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Spoiled by the S62?

So I've been looking around for a potential DD to log some highway miles on. Before owning an E39M, I didn't own any strong cars. (I remember when I first drove a stage 2 tuned WRX and an EVO- it just blew me away.) But I DD this beast now and I think I've gotten so accustomed to power-on-demand that everything else seems weak.

Just test drove a new WRX.. the turbo is so unpredictable and feels flat on the high end. Just drove a ZHP- what a nice, agile car. But it still seems gutless. I remember when I test drove an E39 530i and I thought "this is the perfect DD." Maybe an S54 in an E46 touring is the solution...

Anyone else get spoiled by the S62?
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Might as well keep driving the M5 then. No matter how bad on gas it is or how much it may lose value because of the additional mileage, it'll still be cheaper than buying another car.

I don't really understand the mentality of needing another car when you have an M5. The M5 is already a practical car— it has 4 doors, a big trunk, and is relatively comfortable. It's not some tiny little 2-door go-kart with no room for anything. And it's been proven that these engines take the mileage well, it's not like they just explode when they hit 200k miles.

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I don't really understand the mentality of needing another car when you have an M5.
I'm still in the early stages of M5 ownership and while I'm really enjoying it, there's something really nice about having a 2nd car: it allows you to appreciate the car's attributes by driving one that doesn't have the same ones. No matter how awesome a car is, you'll get used to it by driving it every single day IMO. Law of diminishing returns, if you will, and this applies to everything.

Sure it's fast and roomy and practical, but it's not nimble because no 4,000-lb sedan can ever hope to be. Driving a 2nd car that's less powerful and smaller will make sure you really enjoy driving the Beast. It's like a new experience all over again.

Ever go on vacation and drive an economy rental, then come back and fire up the S62 and go for a spin? Imagine being able to enjoy that wonderful sensation as frequently as every other day.

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I can't imagine owning a E39 M5 and having it be my only car. Mine in constantly out of action for one reason or another, very unreliable. I have a beater Subaru outback, great for trips, hauling ****, winter, commuting, everything really.
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I probably drive my M5 2-3 times a week at least but when just messing around or need something cheap and fast around town I ride my '96 xr440 plus my wife has a 2011 x5 35d for the other needs

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I'm still in the early stages of M5 ownership and while I'm really enjoying it, there's something really nice about having a 2nd car: it allows you to appreciate the car's attributes by driving one that doesn't have the same ones. No matter how awesome a car is, you'll get used to it by driving it every single day IMO. Law of diminishing returns, if you will, and this applies to everything.

Sure it's fast and roomy and practical, but it's not nimble because no 4,000-lb sedan can ever hope to be. Driving a 2nd car that's less powerful and smaller will make sure you really enjoy driving the Beast. It's like a new experience all over again.

Ever go on vacation and drive an economy rental, then come back and fire up the S62 and go for a spin? Imagine being able to enjoy that wonderful sensation as frequently as every other day.
Eh, if I can drive an E39 then I will. I wouldn't want to drive anything else, and I love putting on the miles. My 540it has 187,000 miles and counting. Granted it's not as fast as an M5 but it's still a lot of fun. I don't think I could ever get tired of it.

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I can't imagine owning a E39 M5 and having it be my only car. Mine in constantly out of action for one reason or another, very unreliable. I have a beater Subaru outback, great for trips, hauling ****, winter, commuting, everything really.
My M5 didn't really have any issues after I did some initial work on it after buying it. My current daily driver and only car at the moment is a 2000 540i touring, and it's been solid. I've put about 14,000 miles on it since July, and it's never left me stranded *knock on wood*

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Yeah this thread turned into more of a "should an E39M be your DD/only car" thread. I'm just talking about being spoiled by torque and appreciating the "new normal" that the E39M created.

I think this applies to all powerful cars, but few cars really have a home run: the right amount of power/weight, clutch/shifter combo that feels connected/unmuted, and overall driving dynamics/feel.
And I do agree that this is sort of a "pinnacle" car and that one of the best routes is to start complementing this car with something the E39M doesn't do exceptionally well in. (Light 2dr, pick up, SUV, wagons, etc)

What other cars do you guys think fit that category?

Does the E46 M3 provide ample power? (I know a few of you guys own both cars)
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