• (4.7) 6 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: N/A
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 18-21
  • Engine: 282-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2000 BMW 540

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Vehicle Overview
A high-performance M5 sedan joins the 5 Series lineup, giving BMW a direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz E55, a muscle-car version of the E-Class sedan. The M5 returns to the United States after a seven-year hiatus.

Besides the M5, the 5 Series lineup includes the six-cylinder 528i and V-8 540i, both of which come as sedans and station wagons.

The M5's visual distinctions from other 5 Series sedans include a larger air scoop and oval fog lamps in the front air dam, four exhaust pipes at the rear and 18-inch tires mounted on wheels with a chrome satin finish.

At 188 inches overall, the 5 Series sedan is about an inch shorter than the E-Class and nearly 9 inches shorter than the Lexus LS400. All three have rear-wheel drive.

All models come with front bucket seats with 10-way power adjustments, automatic climate control and a power tilt/telescopic steering column. Leather upholstery is standard on the 540i and M5 and optional on the 528i. A split, folding rear seatback is optional on all.

Under the Hood
The M5 comes with a 400-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission only. To help owners manage all that power, BMW throws in a free driver-training course at its new Performance Center next to the Spartanburg, S.C., plant where the Z3 and X5 are built.

A 193-horsepower 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder powers the 528i and is available with a five-speed manual or new five-speed automatic transmission. The 540i has a 4.4-liter V-8 with 282 horsepower and comes with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. In a switch from usual pricing practices, the 540i costs more with manual than automatic ($54,470 versus $51,670).

All models have two-stage front airbags whose deployment force depends on crash severity and whether the occupants are buckled, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and the Head Protection system — a tubular side airbag that deploys from the roof liner to protect front-seat occupants. Rear side-impact airbags are optional.

BMW's Head Protection System uses a tubular airbag to protect a front-seat occupant from hitting the side window.

Traction control, an anti-skid system called Dynamic Stability Control and anti-lock brakes are standard.

The six-cylinder 528i offers most of the features and the same quality as the 540i at a considerably lower price but lacks the spirited performance one might expect from a $40,000 luxury car.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
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Everything a BMW Should Be

by MitchBMW from Sacramento, CA on December 5, 2017

Having a 300-horsepower V8 in a 3900 pound full size wagon seems a bit silly, but this car is absolutely the most joyful thing to drive. The E39 540iT wagon is the epitome of an all-purpose car; it's ... Read Full Review

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