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2003 BMW 540i Sport 6-speed manual
This 2001 BMW 540i 6-speed manual is finished in black with a black interior. The manual transmission is a sought-after find in these cars, a slight step down from the E39 M5 in performance though arguably a slight step up in reliability.
CCC Vital Info – 2003 BMW 540i 6-speed manual
Odometer – 115,000 km
Engine Info – 4.4L V8 M62, front-mounted
Transmission Info – 6-speed manual
Exterior Colour – Black
Interior Colour – Black
Other features – US-market car imported from Texas in 2011, Maintenance records
Seller – Private
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The 4.4L M62 engine was good for 282 horsepower when new. Power is sent to the rear wheels and all 540s of this generation feature BMW’s dynamic stability control (DSC). This car has some performance modifications, which may or may not be of value for its next custodian. On the list is a DINAN cold air intake and a Stage 1 Flash, a software modification which, among other things, removes the engagement of the factory governor at 250 km/h.
The car features BMW Style-32 wheels, a factory offering in 17”. This US-market unit was imported from Texas in 2011. It started duty in the Alberta winter starting in 2019. The black paint presents well in the limited photos. (There is reference in the ad text to one of the major auction sites in the U.S., so we are surprised that the seller has not posted more photos.) The headlight covers show a little bit of fogging, but this could probably be remedied with the right compound and an orbital buffer.
The black Montana leather looks good in the photos, though more are needed to make a realistic assessment. We are also interested in knowing if the pixels in the dash display, BMW Business head unit and HVAC system are intact and illuminating.
The seller mentions that he has service records dating back to 2004, the most involved are for a new clutch and flywheel.
This 2003 BMW 540i 6-speed manual is advertised on Kijiji for $16,000. It can be found in Calgary, Alberta.
Our thanks to CCC member Matt for tipping us off about this one.