My good friend actually has both vehicles that he drives on occasion. He tells me all the time: M5 handles better. E55 pulls like a train, but feels like a boat. That's basically the synopsis of what I gather from my conversations with him. Both tailored to different crowds as they are both different types of beast all in their own.Anyone go from e39 m5 to e55 amg? If so did you prefer the m5 after the change. This car is a daily driver. Someone just crashed into my car and it is being totaled. I need to replace it with something, thanks.
I rode shotgun on a few of those historic highway pulls and came away with major respect for the E55. The swell of torque is something that an E39 will never match and the interior is much more luxurious with more of a vault like feel. But as heavy as an E39 is, the E55 feels much heavier. More than the actual weight difference would suggest. And just for the record, if you have a heart defect do NOT ride with Marcus. Fast E55 + huge balls = h:.OSHPE55 has owned several of both. I'm sure he will chime in.
E55 AMG - FAST AS HELL in a straight line, a slug in the corners. You know it's true Marcus.
E39 M5 - Will get WALKED by a slightly modded E55 AMG. I know this for a fact. I witnessed a moderately modded E55 AMG walk away from an ESS supercharged E39 M5 following Timmayfest on the way to the after hours party.
I was originally scouting the E55 before I settled on the M5, I just found the thread on Yahoo that really crossed it off the list for me. Check out the list of prices for parts. Makes a new S62 look positively cheap...
Is the e55 AMG reliable? - Yahoo! Answers
Here are some examples from a 2004 E55 AMG. These are just the price of parts. No tax, labor, materials etc...
Front Bumper Cover = $1400
Rear Bumper Cover = $1760
Hood = $1380
Headlamps = $1500 each
Headlamp bulb = $206
Mirror glass = $700 (for just the glass!!!)
Radiator = $845
Alternator = $1200
Transmission = $8000
Engine = $68,000 (Don't blow the motor)
body shop manager
Really? I'm surprised if they're that high. Remember, these prices are just parts and from a body shop, not a dealer. I know a re-manufactured S62 lists for about 18k, which is a lot less than the 68k they're quoting here. IIRC, I thought the radiator on the E39 was only a few hundred dollars as well. At first glance, it looked like most things were close to 4x the cost for the E55 AMG vs. E39.look at repair prices for an E39 M5 at a BMW dealer (check retail costs). I think you'll find that they're not that different.
Really? I'm surprised if they're that high. Remember, these prices are just parts and from a body shop, not a dealer. I know a re-manufactured S62 lists for about 18k, which is a lot less than the 68k they're quoting here. IIRC, I thought the radiator on the E39 was only a few hundred dollars as well. At first glance, it looked like most things were close to 4x the cost for the E55 AMG vs. E39.
Interesting. Per the original thread, this is for a 2004 E55 so the age difference shouldn't be much of a factor, but point taken on the transmission and other parts. The only point of reference I had was the motor, which I knew to be a lot more expensive (granted, the supercharger is going to bump that up significantly).source: REALOEM.com - car 2003 m5
(1) headlight bulb -$212
(1) headlight assy - $1019
(1) bumper with trimming - $700 est (lots of clips and little parts @ $20-60 per)
trans - $4500 (for a manual, benz is for an advanced auto)
i won't say the e55 isn't more expensive; but, the E39 is also ~10 years older.... i think the better comparison is to look at an E60 m5s cost. Hopefully a new E55 would be under warranty and wouldn't be of much concern until that was over.