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    Hello all I just popped my BMW cherry!

    Well I took the plunge an bought a 540i, it's a 1998 (pre vanos) with 120k BMW history to 110k it has loads of extras, M sport suspension, M sport steering wheel and sport interior.
    must say I love it already, I was worried about timing chain on them but this one was silent from cold and just a very light tinkle when hot!
    The car needs a bit of TLC and a bloody good valet but apart from that I am very happy with it.

    One question though, it pulls very well but there is what feels like a very slight miss on idle and it does not feel like it's making the required 280hp at WOT, I am guessing it needs a set of plugs or maybe a duff coil, it's so subtle I did not notice it until I got come!

    Anyway and am looking to forward to having a good tinkle with it!

    Looks like a great forum by the way!
     
     

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    Welcome mate, fellow newbie aswell!!
    4lts she's gonna be thirsty lol
     
     

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    4.4 litrs she IS very thirsty ha ha
     
     

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    if you are doing you own spanner work I recommend you get set up with INPA diagnostics it should help you track down you slight misfire
    you will find INPA on ebay look for the one click instillation and as yours is a 1998 you will need the round connector
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Diagno...item232fed6d70
    Last edited by payno; 22-10-2013 at 13:38.
     
     

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    o.k thanks for the advice. I was going ask which one I would need as the car is reg 1st Aug 1998!

    I think it may have been running a bit rough because it was not being used hardly at all. I took it out tonight, put it in manual mode and drove it in anger for the first time
    it is actually a lot quicker than I thought, I had been using D and sport a few times but when you figure out how to drive it it's a very fast car, it felt almost as quick as my old 944 Turbo S and that
    was slightly over 300hp!
     
     

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