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Old 04-04-2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Input needed: M5 Body work assessment

I'm shopping for an E39 M5 and a few examples are popping up that I'm entertaining.

The one pictured below had a very small dent below the rear tail light and was repaired. Granted this is just one picture of the repair, but I'm looking for input on the color match. I know silver is very difficult to match and I'm trying to be objective rather than getting too excited about the rest of the car.

From this picture, the rear quarter panel looks slightly darker than the bumper and rear door.

Let me know what you guys think. I don't mind a little bit of paintwork if it is done well, but I'm not going to drive something with an obvious mismatch.



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Old 04-04-2017, 11:29 AM   #2
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to me the quarter doesn't match the rest of the car at all.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:47 AM   #3
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If you buy this, plan on a complete repaint, or it will always bug you.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:55 AM   #4
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Agreed. Not having seen it in person, I would suspect it would be an automatic "no" but wanted some other input to confirm. I'm admittedly not the best at spotting these subtleties. That is probably why this car isn't sold since it is in great shape otherwise and priced well for miles / condition otherwise.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:59 PM   #5
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If you buy this, plan on a complete repaint, or it will always bug you.
Yeah I had a scratch on my E46 hood bought it anyway nobody could see it but I knew it was there bothered me for 5 years
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Old 04-05-2017, 04:09 PM   #6
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Pretty clear color mismatch to me. But if everything else is spot on, especially the price, proper paintwork isn't the end of the world.

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Old 04-05-2017, 04:36 PM   #7
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For what its worth... that was taken with a camera in what appears to be the late afternoon. Lighting can do all sorts of funky stuff with camera's. If you had a way to bring it over to a body shop (that you trust) I'd do that. Like the poster above said... paint is no big deal especially if everything else about that car checks out. It is an M5 at the end of the day!
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Old 04-05-2017, 04:39 PM   #8
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Go check it out in person. The lighting in that picture is terrible and the panels you are comparing to have a different amount of light and all of our monitors are different in what they show. At the end of the day, if it's really in that good of condition, I'd probably still do it. I can deal with a small paint mismatch more than I can deal with worn rod bearings eating the engine.

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Go check it out in person. The lighting in that picture is terrible and the panels you are comparing to have a different amount of light and all of our monitors are different in what they show. At the end of the day, if it's really in that good of condition, I'd probably still do it. I can deal with a small paint mismatch more than I can deal with worn rod bearings eating the engine.
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I'd be skeptical. These cars rust fairly easily and paint/panel imperfections and shitty body repairs are a nice cradle for rust.
Even if there is no visible corrosion in the common places for the e39m (gas filler/rockers/quarter panels) it might be hiding underneath the new paint.
First find an e39 m with a nice body, then think about engine, suspension etc. With an e39 m you will have additional investments in the mechanical components regardless. Having to shell out thousands on proper rust repair on top of normal maintenance makes your dream car a nightmare
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I'd be skeptical. These cars rust fairly easily and paint/panel imperfections and shitty body repairs are a nice cradle for rust.

Even if there is no visible corrosion in the common places for the e39m (gas filler/rockers/quarter panels) it might be hiding underneath the new paint.

First find an e39 m with a nice body, then think about engine, suspension etc. With an e39 m you will have additional investments in the mechanical components regardless. Having to shell out thousands on proper rust repair on top of normal maintenance makes your dream car a nightmare


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A paint meter will really help with that kind of assessment. If there's a bunch of bondo hiding underneath I would be skeptical but then again.. if that really is the only section its not going to be thousands of dollars to repair it properly...

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Make sure its not a year 2000.
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When my 330 got hit on the fender they had to repaint half the car and it still didnt look right. The metallic paint jobs are basically impossible to match.
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Thanks guys.

Problem is that most cars that start to fit my criteria aren't local, so if the body looks good and it has a strong maintenance history, those are a great start (obviously lower end on miles and owners are good too).

The market on these things is very picky....no one has touched the one I posted. Others are swooped up pretty quickly with very strong prices. I want to minimize my headache when it is time to unload it as well.
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Indeed - Looking at 02-03, some consideration for late model 01's.
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Good luck with the search! Finding a local one is tough.....I got the same itch a few years back.
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Good luck with the search! Finding a local one is tough.....I got the same itch a few years back.
Yeah, I think I'm doing it for real this time. I have a beater to drive while I'm on the hunt, so I'll be fine for a while. If I can't find a good E39 M5, I may pick up an E55/E63.

I guess if all else fails I may grab a F10 535/550 or something, but that will not be nearly as fun.

There isn't much else out there that interests me.
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Yeah, I think I'm doing it for real this time. I have a beater to drive while I'm on the hunt, so I'll be fine for a while. If I can't find a good E39 M5, I may pick up an E55/E63.

I guess if all else fails I may grab a F10 535/550 or something, but that will not be nearly as fun.

There isn't much else out there that interests me.
The Chevy SS is along the same lines (midsize sedan w/ V8 and RWD). It's not german, clearly, but I've read good things.
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The Chevy SS is along the same lines (midsize sedan w/ V8 and RWD). It's not german, clearly, but I've read good things.
I think I have the German itch to scratch. I don't think I can do American unless it is a truck / gigantic SUV.

I wish the CTSV was about $10k cheaper...that would be a strong consideration.
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