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  • My own, 1997 540i, has 143,000 miles on it, yet the leather seats are still incredibly firm and comfortable. Everything inside looks new and the fit and finish are still as solid and apparently well-made as when the car was new. The luxury and convenience are remarkable for a 12-year old car. On cold mornings, I literally cannot wait to get inside my car and turn on the heated leather seats and steering wheel. Everything is power controlled, from the steering wheel, to the headrests, seats and mirrors. The 540i is equipped with an impressive trip computer and radio that can be controlled both from the steering wheel or the center dashboard. In addition to the typical time, temperature and fuel consumption readings, you get a speed timer, arrival and destination timer, speed limit warning and a few other things that I have yet to figure out how to use. I worried how a rear wheel drive, with sports on 18" Rims would do in the snow. I live at the bottom of a very steep cul-de-sac where other rear wheel drive cars have been left stranded on snowy, ice-packed days. Thanks to the Traction Control and Sheer weight of the car, I'm happy to say that I've never had a problem on wintry days.

    Which leads me onto its replacement. There’s no rational explanation for my car choice other than to sheepishly reveal that I got carried away at a car auction. Again. The plan had been to bag a tidy looking early Mk5 Golf GTI which I’d spotted in BCA’s Blackbushe sale that fateful Monday morning. But, best laid plans and all that. The Golf was bid way up past its forecourt value by an over-enthusiastic wally, so I sauntered back into the auction hall to find another target. Whereupon I happened on this majestic 1997 BMW 540i Touring, resplendent in Glacier Green.

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    Which leads me onto its replacement. There’s no rational explanation for my car choice other than to sheepishly reveal that I got carried away at a car auction. Again. The plan had been to bag a tidy looking early Mk5 Golf GTI which I’d spotted in BCA’s Blackbushe sale that fateful Monday morning. But, best laid plans and all that. The Golf was bid way up past its forecourt value by an over-enthusiastic wally, so I sauntered back into the auction hall to find another target. Whereupon I happened on this majestic 1997 BMW 540i Touring, resplendent in Glacier Green.

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    All of a sudden my 1997 540i has started spluttering at idle & low revs & cutting out, i think theres also a coolant or oil leak from the passenger side (liquid pooled just behind the headlight) thats occured at the same time. The engine will run ok (sounds slightly 'rough') when sitting still at 3000rpm or over. As soon as the revs drop below 3000 again it starts spluttering and will die down and cut out. Pleeeease help, Many many many thanks

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Of all the long-term test cars we’ve ever had, only two made us misty-eyed when they were returned: our speed-yellow Carrera 4 and this jet-black 1997 540i manual. But the empty void we felt as each of these cars left our garage wasn’t merely because we instantly missed the power and prestige such German machines deliver. It was something more, something deeper. At the risk of sounding maudlin, these cars have soul.