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540i Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 23 HWY

540i Features & Specs

Interior Features

  • 12-way pwr front sport bucket seats-inc: pwr headrest & adjustable thigh support
  • Montana leather upholstery/door trim
  • Burl walnut wood trim
  • Multi-function steering wheel w/audio/cruise/air recirculation controls & pwr tilt telescoping w/auto-tilt-up
  • Leather-wrapped hand brake boot/grip & shift boot
  • Instrumentation-inc: elect analog speedometer, tachometer, digital odometer & trip odometer
  • Multi information display-inc: audio/accessory phone controls, on-board computer & check control vehicle monitoring system
  • Service interval indicator w/miles-to-service readout
  • Exterior temp display w/audio freeze warning
  • Pwr windows-inc: 1-touch open/close, anti-trapping pinch protection & retained accessory pwr
  • Central locking system w/center console button & double-lock anti-theft system (leaves gas filler door unlocked)
  • Remote keyless entry w/remote trunk/rear door release, panic button alarm
  • Coded driveaway protection (prevents engine from starting without proper key)
  • Cruise control
  • Vehicle-specific memory-inc: daytime running lamps
  • 3-memory settings for driver seat position, safety belt height, steering wheel & exterior mirrors
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Front dual zone automatic climate control w/micro-filter-inc: automatic recirculation, residual/rest heat features & max A/C button
  • Automatic ventilation system (can be programed to ventilate when parked)
  • Rear window defroster
  • Anti-theft AM/FM stereo w/compact disc player-inc: Dolby B/C noise reduction, radio data system (RDS), auto-store, 4-channel FM diversity antenna, 10-speakers
  • Pre-wiring for CD changer/cellular phone
  • Glovebox w/rechargeable take-out flash light
  • Dual front cup holders & coin holder
  • Front/rear door storage compartments
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Courtesy lights w/theater-dimming feature
  • Front map/rear reading lights
  • Fully carpeted trunk w/luggage straps

Exterior Features

  • High-gloss shadowline trim
  • Pwr tilt/slide moonroof w/1-touch open/close, sliding sunshade
  • Xenon headlights w/dynamic auto-leveling & automatic headlight control
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual body-color pwr heated mirrors w/reverse gear activated passenger mirror auto-tilt-down
  • Variable intermittent wipers-inc: vehicle-speed sensitive wiping interval, single-wipe control, heated washer jets
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated driver door lock cylinder

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) w/dual stage, dual-threshold deployment sensors
  • Front seat side-impact tube-deployed head protection system (HPS)
  • Front door-mounted side-impact airbags
  • 3-point safety belts w/front automatic height adjusters, front tensioners & force limiters
  • Automatic locking safety belt device for child seat w/tether anchor restraint
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • All-season traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Battery safety terminal
  • Crash sensor automatically turn on hazard/interior lights & unlock doors
  • Automatic fuel cut-off (triggered by airbag deployment)
  • Side-impact interlocking door anchoring system
  • Daytime running lights

Mechanical Features

  • 4.4L (268) DOHC 32-valve V8 engine w/variable valve timing
  • Direct ignition system
  • Digital motor electronics system
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • All-season traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Double-pivot strut-type front suspension w/coil springs, aluminum control arms
  • 4-link integral rear suspension
  • Twin-tube gas pressure shock absorbers
  • M-tech sport suspension calibration
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Front P235/45R17/rear P255/40R17 SBR performance tires
  • 17" x 8.0" front/17" x 9.0" rear radial style alloy wheels
  • Full-size spare tire w/alloy wheel (matches front tire & wheel)
  • Engine-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/Dynamic Brake Control
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Drop-down tool kit in trunk

Options & Packages

Additional Options

Cold weather pkg ($600)

  • Heated front seats
  • High pressure liquid headlight cleaning system

2002 BMW 5 Series Owner Reviews

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2002 BMW 5 Series 540i

My car is extremely reliable but when problems do occur, super expensive. Any little fix costs a lot. Any maintenance work requires legit knowledge and even so, you need a professional for a lot of the work. The comfortability of the car is amazing! When you drive you feel like your floating in the air, the car runs smooth, that is if everything is up to par and maintained well. The features in my car are more than I need. BMW puts off a lot of little detail into their cars. Overall very good type of car.

- Vanessa H

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