Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Kansas City, Missouri USA
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Well, I guess I'm a lamo because I just bought a '97 540i with an automatic. But it has only 73,000 miles. Paid $14,500 and it is in great shape. A big V-8 that sucks gas bigtime, but purrs like a kitten. I would not call the car nimble, by any means. I am coming from a SAAB 9.3 turbo, and I would definitely call that car nimble. The 540i is very heavy compared to the SAAB, a big piece of German machinery. The optimum gas mileage seems to be at 85 mph. A real autobahn car.
But, I love it. There are a few glitches which I posted on the instrument panel FAQ, and hope someone can help me with those. But performance wise, it is sweet.
I did price the same car on CARMAX and several other sites, and it seems that $18-20 K is not unusual at all. Mine was a re-po, possible why I got the good deal. Check the classifieds in your paper, that's where I found mine.