hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,500 miles

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problem #4

Feb 022005


  • 36,000 miles
Radiator cracked, disabling car on highway. Also caused xenon lamp failure. Replaced by dealer under warranty. This is a well known defect on BMW E-39 series cars.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 072004

540 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Water pump failure. Coolant leaking from shaft. Radiator failure, drivers side top radiator nipple inlet cracked.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 282004

540 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
2001 BMW 540I automatic transmission; approximately 57,000 miles; radiator cracked spontaneously under normal driving conditions; significant steam resulting in obscurred view of the roadway and other vehicles; car taken to local repair center; awaiting cost estimate and full damage report.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172003

540 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Radiator failed at 40K miles in middle of rush hour traffic, obscuring vision while driving between many cars and then stranding car fat dangerous interchange.

- Saratoga, CA, USA