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Hi all. My M5 is scheduled for a week 29 (July 16) production. I currently have a 1998 M3 coupe which I love as my daily driver even with the Chicago "express"ways and winter. How many people use their M5 as a daily driver. I figure after paying about $79,000 for such an amazing car, I want to drive it as much as I can! I know people have posted some info on this already, but how does the M5 handle in snow/ice with winter rubber on?
 

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Ive yet to drive it in really bad weather, but in general its much more suited as a daily driver. the m3 is more of a pure sports car, while the m5 is very happy putting around -or- being driven really hard. its a nice mix. I think youll really appreciate the comfort features when youre in traffic- while some might not consider a standard transmission a luxury, I enjoy it more than an automatic and the m5s tranny is excellent. as with the m3, watch out for potholes. I would expect the m5 to be a-ok in the rain but not so great in the snow- at least not with the OEM wheels and tires.

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I don't know about the winter driving. But, have been driving my M5 daily here in Florida since delivery in March. Nearly threw my shoulder out after the first month thanks to the shifter. Have since gone to the Competition UUC short shifter and it feels much better. A little harder to shift, but not as much overall effort. I definitely reccomend. Also, reccomend getting the Colgan Bra to protect your front end and a disposable camera to take pictures of the idiot who will eventually run into your tail end 'cause he was focused on everything but your brake lights. (Yes, happened yesterday and he ran off while I was calling police)
Also suggest you get to know a reputable paint shop, (mine is giving me mileage points!) for that future touch up. It will happen with a daily driver!
Most of all... HAVE FUN!
 

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I use mine as a daily driver and find it a lot more relaxing than my M3 Evo. The torque means unless you want to play you can really cut down on the ger changes. In the wet it is very stable and feels really sure footed. Not sure about snow as dont get much in UK but would not recommend.
 

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Mine is a daily driver too...I always have the sport mode on and DSC off during nice weather, but leave DSC on during rainy days it really helps....will never drive it in snow....
 

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Thanks for the responses. Even getting stuck on the Kennedy in my current M3 is not too bad (you know: 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, etc)given the joys with the stick when traffic is lighter. I'm really looking forward to my M5. But, driving in snow is definately going to happen here. My M3 without winter tires is a quite a handful with more than 1" of snow. I guess I'll be investing in some winter wheels and rubber. I think that Pirelli makes a low profile 17" winter tire. Anyone with the Pirellis? I figure the northern European M5 owners must drive in some inclement conditions. Any comments?
 

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Snow : forget it, do not invest in such winter tyres, because 17" so-called winter tyres are not good (M+S)
I've them (w/Michelins Pilot Alpin and official BMW rims prepared for M5 in winter) and tested it in winter : better not try, it's impossible to start on little slope with fresh snow.

"Do not use M5 in snow" is the good advise.
 

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And now for a completely different view...

No way in Hell(excuse my French) am I using the Beast as a daily driver. Once or twice to work & on weekends only. Remember this is a 4 door Ferrari. Putting such a wonderful & epensive car at risk with all the idiots out there is just asking for it.

By the way people still come up to me asking how I've managed to keep the E34 looking so good after 7 years, the response is always the same; lots of TLC... and a cheap second car.

Enjoy!
 

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Particularly in NYC to be sure...

In Vancouver you don't tan, you rust. The DSC is pretty remarkable even though I become quite conservative in the rain.

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I love cars, in particular, I really love my M5.
But cars are built for driving especially for a luxury 4-door-5-seater with sophisicated suspensions that can pretty much take on any city roads and turns (well, you're right blue max, with the exception of NYC and maybe part of Jersey).

I drive my M5 almost daily (with the exception on really sunny days that I yearn for a convertible and would borrow my friend's Boxster) and I took delivery last November.
It was a mild winter this year but on snowy days, I find no differences in stability between a 540i and an M5.

Our good engineers in BMW had done tremendous work in trying to make this rear wheel 4000+ pounder as safe as can be.

I survived last winter and I will do it again.

I agree that the 17" winter rims including tires could be as expensive as a second hand 4 wheel drive car (in particular Subaru or some problematic old Audis) but I still put my faith in Year 2000 German Technology based on Toronto's snow fall.

Wish me luck and I'll keep my fingers crossed
 

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I live in Southern California and use my month old M5 as a daily driver. I can usually schedulle my driving to fit with the best traffic conditions but at least *some* heavy traffic is inevitable. The clutch can get timesome in traffic but not enough to make me wish for an automatic.
 

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I drove my old M3 throughout the NYC metro area for several years, here are some insights:

* not one bent rim, damaged tire from bumps.

* 2 tires needed sealing due to nails in the treads

* the car did not need any alignment work done- even after several years!

So far, Ive found that my worries about the 18" wheels have not been realized (knock on wood). also the M5 takes bumps with better stride than the M3 (sure, its a bigger and heavier car). Overall, for a driving enthusiast, I find the M5 to be a wonderful daily driver.

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Have mine since may 99 droven 25.000 miles in Germany so far. Approx. 10.000 miles with the winter tyres equipped. No problem in snow and on ice, but ugly to drive with these tyres if it's dry and you want to go fast. Because the winter tyres are much softer the DSC thinks quite often that the wheels are already slipping and therefore turn you accelaration down. Also the winter tyres are only allowed to go up to 240kmh which is sometimes bloody slow on the motorways here around.
 

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I use my beast as a daily driver in rush hour LA traffic and find it to be an extremely civilized way to get around. Some people will undoubtedly find the need to constantly engage the clutch annoying but it doesn't bother me in the least. Then again, I haven't owned a car with an automatic tranny in 20 years so mebbe it's just me. Unless you're really worried about keeping your car completely pristine, I would have no worries about using it for you daily driver - besides, that's what car detailer specialists are for!

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I drive my M5 to work about half the time, and drive my truck ('99 GMC Sierra SLE Extended Cab 4WD) the rest of the time. I drive the M5 a lot on the weekends, except going to the dump, or towing the boat. I also don't park the M5 in supermarket or Wal-Mart parking lots (too many errant carriages).

Because I have the truck, my M5 will absolutely be garaged from November until March, and will never see New England snow, salt, sand, etc... Given the cost of snow tires and rims, you could just buy a beater to drive in bad weather. Why risk such a fine car? You may be able to handle driving it in light snow, but I'd always be worried about the other knuckleheads out there ready to crash into me.

And besides, I like my truck!!

-Steve Paulin '00 M5 Avus Blue all black all leather / bruyere club wood since March '00
 

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Originally posted by Regguy:
I live in Southern California and use my month old M5 as a daily driver. I can usually schedulle my driving to fit with the best traffic conditions but at least *some* heavy traffic is inevitable. The clutch can get timesome in traffic but not enough to make me wish for an automatic.
REGGUY,

Where in Southern Califorina do you reside? I am in Irvine and work in Costa Mesa. It would be nice to get together with other M5 owners in the area and compare notes. Get back to me when you get a chance.

Thanks,

Mark
 

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SteveP,

Yup, you're absolutely right about the winter tire/rim price versus a beater for winter. That was my initial reaction towards to bill when I ordered the winter tire/rim combo.
However, come to think of it, a beater for $4,000 would probably not have the 6 airbag system (maybe 8 if you have the rear activated), retracting seat belts and all the safety features that comes with a BMW.

Yes, the possibility of getting the M5 into an accident is higher in winter versus summer, but the possibility of getting out of it alive, I believe is higher in an M5 than a beater.
I'd rather live than die with my M5 sitting in the storage, patiently await me to come drive him again the next spring.
 

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alin...I live in Chicago...two things with the M5 in on the expressways...1.) as you inch along in traffic, a lot of time is being spent riding the clutch - although not sure about the BMW, this will exponentially increase the wear on any other cars clutch....and, most importantly 2.) salt laiden roads for 3+ months of the year...I just bought an SUV to drive during rush hour and when the roads are full of salt...

Brian
 
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