In a word - nothing. What more could I want from it... as long as it remains in good health and condition I'll be more than happy.
I agree with all that has been mentioned before this post. Richard mentioning the first time he heard the exhaust note at idle when started in a garage...brought my purchase of ge015 in July 2004 right back to me, it was sold before the guy had reversed it out of his garage.
I look forward to letting my son have a shot of it in 17 year's time when he's old enough to drive....I wonder if we'll all be on here then, here's hoping!
do you guys find yourselves looking for excuses to drive? i have found myself taking trips and running errands with the m5 more often lately. whenever i think of gas prices rising (we are cresting about $3.70USD/gallon for premium), i think of what all the guys in Europe are paying, and the worry just melts away when the cams hit around 3800 rpm and the car just takes off.
I want a car unusual and powerful.
The sound is particularly important in my choice: I'll never forget the first time I heard a M5 : I was waiting for a seller at highway exit, and then the beast arrived: an incredible noise resounding:
Emotion, when I tested the car by a sunny day on mountain roads, windows opened, and when we took the highway then the other cars seemed to be stopped.
Emotion when I saw my Touring for the first time at the showroom, and the same emotion every day when I open my garage door and look at her bottom;
Maximum emotion when I turn the key on and the MMagic engine wakes up and feeling of plenitude when it's hot and then energic Drive.
A daily spice in my life, this is what I want and my M5 is my spice, hidden behind a family car...
haha this car is like a woman. she doesn't like it cold, gotta warm her up before you can romp on it, always buy her the best toys and gifts. both are a lose/lose proposition for my pocketbook. but man, the reward for all that work is a few seconds of bliss (every shift, that is).
I went out the other day just to dry the brakes after washing it.
I was gone for an hour and I just didn't want to stop driving!
Needless to say it needed a clean again when I got back!
I adore this car, and today I am even happier as my indy has called in a favour from a friend and can now take my car in this week for her first inspection 2 and valve clearances in my ownership, and I am really excited by that. How sad am I?!!!
I know how you feel, I was really excited about my first InspII and waterpump change. After it had been done I put the bill in my M5 folder and felt very proud that I had added something to the long list of receipts from previous owners.
Dont worry, the joy of repairing your 5 soon wears off...
The more I drive modern cars, the more I hate them. Drive by wire, steer by wire, throttle by wire, brake assist, electronic stability systems, active yaw, traction control, all surrounded by crumple zones, side impact bars, seat belt pre tensioners, anti submarine seats and more air bags than you could shake a cleft stick at. The modern driving experience is about as connected as a three year olds hand writing, as direct as a dodgey politicians answers . I donít want to be an input into a control system, I want to BE THE control system. MARK MY WORDS, the day that driver control is literaly taken out of you hands, is closer than you think!
I drove a Mercedes E320 the other day. I've never felt so isoloated. I'm reliably informed that the accelrator pedal isn't even wired up to the engine ECU. It's connected to the oh so clever six speed auto transmission which then communicates with the engine. "My user requires more torque" says the gearbox, "the best way I can achieve this at this moment is to adjust X, Y & Z thus" says the engine. Good god, I'd sacrifce any amount of sophistication for a bit more CONTROL. What ever happened to engine with character. An SI engine is a breathing machine which needs to be given its' head through approprate introduction of fuel and spark. Its simple, and the current paradigm of adding every conciveable electromechanical bell and whistle imaginable, is killing it softly.
All this goes hand in hand with the Health and Safety driven mania for total abdication of personal responsibility. "Donít go out without you Hi Vis jacket, the sky might fall on your head". Assessing if a certain situation might kill you or not is part of what it is to be alive. Itís my responsibility, not my employers, not the bloody governments. If there was a form I could sign which absolved anyone else of any responsibility for me, in return for freedom from all this shite, Iíd gladly sign it, right here, right now, no question. As it is, the Safety Stasi continue to win!
This is why I drive, and try to master the art of driving, an E34 M5