Tuesday, September 3, 2013

5k: M-Sport: 1999 BMW 540i 6-spd

The E39 generation BMW 5-series was built from 1995-2003 and was available with fuel sipping diesel engines (but not in North America), silky gas I6s and brutish V8s.  The range topping M5 is certainly the maniac's choice, but the 540 is still a competent car for about 1/3 of the price.  In fact, the E39 540s are typically cross-shopped with E34 M5s and offer most of the performance of the previous M5 with only a few downsides.  Find this 1999 BMW 540i 6-spd M-Sport for sale in Seattle, WA for $7,400 via craigslist. Tip from John S.

This 540i isn't just clean, it is presented with a small set of well composed, properly exposed and varied photographs.  The car only has 89k miles on the odometer and the seller claims that it is well preserved, 100% stock and runs perfect.  The M62 4.4 liter alloy V8 puts out 291 horsepower and 340 ft-lbs of torque.

Inside the BMW interior looks in decent shape, even the tan colored seats look clean and well preserved.  We typically prefer black interiors because they age well, but this one looks good and you'll be less likely to burn your bottom on a hot day.

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  1. Looks good, great configuration for the E39, and the price (and the seller) seem reasonable. Fun car for running around, but of course, maintenance and repair costs will escalate along with the mileage.

  2. I owned a '99 540 for several years and they are nice rides. I prefer the 'tuning fork' style wheels over the turbine style. Understeer comes standard from the factory, but can be significantly reduced with a quick installation of an M5 rear sway bar, but make sure to upgrade the links or they will break.


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