V8 E39: 2000 BMW E39 540i Touring Wagon – $6,500
Many consider BMW’s E39 the last good looking 5-Series before Chris Bangle’s horrid “Flame Surfacing” arrived on the scene for 2003. We’re really fond of the V8-powered 540i such as the Black and Tan 2000 example currently listed here on Craigslist in Toms River, New Jersey for the asking price of $6,500 or best offer. The NADA Guides Classic Car Online Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these cars at $1,825, $2,425, and $4,050, respectively. With this information in hand, hopefully the private seller will be willing to meet somewhere between the high value and his current asking price. If you are serious about purchasing this BMW, you can e-mail the seller here to start the conversation.
BMW launched the fourth generation of its mid-size 5 Series, known internally as the E39, in 1995. The following year BMW added a station wagon (“estate” in Europe) and called it the “Touring” to give it a more sporting name. While E39s again offered V8 power, unlike the prior E34 and the E60 which followed this series did not offer all wheel drive. Oddly (most likely for under hood packaging reasons) E39 Estates retained recirculating ball steering while the rest of the line switched to a rack-and-pinion system. Its also worth noting is the E39 series marked the first significant use of aluminum in the front suspension components.
Black and tan is a wonderful color combination on these 5-Series and we’re impressed with the excellent condition of the light tan leather based on the pictures provided. The V8’s in these cars are wonderfully smooth and powerful. Based on the private seller’s description the new timing chain and engine reseal should give you enough confidence to put the money into having the driver’s side rear door repainted to bring it up to the level of the rest of the car. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“2000 BMW 540i E39 5 Series Touring Wagon
132,000 miles, 4.4L V8, 5 Speed Automatic
Black Exterior with Tan Interior
New Timing Chain, Guides & Tensioner
All new PCV system
Engine completely resealed
New brakes, struts and front end alignment
Few scratches on driver’s side rear door as seen in pictures.
Clean Car. Runs, rides & drives good.
$6,500 or Best Offer“
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