70,800 Original Miles


Automatic Transmission
4.4L V8
290 hp @ 5400 rpm*
324 lb/ft torque @ 3600 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 5.4 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
*Base Price in 2003: $59,900


*Seller Asking:


Fast Facts:
  • The M Sport package, a $4,100 option in 2003, elevates the 540i with many parts from the M5. While the M-Sport package was introduced on ’02 models, it was the ’03 M-Sport package that included the full M-Technic body kit and M-tech II suspension
  • The M-Technic body kit includes M-tech side skirts and front and rear bumpers, producing a look very similar to that of the period M5. The package also includes the M5’s black rubber body moldings that wrap around the entire car
  • The M-tech II suspension features the front struts, rear shocks, and rear springs from the M5. The front springs (unique to the M sport) are softer than the M5 to maintain a level of comfort that 540i customers appreciate. These springs feature a more progressive (variable) spring rate compared to the springs on the regular 540i. Sway bar stiffness is also increased by 10%. Overall, the ride height is lowered by 23mm, and ride quality slots in between the regular 540i and the M5
  • The package also includes 18in Style 37 “M Parallel” wheels, M-sport steering wheel, “M” badged shift knob/door sills/footrest, and exterior door trim. The headliner is changed to anthracite (from the usual white)
  • Martin Birkmann, BMW E39 product manager, reckons the M Sport can lap the Nurburgring 20 seconds faster than the non-M sport 540i
  • In the real world, the ’03 M Sport does a better job of masking the 540i’s 3800 lb weight in the corners. Where the ’02 M Sport would understeer, the ’03 is more effective at handling weight transfer. It can settle into corners quicker, carry more speed through the corners, and achieve a faster corner exit speed by providing better feedback to the driver when back on throttle
  • In the end, it’s the M-tech II suspension that truly sets the ’03 M-sport apart from the base 540i and ’02 M-Sport when pushed to the limit. One period road test claimed that this was BMW’s best attempt yet at combining ride quality and handling performance (in 2003)
  • Converting a regular 540i to the M-Tech II suspension will cost $2500 in OE parts alone, although the aftermarket can provide acceptable, cost effective options
Key Model Year Changes:
  • The M-Sport package now includes the full M-Technic body kit and M-tech II suspension
  • Sunroof is now standard
  • Navigation computer is updated to the DVD-based MKIV
  • Wheel center caps are now of higher quality
  • Isofix/LATCH child seat anchors were added


Seller Notes:
  • Only 1,265 M sports were produced for the US Market in 2003
  • Nice and tight with no rattles or squeaks
  • Converted to dual exhaust exit, with Eisenmann quad exhaust
  • New ATE front rotors and pads
  • Front struts replaced in the last 2 years. Front lower control arms replaced
  • Coolant cross over pipe replaced
  • New headlight lenses
  • Both seats recline cables repaired (common E39 problem)
  • Interior in excellent condition
  • Super cold air conditioning


  • Location: Topeka, Kansas – (more photos below)
  • Update: car is sold


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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it.
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability.
Mileage Disclaimer: NOC has not confirmed if the mileage stated by the seller is true and accurate. It is up to the buyer to verify these claims. Vehicle history reports, service records stating mileage, and even inspections of odometer tampering are recommended.

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