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post #1 of 27 Old 7th January 2017, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Storing the e60 m5 for 4+ years

Hello all,

I have searched the forums for roughly an hour and have a grasp of whats possible. But maybe someone has some advice.

The premise- I will not have a need for any of my cars for the next 4 years and i will be stationed in places that its not ideal to drag any of them along. So i am selling one of the cars, and keeping the 2007 m5 (6speed)

The plan- Rent a storage unit (costs roughly $120 a month) Prep the car with a fresh oil change and top off all fluids. Prep the storage unit with moisture absorbing equipment (usually a press board base will be good) Lay pesticide in storage unit to keep critters out. mask off any air intake and exhaust so nothing unwanted climbs in. Tarp the car in an indoor cloth top, this will keep the paint away from dust and any stray moisture. Sadly the car will have to sit since no one can drive it, i will be able to get it one oil change per year. the car will be stored without the battery.

Question- Whenever i have met classic ferrari/old muscle owners, the things they told me about long storage was to drain all fluids. Is this the case for our vehicles?
Also how safe are storage units?? paying for one is no problem, but the big fear i have is seeing my car on some storage wars tv show getting auctioned off to some fatbody who thinks an ls engine is gods gift to us. (i have never missed a payment on anything but accountants/banks make mistakes)


If you have ever stored a car for so long how did you do it ?




Now you my ask why not just sell it? Because its paid for and I am a sentimentalist.
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post #2 of 27 Old 7th January 2017, 11:22 AM
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Honestly, I commend you for wanting to keep hold of it but if you're really not goingt o be use it at all for 4 years, I'd sell it, and buy one when you're back in town.

These cars do not like being sat idle for 4 weeks let alone 4 years. But the other argument is will these cars rise in value in the next 4 years...... they're not a classic by any means yet but as last of the v10s, who knows...

Sorry I can't help wth you question as I don't have experience in storage.
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Honestly, I commend you for wanting to keep hold of it but if you're really not goingt o be use it at all for 4 years, I'd sell it, and buy one when you're back in town.

These cars do not like being sat idle for 4 weeks let alone 4 years. But the other argument is will these cars rise in value in the next 4 years...... they're not a classic by any means yet but as last of the v10s, who knows...

Sorry I can't help wth you question as I don't have experience in storage.
Thanks for the reply

And you are right about these cars not being driven, i have more problems with the car when i drive it less rather than when i daily drive it. Im thinking about maybe selling it to a friend, idk. I wonder how these Lamborghini owners do it, who have a countach with 500 miles.
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If i were you put a battery tender on it,
drive it once a year, change oil on 2nd year, do all fluids on year 4 then drive and enjoy

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Disconnect battery, on jack stands.... lowest level of fuel in the tank..
When the time comes, pour new gas in tank prior to start, change the oil once car is up to temp ( don't put load or high rpms on the old oil) , new battery and register it...

Your gonna need a brake fluid flush and bleed at this time aswell..

I have cars at my vacation home in europe that sit a few years sometimes and i do the same never had an issue..

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You can do the thing the Russkies do to their planes - jackstands that sit in pans of motor oil to keep critters away. So long it's temperature controlled, it should be fine just sitting with no battery and stabil with minimum amount of gas
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Steel wool to put in the exhaust outlets so you don't have a material that mice would just use to nest.


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Thanks for the replies, what kind of jackstands should i use. I have a 100 dollar set from autozone i use for small scale stuff, im assuming id need an upgrade on that? also for the long term jacking points id probably have to suspend the car from the engine point and the diff points? or just on the designated jack markings? and i will have an oil change done before i leave the car, should i still have the dealer use the 10 w60 oil or is there some "special" kind i need to ask for ?
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If you're going to use jack stands, I would suggest taking the wheels off. When I've stored a vehicle for shorter periods of time, I have just inflated the tires to near their max to avoid "permanent" flat spots.

Any jack stand rated for the weight of the car should do.
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