You’ve probably all readÂ Tavarish’sÂ Jalopnik article, “Four Reasons Why You Need To Buy A BMW E39 540i Right Now.” By this point, theÂ E39 540i is the worst kept secret in the German car world. Offering something approaching theÂ performance of an M5, but with much lower maintenance costs, these cars make for fantastically involving daily drivers and can be had for not a lot of money. The taut and communicative chassis isÂ well served by the torqueyÂ V8Â motorÂ and, whenÂ combined with a manual gearbox, just begs to be put through its paces on a drive through the twisties. Hailing from the pre-Bangle era of BMW design, theÂ E39 is also an attractive car. Its sophisticated and somewhat conservative lines have aged well, with the result that these cars lookÂ equally classy and at home whether parked at theÂ shopping mall or the country club.
ThisÂ 540i forÂ sale in Maryland is a “sport” rather than an “M-sport” model. While it therefore lacksÂ the fullÂ M-tech bodykit offered on later cars, theÂ manual transmissionÂ and attractive wheel and color combination arguably makeÂ up for itÂ and addÂ to the car’sÂ Q-ship appeal.