In Reply to: 1989-1994 540i posted by Aaron Anderson on March 26, 1999 at 13:53:57:
The E34 540i was only made in 1994 and 1995, with the manual trans only in 1995. There is a problem with the v8 engine in these cars regarding degradation of the cylinders due to high sulphur content in the gas in certain areas. However, BMW will provide at no cost a new short block if your car fails a leak down test the dealers do to see if there is degradation of the cylinders. BMW gives a 6yr 100k mile warranty on the original engine. I have a 95 540i 6 spd. and it is a great car. Go for it and try to get a certified pre owned car which extends the warranty on the car by 2 yrs and 50k miles.