Prices are dropping :- have a look on the UK board for an example in Scotland http://www.bm3w.co.uk/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=345136&an=0&page=0#345136Stickman said:Hello Simbad,
First of all, it seems like your budget is very low for an E-39 M5. But perhaps if you look, you will find the right car at the right price.
For servicing I use an Independent BMW Specialist Garage in Gloucester, personally I think they are better than the dealer when it comes to mechanicals as that is all they do. They don't touch bodywork etc. (They are also ex-main dealer mechanics so they have the full training). Typical oil service is £120 and that includes the oil. An Inspection 1 was £187, half main dealer price, but there again I don't get the choice of frothy coffees or Danish pastries, however those are things not at the top of my agenda.