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: