i am thinking of selling my beloved 2001 m5. i bought the car in late 2001 (listed here) from a fastidious car collector with 4200 miles on the odo and have owned it ever since. the color combo is one that i have never seen before but love--anthracite with caramel interior, full leather and wood trim. the interior is beautiful and gives the car a real luxurious feel. no mods. the car has never had any paint or body work, no accidents. it has generally has been very reliable, with only a few minor things over the years (cam positions sensors replaced a couple of times, suspension bushings, etc). the car has never been tracked or driven hard, and you can ask my wife how i treat the car! it is a weekend/short highway trip car. i take our jetta or beat up minivan to the train station...to give you a sense, the long term mileage on the obc shows a 20.1 avg mpg. we have only one child at home now so i am thinking of getting a smaller sports car which is the reason for the sale. the m5 has the factory upgraded audio but no rear shades. the car will need some tlc which is why i have priced it on the aggressive side in spite of the generally excellent condition and rare but desirable color combination. below are some specific details, i believe in full disclosure:
--body details--one small door ding (paint not compromised), one very minor scratch (more like a rub) in front bumper corner, small crack on bottom lip of front spoiler (a box hit the bottom of the bumper on rt 24), one really teeny scratch on the rear bumper. no one other than myself has ever noticed any of the scratches/rubs. normal rock chips on front bumper and hood. for a car this age the body is in great shape. the car is garaged when not in use.
--wheels/tires--one wheel has some curb rash, others in good shape. the tires will need replacement soon. they aren't quite on the wear bars, but getting there.
--interior--modest wear on outer bolsters of front seats, otherwise the leather and the rest of the interior is in terrific shape. i have two sets of caramel bmw mats. no problems with the display. rear view mirror has just recently developed an issue that is very common to these cars. the chromatic coating is defective. bmw has provided for an inexpensive replacement ($100 fix). i'm happy to do it beforehand or the buyer can take care of it if he/she prefers (or leave it as it doesn't really impact visibility).
--mechanical--brakes are original. my independent shop suggested that i wait for the service light to go off before doing the pads, but they will need replacement soon (there has never been a service light on the brakes). i have had an intermittent ses light and was going to take it in when it shows up again, but there are no lights currently. i'm about 95% certain the light pertains to another cam position sensor going. this is a very common problem and is an easy repair that some owners do themselves. the car runs strong and the clutch is still good (my car is mostly driven on the highway so not much shifting or braking!).
i've outlined everything i know about the car. basically it's in fantastic shape, just needs a few things to be perfect. asking $17,000. the nice thing about my car is that you will never see another with this color combo..any questions let me know. i'll get current pictures up this weekend after the car gets a bath. below are a couple of shots of my car taken a while back to give a sense of what the color combo looks like.