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    E39 540i/6 Touring

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  1. New member 540i tourer

    Apart from the auto gearbox that's close to my ideal spec - hope you enjoy it. PS - replace the timing chain tensioner immediately, unless you've evidence it's been done. Fuel filter too.
  2. New member 540i tourer

    Sorry, should have been clearer - that was directed at the OP. A 540i Touring popped up on the Pistonheads Bargain Barge thread, and was the subject of much admiration before it sold.
  3. New member 540i tourer

    Have you bought the black one that was on AutoTrader? That's a good-looking car, and not bad value given the apparent condition. Did I see two air fresheners in the pictures though? What do you reckon - dog owner or smoker?
  4. Touring boot strut replacement

    I guess you've seen this video - the simplest way looks to be to cut an access panel in the roof skin... https://youtu.be/TjVnTPZ7j4k?t=145
  5. 540i rough cold idle -inlet gaskets

    Have a read of this first: http://www.meeknet.co.uk/e31/BMW_M60_M62_M62TU_Vacuum_Leaks.htm
  6. 530d saloon or Touring

    Apologies - just spotted this is the G30/31 forum. Any opinions I have about this are 20 years out of date, and can be ignored.
  7. 530d saloon or Touring

    I'm happy with the way my Touring handles, and the ride is acceptable rather than magic carpet. I certainly haven't driven a saloon that was significantly better, although the M5s were an improvement. Adding a little negative camber to the front made a noticeable difference. If you're concerned about ride and handling, I'd think that 19" wheels are a bad choice.
  8. 2000 BMW 540 touring auto 106k feeler

    That could be it - it would partly explain the number of pre-facelifts with the SE setup.
  9. V8 curiosity

    We had a forum meet at a local rolling road a few years back where my non-vanos 540i was recorded at 301bhp and 375lb/ft. If that's accurate I'm pretty happy with those numbers. It fits with my experience of driving E39 M5s - the 540i isn't that far off until you get to higher revs.
  10. 540i cuts out after hot start

    My 540i did something similar. First time it was the cam position sensor (just one on a non-vanos car), second time it was the MAF at fault.
  11. Headlight Bulbs

    Osram Nightbreaker Extreme here, and they're a very worthwhile and simple improvement. Brighter bulbs have a shorter life than standard though - I'm getting about two years out of a set.

    Do you have the part number? I'm looking for a 64118374994.
  13. Excuse the potentially dumb question, but how much work is it to fit these to a 1997 car, currently without heated seats?
  14. 2000 BMW 540 touring auto 106k feeler

    My understanding was that pre-facelifts came with sport suspension by default, with the standard setup as an option. As for how many Tourings are left, I think it's a lot more than 19.
  15. How many 540i/6 tourings on the forum?

    Occasional forum visitor here, with a '97 540i/6 T. I think this has been discussed before - a search might turn something up. Have you checked your sills yet? Mines booked in for some extensive welding next month...