1997 BMW 540I E39 VANCOUVER $5,900
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1997 BMW 540I E39 - VANCOUVER

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BMW
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540I
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240,000 km
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Sedan
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E39
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This is the real deal! The legendary BMW 540i E39 with the 4.4L V-8 engine, a great sports car disguised as a luxury sedan. 318,000 gentle highway km on the body and 240,000 km on the engine, which was professionally installed at CG Motorsports in Richmond. This car has had only one previous owner and comes with a full maintenance history from the BMW dealership on Burrard St. With the exception of the aforementioned engine, we have had all work done at Adria Imports in Vancouver since purchasing this car from the original owner.

It comes with a brand new radiator and rear brake pads. Nearly new Toyo (255/40 R17) tires and four snow tires on rims plus a bunch of extras.

This is a great car. The 6 speed manual transmission makes it a blast to drive, especially on the highway, but it is also easy driving in town. It has great traction and acceleration. Having said that, it has always been adult-owned, well-maintained, and never driven hard. Come on over and check it out! $5900 obo

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From Motor Trend Magazine:
ROAD TEST: 1997 BMW 540I
1997 BMW 540iA great sports car disguised as a luxury sedan
BMW 5-SERIES SEDAN
by photographer: Kevin Wing photographer: C. Van Tune May 15, 1999

Of all the long-term test cars we've ever had, only two made us misty-eyed when they were returned: our speed-yellow 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and this jet-black 1997 BMW 540i manual. But the empty void we felt as each of these cars left our garage wasn't merely because we instantly missed the power and prestige such German machines deliver. It was something more, something deeper. At the risk of sounding maudlin, these cars have soul. The redesign of BMW's 5 Series in 1997 sharpened the midsize Bimmer's focus. With its new tauter platform, upscale styling, improved all-around performance, increased safety features, and larger and more supple interior, the 5 Series instantly became the quintessential sport/luxury sedan. It was also the hands-down winner of our 1997 Import Car of the Year award.

That the 5 Series continues to sell exceptionally well in its third model year of production (essentially unchanged, except for the addition of a sport wagon version) is testimony to the excellence of design throughout the vehicle. But the 5 Series lineup also delivers a strong value statement, with the six-cylinder-powered 528i basing at $39,470 and the powerful V-8 540i beginning at $52,350. And interesting fact, culled from our survey of new 5 Series owners, was that 80 percent of those people bought, as opposed to leased, their 528s and 540s. That's far higher than the typical 50/50 buy/lease percentage split of other luxury marques and may suggest that 5 Series drivers want to keep their cars for a longer period of time than the typical lease term.

Both the 528i and 540i come with an impressive list of standard equipment that includes dual-zone automatic climate control with micro-filtration, 10-speaker AM/FM/cassette sound system, 10-way power adjustable front seats, power sunroof, trip computer, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and keyless remote entry with security system. Also on the docket is BMW's excellent All-Season traction control.

Choosing the 540i nets front-passenger side-impact airbags and a glass moonroof at no extra charge. In options, we ordered the heated front seats and steering wheel package, as well as folding rear seatbacks to expand the vehicle's cargo-carrying abilities (seats folded, it's like a mini-SUV; we once carried four 17-inch tires and four loose wheels with room to spare). We also opted for the 16-way power adjustable Comfort Seats with articulated backrests that proved on numerous long journeys to be the best seats in any car, regardless of price. The rest of the options list is brief, with only metallic paint, the Sport package, power rear sunshade, and premium sound system with CD changer remaining to be selected

With such a tantalizing assortment of Bavarian equipment from which to choose, we went for the sportiest combination when ordering our long-term test car. Wearing sultry black inside and out, our 540i was outfitted in full Sport regalia including the outstanding Getrag six-speed manual gearbox. The Sport package (now also offered with a five-speed automatic) is a must-have for any true enthusiast and delivers M-Technic tuned suspension components (20-millimeter-shorter springs, larger-diameter anti-roll bars, and tauter shock valving), as well as 235/45ZR17 Dunlop radials on stunning 17x8.0-inch seven-spoke alloys. Bottom line, our 540i carried an as-tested tally of $58,145. The average purchase price, as reported by our survey respondents, was $52,199. Monthly payments averaged $748, but 36 percent of owners said they paid all cash instead of financing or leasing. The average age of the 5 Series principal driver in a household was reported to be 48.1 years for 528i owners and just 45.2 years for 540i pilots. Only one person was in the 20-24 age range (lucky kid!). Household income, as you might surmise, was predominantly at the six-figure level, and there was an average of 3.05 vehicles per 5 Series household.

A whopping 96.9 percent of those surveyed stated they'd recommend the 5 Series to a friend, and an equal number said they'd definitely buy another BMW. The five major reasons given for selecting a new 5 Series were "quality" (80.3 percent), "performance" (79.2 percent), "handling" (63.7 percent), "looks/style" (58.3 percent), and "comfort" (56.0 percent). "Safety" was way down in sixth place (49.4 percent).

Given that the 5 Series is a sport/luxury sedan with the emphasis on sport, it's little wonder that its drivers are so impressed by the car's dynamic capabilities. In fact, it only takes one heavy push of the throttle, one fast corner, and one aggressive use of the powerful disc brakes to become a believer in BMW's philosophy. "The Ultimate Driving Machine" is not just a catchy advertising phrase. It quickly becomes your mantra.

Even the base 528i, with its 2.8-liter/170-horsepower DOHC inline six, is a satisfyingly fun machine. With the manual gearbox, it scoots 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 15.3 seconds at 91.2 mph. Stepping up to the 540i delivers one of the best V-8s on earth, a 4.4-liter/282-horsepower DOHC jewel that (thanks to its 310 pound-feet of torque available across a wide rpm band) feels like more. Lots more. Switch off the traction control, rev 'er to four grand, drop the clutch, and this Bavarian beast will mark over 75 feet of pavement with smoky Dunlop imprints. Zero-to-sixty mph takes a ponycar-eating 5.6 seconds, with the quarter mile eclipsing in 14.0 seconds at 100.7 mph. Thanks to the perfect spacing of gear ratios in the six-speed box, each redline upshift places the engine back in the fat part of the power curve, making the acceleration from 100 to 150 mph as exhilarating as many of the world's big-name performance cars. But at the same time, the engine remains silky smooth in everything it does, whether rushing to redline or pulling a steep grade in top gear. It's truly a magnificent powerplant.

We're not alone in those sentiments. A 54-year-old corporate executive from Florida wrote, "Really a great car! I also own a Porsche, and it's almost a toss-up which I like best." A 36-year-old V.P. of sales from Maryland enthusiastically stated, "This is the most powerful car I've ever driven. It is the finest machine on the road!" Further survey data reveals that "overall performance" and "fun to drive" were two items that most pleased 5 Series drivers, with 93.8 percent of 540i owners rating acceleration as "excellent," and 6.2 percent deciding it was merely "good"; there was no one who ranked acceleration as "fair" or (heaven forbid) "poor." We took delivery of our long-termer direct from BMW's tourist delivery center in Munich, Germany--an experience we highly recommend for anyone purchasing a new BMW. Not only was it a fun and painless experience, you'll save 10 percent on the car's retail price. That savings will pay for a good portion of your trip, and you'll get the unbelievable thrill of driving your high-performance Bimmer on the autobahns for which it was created. (Trust me, you will remember this for the rest of your life.) At the end of your stay, just drop the car off at any one of 18 E.H. Harms cartage offices in any of nine countries, sign four papers and get on an airplane. In about four weeks, the car will arrive at your local dealer for delivery. Heck, BMW even pays for its trans-Atlantic shipping (a $1500 value).

Once back on American soil, we got to drive the 540i more like normal people do. A 900-mile trip to the San Francisco area returned an amazing average of 22.4 mpg, despite sustained 90-100-mph cruising speeds on Interstate 5 on the way up. The return journey took us along gorgeous Highway 1, where the broad torque band of the 4.4-liter V-8 really impressed. This oceanfront roadway continually changes from ultra-twisty up-and-downhill 20-mph sections to 65-mph straights, and is packed with creeping motorhomes, distracted tourists, and confused geriatrics. We soon found we could leave the shifter in fourth gear literally all the time--driving it like a tall-geared automatic--with smooth and eager torque from as low as 800 rpm! That's impressive.

Two other items of delight: If the remote keyless entry system needs a new battery, a reminder will be displayed in the instrument cluster's message center when you start the car. And the effectiveness of this car's cooling system is nothing short of amazing. As a test, our black Bimmer sat idling, with the A/C on high for over 30 minutes on a 108-degree desert day, and not only was it comfy-cool inside, the temp needle never moved from its normal middle-of-the-gauge position.

So, it's great for summer use, but how about in deepest darkest winter? Often, high-powered cars are rendered near-useless by snow and ice, and even some traction control systems can't make up for the inclement weather downsides of huge tires and lots of torque. Fortunately, BMW's sophisticated All-Season traction control really works, delivering superb wet-weather handling and the perfect amount of traction control intervention: just a gentle guiding hand that gingerly slows a spinning wheel, while letting you continue to accelerate rapidly. A 50-year-old manager from Maryland wrote on his survey, "Love the electronic transmission and traction control in bad weather. This is the best winter car we've ever had."

Dry-pavement handling is also one of this machine's strengths. BMW is the champion of making MacPherson struts really perform, and the 5 Series' combination of taut suspension control, perfectly weighted steering, spot-on brake feel, and comfy ride is nothing short of amazing. The synergy of all these components working together is clearly more than the sum of their parts. It's part of what makes the 5 Series a totally satisfying, completely addicting, absolutely mesmerizing automobile. Our survey respondents agree, with 90.4 percent judging handling as "excellent." (Surprisingly, one lone disgruntled owner marked "poor." We can only surmise that either he mismarked the form or regularly commutes in a Penske/Ilmore CART racer. With an average speed through our slalom of 67.0 mph, this sedan outperforms a new Corvette! But, as dynamically awesome as this BMW is, there are a few faults. We agree with the 43-year-old finance director from Delaware who complained about the tight rear seat legroom, as well as the (begrudgingly installed for the American market) flimsy cupholders. In fact, one of the rear cupholders in our car broke after only a few uses; it was repaired under warranty. Other complaints from both the surveyed owners and the MT staff include the smallish trunk, as well as a schizophrenic automatic fan-speed controller in the HVAC system that occasionally overrides the preferred setting to give way-too-little or way-too-much blow.

Problem areas reported by survey respondents were few. Only 3.5 percent encountered any troubles at all, and those were of the relatively minor sort, such as balky radio controls, squeaky door seals, sticky glovebox latches, and occasionally non-functioning power windows. Our car irritated us a bit with all three problems on that list; however the occasional power window glitch miraculously fixed itself and never happened again.

We had one opportunity to use BMW's roadside assistance when the car mysteriously wouldn't start. The response time was good, but despite our telling the operator that the car was in our underground garage (overhead clearance of only 6 feet), they sent first one and then a second regular tow truck. Our solution was to use the tow hook from the onboard tool kit and, with a strap, use another test car to tow the Bimmer up three levels and onto the waiting flatbed. The mysterious problem was traced to a faulty IKE and EWS control unit, which decided to no longer recognize the coded ignition key. The items were replaced under warranty.

A 53-year-old consultant from Massachusetts reported an excellent experience with roadside assistance after bending two wheels on New Year's Eve in the middle of a snow storm. "Response time was less than one hour, and they even apologized for being late," the amazed owner told us. "Great car, great service, great people. What else can one say!" BMW dealers generally receive high marks for sales and service satisfaction, and 51.4 percent of those surveyed reported their dealer's sales practices as "excellent." On the topic of service satisfaction, 46.8 percent replied "excellent" and 35.2 percent marked "good." "Our experiences were either really good or really bad," wrote MT Road Test Coordinator Brad Long. Our man also scrawled that the world would be a better place if people had to earn the right to drive such a jewel of a car. "A lot of people who have BMWs think they're better than others and drive like jerks." (Welcome to SoCal.)

It's no secret we flat-out loved our 540i. In fact, we pleaded with BMW's execs to let us keep it for a two-year test. During that time, and our total of 16,207 miles of experiences, our only out-of-pocket service costs totaled $125.49. Oil consumption was negligible (only one quart had to be added), and average fuel economy hovered just above 18 mpg, despite this writer's daily blitzkrieg commute along L.A. 's legendary Mulholland Drive and through several twisty canyons, netting an in-town average of not much over 11 mpg. (I also could never resist an opportunity to show a Mustang or Corvette driver just what this "yuppie sedan" could do. The "stoplight loser" tally at last count: three Mustangs, two Porsche 911s, assorted Mercedes, and a friend's 1967 Corvette 427--that race track grudge match captured for posterity on "Motor Trend Television"!)

It's clear that, with the 5 Series, BMW has another


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