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Specs, Warranty & Reliability

The table below shows all 2001 BMW 540 specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 2001 BMW 540 warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

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  • Overview
    MSRP *$51,100$53,480$53,900
    Invoice *$46,150$48,290$48,670
    Engine4.4L V-8 282 HP4.4L V-8 282 HP4.4L V-8 282 HP
    Transmission5-spd auto w/OD5-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD6-spd man w/OD
    Fuel Economy City18.0 mpg15.0 mpg15.0 mpg
    Fuel Economy Hwy24.0 mpg21.0 mpg23.0 mpg
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles48/50,00048/50,00048/50,000
  • Powertrain
    Engine4.4L V-8 282 HP4.4L V-8 282 HP4.4L V-8 282 HP
    Transmission5-spd auto w/OD5-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD6-spd man w/OD
    Alternator150 amp150 amp150 amp
    Axle Ratio2.813.152.81
    Recommended Fuel Typepremium unleadedpremium unleadedpremium unleaded
    Fuel Tank18.5 gal.18.5 gal.18.5 gal.
    Exhaustdual stainless steeldual stainless steeldual stainless steel
    Drive Typerear-wheelrear-wheelrear-wheel
    Traction ControlABS & drivelineABS & drivelineABS & driveline
  • Steering and Suspension
    Electronic Stabilitystability controlstability controlstability control
    RideN/AN/Asport
    Auto-Levelling SuspensionN/ArearN/A
    Front Suspensionstrutstrutstrut
    Front Anti-Roll Barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll bar
    Front Springscoilcoilcoil
    Front Shocksgas-pressurizedgas-pressurizedgas-pressurized
    Rear Suspensionmulti-linkmulti-linkmulti-link
    Rear Anti-Roll Barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll bar
    Rear Springscoilaircoil
    Rear Shocksgas-pressurizedairgas-pressurized
    Steeringre-circulating ballre-circulating ballre-circulating ball
    Brakes4-wheel disc4-wheel disc4-wheel disc
    Vented Disc Brakesfront and rearfront and rearfront and rear
    Wheels16.0 " silver aluminum16.0 " silver aluminum17.0 " silver aluminum
    Front TiresP225/55HR16.0BSW ASP225/55HR16.0BSW ASP235/45WR17.0BSW performance
    Rear Tires (if different from Front)N/AN/A255/40
    Spare Tire and Wheelfull-size aluminumfull-size aluminumfull-size aluminum
  • Seating and Interior
    Seating Capacity555
    Front Seat Typebucketbucketsport
    Front Headrestspower adjustable w/tiltpower adjustable w/tiltpower adjustable w/tilt
    Front Armrestscentercentercenter
    Front Driver Seat Direction Controls(8-way power)(8-way power)(10-way power)
    Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls(8-way power)(8-way power)(10-way power)
    Rear Seatsbench60-40 benchbench
    Rear Headrestsadjustableadjustableadjustable
    Rear Armrestscentercenter with pass-thrucenter
    Seat Trimleatherleatherleather
    Door Trimleatherleatherleather
    Headlinerfull clothfull clothfull cloth
    Floor Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Dashboard Insertgenuine woodgenuine woodaluminum
    Gear Shift Knob Trimleather/genuine woodleather/genuine woodleather/aluminum
  • Comfort and Conveniences
    Sunroofexpress open/closeexpress open/closeexpress open/close
    Roof FeaturesN/Aroof rackN/A
    Vanity Mirrorsdual illuminateddual illuminateddual illuminated
    Rearview Mirrorauto-dimming day-nightauto-dimming day-nightauto-dimming day-night
    Glove Boxlockinglockinglocking
    Dome Lightfadefadefade
    Reading Lightsfront & rearfront & rearfront & rear
    Floor Consolefullfullfull
    Cup Holderfrontfrontfront
    Seatback Storage222
    Door Binsdualdualdual
    Rear Door Binsrear door binsrear door binsrear door bins
    Cargo Concealed StorageN/AlockingN/A
    Cargo Floor Trimcarpetedcarpetedcarpeted
    Trunk Lid Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Cargo CoverN/Aroll-upN/A
    Cargo Tie Downscargo tie downscargo tie downscargo tie downs
    Cargo Lightcargo lightcargo lightcargo light
    Front Air Conditioningdual zone frontdual zone frontdual zone front
    Climate Controlautomatic air conditioningautomatic air conditioningautomatic air conditioning
    Air Filterair filterair filterair filter
    Rear Heat Ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ducts
    Automatic Air Recirculationautomatic air recirculationautomatic air recirculationautomatic air recirculation
    Radiopremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scan
    Radio Steering Wheel Controlsradio steering wheel controlsradio steering wheel controlsradio steering wheel controls
    CDcompatiblecompatiblecompatible
    Speakers101010
    Radio Theft Deterrentradio theft deterrentradio theft deterrentradio theft deterrent
    Antennawindow grid diversitywindow grid diversitywindow grid diversity
    Cruise Controlwith steering wheel controlswith steering wheel controlswith steering wheel controls
    Door Lockspower with 2 stage unlockpower with 2 stage unlockpower with 2 stage unlock
    Heated Door Locksheated door locksheated door locksheated door locks
    Remote Keyless Entrykeyfob (all doors)keyfob (all doors)keyfob (all doors)
    Trunk/Hatch/Door Releasekeyfobkeyfobkeyfob
    Rear Child Safety Door Locksrear child safety door locksrear child safety door locksrear child safety door locks
    Fuel Filler Door Releasefuel filler door releasefuel filler door releasefuel filler door release
    Cell Phonepre-wiringpre-wiringpre-wiring
    Power Outlets111
    Trunk PulldownN/Atrunk/hatch auto-latchN/A
    Driver Foot Restdriver foot restdriver foot restdriver foot rest
    Retained Accessory Powerretained accessory powerretained accessory powerretained accessory power
    Garage Door OpenerHomeLink Wireless Control SystemHomeLink Wireless Control SystemHomeLink Wireless Control System
    Smokers Packageashtrayashtrayashtray
    Lighter Elementsfrontfrontfront
    Instrument Displayanaloganaloganalog
    Tachometertachometertachometertachometer
    Water Temp Gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gauge
    Clockin-dashin-dashin-dash
    Exterior Temperatureexterior temperatureexterior temperatureexterior temperature
    Systems Monitorsystems monitorsystems monitorsystems monitor
    Trip Computertrip computertrip computertrip computer
    Trip Odometertrip odometertrip odometertrip odometer
    Steering Wheelpower telescopic tiltpower telescopic tiltpower telescopic tilt sport
    Steering Wheel Materialleatherleatherleather
    Front Windowspowerpowerpower
    Rear Windowspowerpowerpower
    Quarter Vent Rear WindowsN/ApowerN/A
    1-Touch Openfront and rearfront and rearfront and rear
    Tinted Windowslightlightlight
    Front Windshield Wipersvariable intermittentvariable intermittentvariable intermittent
    Heated Front Wipersjetsjetsjets
    Rain Detecting Wipersrain detecting wipersrain detecting wipersrain detecting wipers
    Speed Sensitve Wipersspeed sensitive wipersspeed sensitive wipersspeed sensitive wipers
    Rear Windshield WiperN/Arear windshield wiperN/A
    Sun Visor Stripsun visor stripsun visor stripsun visor strip
    Rear Defrosterrear defrosterrear defrosterrear defroster
    Rear Windshield TypeN/Aflip-upN/A
  • Safety
    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    Daytime Running Lightsdaytime running lightsdaytime running lightsdaytime running lights
    Center High Mounted Stop Lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop light
    Front Impact Airbagsdriver and passengerdriver and passengerdriver and passenger
    Driver Side Impact Airbagsdoor mounteddoor mounteddoor mounted
    Passenger Side Impact Airbagdoor mounteddoor mounteddoor mounted
    Overhead Airbagtube 1st row overhead airbagtube 1st row overhead airbagtube 1st row overhead airbag
    Occupancy Sensoroccupancy sensoroccupancy sensoroccupancy sensor
    Side Impact Barsside impact beamsside impact beamsside impact beams
    Seatbelt Pretensionersfrontfrontfront
    Ignition Disableimmobilizerimmobilizerimmobilizer
    Panic Alarmpanic alarmpanic alarmpanic alarm
    Security Systemsecurity systemsecurity systemsecurity system
  • Dimensions and Capacities
    Door Count4 doors4 doors4 doors
    Maximum Cargo Volume11.1 cu.ft.63.9 cu.ft.11.1 cu.ft.
    Exterior Length188.0 "189.2 "188.0 "
    Exterior Width70.9 "70.9 "70.9 "
    Exterior Height56.7 "56.7 "56.5 "
    Wheelbase111 "111 "111 "
    Front Tread60 "60 "60 "
    Rear Tread60 "60 "60 "
    Turning Radius18.7 '18.7 '18.7 '
    Gross Vehicle Weight RatingN/AN/A4,817 lbs.
    Curb Weight3,803 lbs.4,056 lbs.3,748 lbs.
    Payload1,014 lbs.1,036 lbs.1,014 lbs.
    Drag Coefficient.31.33.31
    Front Legroom41.7 "41.7 "41.7 "
    Rear Legroom34.2 "34.2 "34.2 "
    Front Headroom37.4 "37.4 "37.4 "
    Rear Headroom37.2 "37.4 "37.2 "
    Front Hiproom58.0 "N/A58.0 "
    Rear Hiproom58.5 "N/A58.5 "
    Front Shoulder Room56.8 "56.8 "56.8 "
    Rear Shoulder Room55.9 "55.9 "55.9 "
    Passenger Volume92 cu.ft.93 cu.ft.92 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume11.1 cu.ft.32.1 cu.ft.11.1 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume w/Seats FoldedN/A63.9 cu.ft.N/A
  • Exterior Features
    Bumpersbody-colored with chrome insertbody-colored with chrome insertbody-colored with black insert
    Rear Step BumperN/Arear step bumperN/A
    Bodyside Moldingsbody-coloredbody-coloredbody-colored
    Bodyside Insertchromechromeblack
    Grille Moldingschromechromechrome
    Paintmetallic monotoneclearcoat monotonemetallic monotone
    Exterior Mirrorsdual heated, power remote driver, power remote w/tilt down passengerdual heated, power remote driver, power remote w/tilt down passengerdual heated, power remote driver, power remote w/tilt down passenger
  • Warranty
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles48/50,00048/50,00048/50,000
    Major Components Months/Miles48/50,00048/50,00048/50,000
    Corrosion Perforation Months/Miles72/unlimited72/unlimited72/unlimited
    Roadside Assistance Months/Miles48/50,00048/50,00048/50,000
    Maintenance Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
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Safety Rating

Below is the 2001 BMW 540 safety rating information and crash results as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings are based on a star system and can vary by style.
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  Safety data is not currently available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For a list of safety-related features, please check the Specs section.
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