2000 M5 Runs Great Looks Great - What did I do Wrong?
Sarcastic thread to be sure.
I have owned my 2000 Titanium Silver M5 since December 2009. Bought her with 51k and now have around 62k. Replaced the rear sway bar mounts, change the oil and enjoy the car. However, the interior looks like new, the car drives incredibly and she otherwise looks perfect.
SO, what have I done wrong? I mean so many digs on the 2000. Why is my car running, looking and otherwise performing like it should? When will it blow up? I'm waiting for the internet inevitable...........................
You are not driving it right. Gotta drive it like you stole it.
Location and conditioning can make a difference. Weather, how well paved the roads are, salt from snow removal if you leave it out, humidity or lack of.
I live in the north east and Snow and salt are not kind to vehicles up here. Can easily see it eating at the body, suspension unless you wash it or let it hibernate in a garage during the winter months. If humidity is right plastic components are less likely to become brittle, crack and cause problems. I'm still looking for the right M5, but I am not in a rush to jump into anything. Today's snow storm scared me away a little from the idea of an M5, then again even with snow tires I was having a little tough time making it up a hill, saw another car slide down a bit, then do a U-turn.
Biggest reason thou is probably a combination that the last owner took decent care of it and then you took good care of it as well. Early life abuse can catch up to a car later on unless reversed.
I recommend enjoy your car as much as you can until mileage, rust, or time catches up to it and if you still love the car keep going at it, otherwise might be time to retire it when it no longer becomes feasible to own/maintain examples cost exceeding well beyond vehicle value unless it is mint or part have become ridiculously difficult to find.
You've done nothing wrong. Give it time. It's a disaster waiting to happen. You bought a MY 2000, always dismissed by the majority of this community when someone wants to buy one, because everything pre 2001 is an oil guzzling ticking time bomb, period. What were you thinking?
My M5 is also a 2000 pre-facelift which I have owned since 2002 and has covered a total of 49K. Yes I have had a few problems, but the funny thing is none have been as mentioned.
I thought the thread entitled ďAdvice needed - current E39 M5 prices in ffice:smarttags" was interesting reading. Apparently, it is complete madness to purchase anything older than 2001. If I am not mistaken the last build of the E39 M5 was in 2003 which equates to the youngest being 10 years old. Iím not a betting man but I would surmise its more about how these cars have been driven and serviced!
Anyway, i've attached a couple of photos of my beast
Objects in the Mirror are Losing
26 Aug 2014 - 172852kms - New Bank 1 VANOS Unit and replaced Bank 2 Intake Camshaft Sensor
18 Aug 2014 - 3 years of ownership
16 May 2014 - 169882 kms - New Front shock absorbers, Front Thrust Arm bushes, Rear upper control arm bushes, Suspension level sensor, Rocker Cover Gaskets, Engine Vent Pipes & Breather Hoses, and RHF Door Seal. Reseated LHF Spring Pad and Both Rear Brake Discs replaced under Warranty. Full Wheel Alignment
08 Apr 2014 - 168104 kms - 2 New Front Tyres (Bridgestone Potenza RE50A RFT)
01 Apr 2014 - 167779 kms - Inspection 2 Service
19 Dec 2013 - 163365 kms - Replacement Front Tow Eye Cover
03 Oct 2013 - 160663 kms - New Front Discs & New Rear Discs/Pads. New Wiper Blades
10 Sep 2013 - 160000 kms Milestone (less than 1000 kms to the 100,000 mile mark)
01 Jul 2013 - Puncture - 2 New Rear Tyres (Bridgestone Potenza RE50A RFT)
25 Mar 2013 - 150000 kms Milestone
04 Mar 2013 - 148435 kms - Repaired broken cup-holder
28 Feb 2013 - 148355 kms - New Stock Clutch and Flywheel, jetwashed fuel tank, new fuel pump and filter, and replaced hazard button in console
05 Feb 2013 - 147659 kms - New Tailshaft Artic Disc (Guibo)
19 Jan 2013 - 147212 kms - New Stock Airfilters and Cabin Filters
22 Dec 2012 - Obtained Peake Code Reader
23 Apr 2012 - 146003 kms - Replaced Rear Wheel Bearings
06 Feb 2012 - 141515 kms - New Front Brake Pads and Sensors
28 Dec 2011 - 138938 kms - Oil Service and Safety Check
18 Aug 2011 - 125412 kms - Purchased Car (Replaced 2 rear tyres shortly after purchase)