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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 01-27-2013, 04:46 PM
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01 540i 6spd sluggish!!

I am thinking of buying this car and the guy said that the car gets sluggish every time the instrument cluster starts to act up. What could this be?!
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:11 PM
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Need more info. Its like me saying 'i got check engine light, what do i need to replace!?' What he means by slugish? does it have check engine light on? Does it happen warm or cold? Idle or moving? etc.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:13 PM
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Working on getting those answers now
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:23 AM
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I have a idea

Better yet go drive the car yourself.... I know it's a novel idea, but you don't want to buy a set of problems that will deplete your wallet faster than a hooker needing a crack fix. And these dang cars will do just that if not cared for.

If your serious about the car, the guy should let you take it to an Indy mechanic for prebuy inspection, and have them comb thru it. Maybe while your driving it, it will start to act up and you will be better Equipped to inform the mechanic exactly what it's doing.

Report back here with what you find and maybe the collective knowledge on the board can send you down a less deep rabbit hole.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:41 AM
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I am thinking of buying this car and the guy said that the car gets sluggish every time the instrument cluster starts to act up. What could this be?!
More than likely its the grounds connection. Brown wires behind the airbox on the firewall. Does your Tach act up too?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:03 PM
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Very interested to hear the outcome. I have an '01 540 and love it. Anything I can avoid means I get to keep it longer.
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