Originally Posted by 1BADBMW
Thinking of upgrading to a E39 540, are they good reliable cars? any major problems or recalls on them? anything i should know before i go looking for one? how is the gas mileage on it?
I suggest posting this question on the 5 series forum and seeing what the current owners of the cars are saying.
I think the cars are relatively reliable. There are a few known problems, ie: leak from valve cover gaskets and upper rad necks that blow with the v8 engine torque.
Pixels in the instument cluster that go on the fritz and don't light up all the digits...
Other than that no more electrical gremlins that you would normally find in a bimmer, ie: intermitant fan climate controls from final stage resistor.
leak from power steering hose... oh ya all bimmers do that eventually..
Take all the above with a grain of salt and at the end of the day after you've taken a drive in the 6speed manual 540i (which now are available for peanuts) you forget all the little stuff.
The VW folks call it "FAR_FROM_YOU_IN" or something like that, that only the Germans can put in their cars.