5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
First off, I think there are probably differences between US and Canada 540s, but are all of the 540/6's you are looking at from model year 2000? I ask because in 1997 and 1998 the 540/6 had the 4-spoke steering wheel. Beginning in 1999 (my car's year), it had the 3-spoke steering wheel with the little "M" on the bottom spoke and the little "M" on the shifter knob. I believe MY2000 is pretty much identical to MY1999, except for the key fob and some other very minor differences. My 1999 540/6 (and I believe 2000 and even 2001) has the Type 32 "multi-spoke" rims, staggered - 17" x 9" wide rear, 17" x 8" wide front.
I've never seen a black headliner.
Try the roadfly E39 forum and do a search. Someone on there posted the definitive list of model year differences a few months back and it gets resurrected from time to time.
Just my 2 cents. I hope this helps.
__________________ <span style='colorurple'>Eric S.</span>
2006 Honda Odyssey EXL-RES
2006 Honda Accord V6 EX-L Sedan
1999 BMW 540i 6-Speed (Sold to M3UOND on 9/21/06)
1991 Honda Civic Si - Occasional Beater
I am shopping for a 2000 or so 540i with the 6 speed manual. I've looked at a couple, and done some reasearch, but am confused about the options.
From what I've read, all 6 speed manual 540's should have the sport package as standard. Yet the last one I looked at had the 4 spoke steering wheel. Is this correct?
Another claims to have the "M package". It had the 3 spoke steering wheel, but multi spoke wheels. Not the 5 spoke (with centers cut out) wheels I would have expected.
Neither had the black headliner....did htis come later?
Is there a source that explains (preferably with pictures) what these packages include, especially for year 2000?
I'm in Canada, but I expect we get the same cars as USA.
Thanks in advance for any help,
I'm looking at the 2000 5 series catalog as we speak. The sport steering wheel is standard on the 540 6 speed. On the wheels the mixed radial were standard for the sport 6 speed and automatic but the Mixed Parallels Spoke (5 spoke w/centers cut out) are actually optional on the 6 speed. The black alcantra headliner only came in 2003 540 w/sport pkg. I also just confirmed this in my catalogs as I have the 2000 through 2003 5 series catalogs. Keep in mind when looking at used BMW's lots of people modify their cars especially wheels. But, I can't imagine how a 4 spoke steering wheel got on a 2000 540 6 speed? I think there's more to the story. My friend has a '97 540 6 speed but it does not have a sport steering wheel as I think these steering wheels started maybe '98, '99? Don't know! I do know for a fact that later model Canadian BMW's especially the 2003 530 can be different. I have a US '03 530 and I know Canada has an "M-Tech" version which has M bumpers and some other stuff so maybe the 540 Canadian cars fall in that category also as being different is some respects. Don't assume anything with BMW's. Good luck.
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