About BMW 540i
Being a model in the BMW 5 Series, which is the replacement for the BMW New Class sedans, BMW 540i has been built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, since 1994 as an executive car though it also has experienced several production hiatuses. Originally introduced as a model in the first-generation 5 Series, 540i has three production periods altogether. Competing against the Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XF and Lincoln MKZ, 540i has been on Car and Driver Magazine's 10 Best list. Now, 540i is in its second generation.
The first-generation BMW 540i (E39) was produced from 1994 to 2003 when the BMW 5 Series was in its fourth generation. It went on sale in North America and was offered in two body styles, 4-door sedan and 5-door wagon/estate. And 540i came in base 540i and 540i Protection, during this generation, BMW 540i was powered by 4.4 L V6 rated at 282 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. And this engine sent power through 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions. Current 540i (G30/G31) received a redesign for the 2017 model year. And the 540i gets a reshaped steering wheel, glossy black trim surrounding the center stack and an inch of additional legroom in the back as well as bigger floating touchscreen and supports motion controls, even the iDrive infotainment system has been upgraded and features a tile-based interface and available Apple CarPlay integration. Now, its power comes from a twin-turbocharged I6 that produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque and engine sends power through an 8-speed automatic transmission to rear wheels or four wheels.
BMW 540i Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
When being faced with choosing a mid-size luxury sedan, BMW 540i is invariably high on the list since it has offered a perfect blend of performance, luxury and interior room. However, considering that as time passes by, it will wear and tear, you need to be prepared for these common problems on your 540i in advance:
First, mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering over bumps are obviously the signs of steering failure, which is the most common and serious issue on BMW 540i according to the information from reliable car repair statistics site repairpal.com. Apart from those symptoms, some experienced 540i drivers also complain that there are leaking power steering fluid on the ground; low steering fluids level; loose and roughly operated steering wheel; vehicle driving differently after a front-end alignment; difficulty in steering; uneven or excessive tire wear, tilting vehicle and poor handling. And once the Traction Control Light comes on, please inspect if the 540i steering wheel, steering shaft, power steering hose, power steering reservoir, upper steering column bearing and steering column cover are in good condition or not.
Second, many BMW 540i drivers also complained about the poor fuel economy on the vehicle, especially in the society that oil prices keep skyrocketing. If you know something about working principles of automobiles, you may have realized that this symptom is caused by engine problem. In fact, some professional 540i repairmen said that this issue often starts with strange sounds from the engine; if left ignored, engine will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues including hard starting or inability to start; finally, before the vehicle gives up on you completely, you will notice a big reduction in power, acceleration and fuel efficiency. Once the Check Engine Light comes on, it is high time for you to make sure the working condition of 540i spark plug, engine control module, engine mount, oil filter, air filter, fuel pump, and valve cover gasket is perfect.
If you want to enjoy a perfect ride on your BMW 540i, you had better have every auto part in it in right place. However, some parts such as 540i seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be maintained routinely as they are helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they work consistently under harsh conditions.
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