1998 BMW 5 Series 540ia 4.4L from North America
Beautifully performing car, if you like the repair shop
Catalytic Converters went at 46k.
Battery at 40k.
Dashboard Pixels went at 40k.
Water pump and radiator 72k.
Oxygen sensor 46k & 78K.
Airbag sensor 75k.
Tie Rod and Bushings 72k.
Air Conditioning Unit 80k.
The BMW 540 is a beautiful car as well as top notch when it comes to performance of a sports sedan.
The reliability is absolutely terrible for a 63k vehicle. I understand that there are certain things that you give up when you buy a performance car, but the items I have listed should have lasted at least till 90-100k. The list cost approx. $9,000.
The previous owner was my father and it was kept in a garage for the life of the vehicle. It has never seen 130k nor pushed past the red line.
This is unacceptable for any car. BMW should learn about what happens to unreliable luxury cars... ask Cadillac and now Mercedes.
This will be my last BMW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th April, 2006
I also have a 98 540iA. I hate this car. It is the 3rd BMW I have had and definitely the worst!
Things to go wrong-
Gaskets (valve cover and intake manifold)
CD changer doesn't change Cd's
Random dash lights coming on
Rear lights randomly turn off
If you push the traction control button it turns the car off
Plastic around the stereo pops out
Plastic on seat controls broke off
Hole in my cat.
This is by far the worst car I have ever had! It is uncomfortable with many blind spots!
Wow, and I thought maybe the Car shutting off when you press the Traction Control button was just me!
Amen, this car is a junk pile. Soooooo glad to be rid of it.