Junior Member, warming up (<31 posts)
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: San Jose, California
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Before I purchased my M5, I did not pay that much attention to the subtle styling features that distinguish them. But once I became a proud owner, I was infected by the "Is it really an M5 syndrome?" . . . a disease that causes its victims to obsessively seek out and verify the authenticity of other M5's.
This disease infected me when I spotted my first fake M5. It was a 540i automatic with an M5 trunk badge. I was certain that this sighting was an anomaly. However, the more I looked, the more fakes I spotted. Some fakes were well done, others were pathetic. I once spotted a 5 series that had the original 540i badge on the right side and an ///M badge glued on the left side, somewhat crooked, I might add. Each new sighting progressed the disease.
At first, I was very irritated by these wanna-bees. I saw them as dilutors of the M5 book-value. I would often go out of my way to embarass the driver by pulling along side of him/her and then giving them the "what the #&@$" look.
However, recently I have realized that impersonation is a form of flattery. More importantly, I have realized how fortunate most of us are to drive an M5. I am now in full remission.
Has this afflicted anyone else? . . . no need to answer NYC_M5, you're terminal.
'02 M5, Sterling Grey, Black Interior
'01 325i, Titanium, Grey Interior
'01 325i, Steel Blue, Grey Interior
'98 Jaguar XJ8L, Titanium Blue, Oatmeal
'00 Ford Expedition E/B (Family SUV)