You might recall a couple years ago I bought a Topaz Blue Metallic 540i/6 with M package
, which was nice but had it's issues. I sold it to a friend after having it for six months as my circumstances changed and I needed a 4x4, and the 540 was just sitting in a garage in TO not being used.
I learned a lot with that car, but also realized it was somewhat of an impulse buy and NOT a perfect example by any means. It had accident history and a so-so job of fixing it, engine issues which were ultimately solved by redoing most of the engine gaskets with exception of the head gasket and oil pan gaskets, and overall some minor issues that annoyed me, so I wasn't heartbroken to let it go.
Anyways, onwards and upwards. I've been driving a '98 Pathfinder 5 speed since then, and while it's great for utility stuff it sucks at driving experience and mileage, and was still dreaming of having another BMW. I've wanted to get back in a 540, but with a first child on the way it made more sense to looking at wagons. Only problem is, there aren't too many and this time I am going to be picky, and not settle for any old car with a spotty maintenance history, accidents, and a laundry list of repairs.
Enter this Touring I found for sale in Eastern Ontario. Initially the high mileage turned me off but we all know that it's not necessarily a bad thing given the proper maintenance routine and a little bit of TLC. It also seems likely it wasn't driven a couple kilometers a day, never allowing things to properly warm up and condensation to cause issues.
Given that it's been owned by the same guy for 9 years, he didn't seem like the typical owner who dumps it after warranty expires because they can't stand the thought of the bills or just want something 'new'. Most cars with 285k have gone through several owners by now if not 4-5. So, that is good. 1 owner car always a plus.
This will also be the first automatic car I will have owned if I buy it, and I'm not thrilled about that, but because it's possible to swap a 6 speed in that gives me some hope
Toledo Blue Metallic (must be a theme..)
Set of Winter Wheels with 1 winter on them
Hifi System Professional
Lots of options, only one I am missing is the rear sunshades, but it looks like the rear windows and hatch are tinted.
Basic Maintenance History - I haven't seen the file but will ask to review it during the test drive..
- oil separator replaced last spring
- valve cover gaskets replaced last spring
- cooling system pump in the last 12 months
- radiator replaced 3 years ago
- transmission fluid 24 months ago
- windshield replaced 18 months ago from a stone chip
- all 4 shocks replaced with Bilsteins last year
- front brakes replaced for safety last month
- front left control arm replaced for safety last month
- alternator replaced recently
So a lot of big items done, but a couple I would have like to see like rear subframe bushings and more front end suspension stuff replaced. Things will be coming due and I expect that some work would have to be done but I am comfortable with that, there are less unknowns when you have a solid maintenance history to start with.
The only 'issue' currently with the car is that when the alternator died it screwed up the rear SLS airbags. So he says the car is riding a little low, and his alignment shop can't do an alignment until it gets fixed, so he has to take it to BMW. He was getting it aligned due to the front control arm replacement. I'm kinda new on the SLS stuff so I am trying to get as many details from him as possible, are the bags completely deflated, is it a minor sag, etc.
I am hopefully seeing the wagon on Saturday, here are the pics. The interior is pretty mint for the mileage, the comfort seats look really good. The car isn't really that clean exterior wise so needs a better inspection to see what shape the paint is in.
Where are the dead pixels????!
Carproof checks out clean, no accidents, no stories.
Type code DR63
Type 540I (USA)
Dev. series E39 (2)
Body type TOUR
Door count 5
Cubical capacity 4.40
Colour TOLEDOBLAU METALLIC (482)
Upholstery STANDARDLEDER/BEIGE E36 SANDBEIGE E (N6SN)
Prod. date 2001-10-11
204 DRIVE VERSION EXPORT
227 SP/SUSPENSION W SELF-LEVELING SUSPENSION
257 SIDE AIRBAG F RR PASSENGERS,DEACTIVATION
261 SIDE AIRBAG FOR REAR PASSENGERS
319 INTEGRATED UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL
363 LT/ALY WHEELS/RADIAL SPOKE 32
386 ROOF RAIL
403 GLAS ROOF, ELECTRIC
456 COMFORT SEATS, ELECTRIC. ADJUSTABLE
494 SEAT HEATING F DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER
500 HEADLIGHT WASHER SYS/INTENSIVE CLEANING
508 PARK DISTANCE CONTROL (PDC)
521 RAIN SENSOR
522 XENON LIGHT
548 SPEEDOMETER WITH KILOMETER READING
640 CAR TELEPHONE PREPARATION
650 CD PLAYER
677 HIFI SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL
694 PREPARATION FOR CD CHANGER
710 M LEATHER STEERING WHEEL
760 INDIVIDUAL HIGH-GLOSS SATIN CHROME
785 WHITE DIRECTION INDICATOR LIGHTS
818 MAIN BATTERY SWITCH
838 CANADIAN VERSION
896 DAYTIME LIGHTS FUNCTION
925 SHIPPING PROTECTION PACKAGE
210 DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL (DSC)
249 MULTI-FUNCTION FOR STEERING WHEEL
302 ALARM SYSTEM
354 GREEN STRIPE WINDSCREEN
431 INTERIOR RR VW MIRROR W AUT ANTI-D
438 WOOD TRIM
441 SMOKERS PACKAGE
470 CHILD SEAT ISOFIX ATTACHMENT
473 ARMREST, FRONT
534 AUTOMATIC AIR CONDITIONING
555 ON-BOARD COMPUTER
645 RADIO CONTROL US
661 RADIO BMW BUSINESS
845 ACOUSTIC BELT WARNING
850 ADD FUEL TANK FILLING FOR EXPORT
853 LANGUAGE VERSION ENGLISH
876 RADIO FREQUENCY 315 MHZ
992 NUMBER PLATE ATTACHEMENT MANAGEMENT
220 SELF-LEVELING SUSPENSION
459 SEAT ADJUSTM., ELECTR. W. MEMORY
488 LUMBAR SUPPORT DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER