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    E39 540i/6 Touring

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    Cost to repair jacking points

    It was a place called Car & Truck near Bristol. I'd highly recommend their welding guy who appeared to do a really thorough job, but the paint shop part of the operation wasn't quite as reassuring. Here's the NSR in progress showing how much material was removed, and the newly-constructed jacking point support. They put a lot of waxoyl in afterwards too.
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    Cost to repair jacking points

    That's in the ballpark of what I paid to have my Touring sorted. Exhaust, tank and prop off, then both rear jacking points were completely rebuilt using thicker metal than original. You might get lucky and find a fabricator that'll do it for less, but the decent bodyshops I talked to were in that area. It was at the MOT failure stage, and as the alternative was breaking the car I didn't have much choice.
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    540i Exhaust Mod Options

    If be very interested to find out what it's like with just the one rear silencer removed. I think the dead-end one is a resonator, so leaving it on may reduce the tendency to drone a bit a certain rpms. Easy to get the second removed later if it's a bit tame with just one gone, although extra expense. Also - hang on to any bits you take off.
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    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    I had the back box and resonator (the two 'scuba tanks') replaced with a single pipe and original-looking trim for £75 (5 years ago though). No MOT issues so far, and it's added an extra element of entertainment to compensate for the sub-20mpg. It's not that intrusive on part-throttle, but is pretty loud at full-throttle. The good thing is that if you get the original removed carefully, you can always put it back to standard if you find it a bit much.
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    Hi - Finally got a BMW worth talking about again

    That scuttle shake feeling could well be the rear subframe bushes. While you're checking things out, pop the jacking point covers off and have a poke around for us in the sills. The tailgate is unsightly, but it's rust there that'll kill a car.
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    Best and Worst thing about an E39

    It sounds like a fleet combining a rusty e39 with a galvanised Pug 306 is a common combo here - there's three of us at least. I love the ride, handling and performance of the 540i. Modern cars feel dead in comparison, and give nothing like as much feedback. I'm not so keen on the cost of keeping it going - coming up next: subframe bushes (again), rear tyres (never ending) and an aircon service.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    2000 BMW 540 touring auto 106k feeler

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