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I have owned my M5 for nearly 3 yrs now.. Although it's not a daily driver.I smile every time I get behind that steering wheel..This is my 3rd BMW in last 10yrs and by far the Most exhilarating.Yes the car needs special attention.. Because Bmw built this car like no other,from the ground up.
My advice is take time to get to know the vehicle.There are things that give you the ultimate joy if you learn to DIY.
Over the years I have acquired my own diagnostic tools and stayed up late nights, learning about the various features, functions,tips and tricks on how to tackle issues that may arise.That has helped me tremendously.
Yes certain things will be of course too much for one to repair alone..But I think some of that could be as a result of prior or current maintenance depending on who owned the vehicle from day one.I for one did some research for about 6 months before pulling the trigger.I visited different dealerships and test drove about 5 different cars.In the end I settled on a 2007 with 63,000 miles and most importantly a 6 speed manual transmission.I decided that the SMG unfortunately, was still plagued with issues that were more expensive to repair than it's alternate.
So far I'm at 89,000 miles and car runs even better than when I first purchased it.No major expenses so far.Oil changes every 5K miles and recently upgraded my idle actuator gears before they acted up.(preventive maintenance)..
One thing that I did when I first got my car was I had some vanos noise upon Cold starts.I therefore decided to bleed the system frequently (once or twice monthly) .That greatly improved its performance and minimized noise.I Used DIS V57 software to do this..I also cleaned all my my throttle bodies and greased the linkages.
I just picked up my car today from the BMW dealership due to fact that I wanted to make sure my software was up to date on all the modules in the car.Surprisingly my software was old, 2008 was last update and Bmw actually had updates as late as November 2016 for my vehicle.Glad to know that Bmw still looking to improve things on this legendary vehicle. Just paid an hour labor ,they kept vehicle overnight and provided me with a loaner.
So overall do your homework and research. Be prepared to school yourself on the complexities of this wonderful vehicle unless of course someone else is taking care of the maintenance for you
Last edited by Mfiveusa; 11th February 2017 at 05:16 AM.