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Old 03-14-2006, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2003 540i Which One?

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I am looking at 3 540i's right now, all are 2003 and have sport package and are at PA dealerships. All are CPO with BMW + 2year warranty over factory. All are mint. Leaving an Audi A6 2.7T 2000 for this. Mistake???

1. Auto, 28k miles black on black asking $40,989
2. 6 speed, 36k miles, black on black, asking $39,300
3. Auto, 32k miles, black on black, asking $39,995

Which one would you choose and what is a fair price for each?

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All those seem like a fair price for the miles. You could maybe try to talk them down another thousand on whichever one you pick ... maybe more; all up to your negotiating skills -- you wont get too much lower tho. Blue book is right around there.

As for which to choose ... personally, I'd choose the 6 speed, because there's nothing quite like a BMW v8 and a 6 speed ... it pulls like a train. Automatics arent too shabby either ... basically it all comes down to where you do most of your driving and if you want to deal with the clutch if you do a lot of heavy traffic.

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Hello All-

I am looking at 3 540i's right now, all are 2003 and have sport package and are at PA dealerships. All are CPO with BMW + 2year warranty over factory. All are mint. Leaving an Audi A6 2.7T 2000 for this. Mistake???

1. Auto, 28k miles black on black asking $40,989
2. 6 speed, 36k miles, black on black, asking $39,300
3. Auto, 32k miles, black on black, asking $39,995

Which one would you choose and what is a fair price for each?

Thanks!
I only see one viable choice in the above, but that's just my opinion. Too bad it has the most miles.
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Get the six speed. Those few extra miles shouldn't make a difference on such a long-lasting car. Assuming you take care of it, that is.
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There's only 1 choice but then I'm biased.....take the 6spd. I sold my 2001 Audi A4 to buy my 540i. Again, in my humble opinion, the BMW is a much better built car and the general fit and finish is far superior. And besides nothing kicks *** like this car on the highway. The only thing I miss about the Audi is the quattro drive, living here, the BMW is a bit of a challenge to drive in the winter. It's all a trade off, nothing is perfect but I am very pleased with my BMW.

Enjoy your new ride ! (which ever one you choose)

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Gotta go with the rest of the suggestions:

Get the 6-speed!!

That is unless you drive in a ton of stop and go traffic daily. WRT LadyBim's post, I think the manual can actually help in the snowy weather. A 540i/6 with good snow tires is quite capable in the snow. It's no 330xi or X5, but it's not impossible either.
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Ok ok ok already...I get it! I just drove the 6 speed. Now I know what everyone has been talking about. Smooth and powerful. I wished the gear throw was a bit shorter, but no biggie.

I am sold on the car. Despite the fact that I will be giving up the A6 Quattro's awesome snow feet, I still think the 540 is great. Now I need to weigh the Philly/Jersey Beach traffic hassle of the clutch vs. the automatic's lack of explosive power. I am on the fence.

Thanks for all of your input. If anyone has a definitive tie breaker, let me know.used:
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Ok ok ok already...I get it! I just drove the 6 speed. Now I know what everyone has been talking about. Smooth and powerful. I wished the gear throw was a bit shorter, but no biggie.

I am sold on the car. Despite the fact that I will be giving up the A6 Quattro's awesome snow feet, I still think the 540 is great. Now I need to weigh the Philly/Jersey Beach traffic hassle of the clutch vs. the automatic's lack of explosive power. I am on the fence.

Thanks for all of your input. If anyone has a definitive tie breaker, let me know.used:
Tie breaker: The shifter throw was one of my complaints, but there are numerous aftermarket and BMW M solutions available to fix that. The clutch probably still has the CDV in it - once you remove that, it will feel even more responsive! All 6-speeds come with the Sport package. Do either of those automatics have the sport package? You can tell by whether the window trim is shiny metal or black. Black = sport package = bad-a$$....
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CDV? What is this?

All the autos are sport as well.
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Clutch-Delay-Valve, it's a little valve that restricts fluid in the tranny which make the clutch feel soft-made for people who don't know how to drive stick. Remove that and you get crisp and very precise clutch which will let you get through the gears like-BAM...BAM...BAM, it's a very good mod, the first I would do if I were you.
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Decision Made!

Thanks again for all the good advice. Went with the 2003 540i Sport 6 Speed. 31k miles.
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good choice, congrats!
i'd also choose the 6spd
there are many advantages to it, like faster acceleration, better gas milage, better re-sale price. If you go on ebay and look for older 540s (99-00), you'll see that generally 6-spd get more money than automatics.
and like Eric said, aftermarket shifter kit is the best way to go.

My only disagreement with your choice is:
for $40k you could have gotten 2001 M5 with maybe 5k more miles (assuming that you could get extended warranty on that). It is THE BEST 5-series, that is much faster than any 540s (400hp vs 300hp), better handling, more rare and exclusive, with all the options you can think of, and it'll hold its value much better than any other 5-series. Basically, all the 540 owners wish they had M5.
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Thumbs up Excellant choice on on your 540/6

Two months ago I purchase a 2001 540/6 with 33,000 mile. It needed a little work and I negociated the repair into the price. In my reseach before buying I found in this forum typical repairs and in my case this included: radiator, front windshield, brake pads/rotors, oil change, wiper blades and battery.

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My only disagreement with your choice is:
for $40k you could have gotten 2001 M5 with maybe 5k more miles (assuming that you could get extended warranty on that). It is THE BEST 5-series, that is much faster than any 540s (400hp vs 300hp), better handling, more rare and exclusive, with all the options you can think of, and it'll hold its value much better than any other 5-series. Basically, all the 540 owners wish they had M5.
I gotta agree that the M5 is the penultimate E39, and I would love to have one, but I seriously wonder if I could afford to maintain and repair it? The 540 is keeping me and my wallet busy enough as it is, and from what I've read, the M5 has even more expensive things to fix or repair.

Still, I'd like the chance to see for myself...

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I gotta agree that the M5 is the penultimate E39, and I would love to have one, but I seriously wonder if I could afford to maintain and repair it? The 540 is keeping me and my wallet busy enough as it is, and from what I've read, the M5 has even more expensive things to fix or repair.

Still, I'd like the chance to see for myself...

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well like i said, it's all about spending extra $$$ on extended warranty
otherwise you are screwed haha
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