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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-25-2014, 06:19 AM
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Selling the Turbo 540i

Hey Bimmerfest! Today I'm putting my 1999 automatic 540i up for sale. Its been a project for about 2 and a half years but unfortunately due to my job moving its time for it to go. Yes its turbo charged not supercharged. It has a mid mount turbo and a free flow exhaust system with a nice clean magna flow on the back. Car has been a blast but sadly I need something a little more efficient. It has upgraded injectors, upgraded torque converter, upgraded transmission, limited slip differential, aftermarket deck, upgraded fuel pumps, CCV to catch can conversion, and its intercooled. I've put a ton of money into this car and have receipts for almost all of it. Most of it is still under warranty. Decided to make it an automatic because I don't loose boost between gears. Back windows are tinted, carbon fiber roof spoiler and trunk lip and HIDs. Besides that the exterior has no other modifications. Also has a pair of 20 inch original bmw staggered rims for traction that match the car perfectly but I have the stock ones as well. Tire size in the rear is 275/30 but I'll be putting 285s on this weekend due to standard wear and tear.

Pros and Cons

Cons:

Needs vanos done just an annoying noise and possibly tensioners

Idle is low haven't gotten into it yet

Crack in the ac hose simple fix

Minor scratch on the right side and clear coat is starting to peal a bit

Trouble keeping traction due to power

Pros:

Probably the only turbo 5

Over 400 horsepower and 510 foot pounds of torque to the wheels launches like an animal

Engine has 40k on it the car has 104k on it and the whole drive train is built

Looks great.

If your interested shoot me a text anytime and I'll send you pictures of what you want. (619) 944-5580. I'm Mike.

Great car especially for someone who is mechanically inclined I've put a lot of money into it and I want it to go to a good home. Its been my daily driver for almost 3 years when I'm not working on it. I was asking 14 for the car but because of the cons I'm willing to go down a bit. Very easy, comfortable, and fun car to drive. Thank you for your time.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:18 AM
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Check prices in your area for an unmolested car. You will likely get no more, or even less, for yours, unless you can find the right buyer.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:09 PM
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I had the car up for sale about 4 months ago but it just wasn't completely ready to be sold. Surprisingly I was getting all kinds of offers but the car just wasn't ready to be sold. Now its tuned and completely ready to go. Had a guy offer me 11 for it was going to take it but we couldn't make the deal because we weren't in town at the same time. Its up for sale again so we will see what happens. The car is faster then an m5 hands down. But it isn't an m5. So I'm willing to take a little less then what an m5 goes for in my area and they go for about 12.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:48 PM
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No pics?

M5's go for 12 in SD? I gotta take a trip down to SD then.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:05 PM
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Selling the Turbo 540i

Only bad is the automatic trans, would be much more fun with a manual.

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Old 07-26-2014, 11:42 PM
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You could have had an m5 and supercharged it and saved money.

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Old 07-27-2014, 09:56 PM
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I'll put up pics soon and I chose to make it automatic. The tranny can hold well over 1k horsepower made it like that because i loose zero boost in between gears. Super fun to drive I have a blast with it and also wanted it to be an easy daily driver. And the m5 weighs way too much not to mention everyone was wondering if its possible to turbo a 540i and called bs on it. Takes a lot of work but it was done its here I have it.
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