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Old 11-12-2004, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, you' ve seen some of my early posts, like the one "How do I change the Plugs", or "Oil/ filter Checklist needed!!" yep, I was (am) a newbie!

Forsure my excitement for my new 98 540i6sp was out front and center. BUT NOW...I can tell you I love this car.

Let me do a top ten list.

1) V8, nothing else needs to be said, that is one sweet motor. dare I say it - A CLASSIC.

2) Looks. This car (mine is cosmos black on black) bone stock everything looks amazing - and its 6 years old...again CLASSIC comes to mind.

3) Engineering. The car is a pleasure to work on. period. I look forward to maintainance projects.

4) The ride. Speeding away from a light, highway, "spirited" shifting, you name it and this car does it all well. The track experience will be tried in the spring - I expect I will be gushing after that day!

5) Interior, these seats hug me. The passenger seat - same thing. The back seats are the best I have seen. This car is comfortable. 310ft lbs and comfy for four. nice!

6) The whole ownership thing. I was in Toronto for a dinner and was driving down Young St, then Avenue, then York...as many things as there are to look at, I still managed to spot every BMW that was around! HAA...and I think they Spotted me.

7) Understatement. The 540 is soooo much a "sleeper", that even the insurance ($1000/year) companies havent clued in yet. Love understated cars.

8) ASC +T , this is a really nice feature. I happened to turn it OFF one day and thought ....no big deal - WRONG! the 540 is a beast when you let it out of the ASC cage.

9) BMW quality , have you checked out how solid this car is undercarrige wise...good materials used - exhaust, rear sub-frame, front suspension etc etc the best, the best...its the best!

10) This car has spoiled me(and my wife) for other cars....I am not sure if this is a good thing or something that could cost me some serious cash in the not too distant future. IE now my wife wants a BMW325XiT....too funny.

ITS ALL GOOD!!!

So there you have my rant.....do with it what you will....cheers
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Now you know why they call it the "ultimate driving machine".

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One day I will be looking for such a car... for the family.. but for now and ever... I will own this one.. the only one I have right now...

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Nerf -

As you already know, you and I are similar in that we recently purchased our first BMWs at about the same point in our lives. I totally share your enthusiasm! I was just telling my wife tonight that I feel as though I am ready for just about any kind of launch when I am nestled into that awesome thigh-supproting heated Sport seat, short of maybe blasting off for the moon!

And I also agree with your mechanical outlook. I admit to being slightly intimidated at first (having not worked on a BMW before), but I am now confident after having changed the oil and successfully defeating a MAF gremlin. I also now have in hand my trusty Bentley service manual and a Peake reset tool, so I feel like I'm all set for long-term smiles.

That said, I have found 2 "faults":
1) seatbelt buckles that are angled relative to the direction you want to push them to plug them in, presumably to better conform the belt to one's curved middle, but it's a REAL pain trying fasten my girls into the back seat when the angled part wants to push against an un-curved, unyielding plastic booster seat. I'd LOVE to straighten those son-of-a-guns out, at least in the back seat.
2) squeaking from the back that is either the well-documented door seal squeaks (despite my treating all seals with silicone grease), or something related to the split folding seats (maybe a latch or hinge). The squeak must DIE!

Other than that I'd really like about a 7000 or 7500-rpm redline (in lieu of the 5700) with my 6-speed, but that's not really a fault when most of the reason it's even an issue is because the motor is so strong that redline takes no time to rev to!

Please, please, please fill us all in on your track time next Spring. Gotta hear all about THAT!

Gushing along with you,
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Oh, and regarding the ASC+T: total dittos!! On my 1999, it's called DSC, which, after some experimentation, I've determined stands for "Downright Scary Control", because when you turn that "control" off, the car is so frickin fast and ready to twist its 255/40 Dunlops that it's Downright Scary!!! Wheeeeeeeee!
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Dam i would love to give the V8 engine a spin....

I have a 528 (6 cyl) and i brought it because i thought it was just in the middle of the performance/MPG scale (You've got the M5/540 for amazing performance and the 520 and the other end for good MPG but not so good performance).

Since i do more MPG my petrol (gas) bills are not too large! I suppose its ok for you Gas Guzzling Americans to get 540's since the price of fuel is so little compared to the UK.

At the present moment, in North London (where i live) a litre of unleaded costs me approx. 83 pence-$1.54 just for a litre!! Its a joke.....

But anywayz, the V8 must be an amazing and thrilling experience....enjoy the good times nerf26!!

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EricS, in regards to the squeak in your rear doors. I have read a topic where this is a common problem. It seems like the dealer tends to replace the screws by the door to solve the problem (I'm not sure which ones though). Anyway, maybe you can do a search under this topic. JUST CLICK ON MY ASSISTANT FOR A SEARCH

Good luck my friend!

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PJV -

Wow, I knew euro petrol was higher, but whoah! The only way I do it is I don't drive nearly as much as I used to. Before I moved closer to my job, I was driving a '98 Civic HX 75 miles each way and getting 44 miles per gallon on 87 octane unleaded (our "regular), at a nominal $1.89 per US gallon.

I was actually pleasantly surprised to be getting 23.5 mpg with the 540 on my new commute of 15.5 miles. Do the math, and even at $2.12 per gallon for "premium" 93-octane, I'm still saving money because I am driving so much less. But the car is SO good that I find I AM driving a little more than necessary... :wink

But don't forget: YOU have rack-and-pinion steering and in the 540 we don't!
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But don't forget: YOU have rack-and-pinion steering and in the 540 we don't!
LOL!!!!

But the V8 must such a beautiful engine, how many horses are does it have? I also suppose that the matenance costs for the V8 must be quite high.....

[QUOTE]a nominal $1.89 per US gallon.[\QUOTE]

....Its NOT FAIR!!!!
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LOL! You are right about it not being fair, and that's without us even touching the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, which, if the greenies would ever let us near, would potentially yield well over 1 BILLION more gallons of oil, greatly deacreasing our dependence on foreign oil in a cost-effective manner, despite the kid-glove treatment normally given oil-handling in such areas.

Since you asked, Power in the '97 and '98 540 (M62) was 282 HP @ 5700 rpm and 310 lb-ft @3900 rpm. Power in the 1999-2002 540 (M62TU) was the same 282 hp, but at a lower 5400 rpm, and with a corresponding higher torque of 324 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm. This difference was basically due to the change-over from Bosch M5.2.1 to Bosch ME 7.2 engine management system in 1999.
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LOL! You are right about it not being fair, and that's without us even touching the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, which, if the greenies would ever let us near, would potentially yield well over 1 BILLION more gallons of oil, greatly deacreasing our dependence on foreign oil in a cost-effective manner, despite the kid-glove treatment normally given oil-handling in such areas.

Since you asked, Power in the '97 and '98 540 (M62) was 282 HP @ 5700 rpm and 310 lb-ft @3900 rpm. Power in the 1999-2002 540 (M62TU) was the same 282 hp, but at a lower 5400 rpm, and with a corresponding higher torque of 324 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm. This difference was basically due to the change-over from Bosch M5.2.1 to Bosch ME 7.2 engine management system in 1999.
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The engine management s/w ... can the '98 model be updated??? perhaps not , I seem to remember something about VANOS being incorporated in '99....

Interesting stuff.....

Just a note....we are paying about $0.95 per litre CDN funds - up north in Canada eh?

One other point....The milage from the 540 becomes secondary to the driving experience. If I wanted milage I would get a VW TDi ... at this stage of my life (+40) I want to have the power.....love the power. Also, the maintanance for the V8 ??? oil change, air filter, 8 spark plugs....no big deal. Worth every penny.

.........nerf out
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I know what you're feeling - I've only got the 2.5ltr 523 but my missus is fed up of hearing about it.

Speedwise it's not too bad 0-60 in 8.2 seconds is by far the fastest car I've ever had and with a new exhaust and chip she will soon be pushing more HP than a standard 528 so 0-60 in the realms of 7.2-7.5 secs is quite achievable. Personally I think the straight 6 sounds racier than the big v's (especially with my induction kit
) but that's just my humble opinion. As for cosmos black on black check the sig - can't think of a better looking car.
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Yeah beelz, its true...an E39 in Black rocks hardcore....Like my colour just as much though...Glacier Green, i think it looks sweet and not that common!!

My 528 does 0-60 in 7.5 secs with 195 bhp. Once some funds have been accumilated a few mods will do nicely :P :P

Also, i lifted up the bonnet yesterday to look over my engine and realised it has forced induction already....wasn't expecting to see that, but its there!!

With the V8's you get more torque but with the Straight 6 you get more revs!
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Yeah beelz, its true...an E39 in Black rocks hardcore....Like my colour just as much though...Glacier Green, i think it looks sweet and not that common!!

My 528 does 0-60 in 7.5 secs with 195 bhp. Once some funds have been accumilated a few mods will do nicely :P :P

Also, i lifted up the bonnet yesterday to look over my engine and realised it has forced induction already....wasn't expecting to see that, but its there!!

With the V8's you get more torque but with the Straight 6 you get more revs!
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Yeah beelz, its true...an E39 in Black rocks hardcore....Like my colour just as much though...Glacier Green, i think it looks sweet and not that common!!

My 528 does 0-60 in 7.5 secs with 195 bhp. Once some funds have been accumilated a few mods will do nicely* :P* :P

Also, i lifted up the bonnet yesterday to look over my engine and realised it has forced induction already....wasn't expecting to see that, but its there!!

With the V8's you get more torque but with the Straight 6 you get more revs!
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Yep what ever one you buy they sure do deserve thae tag "Ultimate Driving Machin".

You're right PJV yours probably has that little bit more exclusivity as you don't see many Glacier greens around - Nearly bought one myself once but was put off by the mileage - little did I know 120,000 mls is nothing to one of these baby's!
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