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Old 03-03-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 03-03-2006, 09:36 PM   #2
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Glad you started this thread.. if you don't mind opening it up to E39's in general? I'm also in the market for an E39 as a present for my dad...
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Old 03-03-2006, 10:34 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-03-2006, 10:55 PM   #4
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Old 03-04-2006, 10:31 AM   #5
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Here you go boys, don't feel like typing again lol

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Old 03-04-2006, 12:38 PM   #6
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thanks for the info guys!! i gotta find myself a nice 6spd e39 540 ....

... windwagon is that the 540? the yellow one? could you please provide more info on the car?
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Old 03-04-2006, 01:23 PM   #7
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I've heard a few guys changing the clutch every 1-2 years on the 6spd 540i cars.

Is this a common problem, so more prone on this model because people really enjoy the power of a 540i?

Perhaps it’s the combination of the design and some “poor” driving habits that leads to this problem.
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:27 PM   #8
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I've heard a few guys changing the clutch every 1-2 years on the 6spd 540i cars.

Is this a common problem, so more prone on this model because people really enjoy the power of a 540i?

Perhaps it’s the combination of the design and some “poor” driving habits that leads to this problem.
Poor driving habits. Lots of torque + riding the clutch = cooked clutch.
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Old 03-04-2006, 08:27 PM   #9
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thanks for the info guys!! i gotta find myself a nice 6spd e39 540 ....

... windwagon is that the 540? the yellow one? could you please provide more info on the car?
Actually. it's black on black. The yellow one in the pic is a toy. It's bone stock, 6 spd with sport package. Excellent condition and regularly maintained. Mileage is on the high side at 260,000km. Still goes like a rocket. Clutch has lasted a LOT longer than 2 years....

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