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Old 04-23-2005, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all,
Anyone faced problems with 540i E34 or E39?
If engine or coolant or gear?
I am looking to buy one of them but i did not decide yet as ofcourse big difference in price, so if someone cna help this will be great.
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Old 04-23-2005, 10:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ahraah@Apr 23 2005, 08:22 AM
hi all,
Anyone faced problems with 540i E34 or E39?
If engine or coolant or gear?
I am looking to buy one of them but i did not decide yet as ofcourse big difference in price, so if someone cna help this will be great.
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Well it all depends. Because my car(E34 530i) sat in storage for over a year when I got it it had all sorts of coolant leaks due to the coolant corroding the coolant hoses. So you may want to look out for your hoses...cheak for leaks.

Actually you could always bring it to a dealership and have them perform a leak down test, and for the E34 it wouldn't hurt to do a compression check. (Problem with the block and high sulfur fuel corroding the surface of it...)

Since December of this year here is what I have done:
- Replaced upper and lower rad hoses
- Replaced a funky hose under the expansion tank (expensive piece)
- Replaced Aux. Water Pump
- Replaced the Slave cylinder (It was dead)
- Replaced the tie rod assembly and thrust arm bushings (upgraded mine to 750i bushings) both sides
- Replaced all my v-belts

If all this fun stuff wouldn't have needed changing I would have been able to get my Racing Dynamic RIMS re-finished and added a couple of upgrades to the engine!! ghead

If you can afford the E39 540 I would get it...BUT it would have to be equipped with the M-Sport package and a 6 speed gear box...otherwise the E34 is a great car and great bang for your buck!

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Old 04-23-2005, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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but how about performance and stability? which is better? fuel consumption is also a count 530 is cool but I hear it is best on year 2000 model.
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but how about performance and stability? which is better? fuel consumption is also a count 530 is cool but I hear it is best on year 2000 model.
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e34 530 and e34 540 are VERY similar as they are the same engine, just with a different bore. So all of his advice / words apply directly to the e34 540.

the e39 530 is definately a very nice car, but it is powered by a 6 cylinder engine which is what makes it better. BMW's 6 cylinders are indestructable.

The safer bet is indeed the e39 540 because the e34 540 had the nikisil issue (not so much a big deal nowadays, but you stilll want to be on the look out for it - search these forums for nikisil) and the e39 540 (late models) have VANOS which does help torque a little bit. The newer m62 engines also yield slightly better gas mileage.

Personally, I prefer driving the e34 more (two daily drivers: e34 and e39) because it has a more raw feel to it. However, the e39 is definately a better and more comfortable cruiser car. It all depends on the way you like to drive.

Tranny's on AVERAGE last 150k miles, depending on maintenance it may VERY well top that or it may very well fail earlier.

Engines are strong, Vanos engines just give one more thing to worry about. Technology in the newer models is better, however and it may feel faster and get better MPG just because of that.

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but how about performance and stability? which is better? fuel consumption is also a count 530 is cool but I hear it is best on year 2000 model.
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...my fuel consumption is terrible...haha...good'ol V8s...I get about 13 MPG(17L/100KM) in town, I don't put on any highway klicks, but when cruisin I get about 24 MPG(10L/100KM)...

as far as performance...like Sporky said it feels raw(Manshit), I don't have any experience on the E39, but handling is a dream in my E34...might help that I have good rubber and rims...but I'm sure jumping up to a 4.0L enging is a huge difference!
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so E34 540 might need good inspection,
how about E39 year 1999-2000 which is best engine for performance ofcourse and stablity? I do not know from which model they added the ASC system.
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so E34 540 might need good inspection,
how about E39 year 1999-2000 which is best engine for performance ofcourse and stablity? I do not know from which model they added the ASC system.
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ASC was started in 1994... ASC + T was available in LATE 95, i believe and available in most e39s.

ASC + T is far more advaced and works much better.
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I have an e34 with 250,000 miles on it!!! No repairs at all to the trany (fuck that saying they break at 150! No major repairs to engine just tuneups. Totally stock car 250 thousand miles! Way to go!
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Just a notice I found on the 525i 1992 which I have, I guess the fuel consumption is high, maybe because i have a heavy acceleration since i used to have 328 (which i lost in crash ) but I notice it is really high? is it well known for this model or I need to check something?
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Originally posted by sp0rky+Apr 24 2005, 09:25 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(sp0rky @ Apr 24 2005, 09:25 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-ahraah@Apr 24 2005, 12:11 PM
so E34 540 might need good inspection,
how about E39 year 1999-2000 which is best engine for performance ofcourse and stablity? I do not know from which model they added the ASC system.
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ASC was started in 1994... ASC + T was available in LATE 95, i believe and available in most e39s.

ASC + T is far more advaced and works much better.
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You know...ASC actually pisses me off on a regular basis...sometimes I just wish I would have remembered to turn it off as it just kills all acceleration and makes my car hate me for 10 seconds... :P !
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1997 528I E-39 with 123,000K Original everything, cant even hear the engine running, no problems, other then usual shit just the electric cooling fan needs to be rebuilt (they all pick up crap off the street) Every motorized, or pushbutton thing works, heated seats steering wheel EVERYTHING. Great car!

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so E34 540 might need good inspection,
how about E39 year 1999-2000 which is best engine for performance ofcourse and stablity? I do not know from which model they added the ASC system.
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ASC was started in 1994... ASC + T was available in LATE 95, i believe and available in most e39s.

ASC + T is far more advaced and works much better.
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You know...ASC actually pisses me off on a regular basis...sometimes I just wish I would have remembered to turn it off as it just kills all acceleration and makes my car hate me for 10 seconds... :P !
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You know...ASC actually pisses me off on a regular basis...sometimes I just wish I would have remembered to turn it off as it just kills all acceleration and makes my car hate me for 10 seconds... :P !
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Me too. Only really bad drivers need it anyway.
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comeon guys it helps on sliding roads and high speed handling on curves I tried it before on Audi TT really great control on curves
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