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Old 05-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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School me on the E39 M5

Anyone here have one? Glad you bought it? Expensive to maintain?

I am looking to replace my e46 330ci with something that has 4 doors and more power, budget of $20-30K. I've looked at the 335i but it just doesn't excite me the way I should. E90 M3 sedan is another idea, but they are still a bit much and I am concerned about the long term quality of newer BMWs.

I found a really clean local 2000 M5 with 64K miles for $18K and am thinking about jumping on it. Good or bad idea?

Edit: link to CL http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/3772876752.html
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Anyone here have one? Glad you bought it? Expensive to maintain?

I am looking to replace my e46 330ci with something that has 4 doors and more power, budget of $20-30K. I've looked at the 335i but it just doesn't excite me the way I should. E90 M3 sedan is another idea, but they are still a bit much and I am concerned about the long term quality of newer BMWs.

I found a really clean local 2000 M5 with 64K miles for $18K and am thinking about jumping on it. Good or bad idea?
That's too much for it IMO. If you have a friend who is a dealer, let them take you to an auction... You can get them for $10k-$12k
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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I was told not to buy the 2000 by someone on here 2001-up. cant remember why.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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That's too much for it IMO. If you have a friend who is a dealer, let them take you to an auction... You can get them for $10k-$12k
I agree the price is too high. No friends in the dealer business unfortunately which leaves me trying to talk this guy down if I go for it. The car blue books at 15 in excellent condition so that's would I would offer minus anything that needs to be repaired per PPI.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:52 PM   #5
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if possible avoid the preface model years and look for anywhere from 2001-2003, the early model engine's had more quirks in them. Agreed the price is ridiculous even with that low of mileage. That being said the S62 is a maintenance slore of major proportions only ousted by it's predecessor the s38.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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You want to stick to 02-03, the early models were known to burn oil (normal) which might be annoying to some. 1-2quarts/1,000 miles. Not all early models will burn oil though, so don't count them all out.
01+ was the facelift obviously, but late 2000s had the gray cluster face change too.
Control arm bushings need constant replacing unless you go poly.
The same vanos issues you see with the S54 apply to the S62 except x2!
S62 rebuilds are extremely expensive. Make sure you get a compression, leak down, and if you can push for it, vanos check.

Prices for E39 M5s are up, as are most BMWs (E46 M3, E36 M3, E30 M3). They are very desirable and anything considered to be the last of the best of something is going to fetch a premium. KBB, NADA, and auction prices are irrelevant when buying an enthusiast cared for car (provided it is a prime example). Most E39 M5 you will find on CL are beat to crap. Pay more for a quality example. I sold my 59k mile 02 M3 LSB/Black/Manual for $30k last year. Anyone arguing otherwise on value owns a **** box or doesn't understand the value of nice cars. That said; a lot of people with filthy cars think they can ask a ridiculous price too. It's up to you as the buyer to determine the quality of a car.

The CL one looks fantastic from the photos. Price is fine for the mileage. I'd say go look at it.

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:24 PM   #7
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My friend is selling his. Gas mileage isn't great, but they are very cool cars.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/car...e39-m5-oe.html
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:27 PM   #8
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The recirculating ball steering SUCKS majorly if you ever plan to push it in the turns.
E39 M5 uses servotronics to counter the issue, you're just making stuff up. Feels the same as rack and pinion.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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E39 M5 uses servotronics to counter the issue, you're just making stuff up. Feels the same as rack and pinion.
Did not know. I thought it was the same as the 540 and I've seen similar complaints. The 540 absolutely sucks (We have a 2000 540i/6 in the family). Corrected.

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #10
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God I love those things! I would jump on it so hard
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:42 PM   #11
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Excellent choice, this one has much soul
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:48 PM   #12
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #13
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Re: School me on the E39 M5

Maintenance will be expensive. An alternator is something ridiculous like $900.

It also guzzles gas like v8_5 guzzles cum.

Amazing machine if you can afford the upkeep. A CPO'd 335i with warranty would be my choice however.

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:57 PM   #14
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Maintenance will be expensive. An alternator is something ridiculous like $900.
wut no. http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-16...z8-120amp.aspx
$379...where on earth did you get $900
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lmao the e39 makes the e60 look like complete trash
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lmao the e39 makes the e60 look like complete trash
I was just thinking the same thing
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:09 PM   #17
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wut no. http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-16...z8-120amp.aspx
$379...where on earth did you get $900
Must've been a quote with labor. Realoem quotes $760, still twice as expensive as an E46.

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it's the best car ever made ever in the history of ever.
It had an OEM iPhone dock before the iPhone was invented

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The best car I have ever driven.

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