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    I hope you know that if I was.....

    near you, your car would have went home with me and not to the dealer ;-)

    There's a select group of e39 540i owners on Roadfly here (JimLev, Hitdog540, Kbud, ExAlfa, Blue4u, BMW540san, Edjack, 540sport, Deputer, Whorse and a hfew others I am forgetting right now) that I'd have no problems buying the car over the phone and flying once to come out and get it. Yours was definitely one of them......and i knew you babied the car as much as many of us all do, as evidenced by your great writeups.

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    Thank you for your kind words ...

    Yes, my car was babied a lot. I even make sure the engine was warm before any serious RPM's - I did care about keeping it running. In fact maintaining the 540 was a labor of love while I had the time to do it. I am an Electrical Engineer, so I just could not bring myself to do things half-way, which is also why I never liked taking the car to a mechanic in the first place - they can't possibly care as much about "my" car as I do.

    Now that I am traveling about 75% of the time with my new job, I simply can't keep up with it, and I can see signs of some repairs needed this year, but not "when" I will need the repairs, which was the more troublesome part. This is why I went all of the way to the other side of the maintenance spectrum with the Honda Civic. I am paying more longer term, but the payments are spread out, and I know what the payments are going to be every month instead of not knowing if I am looking at $1000 or $2500 worth of repairs - no surprises. Basically I got some good piece of mind for the short/mid term, at least the next 3-5 years :-)William
    Richardson, Texas
    2011 Honda Civic Si, 4-door (my car)
    2010 Honda Accord EX, 4-cyl, auto-tranny (her car)

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    2000 BMW 540i Auto, TiSilver, Sport/Prem Package (my car)
    2006 Dodge Charger Daytona - Top Banana
    2005 BMW 330i Auto, Premium Package
    2002 M3 Coupe with SMG
    1995 525i auto
    1991 535i 5-speed manual

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    After a couple of years the fan mod was still

    working great, and keeping the temps from rising too much when the engine was shut down. Definitely a highly recommended mod.

    As to mods for the Si, yes, I am sure I will get the "itch" to modify/improve something in time - that is inevitable!

    William
    Richardson, Texas
    2011 Honda Civic Si, 4-door (my car)
    2010 Honda Accord EX, 4-cyl, auto-tranny (her car)

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    2000 BMW 540i Auto, TiSilver, Sport/Prem Package (my car)
    2006 Dodge Charger Daytona - Top Banana
    2005 BMW 330i Auto, Premium Package
    2002 M3 Coupe with SMG
    1995 525i auto
    1991 535i 5-speed manual

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    Definitely not in the same leage as a BMW (m)

    Not even close. Although I bought the 540 used, if I recall the sticker was about $56K. The Civic Si sticker was $25 (I got it for $22K) so clearly there is a lot the Civic just does not have, in many areas.

    The Civic will be good for city driving, but the few times I got in the Hwy I can tell already that is definitely noisier and not as smooth - clearly a compromise :-)William
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    2011 Honda Civic Si, 4-door (my car)
    2010 Honda Accord EX, 4-cyl, auto-tranny (her car)

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    2000 BMW 540i Auto, TiSilver, Sport/Prem Package (my car)
    2006 Dodge Charger Daytona - Top Banana
    2005 BMW 330i Auto, Premium Package
    2002 M3 Coupe with SMG
    1995 525i auto
    1991 535i 5-speed manual

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    Only a mater of time, in fact my wife

    (who drives the 2010 4-cyl Accord EX) "still" misses the I6 from 2005 330i, so when that lease is over in 2 more years, I suspect she might want to get back to the BMW brand!
    William
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    2011 Honda Civic Si, 4-door (my car)
    2010 Honda Accord EX, 4-cyl, auto-tranny (her car)

    Retired/sold:
    2000 BMW 540i Auto, TiSilver, Sport/Prem Package (my car)
    2006 Dodge Charger Daytona - Top Banana
    2005 BMW 330i Auto, Premium Package
    2002 M3 Coupe with SMG
    1995 525i auto
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    Thanks - glad I was able to help others :-)

    To me that is what makes this (and other) car boards great: The willingness of members to share and take the time to help others. I got so much out of this board, so much money saved, so many problems prevented, etc. -> I felt I had to try and help others as much as possible, so making my guides/DIY was my way to say thanks to the collective (man, that sounds very Borg-like!).

    I can only hope that there is a Honda board at least half as nice as the Roadfly E39 board :-)



    William
    Richardson, Texas
    2011 Honda Civic Si, 4-door (my car)
    2010 Honda Accord EX, 4-cyl, auto-tranny (her car)

    Retired/sold:
    2000 BMW 540i Auto, TiSilver, Sport/Prem Package (my car)
    2006 Dodge Charger Daytona - Top Banana
    2005 BMW 330i Auto, Premium Package
    2002 M3 Coupe with SMG
    1995 525i auto
    1991 535i 5-speed manual

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    Solid car ...

    Of the Japanese transportation appliances, Honda manages to put a little handling into the package. (Too bad I'd rather walk across burning coals than darken the door of the local dealer.)

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