Yes fellow boarders, my M5 finally arrived yesterday
. I got a call early in the day where the salesman told me that the car is getting detailed and that I can pick it up anytime. From then on, I could not sit still at work
. I was not able to concentrate and kept thinking about that moment.
I rushed over to the dealer at about 4PM. Triple digits all down the beltway. The salesman had me see the business manager. I quickly went through the paper work procedure, it could not get over any faster. Then the moment came where the manager told me, " I'll take that check off your hands now." SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECHHHHH. I said hold on a second, apply the brakes. You will not get one $ from me till I see the car and it is up to the specs that I ordered. He said " Oh you have not even seen the car?." I was like "Hell no!" and by then suspense was killing me. So he told me to go back to the salesman and have him show you the car. I was like YIPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEE.
Finally got in the elevator and took a ride up to the third floor of parking garage. They had a million 3's, 5's and 7 series all over the various floors of the garage. Then as I scanned the place for my beast, I catch a quick glimpse through the corner of my eye. I quickly turn my neck to that direction almost severing my neck muscles and c-spine. There it was in all its glory
. It was glistening as it was just recently detailed. The silverstone paint job made it seem as it had a halo around it. The metallic flecks in the paint deflected the surrounding light causing the beast to seem heavenly. There was a mysterious silence, yet it was beckoning me to come closer. In an instant all other cars on that floor faded away till there was only one..........
I quickly ran over to the car and snapped one quick picture. That was all I could manage as I was furiously salivating. Then it was all a blur as the sales guy explained all the different features of the car. Having owned an 05 545I, I was pretty familiar with the 5 series, except for all the SMG and M options. Then it was time to start the beast. Insert the and hit the START button and the beast roared to life. The beast had 4 miles on it. I was expecting a lot more miles due to the recall and stuff. I was thinking that maybe the damn VPC guys might have taken it for a spin during the 20 days it languished there.
Even with the stock exhaust, it was pretty loud as it resonated inside the parking garage. The sales guy slowly negotiated the beast through the garage and took it outside. Then he asked me if I had ever driven a vehicle equipped with an SMG. I said "no." Then he said let me show you. He just wanted to drive the car. I reluctantly agreed and he commenced to take the vehicle onto a street next to the dealership. He then demonstrated the SMG
to me, putting 2 whole miles on the car. I kept staring at the Tach as he effortlessly shifted through the gears and the beast roared in reply
. I was making sure that he did not go over the 1200 Mi break-in RPM. SMG seemed pretty easy to master with a little practice. I got back to the dealership, handed over the check, said "See Ya" to the salesman and ran back to the car. I began taking some pics before driving away. Sorry for the quality of the pics as it was taken with adrenalie coarsing through my veins. I just wanted to take some pics so that I had something to attach with this post. I will take better ones later and add it to a follow up post.
After the pics, I slowly eased the beast for the first time onto the busy street. I was like a proud father taking a new born home. I was ever so careful with the throttle, steering and brakes. Forever keeping my eye on the tach to ensure that I did not pass the 5500 RPM. I was staring at other cars making sure they did not come close to the beast. I felt that I was very territorial and did not like anyone getting into my beast's personal space. Needless to say I was in awe of the first drive. Even though I was taking it extra easy, the beast responded to my each command with brilliant enthusiasm. The sound of the engine and exhaust was exhilarating. I was in heaven.
Finally I got it home and parked it in the garage. Whole 22 miles on it as I checked over the vehicle. I felt envious and paused a moment of silence for some of the brave inects who chose to end its life in its path. What an angle of the beast they must have had. After a quick clean up, I let the beast get its rest after its long voyage home. As I lay the beast down to sleep. Pray the lord its soul to keep.
I know you are all thinking, Why is he writing and not driving? Well it is 1200 am and I just got home from work. Started work 7am the day before. So after a 16 hr shift, I did not want to have impaired judgment as I took the beast out for a spin. So I decided to keep you, addicts, informed and post a few pics instead. I have the rest of my life, however short or long, to be one with the beast. So far it has been a humbling experience. Further pics are forthcoming.