In Reply to: Any 2nd/3rd/4th 540i owners? Please Read posted by Dan on August 30, 2001 at 18:54:28:
This car has been a lemon from the day I bought it. The stereo died within 50 feet of the dealer's lot on the day I bought it, it has gone through four O2 sensors, a catastrophic water pumpshaft failure that also took out the radiator, the A/C compressor, PS pump, transmission vibration damper, complete sets of PW solenoids AND brake rotors, and two sets of Z-rated rubber. That's a huge repair list for a car that gets all of the recommended service and is driven in the South - no temp extremes (unless you call 100F an extreme) and no snow and/or salt.
Overall, I'd have to say that I'll never buy one of these pigs again - no matter how much fun they are to drive. The #$& car has to run before you can drive and enjoy it!
Any input from any poster on how to get some action from BMW on this problem? So far all I have gotten is screwed.
Have any of you had problem with your car, regarding the M60/sluphur issue? I am looking to buy a 540i and I am skeptical of buying it because of this. I have done the research and when looking for one I plan to check the records and the casting numbers on the short block. The extended warranty is almost over, if not already (it's been 6 years!!). If I were to purchase one, I don't know how I would get a leakdown test for it because I doubt the owner selling it to me would lend me his car to do it, even though I would pay for it. The only way I could get a leakdown test done on the car I wanted is if I were to buy it through a dealer, which I wont do because of the mark up prices they sell the cars for. What have you all done?