I'm in the market for an E39 M5. Been looking for a month or so now. My experience is limited, my wife drives an '06 325Cic which a blast to spin around in in the summertime. A good friend owns an '03 540i with the M sport package - it's his machine that lead me to fall in love with the E39 and lead me to my M5 search. I have found a dealer in Cincinnati with a new listing, I started some dialogue over email, he sent me a ton of pics and a history report. Very straightforard with me (so I think.) All the photos look great, but something jumped out on the history - 2 previous owners, only 17k miles, yet part of the service the dealer is performing before resale is a clutch replacement. Obvious question - clutch replacement after 17k??? Is this a clear red flag that the car has been abused, or am I overly nervous about buying a car out of state, paying too much, etc? The car is exactly what i've been looking for, and I'm finding it hard to stay emotionally removed! Seems all 5's require a clutch replacement at some point, but the fact that this one is coming with so few miles leads me to think that it was driven hard and other componants may have suffered as well. Thoughts? I've been all over the forums here the past several weeks and the amount of knowledge here incredible - I've learned tons, what an amazing resource.