2000 BMW 540i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2000 BMW 540i

2000 BMW 540i Problems

Front Tension Strut Bushings May Fail

The front thrust rod bushingsalso referred to as tension strut bushingsare known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps. These worn bushings should be replaced.

Alignment/Tire Wear Issues Due to Excessive Play in Rear Lower Ball Joints

The rear lower ball joints may wear causing alignment and tire wear issues as a result of the excessive play in these joints. Our technicians tell us a 4wheel alignment should be performed after ball joint replacement.

Valve Cover, Intake Manifold, PCV Plate Oil Leaks

Engine oil leaks commonly develop from both valve cover gaskets, intake manifold, and PCV plate after about 60,000 miles.

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2000 BMW 540i Questions

My BMW 540i shakes as I'm driving in the front. (1 answer)

It shakes very bad when I drive at 60mph.

when car gets hot a knocking sound from right front especially when turning. (1 answer)

the entire right suspension has been replaced including shocks. strangely when car is lifted off the ground and put back on ground the noise goes away. after car heats up noise reappears.
the ideal situation would be to sell car but the car is in immaculate condition.

Hearing sound inside my engine around the timing chain , I scanned shows p1519 (1 answer)

I need help

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2000 BMW 540i Recalls

BMW Recalls 2000 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series Due to Brake Light Failure

The brake light switch may fail and stick in the "brake lamps on" or "brake lamps off" position. Inaccurate illumination of brake lights could lead to an accident. Dealers will inspect and replace the brake lamp switch with a new improved part.

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2000 BMW 540i Reviews

I bought a 2000 a year ago with 145K. Despite 16 MPG (city) I would buy it again! Great Car! (Nice "Classic" look) - Fantastic ride. (Do wish the steering was a little more responsive like the 2003 M5, and that the interior was not so cheap or dated) I did have to make some repairs to it: Replaced Radiator and reserve tank (Apx $150) - For some reason they don't last that long in thes...
My son's 540 is a very heavy car so, use front brake pads like water. Recently the alternator need to be replace. Just $ 500 for a rebuild one!New alternator are about $ 800.00, and we found out it is a water cool alternator......!!!!!!! With this model you need to be very carefull with no overheating the engine. Cronic problems with the cooler system. Very nice cars when they are new, bu...
The car is a great example of fine engineering - For 7 years its been trouble free - unfortuantely at the expiration of warranty period - repairs are terribly expensive - BMW brand inflation, many simple items you pay a high premium "BMW repair tax" to dealer or independent mechanic.

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