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Thanks for sharing. I live on Youtube and somehow missed this. Of the nearly 40 cars I've owned, my '03 M5 (just purchased within last few weeks) threatens to be one of a precious few of the collection I haven't lost money on (at least on paper - i'm not selling anytime soon)
 

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Thanks for sharing. I live on Youtube and somehow missed this. Of the nearly 40 cars I've owned, my '03 M5 (just purchased within last few weeks) threatens to be one of a precious few of the collection I haven't lost money on (at least on paper - i'm not selling anytime soon)
You won’t regret it. As stated in the video, and commented elsewhere, it is a fine balance between modern and old-school. From a driver’s perspective, it’s just Sport Mode, DSC button, and a six-speed manual. Mechanical grip and tons of torque. Cliché enough, but very true, each drive is an experience. Have had mine for close to ten years, and I also don’t see myself getting rid of it any time soon.
 
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I guess I totally lucked into such a great car. I had an E46 M3 for a few years which I absolutely loved. I was starting to look for another one when a friend told me about a local E39 M5 that was justing sitting for over a year. Owner wanted to sell but it was a no start so no takers. I got it for $3500. :sneaky:
 

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I also made a "lucky" choice 10 years ago. I had a 2000 528i as my first BMW. Now smitten with the 5 series/e39, I started looking for a 540 M sport. I realized I could buy a prefacelift M5 for a couple grand more over my budget. Boy am I glad I stretched the budget back then and bought the M5!
 

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Great video, I purchased mine in early 2019 - prices have steadily been on the rise for years, but think I just about got it in the nick of time, as examples similar to mine are now selling for a lot more.
I get the feeling they are about to soar in value.

I will reference (as I am sure many people have done in the past), the £4k M5 in the 2012 Wheeler Dealers episode - we should have stockpiled them!
 

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Ditto on the "chip" and the "flow meters for the intake" LOL. You mean mass air flow sensors? that add more HP? this guy is not an E39 M5 expert, he just loves to drive it. ha.
 

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This thread got me thinking of how long ive owned my e39 M5. 14 years this year and it hasnt felt nearly that long. This is a great video and will spark even more interest. Who knows what it will do with the value of these cars, but ive never been one to follow the market value trends since ive never considered selling mine yet.
 

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I sold my second one 3 years ago after owning it 6 years - Imola 2003. Current owner is a car guy and really enjoying it - we are still in touch from time to time. I replaced it with a Panamera S, which was a good choice for a few years when I was constantly on the road between the Bay Area and central coast of CA - made for a fantastic road trip car. But sold it just before the pandemic closed up the world and ended up finding a 65K mile 2008 M5 with 6MT. I haven't owned that one as long as the E39's by any stretch, but it's a fantastic continuation of the platform - still very analog just a few improvements here and there to the chassis and then of course the V10 - last of a breed of NA M-motors for sure.
There isn't another sedan I would want other than a S2 E39 M5, honestly.
But I keep having thoughts of swapping mine for a C6-Z06, another last of breed big NA motor, race inspired car.

If I was daily driving a sedan, the E39 M5 would still be my top choice - although the F80 M3 sedan is pretty good now and just about the same size - just a lot more money. But for occasional use the E60 has been a fun car with an entirely different personality with the motor that makes no power until 4500 and then screams up to 8K - very different from a S62!
 

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I miss my e39m5!

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After years of commuting to the Bay Area from SoCal, I sold my e39m5 in 2014 to a friend at the ABSOLUTE bottom of the e39 market because we ran out of garage spaces. I should’ve kept her, but these cars do not like to sit. Two months later, she was totaled. 😭

In my own completely bias opinion 😝, much like the air-cooled/water-cooled Porsche market, I really think there will be a division between the analog NA 3 pedal m5s and flappy paddles m5s — as the “next big thing”.

With that said, there is no way I’m selling my e28m5 and going on 10 years with my analog 6 speed Dinan S2 e60m5.
 

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I know I will regret it if I sell my E60... I really should keep it and add a vette to the stable - might be more feasible in the next few years if we move out of CA - planning to get some land for some massive shop space wherever we end up.
 

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This thread got me thinking of how long ive owned my e39 M5. 14 years this year and it hasnt felt nearly that long.
2nd owner, 18 years ago this week!! Still puts a smile on my face. :)

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Jerry
 

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I get bored / restless too easily! 5 years is a good long stint for me. I've gone 9-10 a few times, 18 once but that was my first car and a classic hot rod so it wasn't one of my main drivers.
 

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Going on nine years of ownership for my 01 Royal Red/Caramel M5. Two years ago I purchased a 2013 M5 (F10) to replace the M5 (E39). Granted the F10 M5 is a rocket ship, sleek, with modern attributes.

After one of evaluating the F10 vs E39 M5, lead me to sell the F10. The e39 M5 is staying for the long haul. Many regret selling their e39 M5. But, I did add a stable mate: F80 M3 6spd.
 

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coupe or sedan?

I drove a F80 M4 coupe w/ comp package recently - very nice cars. More road noise than I expected. I was considering replacing my E60 M5, but while it was more focused I couldn't get too excited about the idea as the performance difference wasn't so great and the sublimeness (if that's a word) factor was a lot lower.
 

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From the recent BaT auctions, it appears we're well immersed in the 2nd big appreciation wave of E39 M5s. It's coming up on three years since I sold mine on BaT, and while I really enjoyed the M5 for 15 years and did everything I ever wanted to with it, I really haven't missed it (yet). In terms of aggressive driving enjoyment, track/time trial/autocross events, etc, the dynamics of the E90 M3 and M2C are a lot more fun than the E39 M5, but of course the M5 wasn't designed for the market niche those two cars fill at all. If I had to go on a 500 mile trip right now, the M5 would be the choice without question. However, even with all my mods it wasn't a great agile corner carver, but it was great for a car of its weight and design purpose...if you drive it like a gentlemen's express and not a track weapon, then all is fantastic.

I'm sure I'll miss it when a car like mine is changing hands for $150k. :)

BMWCCA O'fest 2005 at VIR below: wonderful time, the M5 in that timeframe was a beast on track at VIR mainly due to straightaway speed capabilities.(y) I did win class 7A autox on the Patriot course at VIR that year against a bunch of other E39, E34 and E28 M5s. Fun times! (oh and three of us E39 M5s that were there broke rear swaybar brackets, lol)

Turn 3 on VIR main course track out:

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Patriot course autocross:

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