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Hi Gang,

I'm new to the Board, new to BMWs and new to blogs, so.... If I'm in the wrong place let me know.

I'm about to embark on a journey to examine and hopefully purchase a 2006 M5 with only 21,000. I've seen the carfax, I've seen the dealers records for all visits under warranty (2 recalls and no major issues) for normal maintenance. So far this car seems like a screaming clean machine. Ask is $42k, I think we'll settle below that price. I have an appointment with the local dealer for and inspection and data dump on the car. Looking for signs of abuse, repairs, or leaks.

I've been up and down this forum trying to identify anything chronic that I can absolutely expect to occur in the next 50,000 miles, as I intend to own and drive this for the foreseeable future. I see the horror story of stranded due to SMG failure (pump and or solenoids), and the Vanos issues. SOme of the sensors seem problematic, but, other than that, it seems the 2006s are really good machines.

What I'd like to know is how many of you out there have had essentially a trouble free car for 60, 70 or 80 k miles. Anyone? I'm a DIY maintenance guy, so nothing mechanical scares me about the beast. I've built/rebuilt several cars and tranny's and rear ends over the years. But, the computer age is here. The systems on the M5 are very complex, and probably my biggest concern.

I've been trying to find an extended warranty program, but so far they are either absurdly high priced, or not available in the fine state of Washington.

I'm very appreciative of any and all comments back on all things about the car, the warrany or the innappropriate location this thread landed. Or, maybe it's spot on. We'll see soon.

Thanks!
 

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A PPI (pre-purchase inspection) is a must prior to your purchase. Take it to another shop that specializes in BMWs. Have them go over it with a fine tooth comb. Looks like you're already getting that done -so good on you.

I'll point your attention to

1) Recall thread: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/213154-m5-m6-s85-recall-tech-service-bulletin-service-information-bulletin-thread-one-stop-shop.html

06 had some recalls, one being the SMG pump

2) 200,000 mile club on a 2006 M5

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/206788-200k-club-my-e60-m5-220-000-00-miles-videos.html

3) Trouble free experience: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/165817-anybody-smg-had-trouble-free-experience-4.html

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/224913-how-many-have-had-no-problems-there-v10.html

4) as I tell all newcomers: welcome and be sure to use the search feature on this forum and google.

5) Take care of the car and it will take care of you. There's a DIY maintenance thread which provides recommendations for maintenance intervals, along with doing things yourself and repairs: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/201808-e60-m5-master-diy-thread.html
 

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This forum has been really enlightening, but also raising concerns. But, as I did see one guy write, not very many are consulting the blog to talk about how good things are. I suspect that as with any hard driven hipo vehicle, you're going to get failures. One of the probems I see are the dealers not executing the recall during normal warranty service unless the car had a problem. Anywy, Thanks for the tips!

Bob
 

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Great car, you'll love it. I would strongly, STRONGLY urge you to pickup a quality warranty with your purchase. But you are right, for the most part the issues that you'll face prior to 100k are vanos and smg pump.
 

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Hey Kevin. South end near Des Moines. Just past the end of the Burien International Raceway ;-p
 

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Cannonball far... Should be a fun ride home, SMG willing.
 

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Well, I'll meet you at the Portofino Inn. :D

[cannonball run one was the superior movie, although I did enjoy the second film]


Does the car have all the good options?
 

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Dealer records say yes. The owner doesn't even know what all is there... for instance, the folding rear seat... owner says "it does?"
 

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Nice, so it's a private party deal. Super low miles for an 06, I just got my '10 with 26. You'll love the car, just get that gas card nice and ready man!

Also, check around for insurance quotes, that can also be a shock if you're not prepared.
 

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yeh, I hear it's a gas piggy, but so is my Suburban, without the joy. Insurance? eh, I'm old, Dude. It's only $170 more every 6 months than my 20 year old Acura Legend with 194k on it.

Where are you in this lovely Emerald City? And, is that list of vehicles current? Quite a collection. I need a garge like that!
 

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Yup, being old helps! I'm in Ballard, and the AMG and duramax have been sold, just the golf TDI and the M5 for me now.

500 miles a tank in the golf, 200 in the M, :D
 

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Have you done the research to see the differences between the 06 models and the newer 08 + models? I am only asking because I think for that price range you *might be able to get a newer one with all the updates FYI.
 

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I should have mentioned this above, but I bought a 2008 last summer for $47 with only 27k miles fully loaded. Only option not on my car is the automatic high beams.
 

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Yeh, I was looking at the 2008s too, but dollar per mileage vs incorporated changes... a tough call. This one was produced late 06, so I think it got the Vanos fix as well as a clutch thing included. Seems the SMG is about the same for the two years. Thanks for the good thoughts. There is a 2006 in Indiana with only 10,500 mile right now, but that few miles scares me as much as too many. Sitting for long periods in the hot and cold climates....
 

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Yeah its hard to imagine owning an M5 and only putting 10k miles on it in 7 - 8 years. I'm sure that thing had to have sat for upwards of a year or two in storage.
 

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Welcome, we have a few owners in the area.

You have major service every few years, with fluid changes. The the SMG pump, clutch& flywheel. Then there is VANOS.
Of course have a qualified shop check the car out, and try to purchase a warranty, then you don't have to worry about it when things do pop up.

That price is a little on the high side for what's in the area. There was a perfect white 2010 in Bellevue with that kind of miles for $48k it had every option. I paid about your asking price for a 08 with free server for 3 years and 100,000mi warranty, but double the miles.
 

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Been watching the local cars for a while. White and silver don't do it for me, and the Red is okay. Drove the one at Park Place with 89k on the clock. Looking at depreciations, and dollar per mile (not factoring in repairs) I think 70,000 fewer miles is easily worth $15k more price. Blue and Black are my sweet spot, and since my old Pontiac is Blue (actually quite close to Interlagos), I think Luxury Sedan = Black. Last week there were only 7 certified M5s nation wide. All a lot more miles and money than I want. These decisions are not easy. I see a clean carfax, regular maintenance, the owner seems to have his story straight, I gotta go look at it. Just went into EuroAsian garage near Seatac for his impressions on things, as he is a local BMW expert and go to guy for the auction, and picked his brains. Man he has a nice shop with all the right tools, and he is unaware of any good reputation warranty available for the second party sale. The only ones he has seen with any promise are the extended offered by dealers. So, I proceed with both excitement and trepidation...
 

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98,500 miles now and trouble free. Just routine maintenance and clutch replacement at 67k. 2006 M5 build date 9/05. If you take good care of her, she'll keep you happy and you'll have good piece of mind. Get a good pre purchase inspection and go over all records with a trusted mechanic that knows the M5 very well.
 
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