1997 540

Consumer Reviews

1997 BMW 540

$1,293 - $5,585  MSRP Range
1997 BMW 540

Review Score

4.3 out of 5 stars

4.3

7 Reviews
Score Breakdown
4.9 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.3 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.4 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.7 out of 5 stars Performance
4.6 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Best car for the Money

by BMW Enthusiast from Los Angeles, CA on Fri Jul 27 2007

The 540i is the perfect sized car for either city or highway driving. The 4.4L V-8 is VERY responsive yet still gets pretty good MPG for such a fast car. Very comfortable both front and back seats. All in all, probably one of the best cars out there to own if you just love to DRIVE!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

A real nice ride

by BMW owner from Farmington, ME on Sun Jun 13 2010

Owned the car for almost 2 years and have enjoyed cruising on a summer day. Axles have 50/50 weight distribution so probably is best BMW rear wheel drive they build. Great tires also attribute to ride , handling and stability.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

The Ultimate Driving Machine

by BeemerLover from Louisville on Sun 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 maximize performance and is much more enjoyable. This is the Ultimate Driving Machine.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Best car I've ever owned

by Panicho from Powhatan, Va on Tue Feb 23 2010

The BMW 540i is one of the finest vehicles in the used car market. I just makes sense. You get to drive in a expensive luxury car for a fraction of the price. There are few cars that can outrun this car and maybe not any that can outhandle it. Just put your foot down and go. The manual transmission is the most fun and it is very easy to drive. This car will be mine for a very long time to come. The only car I would even consider other than this one is the M5. If you get a 540i you will enjoy it. Definitly the ultimate driving machine.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

540i

by JustinMak from Chicago, IL on Wed Jul 19 2006

The bmw is perfectly fine during the summer but during the winter the traction control makes it difficult to drive.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Repair bills repair bills REPAIR BILLS

by DGirkin from Madison, WI on Wed Mar 08 2017

The 540I is an amazing car to drive. Tons of power and great handling make it an absolute blast. However, when something goes wrong, it is not cheap to fix, and when i say not cheap i mean seriously not cheap. I owned mine for 8 months and had to replace the radiator to the tune of $900 (from a dealer so that is higher than normal but aftermarket parts are few and far between so almost everything has to come from BMW). 6 days later the water pump went out at, if i recall correctly about $1400 and that was at 1/2 priced labor because the dealer felt bad for me, seriously.. The sunroof got stuck in the full open position about 2-3 weeks later, dealer was nice and didnt charge me to hook up a scan tool and reprogram it. The cup holders broke which is extremely common. The digital screen for the odometer and messages was missing 85% of the pixels. If youre fully committed to owning it, the 540I, especially with the 6 speed, is fantastic, just make sure you have about double the price in savings for when things start going wrong

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Great car

by Bmwlove on Wed Oct 25 2017

I love this vehicle it's one of a kind the interior you can not find the navigation is personalized the sound system is amazing

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Having fun

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Our Take on the 1997 BMW 540

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-series is a four-door sedan doesn't mean it's dull as dishwater. This is a BMW, after all, and that means sports sedan.

To get the most out of the new car, BMW went to work to make the structure more rigid. They enlarged the passenger compartment and made it more resistant to crashes. The front and rear suspensions were revised, and... Read More