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Old 01-22-2003, 10:23 PM   #1
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Some Q's about E34 540i'S

Whats the difference between the E34 m5's and the E34 540i's? (other then looks)

Did the 540i's come in standart transmission?

What do they run in the 1/4 mile? On one site it said 14.4@98 ? I thought they would be slower...
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:35 PM   #2
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M5 was a straight 6 engine (S38 3.6L 315hp) & (S38 3.8L 340hp) <- only avail in europe

540's are V8's (M60 4.0L 280hp)


540's did indeed come in a manual tranny.
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:37 PM   #3
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M5 was a straight 6 engine (S38 3.6L 315hp) & (S38 3.8L 340hp) <- only avail in europe

540's are V8's (M60 4.0L 280hp)


540's did indeed come in a manual tranny.
Do they have any problems with their manual trannies?

I'm looking forward to buy one, but i need info before I do such a thing
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:39 PM   #4
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Do they have any problems with their manual trannies?

I'm looking forward to buy one, but i need info before I do such a thing
not that I Know of, BUT the M60 engines came with a nikalsil problem, if you do find a 540 or 530, make sure they dont have the nikalsil block.
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:40 PM   #5
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How do i figure out what kind of block it is?
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Old 01-22-2003, 11:02 PM   #6
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How do i figure out what kind of block it is?

I think its actually the lining inside the block. I dont know how you would check it, I'm sure a BMW mechanic could tell you.
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Old 01-23-2003, 12:34 AM   #7
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How do i figure out what kind of block it is?
The dealer should help you out. Get the VIN# and they will tell you if it has been replaced or not. A definate must if you are going to buy it.
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yes gamite and dave are right, i personally love the 40. very powerful, very responsive, and very stylish,a nd luxorious. what more can u ask for. its the next best e34 besides the M5 of course.
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I think its actually the lining inside the block. I dont know how you would check it, I'm sure a BMW mechanic could tell you.
It's not a lining. When the block is cast, it's actually a chemical injected into the block to harden the cylinders (due to the block being aluminum).

It was originally Nikasil, replaced later by Alusil.

A LOT of the crap you hear about the Nikasil blocks has less to do with the compound in question, and more to do with BMW not meeting demand for the 3.0L and 4.0L V8s, and not allowing the blocks to properly cure.

Porsche blocks are STILL Nikasil based, as is every BMW motorcycle engine. All using the same, high sulfur content gasoline.

If you're looking at buying an E34 (or any car with the 4.0L V8), take it to the dealer and ask them for a compression test, and possibly a leakdown test. If it passes those, the block is fine. If the block has 100,000 KM on it or more, it's certainly not going to wear out anymore due to sulfur in the gas than it has already.


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yea nikasil is very strong when done properly. just about every atv/snowmobile/motorcycle use this since they all have aluminum cylinders. nikasil cylinders are actually more resistant to scuffing/scoring than a cast iron liner is. the biggest drawback is that you cant bore it out like you can to a cast iron sleeve.
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