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2000 BMW 540 Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Best car I have owned

by from on May 17, 2011

Overall the best car I have owned in terms of comfort, performance and driver feedback...I think the E39 is still one of the best cars ever made. I had a 2000 540i 6spd with the sport package, purcha...
Overall the best car I have owned in terms of comfort, performance and driver feedback...I think the E39 is still one of the best cars ever made. I had a 2000 540i 6spd with the sport package, purchased with 69k miles and sold with almost 160k. Had the typical water pump failure and a radiator failure. Kept getting leaky Behr radiators that were factory defective. So be sure to replace the water pump, hoses, and radiator if it has not already been done. Older 540i's came with a water pump that had a plastic impeller, replacements have a metal impeller. Front lower control arms are also prone to wear and were close to $300 each. I was able to do all the work myself the E39 540i isn't particularly hard to work on. I feel the horsepower numbers are conservative, I was surprised how fast these beasts (are faster than my 350z). There are a lot of good E39 buyers guides and resources via google.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Ultimate driving machine

by from New York, NY on October 8, 2009

E39 540i is one of the best driving cars around. A real head turner. You can take your parents to a field trip, drive all day with comfort. You can go out to a fancy restaurant and you will attract a ...
E39 540i is one of the best driving cars around. A real head turner. You can take your parents to a field trip, drive all day with comfort. You can go out to a fancy restaurant and you will attract a lot of attention. You can hit the road and do cross country, already planning another long trip with the car. It's the best car I've driven; and I've driven almost everything.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great if you can DIY

by from Ohio on October 10, 2010

Amazing car to drive, and own, but only if you can do the work yourself. Parts are a little more expensive than say a Ford or Toyota, but you are paying for quality.
Amazing car to drive, and own, but only if you can do the work yourself. Parts are a little more expensive than say a Ford or Toyota, but you are paying for quality.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Luxury on a dime

by from Arlington, MA on February 5, 2013

A well taken-care of BMW 540 with not much over 100K miles - a fantastic second car! Hope to put another 100 on it.
A well taken-care of BMW 540 with not much over 100K miles - a fantastic second car! Hope to put another 100 on it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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family car with performance

by from Suttgart, Germany on January 1, 2008

Geat handling and performance for a four door car. Lots of optional features. I recommend the sports package it makes a real difference.
Geat handling and performance for a four door car. Lots of optional features. I recommend the sports package it makes a real difference.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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