We posted a nice E39 the other day that had two things wrong with it — first it wasn’t a wagon, and second it had two too many cylinders. I know the 4.4-liter V8 (why didn’t they call it a 544i…eh?) in the 540i is a sweet piece of machinery, but it isn’t an inline-6, and BMW is known primarily for its supremacy with the inline-6. Smooth, fuel efficient, and long is an inline-6 and BMW has made some of the best ever produced. So if you are going to step back into a 90s BMW, why not make it a wagon (that is grounded to the ground low) that is manual gearbox and inline-6 equipped, because BMW didn’t make a manual V8 wagon for the USA market. Find this 1999 BMW 528iT Wagon E39 offered for $11,995 in Los Gatos, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
There is an old Latin saying: de gustibus non est disputandum, which means “in matters of taste, there can be no disputes.” Now, those old Latin dudes were good at building aqueducts, designing the calendar, and minting coins with their faces on them…but did they really expect us to believe that there isn’t an objective perfect […]
On the list of cars that BMW should have built/sold in the US market, it goes like this. BMW Bavaria Turbo, BMW M7 (e32), BMW M-Compact (E46), and BMW M5-Touring (E39). It wouldn’t have been that hard to make a touring (wagon) version of the M5, and many folks have done it by themselves. At […]
The E39 (1995-2003) BMW 540i is one of the few decent BMW performance bargains available on the used car market today. Prices for the all-alloy V8 engined cars start around the price of a winter beater and even the nice/rare examples trade for well less than the price of new Nissan Versa…actually, you might have […]
Time for another edition of Daily Turismo’s Reader Rides, where reading or riding are optional and discouraged. Today’s subject comes to us from a regular DT commenter who goes by the name Sir Montalbon and has earned his title from an engine/trans swap in a long roof BMW. Sir Mont’s ride is a 1995 BMW […]
The e34 generation BMW 540i should be on the short list for anyone looking for a fast 90s rear-drive sedan. BMW did offer a touring (wagon) version for the US market that could be had with three pedals or with a V8, but not both. Thankfully, today’s offering has recified this abysmal situation with a […]