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post #1 of 13 Old 20th April 2017, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Well, traded in the M5 ... traders remorse.

I loved that Car (mostly), 2003 Sterling Gray

Was refreshing it, and did many of the DYIs here ...

But it literally couldn't seem to go even a month without needing something.
And I didn't mind it was my 2nd car. But the repairs/parts aren't cheap
Was just time ... I guess

Kind regretting it already though ... Classic BMW. And I'm a BMW guy

Other car is a 2013 135is , which is quick and a blast to drive, but I wouldn't call
it a "daily driver" either.

Mixed feelings ... part of me is gone ...
There will be another M in my future
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I loved that Car (mostly), 2003 Sterling Gray

Was refreshing it, and did many of the DYIs here ...

But it literally couldn't seem to go even a month without needing something.
And I didn't mind it was my 2nd car. But the repairs/parts aren't cheap
Was just time ... I guess

Kind regretting it already though ... Classic BMW. And I'm a BMW guy

Other car is a 2013 135is , which is quick and a blast to drive, but I wouldn't call
it a "daily driver" either.

Mixed feelings ... part of me is gone ...
There will be another M in my future
I lay at night worrying that this will be my future: Being unable to keep the Beast going and having to accept a lesser car as my daily driver... Not my worst fear, but it is one I frequently face.
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This is starting or at least appearing to be my fate as well with my 2010 M5. Its starting to become needy and seems like every other month its something. Just this year alone ive had my 60k mile maint done: $1400, then my ignition coils went up: $1200, followed by an expensive $2000 brake job (had all 4 rotors, pads, sensors replaced). So now im thinking like you and considering a lesser car as a daily driver but am crossing my fingers that I can make it the rest of the year without needing another expensive repair. Just curious what other cars are you considering as a daily driver, I may be going this route myself.......

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This is starting or at least appearing to be my fate as well with my 2010 M5. Its starting to become needy and seems like every other month its something. Just this year alone ive had my 60k mile maint done: $1400, then my ignition coils went up: $1200, followed by an expensive $2000 brake job (had all 4 rotors, pads, sensors replaced). So now im thinking like you and considering a lesser car as a daily driver but am crossing my fingers that I can make it the rest of the year without needing another expensive repair. Just curious what other cars are you considering as a daily driver, I may be going this route myself.......
Yup, I think it may have been better if like 10 things went at once, and I fixed them.

But I had 150k miles on it, and it was going to be Clutch, Brakes, Tires time soon ...
On top all the other items.

For daily driver, I traded it in for a new GTI (wish me luck) , but I'm getting 34-40 MPG to work
When the M5, if I dared drive it , was 17-18 MPG
See how it goes
And there is still a BMW 135is in the Garage for fun :-D
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If you are taking the car to a shop for all these repairs then yes, the maintenance costs are outrageous for these M cars. But if you have a backup car to drive, do the work yourself, and shop around for the best prices for parts, including used parts from Clemster etc., it's much more doable.
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Sorry to hear but glad you still have a fun weekend car!

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If you are taking the car to a shop for all these repairs then yes, the maintenance costs are outrageous for these M cars. But if you have a backup car to drive, do the work yourself, and shop around for the best prices for parts, including used parts from Clemster etc., it's much more doable.
Agreed. These cars aren't hard to work on given time and patience. The wealth of knowledge on this board and availability of parts are the only reasons I took the plunge on mine. If I thought I'd have to take the beast to an Indy for everything, or go to the dealer for parts, I'd have gone a different route.

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- Stock for now, catching up on maintenance first...
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- Much faster (and less reliable) than the M5
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As far as a Daily Driver goes, I think you could have done much, much worse than a GTI. I've had a few as week-long rentals and they are a blast. Waaaaay more tossable than an E39 and lots of fun to drive, particularly when it's a rental and you aren't responsible for tire/brake wear and mechanical failure.

Stupid question and I know it's too late, but why not trade in the 135 and keep the M5 as the second car? Seems like the GTI and the 135 fill the same niche...

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Ha! The story sounds familiar. I used to have a 2008 Saab Turbo X, sport combi, 6 speed (turbo v6, XWD...around 300HP stock).
While under warranty, it was at the dealer getting fixed every other month. Than the warranty ended, and I thought I was in the clear....the story didn't change.
I went crazy with mods, coilvers, bigger turbo, tuned, intercooler, piping, exhaust, fixed every little flaw....and it blew the engine.
Got a replacement engine, and while at it, clutch and other bits. I thought that was it....well, than the diff that was replaced under warranty started giving problems. I was close to throwing in the towel, but got it fixed, and bought another daily driver and parked the Saab for winter. I took it out of storage once it warmed up and got the same rear diff problem again. That was it, I sold it the next week.
I started regretting doing it probably 6 months later. I actually reached out to the buyer trying to get it back. It took another year before I got the M5 to fill in the void.
I also recently traded in the daily G37 that was giving me problems for a 2017 TLX base.
I figure the Acura will be trouble free for a long time, and instead of spending money fixing two cars, I can now concentrate on the M5.
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As far as a Daily Driver goes, I think you could have done much, much worse than a GTI. I've had a few as week-long rentals and they are a blast. Waaaaay more tossable than an E39 and lots of fun to drive, particularly when it's a rental and you aren't responsible for tire/brake wear and mechanical failure.

Stupid question and I know it's too late, but why not trade in the 135 and keep the M5 as the second car? Seems like the GTI and the 135 fill the same niche...
The M5 had 150k miles, the 135is is a 2013 and still under warranty.

Didn't feel comfortable taking the M5 anywhere, as one minor issue after the other, when it had been bullet proof.

The upcoming costs of needing a Clutch, brakes and tires ... after the other items I've put in, and other potential issues.
Just didn't want to invest in a car with that many miles.
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