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2003 BWM 540i M-Tech 2-SoCal Owners Orig Paint

2003 BMW 540iA M-Tech
Rare Last Year Only Sport Package
2-Southern California Owners
Original Paint

VIN: WBADN63493GS56361
107,600 Miles
Sterling Gray Metallic (472) on Black Montana Leather Sport Seats (N6SW)
5-Speed Steptronic Transmission
Clean and Clear California Title
Original Paint/No Accidents
Clean AutoCheck Background Report
2-SoCal Owners from New

Offered at $11,990

The 2003 BMW 540iA M-Tech is one of my all-time favorite cars for daily use. The E39 body-style (pre-Bangle) is still one of the best to come out of Bavaria. Furthermore, unlike the needy mechanicals and racecar feeling M5 (which only came in a 6-speed), these 540’s were just more civilized and easy to live with on a day to day basis. Plus, they are fairly exclusive as only 1,265 units were built for our market.

As BMW was phasing out the E39 body, there were many requests for them to produce an M5 in their Steptronic (shiftable) automatic transmission. They answered with the M-Tech package. This package included:

M5 Aero package (M5 front and rear bumpers)
M-sport suspension II (stiffer shocks, springs, and sway bars – lowers car abut 1”)
Staggered 18” M Parallel spoke alloy wheels (style 37)
M leather and power sport seats
Shadowline window trim (no chrome)
M footrest
M doorsills
M steering wheel (multi-function)
Dark grey/black headliner
M sport muffler
Shorter axle ratio and upgraded torque converter

This 540i was built in March of 2003 and sold new by a local Southern California BMW dealer on July 11th, 2003. It was ordered with the following factory optional equipment:

M Sport package (see above)
Alarm system
Integrated universal remote control
Deleted rear spoiler (standard with M Sport package)
Power moonroof
Wood interior package
Sport seats
Rain sensor wipers
Xenon lights
Clear turn signals
HiFi sound system with professional DSP (Dynamic Sound Processing)

The current owner purchased this 540i from the original owner in October of 2014 with around 65k-miles. For the past 3-years, this has been his daily driver. He was fanatical about service and invested nearly $9,000 in normal upkeep. His plan was to keep this car forever as he loved it. Unfortunately, some severe health issues have put him in a situation where he needs to sell it. Highlights of recent/significant services over the past 40k-miles/3-years include:

Ceramic coat original paint
Frequent oil services
Replace right front window regulator
Major service @ 96k-miles
Spark plugs
Flush all fluids
Valve cover gaskets
Chain case cover gaskets
Oil pan gasket
Lower radiator hose
Temperature sensor
Automatic transmission service
Replace power steering pump/fluid flush @ 104k-miles
Replace brake lines/flush system @ 104k-miles
New knock sensors (2)
Replace bank 1 oxygen sensor
New thermostat and housing
New intake gaskets and housing
Coolant flush
Replace passenger seat cables
New coolant expansion tank
Replace intake boot
New battery
Replaced radiator and water pump (@75k-miles)

This 540i M-Tech is in superb condition. Usually, these cars passed through the hands of countless owners and dealers. As a result, they tend to have checkered pasts, questionable service histories, and tired conditions. This example is far from that. It is clear that both owners really loved this car and gave it the attention it deserved. It was always garaged here in SoCal and never abused. The paint is in fantastic shape with minimal signs of use. It easily looks comparable to a 35k original mile M3 we have. The paint has been checked with a paint-meter and it is verified that all metal panels are wearing their original paint as delivered new from the factory. The 18” M-parallel wheels are in great condition with no curb rashes. They are wrapped in near new Bridgestone tires. The brakes have nearly 75%-life remaining. All the glass is original with no significant flaws. All the exterior lights operate properly. The front lower plastic under panel cover (below the car) has a piece missing (see pic). The car is completely stock and unmodified (both cosmetically and mechanically), which is highly unusual.

The interior is equally as nice. The leather sport seats show minimal signs of wear with no tears or cracks. The headliner is in good shape and not sagging. The door panels all look fresh. The carpet has no stains or major wear signs. The dash is perfect with no cracks. All the gauges, buttons, switches, and lights work properly. The A/C system blows cold. The radio also works.

These M-Tech BMWs have become cult-classics among enthusiasts. However, finding a clean, original, and well maintained/serviced example like this one is becoming increasingly difficult. This example could easily be used daily, long distance events, or local shows.

This BMW comes with owner’s manuals, original full-size spare, jack, extra key, and the factory tool kit.

**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud. All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or

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