• (4.8) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,803$11,315
  • 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
2001 BMW 540

Our Take on the 2001 BMW 540

BMW adds new base versions to its 5 Series lineup, introduces two new six-cylinder engines and freshens the appearance of all models.The 5 Series returns in sedan and station wagon body styles, and with the new engines, model nomenclature changes. Base models are now called 525i. What was the 52... Read Full Report

2001 BMW 540 Reviews

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Get you where you want to go quickly yet nimbly thanks to engines and suspension systems designed to complement one another. Not machines for everyone, however. There's a price to pay for being able to motor aggressively, the primary one being suspensions tuned to force the vehicles to sit flat in corners and turns for agile handling, but in doing so sacrifice a cushioned ride. If... Read full review for the 2001 BMW 540

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Love owning BMW 540i!

by AJ from Northern CA on June 28, 2014

I've owned a 2000 BMW 540i sport 5 yrs ago and I loved it - had to let it when I moved. Now I own a 2001 model, what a joy it is to ride! Other cars in this class do not compare to 540i & I've owned ... Read Full Review

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2001 BMW 540 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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