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Hello everyone. I just bought my first BMW, a 1994 540i. Either the car was maintained EXTREMELY well, or BMW's are indestructible and always look like they rolled off the show room floor :P .
I bought it in Dallas on Friday and drove it straight through, home to Cape Coral FL. It was almost a 1300 mile trip. All I can say is 'WHAT A CAR!" With 70 mph speed limits on the roads I traveled, most people ran 80-85. A few times for fun I stabbed the gas at 65 and was nailed to the seat until I let up at 100. I have a 79 Corvette that I bracket race, but was VERY impressed by the 540.
It ran very well, the temp guage never moved from the middle mark, although the "low engine oil warning" came on when I stopped for gas. I checked the dipstick and the oil was at the full mark. This happened everytime I stopped for gas. I checked it one more time and found that the oil was still full. I just checked it and the level still hasn't changed.
The oil isn't too dirty, but I'm wondering if the weight is not sufficient. I had similar results with an old Volvo I used to own. Volvo recommended 15w-40 oil. When I stopped at the bottom of the off ramp from an expressway, the oil light would flicker at idle. Changing to 20w-50 resolved that problem. Has anyone had similar results?
The only other thing wrong with the car is that the map lights don't work, but I haven't checked the bulbs yet.
I know better from the Corvette Forum than to create the first post without a picture. :lol:
Nice car! And yes, it was extremely well-maintained...from the picture you posted, I recognize the seller as one I almost bought from on eBay. He was located in Texas and always took pictures of the cars he sold (mostly BMWs) in his airplane hanger, and every single one of them looked brand-spanking-new.
I don't know what to tell you about the light, but in response to Torque...remember that different models will have different sets of warning lights. My 540i, for example, has more detailed lights than my dad's 528i, and it might be the same with your 525i and this gentleman's 540i.
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Thanks for the replies!
Sorry for the vague description. The oil pressure only comes on before starting as it should. This car has an onboard computer with a display in the instrument cluster. That is where the "Low engine oil, check owner's manual' message displays.
I figured out why the map lights don't work, they are both burned out. I'll get some replacements. LOL it figures that one of the few times I actually needed to consult a map, the lights didn't work.
mrrogers: Thanks, and it sounds like the same place. Imagine Automotive group. So far the transaction has gone very well. Nice group of guys, they picked me up at the airport and were quick to answer any questions regarding the auction. You don't even have to buy the car if you don't like it once you see it in "person". Yes they have a whole bunch of BMW's accompied by some other well maintained sport-luxury cars including Mercedes and Porsche.
Ciscokid: this is an automatic transmission. I like sticks, but my wife gets to drive this car too and doesn't know how. I'd hate to ruin a clutch in one of these teaching her. I haven't experimented with the sport mode shifting yet. One of my co-workers who recently purchased a 94 3-series was told me he'd never speak to me again if he found out this car was a stick (he desparately wants to buy one in the future)
Mods? Oh boy oh boy! I've been to Dinan's site, and saw the chip and supercharger. The supercharger is pretty high dollar and I might have to wait a bit for that. Anything else I should be looking into? Is there a cold air intake for these beasts? Does the chip cause any reliability problems?
Ahy torque............Down here in New zealand with a chip we can ask the programmer to input what ever octane rating one requires.......even aviation fuel as high as 104octane ....or all the way back to 86. I would imagine you guys should be able to do the same up where you are.Virtually all cars that run commputers to operate a car run knock sensors which auotmatically retard and advance the spark regardless of the fuel octane.All your cars up in the USA have smog pumps.........we dont......there is a noticable difference in power.I was up there 3weeks ago and drove a used 540 the same as my car here and the power difference was considerable.Your comments are always interesting.all the best.
Hello you guys, never done this chatroom stuff before but here goes. I read your 540 chat. I've got one in the UK. drive it for business. You mentioned using different fuels with various octane ratings.
Well I've had my E39 converted to LPG and it runs like a dream! In the Uk LPG is less than half price of petrol.
The big question you'll ask is Does it affect the performance. Well, very liitle.
It is almost the same as running on our normal 95octane unleaded. Obviously it runs unbelievably well on 97octane or higher.
But what a fabulous car. It had 78000 on the clock, 4 years old and is the best, most satisfying drive in the world!
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