In Reply to: E34 540i and V8 certification posted by Karl on September 19, 1999 at 18:15:56:
Go here (www.530i.org) and follow the link to Brent Anderson's web site - he has the casting numbers to look for on the block to determine if it is an original (Nikasil) or replaced (Alusil) block.
However - it's easier to ask for a print out of a car's service record from the dealer, if that's where you are buying it. If it's been replaced, the records will show that. If you're getting it from a private party, they should be able to get and show to you the same documentation.
The E34 540i was available in the US in 1994, 1995, and early 1996 (although still as a 1995 model year as BMW brought ou the E39 '97 to replace it). There are both 5 and 6 speed models, I think. Others know lots more about all the models and permutations within the E34 540i range, so I won't waste our time w/any more guessing on that.
There is a link to Ben Liaw's Big BMW links on the 530i home page - you'll find sites w/more info on the 540i there, I'm sure.
E34 530i/540i Home Page: http://www.530i.org
: Does anyone know the dates of manufacture for the 540i E34? How
: many of these cars were produced, and did some come with manual transmission? Also, if a dealer or seller says the block was swapped, what is the official documentation to look for? Many thanks to all.
: Karl Herman