control arms, ball joints....etc. Another issue that all of them have is dead pixels on the cluster HUD and for the radio display, but this can be covered by bmw if you email them since so many people have the issue. Another 2 major issues is the O2 sensor and cat converter.

I would highly suggest going to bimmerforums.com and the 540 section, its very active and you'll find everything you need there so you know what you're getting yourself into.

MLue1
11-23-2008, 05:02 PM
The E39s do have some weaknesses, how good it is... is dependent on what you're looking for and your acceptance of BMW engineering compared to other manufacturers. If the car has been maintained and some of the weaknerss have been addressed then you should be OK keeping up with the maintenance but otherwise... . The main issue that I have with my car is with the rate that it "eats" tires even after several alignments and suspension checks. The tire bill is as much as my track car.

Qube
11-24-2008, 03:21 AM
2001 is what you'll shoot for. 2000 is just before the goodies.

If you find it with 150,000 then it's pretty low.

Trouble65
11-24-2008, 08:13 AM
... . The main issue that I have with my car is with the rate that it "eats" tires even after several alignments and suspension checks. The tire bill is as much as my track car.

I had the same problem until I found a shop that can do the job properly and BMW dealers were not the ones. I went through 2 sets of tires until I found the right shop. After the alignment my tires lasted well over 80,000km with no sign of abnormal wear.

Dado 540
11-24-2008, 10:58 AM
E39 have quite a few issues, but you gotta love them.

MLue1
11-24-2008, 11:46 AM
E39 have quite a few issues, but you gotta love them.That depends...especially when love=$$$.

Dado 540
11-24-2008, 08:44 PM
HAHA you got it

windwagen
11-24-2008, 11:09 PM
I think the parts are not too costly, but the labour cost can be.... esp if you use the BMW dealer. I worked on mine myself and saved a lot. I would buy another for sure!!

europrince
11-25-2008, 12:43 AM
It's a horrible car. Don't get it :D

I had one for 5 years and loved it. You may want to tell your wallet to bend over though because you will spend good money on repairs and maintenance.

Trouble65
11-25-2008, 08:44 AM
It's a horrible car. Don't get it :D

I had one for 5 years and loved it. You may want to tell your wallet to bend over though because you will spend good money on repairs and maintenance.

I drove mine for 175,000km before I had to spend money on it. Rear window dropped. Cost for repair under $175. I can do the same repair now for $2.

Well at 205,000km the crank head bolt snapped off and that was it.

europrince
11-25-2008, 10:14 AM
I drove mine for 175,000km before I had to spend money on it. Rear window dropped. Cost for repair under $175. I can do the same repair now for $2.

Well at 205,000km the crank head bolt snapped off and that was it.

Your car was probably new when you got it. My 97 540 was 6 years old and had 149k on the clock when I bought it. It had over 350k on it when I got rid of it. I was spending $3000/yr maintaining it. This includes wear and tear items like tires and brakes to items like wheel hubs, bearings, window regulators, various sensors, cats, and a/c. Souvrain is looking at an 8 or 9 year old with 150k on it. His experience will probably be closer to mine than yours.

MLue1
11-25-2008, 02:35 PM
Your car was probably new when you got it. My 97 540 was 6 years old and had 149k on the clock when I bought it. It had over 350k on it when I got rid of it. I was spending $3000/yr maintaining it. This includes wear and tear items like tires and brakes to items like wheel hubs, bearings, window regulators, various sensors, cats, and a/c. Souvrain is looking at an 8 or 9 year old with 150k on it. His experience will probably be closer to mine than yours.Ahh but you got 200k out of her, I can't say you got your moneys worth but if you liked/loved the car thats not bad at all.

europrince
11-25-2008, 02:38 PM
^ I didn't get my money's worth, but I'm not complaining much either. The experience was worth it!

windwagen
11-25-2008, 02:43 PM
Even if it costs more than expected to maintain, the driving experience will be worth it. And it will still cost less than a newer Accord/Camry - boooooorrrrring

I kept records of my maintenance. I can email you a copy if you want to see.

Miki
11-25-2008, 04:28 PM
Its a great car, fast, gorgeous and reliable...
I bought 98 540i back in 2004 with 115,000km and had it till few months ago with 150,000km.
Other than normal wear and tear (tires and clutch - mainly due to clutch delay valve) I only experienced one issue, driver seat stoped reclining. This wasn't an issue for me since I was the only driver and it was already set to my liking.

MLue1
11-25-2008, 04:31 PM
I kept records of my maintenance. I can email you a copy if you want to see.Windwagon, are you including track preparation maintenance as well? :D In your signature pic, is that your car at the Mosport Driver Development track? Have you had it on the big track? (not trying to hijack this thread)

MLue1
11-25-2008, 04:55 PM
Its a great car, fast, gorgeous and reliable...
I bought 98 540i back in 2004 with 115,000km and had it till few months ago with 150,000km.
Other than normal wear and tear (tires and clutch - mainly due to clutch delay valve) I only experienced one issue, driver seat stoped reclining. This wasn't an issue for me since I was the only driver and it was already set to my liking.Miki, I'm not trying to get on your case but during the maintenance cycle of these cars some times one can buy a car that was well maintained or not... drive it for a while without any problems then when they sell the car... guess what happens... .

My point is... although maintenance records can be altered and don't always tell the whole story, buying a car with em may cost more but it is most likely worth it. If you buy a car without them you absolutely don't really know what you are buying. The sad story is when you buy from a used car dealer and even if the maitenance records were with the car most user car dealer will not give em to you or admit to having them.

*To the original poster Souvrain, if you have the maintenance records (sounds like you know the history of the car) and you have done your research you may be getting a pretty sound car, certainly not the lottery that most of use have been through and looking at you profile your already know about BMWs.

dodoamore
11-25-2008, 07:26 PM
My own 2cents - No matter if the age of the car is 1998 or 2008...a little diy work goes along way....don't always bring the car to the dealer...ie. pixels are not showing anymore...okay time to spend $1000 on a new board...or wait for a used piece for $20.....

Don't be afraid to get a bit dirty, get under the car, get a specialist (2nd opinion) to look at the car, look for common red flag signs.....

No matter what car you buy you should always save a % of your income for emergency repairs.....

GL....

Owner of a 99' BMW 540i loving my ABS lights...and temperature beep update that makes me have a minor 'whats wrong now moment' lol....

Miki
11-26-2008, 10:46 AM
Mlue1 I agree with you, it all depends on who drove the car before you and how well it was maintained. I paid a bit more for mine but it was one owner and had all records. Also new buyers need to understand that they are buyin $80,000 car regardless of how much its worth now due to price drop, you are still paying maintainance costs for that of $80,000 car. When I bought mine back in 2004 that's what I expected therefore $100 for oil change and $350 for one tire was reasonable for me. I previously owned vw Corrado which was a nightmare for maintainance so I can relate to bad apples.

europrince
11-26-2008, 10:54 AM
^ at the end of the day, if you can't afford to pay, you can't afford to play. You either pay in the purchase price of a new car or you pay in maintenance for an older car. Either way, you're paying. If you're concerned about counting the pennies when maintaining this car, its not for you.

Dado 540
11-26-2008, 07:16 PM
Owner of a 99' BMW 540i loving my ABS lights...and temperature beep update that makes me have a minor 'whats wrong now moment' lol....


I feel you on the beep! And also when the "Washer Fluid Low" comes on. HAHAH