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Old 01-18-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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540i value?

hello all,
I am looking to get into a 540i. 6 speed. rust.

what do these things go for? what would bea good deal?
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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Well depends if its an m-package or not and what year. Those typically go for more.
Also depends on maintenance and what condition the car is in really. Take a look on the trader to see what the going prices are, but it doesnt mean what someone is selling for is naturally what its worth.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
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I would pay top dollar for a car that has a proper service history. Second to that comes cosmetic condition, paint, etc. Typically cars that have led a good life are usually decent in all areas.

I bought a M package 540i 6 speed with less than 200k, some issue and spotty history for $12k. That was almost 3 years ago though, and I really didn't know what I was doing.

My recommendation is that if you are truly serious hold out for a good car that has records, and preferably one sold by an enthusiast like the members on the forum here.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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Buying and M62 with 200K+ with no records is a ticking time bomb, might blow up at any time! They are notorious for problems arround that milage. Almost every other day i see them on Kijiji; 540/740/X5 needs engine! Be very carefull, or just buy a cheap one and save for new motor!

The other good option is to buy a cheap high milage one with good body/interior, and just spend the rest of the $$$ on getting the engine freshened up, no crazy rebuilds, just the basics that cause the most problems. If the proper things are done at the right time, this motor with run forever.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:33 AM   #5
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I saw a nice 03 M Sport a while back. Asking 9k. There seems to be a huge range on the auto trader. I was only interested in manual trans though, which strangely is very rare lately.

I sold my 97 540-6 about 5 yrs ago for 9k. It had 298,000km on it and it was running strong as ever. Never burned or leaked a drop of oil. Never experienced those traditional failures like the blown rad etc...I maintained it myself and it was in great condition. I didn't want to sell it but I was given a company car. That car was awesome to me and NEVER let me down. Like I said, I regularly checked it and replaced parts before they became a problem.

Eurostyle has the right idea. You could buy a cheaper one and take a gamble. You save a lot of dough that could be used for repairs....or not... I don't necessarily agree with the time bomb. Keep up with maintenance and spot problems before they get serious. The motor is so strong that it's hardly working under normal driving conditions.

Read the "typical E39 fix it" and E39 typical problems stuff on the web to get an idea. But seriously, how else can you get a RWD, 6 speed stick with almost 300 HP? A smaller Caddy CTS-V? My E39 experience was so awesome that I just got another one.... M5 this time.... I luv it! Except the Summer tires suck in the snow....

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