(4.3) 6 reviews
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 19-21
Engine: 282-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
1997 BMW 540


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When it comes to a heavy dose of automotive Bavarian creme de la creme, few models satisfy like BMW's new-for-'97 5-series. Oh, sure. The Z-3's have been grabbing all the headlines. But let's face it, unless you're James Bond -- or Pierce Brosnan, for that matter -- you probably can't find one at your local dealer at a sane price anyway. Just because the 5-s... Read full review for the 1997 BMW 540

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The Ultimate Driving Machine

by BeemerLover from Louisville on May 27, 2007

Performs at a very high level, barely lower than a new one, and its a quarter of the price. Stylish, sporty, and fast. It's a pleasure to drive and gets the adrenaline flowing. A 6 speed is a must to ... Read Full Review

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