In 1993 BMW finally added a V8 to its executive class platform with the E34 generation 540i, and while it wasn’t the first V8 from BMW, it was the first in a mass produced luxury sedan from Bavaria and it set the stage for years of rumbly sedans. They are fantastic vehicles to drive and offer a great experience if you don’t mind burning a bit of fuel. Find this 1995 BMW 540i offered for $7,500 via craigslist, located in Vancouver, Canada. Seller Submission form Jillian J.
This white sedan is described as a garage kept garage queen and looks the part. The wheels are plus sized and it rides on a set of Bilstein shocks/springs, but the overall result is that it looks like an M-car and casual observers won’t even notice.
Under the hood is the original BMW 4.0 liter M60 V8 that is rated at 282 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque. The M60 is an all-alloy DOHC tour-de-force that uses all sorts of technology that today we take for granted (coil-on-plug) but for the time was fairly advanced. Repairs can be expensive if anything goes wrong, so be sure to get one that has been properly maintained.
This 107k mile example looks good on the inside in the pictures provided and these cars do survive the years well. The automatic transmission may be a negative for many drivers, but don’t forget that automatics can be fun to drive too, you just need to know how to properly prepare them.
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