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Darkness95m3
03-29-2005, 07:49 PM
I just purchased a 1997 540I 6 speed with 79000km, fully loaded black in colour. This things actually moves especially on the highway. Never thought I would own a 4 door vehicle.

PS I'm still keeping the M3

thinair
03-29-2005, 07:52 PM
WOW!!! What I would do for a 6spd 540i. Awesome choice!

Paul540/m3
03-29-2005, 07:58 PM
Welcome to the club, you're gunan learn to looooove it
its has shitloads of torque

Darkness95m3
03-29-2005, 08:08 PM
Welcome to the club, you're gunan learn to looooove it
its has shitloads of torque

Thanks. Now down to business. How can I get more power without FI

BMVV
03-29-2005, 08:28 PM
Thanks. Now down to business. How can I get more power without FI

Drop in a M5 motor.

ROCKETMAN
03-29-2005, 08:29 PM
Drop in a M5 motor.

haha

Darkness95m3
03-29-2005, 08:53 PM
Drop in a M5 motor.

Good point, and then drop the 540 into the M3 and the M3 in to hmmm, make a gocart. However I think my wife might not approve.

paul christians
03-29-2005, 09:06 PM
No she would not but what a dream............good luck......

Paul540/m3
03-29-2005, 09:20 PM
Biggest difference you will feel is if you get a 3:15 diff
other than that, software, cai, etc.

Betray
03-29-2005, 09:22 PM
welcome to bigger and better section.

Mystikal
03-30-2005, 01:03 AM
See MarkD for software, apparently the M62 guys love it.

Still, an intake/exhaust on that big motor sounds absolutely insane.

rico328i
03-30-2005, 01:12 AM
Nice car. Probably the perfect all-around family sport-sedan out there. Plenty quick too - stock! My 328i can't keep up with them at all! Been proven twice now....and I did everything right. They're just Beasts! In my opinion, just a notch below an M5.

What colour? Any pics?

Rico328i

Gamite
03-30-2005, 04:17 AM
pictures? of both your M3 and your 540?

Darkness95m3
03-30-2005, 06:21 AM
pictures? of both your M3 and your 540?

I tried before with no success but here I go again.
Chit it worked.

Darkness95m3
03-30-2005, 06:39 AM
Here is the M3 from 2 years ago and today :(

Quack
03-30-2005, 08:33 AM
Welcome to the E39 brotherhood, I gotten MarkD to flash my ECU & it works great, also replaced your exhaust system from the cat-back, the stock one is very restrictive & very heavy, for more mods for 5er's check here www.beastpower.com

myndgone
03-30-2005, 08:53 AM
Welcome to the E39 brotherhood, I gotten MarkD to flash my ECU & it works great, also replaced your exhaust system from the cat-back, the stock one is very restrictive & very heavy, for more mods for 5er's check here www.beastpower.com

how much is it to flash the ECU and what are the gains?
thanks!


Enjoy your 540... *th-up*

Quack
03-30-2005, 08:58 AM
I'm not sure what the numbers are for the gains, but you can definitely tell a difference especially on the hwy, I'm not sure what he is charging for the flash but you can PM MarkD for all the info

Paul540/m3
03-30-2005, 09:54 AM
Hey Clarence I hate you! i just dropped way too much money at Beastpower this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

///Greco540
03-30-2005, 12:38 PM
what you get? Brackets? exhaust?

///Greco540
03-30-2005, 12:40 PM
Another note of interest... just looking at my E39 catalog I noticed that the 520 came with a 3.63:1 diff... now that would be awesome on the 540!!!

Paul540/m3
03-30-2005, 01:11 PM
what you get? Brackets? exhaust?
Front strut brace, clutch stop and a couple other goodies i wanna keep under my hat untill spring ;)

Darkness95m3
03-30-2005, 03:56 PM
Welcome to the E39 brotherhood, I gotten MarkD to flash my ECU & it works great, also replaced your exhaust system from the cat-back, the stock one is very restrictive & very heavy, for more mods for 5er's check here www.beastpower.com

Ohhh, the wife won't like you. However I do, thanks I think

windwagen
03-30-2005, 08:31 PM
Biggest difference you will feel is if you get a 3:15 diff
other than that, software, cai, etc.

Shorter gears will deliver more torque...but also means shifting gears sooner. I raced my buddy's 850 with 3:15s (I think) swapped in. From a standstill, he pulls me, but I gain 2 car lengths on every gear change. I pass him at 90kph while he's switching to third. By the time I'm in third, I'm gone.

Darkness95m3
03-30-2005, 08:55 PM
Shorter gears will deliver more torque...but also means shifting gears sooner. I raced my buddy's 850 with 3:15s (I think) swapped in. From a standstill, he pulls me, but I gain 2 car lengths on every gear change. I pass him at 90kph while he's switching to third. By the time I'm in third, I'm gone.

You certain 2 car lenghts, that seems to be pretty high for every shift, I could see 4 or 5 feet even then that's kind of high.

ara325
03-30-2005, 09:00 PM
Beautiful ride! love the RS rims...one of my personal favourites for that car...and most Bimmers actually.

lvan
03-30-2005, 10:21 PM
Looking very very clean....Where did you find such a clean 540 with that low miles?

Darkness95m3
03-31-2005, 06:31 AM
Looking very very clean....Where did you find such a clean 540 with that low miles?

I have been looking for over a year for this vehicle, calling and searching. This car was found in Hamilton by luck. The price was a little bit too high for a 1997, however the condition "like new" justified it.

lvan
03-31-2005, 04:56 PM
Eh thanks man for info. I appreaciate........ *th-up* Good luck with your 540i!

ara325
03-31-2005, 08:52 PM
I tried before with no success but here I go again.
Chit it worked.

any pics of the interior?...i know how they (540's) look, i just like looking at pics :D

Darkness95m3
03-31-2005, 09:13 PM
any pics of the interior?...i know how they (540's) look, i just like looking at pics :D
I will take some tomorrow for you.

Bmwstylz
03-31-2005, 10:04 PM
Sick 540.! I want one too and prices have finally dropped to mid-teens which is nice :)

ara325
04-01-2005, 09:49 AM
I will take some tomorrow for you.

thx dude! *th-up*

windwagen
04-03-2005, 06:55 PM
You certain 2 car lenghts, that seems to be pretty high for every shift, I could see 4 or 5 feet even then that's kind of high.

Here's a post I wrote about it when the race was fresh in my mind. It says "almost" 2 car lengths.

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41577

Darkness95m3
04-04-2005, 07:49 AM
Here's a post I wrote about it when the race was fresh in my mind. It says "almost" 2 car lengths.

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41577

Just asking. ;)

windwagen
04-04-2005, 10:03 PM
No worries :) I try to keep my BS under control. Esp here... where people are always ready to flame!! ha ha

rodo
04-04-2005, 10:40 PM
whered u get it if you don't mind me asking?

Darkness95m3
04-05-2005, 09:33 AM
whered u get it if you don't mind me asking?

Hamilton. I got lucky.