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It pains me to sell my 2001 BMW E39 M5. I've owned over 30 vehicles and the E39 M5 has been one of the best I've had. It has the desirable Lemans Blue exterior and the hard-to-find all black sport leather interior. Most Lemans E39 M5s are going to have the ugly (sorry just my opinion) two tone interior but every once in a while you run into them with the all black sport seats/leather and the titanium trim (which mine has). Also, if you have not read up on these...the 2001+ is the year model to get. They have a larger navigation unit, upgraded steering wheel, upgraded headlights, upgraded jewel cells tailights, updated gauge cluster, and more. It takes thousands to turn a non-2001+ into a 2001+.

Asking $10,900 or best offer.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY. My M5 developed the notorious rod bearing issue. I do not have the DIY skills to tackle this nor can I justify paying for the repair. That is why I have priced it competitively. This is a good buy for DIY mechanic to fix one issue and have a nice E39 M5. At this point I am just cutting my losses and buying a new BMW with a warranty. Maybe I'm spooked...but it is what it is.

123,000 miles
clean title
I'm the 3rd owner

The good:
No accidents
CLEAN TITLE IN HAND ready to go
Non smoker
Adult owned
Always garaged
Leather treated weekly
Everything works (a/c, NAV etc...)
Full 30+ hour detail completed recently
Clutch changed out at 113,605 miles
Thermostat and rear main seal replaced at 102,000 miles
Tires replaced with Continental ExtremeContact DW at same time as clutch (about 70% tread life remaining)

The bad:
The engine has just encountered the common rod bearing issue and has a moderate knock (sounds like a loud click more than a knock). I don't have the skills or time to tackle this problem on my daily driver (I am now daily driving a borrowed truck). For a skilled buyer, this is going to be a sweet M5 at a discount if you can do the work. The engine still runs fine at this point and can be driven home but the car is not being driven since the problem was diagnosed.

The front bumper has road wear, license plate holes and 2 small non-impact cracks + 1 larger crack (there is a large crack at the bottom passenger side corner where the prior owner probably banged it coming out of his driveway). It needs to be refinished but it will stand up to the 10ft rule if you squint a little. The rest of the factory paint is great.

Driver's side seat bolster leather has received a touchup by prior owner

PM with any questions. I'm pretty flexible as far as when I can show the car. I also have a brand new never installed ESS Tuning VT1-560 supercharger kit fot the M5 that I just bought before finding out about the rod bearing that I am selling separately.













































 

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i would be willing to tackle this project but i'm like 14 hours away :(
 

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Let me preface this by saying I am very new to the E39 M5 scene and am trying to catch up in terms of knowledge to you guys.

Can someone explain to me, how this is a "steal"? Isn't swapping out rod bearings relatively expensive? As in > 2-3k ? Also, if the crank is damaged, wouldn't this cost significantly more leading to a potential engine swap?

Either way, sounds like OP has taken a great deal of care of his car and it shows in the pictures and description. If it is truly a steal, I am sure it will sell soon. GLWS!
 

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Let me preface this by saying I am very new to the E39 M5 scene and am trying to catch up in terms of knowledge to you guys.

Can someone explain to me, how this is a "steal"? Isn't swapping out rod bearings relatively expensive? As in > 2-3k ? Also, if the crank is damaged, wouldn't this cost significantly more leading to a potential engine swap?

Either way, sounds like OP has taken a great deal of care of his car and it shows in the pictures and description. If it is truly a steal, I am sure it will sell soon. GLWS!
Ya I think that's the risk. From my point of view, if I were close enough, it might be worth a go to me since I would DIY the rod bearings. I would hesitate a little because - to your point - if the crank is toast then I would be in for a new s62, which is $5k+ on ebay plus the headache of trying to get it installed into the car.
 

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Ya I think that's the risk. From my point of view, if I were close enough, it might be worth a go to me since I would DIY the rod bearings. I would hesitate a little because - to your point - if the crank is toast then I would be in for a new s62, which is $5k+ on ebay plus the headache of trying to get it installed into the car.
I wish I had the skills to DIY the rod bearings. Clemster on the board here is an M5 specialist and he as a couple engines for less than $5k. That would be the route I would go if I was going to keep the car and sink more money into it.
 

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She is SOLD as of today. Gone to a good home I think. A mechanic enthusiast who is going to take care of the rod bearing issue and keep her on the road. Thanks, everyone.
 
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