Thursday, April 23, 2015

5k: German Bruiser: 2001 BMW 540i 6-Speed

 The BMW e39 generation 5-series stands out in the world of fast used executive sized luxury sedans.  On one side are older 80s/90s cars that are starting to become classics, but lack amenities and speed you've come to expect with modern cars.  On the other side are 21st century designed cars with enough electronics to get the meanest hacker a headache, potentially devastating repair bills, and prices inflated with the siren song of shiny newness. The good news is that the unwashed masses haven't figured out yet that the prices for a properly optioned E39 are great, and the post facelift (2000+) examples still look newish.  Find this 2001 BMW 540i 6-Speed offered for $4,995 somewhere in Rhode Island via craigslist. Tip from Art C.


This is my favorite kind of craigslist seller (seriously, not joking this time) because he (she?) includes a number of blurry photos, and a low asking price.  This isn't someone who wants to spend a bunch of time to get top dollar for his car, he just wants to sell it quickly and will probably take the first offer he gets.  Great, because I love BMWs with 4.4 liter V8s pushing 291 horsepower and 340 ft-lbs of torque into a 6-speed gearbox for the cost of your average beat-to-death Civic (still not joking).  


See another slightly used 540i 6-speed for less? tips@dailyturismo.com

33 comments:

  1. Well, that was quick! The ad is gone, and I suppose maybe the car is also. Either that, or someone tipped them off that it was too cheap. Did anyone see how many miles were on it?

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    1. Thanks to DT for posting the exclusive on my 1973 1800ES.
      It sold even without blurry pictures.

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    1. bmwvin.com > BV94113

      pro: new tires, water pump, plugs - good leather, shiny paint, minimal dings inside and out - upgrade head/taillights, big subwoofer, 600W amp, tinted windows (thx previous guy!) - i swear it's been lowered a tiny bit - ice cold AC

      con: 184k miles (not really a con, now is it?) - a few missing pixels - got a little shimmy at ~50mph, even after the new tires, balancing and 2 alignments (so what the heck is it? anyhoo, it doesn't stay at 50 for long ;)

      reason selling: moving far away - sucks because i just got the dang thing last year, exactly the one i wanted and had been waiting for :( - my loss is your gain

      hey, vince - how should they contact me? - don't want to post my email - tips email? - should we do a post on this?

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    2. We could make a completely new post for something like this...or...if anybody want's Kaibeezy's 540i 6-speed -- just send an email to the tips email and we'll put you in contact.

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    3. Put it on craigslist with a poor description and worse photos then link it here for magic!

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    4. +1 on the DT writeup on Kaibeezy's car. What better use for DT?!?

      Where are you moving to, roughly? Moving out to where the action is, the NE? Really, there's no action here. I just like to think there is.

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    5. @writerboz - ha!

      @k2 - not saying yet ;)

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    6. The front end shimmy will be worn front thrust arm bushings. Reach under the front of the car and grab the big curved lower arm and try to wiggle. Any tiniest movement at all, and the bushings are done. Factory they are a X shaped bushing. Good for isolation, bad on longevity. Get the arms from ecs tuning with the heavy duty meyle full bushing, iirc $135 per. Replace both sides! Did mine in an afternoon. 1999 540i Touring driver.

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    7. I love mysteries! Am I close?

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/6XsLNAZ.jpg?1[/img]

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    8. @pcar - well, heck, wish i'd asked you sooner - too late for me now - next guy can do - i'll be sure to pass that along

      @k2 - if it was the northeast i would be driving it across - after fixing the thrust arms - or maybe tow it with the roadmaster...

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    9. Overseas? To the Middle East and the oil fields on camel back?

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    10. North "Land of the Snappy Haircuts" Korea?

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    11. Hawaii where the humuhumunukunukuapua'a play.

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    12. Yeah, 50mph shimmy is the front thrust arm bushings, if you're replacing the bushings in the existing arms use E53 X5 bushings turned around (the E53 arms mount in the opposite orientation to the E39 V8 arms.

      180k miles is thin ice if the cam guides haven't been changed. Needs done now.

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  3. I hardly ever buy movies on DVD. I just don't have any more room for stuff in my house plus I'm tired of the clutter. So it's gotta be something really special (or impossibly hard to see otherwise) for me to buy a flick on DVD. Well, The Hire was something I needed to own on DVD, so I bought it. Chosen is one of my favorite in the series of short movies and I can think of no finer film (albeit a short) that features the 540i. I'd be flabbergasted if all of you hadn't already see it, but here's the entire thing again. If you haven't seen it in a while, then it's high time you revisited it! I know I'm enjoying seeing it again.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6azAviqGvs

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  4. Hard to argue with the price. Then again, you could spend an order of magnitude less and get this autobahn-storming beauty -
    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00d0d_3Ha6chQhf6I_600x450.jpg[/img]
    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/4992674384.html

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    1. Please don't flame me for this spark of a joke; FIRE SALE!

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    2. Not so hot, K2. Be glad that you're not fired.

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    3. Fleetwood T. BroughamApril 24, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      Pretty sure that joke extinguished K2's comedy career chances.

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    4. I shall explode from the smoke and ashes of the car-b-que to rise again!

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    5. Fine. So my jokes are bad. But every time you hop into a 7, don't just wanna do a burnout? Or does it just make you iL just thinking about it?

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    6. OK buddy, where's the fire...

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    7. *i* thought it was funny - let's see s'more

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    8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRlj5vjp3Ko

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    9. I'm too busy watching a rerun of Burn Notice. Don't bother me.

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  5. So does iL stand for "ignites longitudinally"? "Incendiary Lemon "?

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