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Old 03-06-2014, 10:54 AM
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I'd like some qualified opinions of the fair market value of this car, and the best method of selling it. I understand it is one of 60 or 600 built by the racing division of BMW. Can anyone tell me more about it. The car was owned by my deceased son-in-law.

1995 BMW 540i
55,000 miles
V8 with new engine recently replaced under warranty
Automatic transmission
Grey with grey leather interior
Ultra clean and maintained well. Needs nothing but a loving owner.
VIN WMAHE6329SGF34483

TIA

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Old 03-06-2014, 04:30 PM
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A rare 540i M-Sport model was built in 1995. This package included not only a firmer suspension and sport seats, but also used many parts from the M5, save for the engine and transmission. 200 "M-Sport" models were built, 135 of them with a 6-speed manual, and 65 with the automatic.

1995 US 540i M-Sport

4.0L, 282hp, 295lb-ft V8
6-Speed Manual or Auto
Nurburgring & Adaptive-M suspension
17" M Turbine-II wheels
315mm front rotors
///M badging and sill-plates
200 made & imported to US
Option 0812 (6-Speed) and 0813 (Auto)

Here is the option sheet for your car. I cross checked the VIN.
Options

Code Description (interface) Description (EPC)
S214A AUT.STABIL.-CONTROL+TRAKTION(ASC+T) Automatic stability control (ASC+T)
S220A NIVEAUREGULIERUNG Self-levelling suspension
S223A ELEKTRONISCHE DAEMPFER CONTROL(EDC) Electronic Damper Control (EDC)
S240A LEDERLENKRAD Leather steering wheel
S243A AIRBAG FUER BEIFAHRER Airbag for front passenger
S245A LENKSAEULENVERSTELLUNG ELEKTRISCH Steering wheel column adjustment,electr.
S302A ALARMANLAGE Alarm system
P337A M SPORTPAKET M Sports package
S459A SITZVERSTELLUNG, ELEKTR.MIT MEMORY Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S481A SPORTSITZE FUER FAHRER/BEIFAHRER Sports seat
S640A AUTOTELEFONVORBEREITUNG Preparation f tel.installation universal
S686A ANTENNENDIVERSITY Antenna-Diversity
S694A CD-WECHSLER VORBEREITUNG Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer
S818A BATTERIEHAUPTSCHALTER Battery master switch
S925A VERSANDSCHUTZPAKET Transport protection package

Option P337A is the indicator that it is the 540 M Sport. It could be worth upwards of $10K plus. The door sills should have a tri colored ///M in the center, and the outside mirrors should be ovid shaped vs the rectangular on the standard 5 series.

Without extensive photos inside and out, it's hard to place a value on the car.
Is the 55K miles on the new motor, or the car itself? If you have any of the service records, that will only enhance the ability to command a higher value. One other item that is confusion is the color. You indicate that is is grey. IIRC, the car came in White, Black, Green, Silver and Red. There should be a label under the hood, with a three digit number and paint color(in german). It may be near the shock tower. Perhaps it is Artic Silver #309

Read thru this link for more information on the history of the car.
http://www.kindel.com/BMW/m540_info.htm

Here is one listing for $15K. It it listed as having many Dinan upgrades.

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...nal&listType=1

I would list the car nationally vs just in your location. This car apeals to a national market. You could list it thru cars.com, trader.com, or hemmings.com. There are other avenues as well. Be prepared for some buyers wanting to take the car to a BMW mechanic for a Pre Purchase Inspection. Make sure that they don't take the car and run! It is a desirable car by many. You may determine that you wish to keep the car vs sell it.

I wish I was in a financial position to buy the car! Good luck with the sale.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:35 AM
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A rare 540i M-Sport model was built in 1995. This package included not only a firmer suspension and sport seats, but also used many parts from the M5, save for the engine and transmission. 200 "M-Sport" models were built, 135 of them with a 6-speed manual, and 65 with the automatic.

1995 US 540i M-Sport

4.0L, 282hp, 295lb-ft V8
6-Speed Manual or Auto
Nurburgring & Adaptive-M suspension
17" M Turbine-II wheels
315mm front rotors
///M badging and sill-plates
200 made & imported to US
Option 0812 (6-Speed) and 0813 (Auto)

Here is the option sheet for your car. I cross checked the VIN.
Options

Code Description (interface) Description (EPC)
S214A AUT.STABIL.-CONTROL+TRAKTION(ASC+T) Automatic stability control (ASC+T)
S220A NIVEAUREGULIERUNG Self-levelling suspension
S223A ELEKTRONISCHE DAEMPFER CONTROL(EDC) Electronic Damper Control (EDC)
S240A LEDERLENKRAD Leather steering wheel
S243A AIRBAG FUER BEIFAHRER Airbag for front passenger
S245A LENKSAEULENVERSTELLUNG ELEKTRISCH Steering wheel column adjustment,electr.
S302A ALARMANLAGE Alarm system
P337A M SPORTPAKET M Sports package
S459A SITZVERSTELLUNG, ELEKTR.MIT MEMORY Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S481A SPORTSITZE FUER FAHRER/BEIFAHRER Sports seat
S640A AUTOTELEFONVORBEREITUNG Preparation f tel.installation universal
S686A ANTENNENDIVERSITY Antenna-Diversity
S694A CD-WECHSLER VORBEREITUNG Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer
S818A BATTERIEHAUPTSCHALTER Battery master switch
S925A VERSANDSCHUTZPAKET Transport protection package

Option P337A is the indicator that it is the 540 M Sport. It could be worth upwards of $10K plus. The door sills should have a tri colored ///M in the center, and the outside mirrors should be ovid shaped vs the rectangular on the standard 5 series.

Without extensive photos inside and out, it's hard to place a value on the car.
Is the 55K miles on the new motor, or the car itself? If you have any of the service records, that will only enhance the ability to command a higher value. One other item that is confusion is the color. You indicate that is is grey. IIRC, the car came in White, Black, Green, Silver and Red. There should be a label under the hood, with a three digit number and paint color(in german). It may be near the shock tower. Perhaps it is Artic Silver #309

Read thru this link for more information on the history of the car.
http://www.kindel.com/BMW/m540_info.htm

Here is one listing for $15K. It it listed as having many Dinan upgrades.

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...nal&listType=1

I would list the car nationally vs just in your location. This car apeals to a national market. You could list it thru cars.com, trader.com, or hemmings.com. There are other avenues as well. Be prepared for some buyers wanting to take the car to a BMW mechanic for a Pre Purchase Inspection. Make sure that they don't take the car and run! It is a desirable car by many. You may determine that you wish to keep the car vs sell it.

I wish I was in a financial position to buy the car! Good luck with the sale.
How do you get the option sheet?
My 95 540i has many of those options, but obviously not m-sport and EDC.
I would like to know what my car is supposed to equipped with, and what was added.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:58 PM
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How do you get the option sheet?
My 95 540i has many of those options, but obviously not m-sport and EDC.
I would like to know what my car is supposed to equipped with, and what was added.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=466604&page=2

Scroll down to post #48 in the link above. There is a step by step instruction.

Here is the link to the BMW site referenced in the third line of the post:
http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/acc...catalogue.html
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:04 PM
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I too would like to know what the 540i I just picked up is worth.

It's a 1995 540i 6 speed with M-tech suspension.

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I too would like to know what the 540i I just picked up is worth.

It's a 1995 540i 6 speed with M-tech suspension.
Go to trader dot com and verify the worth.

It is the 540i 6 speed w/ sport package. A very desirable car. IIRC, there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 1520 produced for the US market. Not as rare as the 540i M Sport. Where your car has the M-tech suspension, the 540i M Sport has the Nurburgring & Adaptive-M suspension from the M5.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:32 PM
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OP's car in question looks as if the VIN# falls within the MSport production range.
Sounds like a nice car.

I'm looking forward to pictures.
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..........built by the racing division of BMW. Can anyone tell me more about it..........Jack
Jack: I forgot to mention about the manufacturing of your car.

The racing division of BMW is commonly referred to as the BMW Motorsport GmbH which is a division of BMW AG. The 200 540i M Sports sold in the U.S. were all manufactured at the "normal" BMW plant at Dingolfing whereas all other ///M cars have been built at the Motorsport factory in Garching.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:29 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks for the info! I really love the car, but I think I'll be selling it. Not very practical for me right now. I came across it on Craigslist for $2600. I don't think the seller realized what a gem this thing is. Do you think I'm too greedy for asking $7500?

Thanks again for the info, this is my first day as a member.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:47 PM
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I just sold my 95 M-Sport, it was GF34480 - 3 cars before yours off the line.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:51 PM
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The color is silver, and the engine was recently replaced via factory recall although there were no known problems with the original engine. The car has 55 K miles on it, probably less than 5 K on the new engine. All books and maintenance records are available along with a BMW car cover that was never used. The car was garage kept and is flawless.

My intention is to gather as much information on the car as I can, and advertise it nationally.

Thanks to everyone for their helpful insight on this wonderful machine.

Jack
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:54 PM
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..........and the engine was recently replaced via factory recall although there were no known problems with the original engine........
Read this link to better understand why the M60 block was replaced. At less than 55K miles your original motor may not have begun to deteriorate.

http://www.bmw4life.com/nikasil.htm

My understanding was that BMW issued a 6 year 100,000 mile extended warranty to replace the motors at no cost to the owner. Was the replacement made after 2001? Make sure you have the paperwork to back up the replacement. Serious E34 540 buyers will want to see it, especially if you only have 55K miles.

You are sitting on a very special E34! Let us know how the sale goes. There is a for sale thread elsewhere in this forum. You should list there.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:10 AM
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Thanks Indians Fan for the tip on listing the car for sale here when I take some good photos worthy of the ride.

The engine was replaced under the extended factory warranty. All books and maintenance records are available.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:10 PM
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If it truly has 55k you could be looking at 12-10k. One in with similar mileage just sold for a little under 12k.
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