2000 540

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4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7

6 Reviews
2000 BMW 540
4.3 out of 5 starsComfort
4.7 out of 5 starsPerformance
4.7 out of 5 starsExterior Styling
4.8 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4.3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsReliability
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5 out of 5 stars

Best car I have owned

by Jarbohydrate 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, 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.

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

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Great if you can DIY

by Zack 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.

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Ultimate driving machine

by BMWfan 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 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.

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Luxury on a dime

by iwantarobot 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.

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

family car with performance

by Peter5pm 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.

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

Purchased a New car

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

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 fast, with a 0-60 time of about 5.9 seconds in fair weather and driving dynamics that rival those of much lighter sports cars - It's comfortable, having a beautifully upholstered leather interior along with wonderfully contoured seats and a graceful and quiet ride - It's practical, as it can sit 5 members of a jazz band along with their instruments in the cargo hold (I speak from experience) - and it's even fairly reliable and easy to work on, with most maintenance being easier to complete than even the Japanese marques that I've worked on (Brakes, wheel bearings, suspension work, transmission work have all been easier than ANY other car I've done the work on). My 2000 BMW 540iT wagon is the successor to the many BMWs I've owned in my life, and even over two M5s, three 740iLs, two 525is, another 540i and a couple of Benzs, this is my absolute favorite car I've experienced. That is, as long as we don't use the sound system as a factor.

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

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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