[ba] lovely german sport sedans ;-)
centaurus3200 at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 20 18:01:27 EST 2004
hi all, i'd like your opinion if any, concerning the
bmw 540i 6 speed cars.
read the below listed email for my baysho group. the
founder also has a 2000 M5. he loves bimmers.
lots of interesting info concerning the nikasil
would you go 2000+ A6 2.7T or save some cash and buy
an older 540i. keep in mind, once i hit the 1997+
models, they are pretty much the same price as a 2000
--- robert weinberg <centaurus3200 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> you see john, this is why i needed your input. you
> quite the bmw aficionado!
> this is some very important info. i'm assuming, i'm
> my own if i buy a car with bad nikasil bores. no
> help from bmw. question is, will the bores have
> limited lifespan anyway. even if the leakdown is
> such as, the car will be fine, but expecting 200k
> miles with no blowby would be asking too much.
> this model is still in the running. audi has their
> problems. mostly with the dinky oil passages in the
> early KKK K03 turbos. as long as the car wasn't
> and runs 0 weight synthetic, they seem to be fine
> from my limited research, seems the A6 2.7T is
> unduly creamed in the resale department due to the
> turbo and electrical issues. the S4 seems more
> resilient, despite using the same engine. probably
> because it has that big ass S-car logo on the back
> it ;-)
> bottom line, dig the bimmer, dig the A6. seems the
> will be reliable. the climate control, guages,
> seats, a/, cv joints will crap out more than once,
> it should be mechanically sound.
> see ya,
> > > wow, we are talking sho potential in resale
> > ;-)
> > Most expensive cars take a BIG hit in resale
> > > another car i was thinking of is a 1994-1998 BMW
> > 540i
> > > 6 speed. resale seems pretty strong though.
> > > 16-19k with 75-85k on the clock.
> > They all hit a floor sooner or later.
> > I think you sent me a note on this a little while
> > back, but it caught me
> > while I was in the middle of a bunch of other
> > and never got around
> > to replying.
> > The '94-95 models are the E34, '97-98 are the
> > E39 body. There was no
> > '96 5er in the US.
> > The '94-95 540i (and 740i) has the M60 engine, and
> > as it came from the
> > factory it had Nikasil-plated bores. They didn't
> > test enough with US
> > gasoline, which is higher in sulfur content, and
> > they had massive problems
> > with bore deterioration on those engines. Odd,
> > since other mfrs (Jag, BMW
> > motorcycles to name two) never had any problems
> > Nikasil-plated bores.
> > Many of those cars had the longblock replaced
> > warranty, some multiple
> > times. Back East, none of 'em will still have the
> > original engine. The
> > later replacements are cast from a high-silicon
> > aluminum alloy called
> > Alusil (basically the same stuff that was used in
> > the Vega engine
> > way-back-when; the problem wasn't the technology,
> > was GM's application
> > of it) as are the later ('96-98) M62 and
> > ('99-present) M62TU engines.
> > Note that California gasoline has always been
> > in sulfur, though not
> > as low as Europe or upcoming US requirements.
> > Consequently a
> > Nikasil-engine car used and run in California may
> > have a long, happy life,
> > and Steve Dinan for one was once quoted as saying
> > he'd never seen a case of
> > pitted Nikasil bores here.
> > Otherwise, the E34 may be the best-built BMW ever.
> > The E39 is good, but
> > there's a few areas where it's evident money was
> > taken out. Both have a
> > short-to-moderately-long list of problems and
> > but are pretty
> > well-known by now.
> > > on that note. the salesman asked what i drive,
> > when i
> > > told him, he asked what i planned on doing with
> > it. i
> > > replied, "don't know. i have so much money
> > invested in
> > > it as far as mods and no holds barred upkeep, i
> > might
> > > just park it in my parents house in la and just
> > leave
> > > it." he said to give him a call if i want to
> > it.
> > > ah, the sho!
> > Can't afford to keep 'em, can't afford to sell
> > Sounds a little like
> > marriage, too, sometimes...
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