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In the last week I have seen 4 Fake M5's....... here are Pic's of three of them....
 

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who cares? E39s are cheap now and M bumpers are $400 (front and rear), deal with the fact that people will be buying them. Also, the M-tech kit came on appropriately-optioned 2003 540s from the factory.

Isn't the M5 all about subtlety? Take solace in the fact that 98% of people don't know that your car is any different from the average BMW sedan.
 

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who cares? E39s are cheap now and M bumpers are $400 (front and rear), deal with the fact that people will be buying them. Also, the M-tech kit came on appropriately-optioned 2003 540s from the factory.

Isn't the M5 all about subtlety? Take solace in the fact that 98% of people don't know that your car is any different from the average BMW sedan.
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the other day i had to smoke one to show how a real M5 fly's....
 

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It really doesn't bother me to see the bumpers wheels etc. Let's face it looks much better than the stock non M stuff. An M5 badge on the truck lid though is a :nono:
 

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who cares? E39s are cheap now and M bumpers are $400 (front and rear), deal with the fact that people will be buying them. Also, the M-tech kit came on appropriately-optioned 2003 540s from the factory.

Isn't the M5 all about subtlety? Take solace in the fact that 98% of people don't know that your car is any different from the average BMW sedan.

It is interesting you bring this up because before I settled on an M5, I was looking at the 540i's with the M/Sport/Tech package (they used all three in the ads) and found one locally. So I met the guy to see what the car was all about. On the phone he told me "this is virtually an M5 without the motor and transmission options". At first I thought to myself, well that is what makes an M5 an M5 right? Anyway, I met up with him and it looked like he stuck a bunch of carbon fiber components on a 540i. Small trunk spoiler, different bumpers, a couple M5 badges. The car was kind of ragged out so I was not interested. He was asking 10.5k and it had 98k miles. Once I started researching the differences I figured for a few k more I could have the real deal so why get a clone?
 

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It really doesn't bother me to see the bumpers wheels etc. Let's face it looks much better than the stock non M stuff. An M5 badge on the truck lid though is a :nono:
100% agree. The white one looks pretty nice until he slapped an ///M badge on it.

Once I see an ///M badge on a non M, I give them a

 

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The guy who owns the white one did ok.

M bumper and M5 side mirrors.
 

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The White one does look great.

The blue one looks a beast except the wheels are a bit too much for me.

I have no problem with using the M bumpers etc, they look better and are still subtle.

Use of a 'M' badge to me is a lot different to using a 'M5' badge.

You can after all get M stuff as a option when new. Anything bar a actual M5 using the badge is sacrilege. And should be punished by the BMW gods.

As my car has full M5 suspension and front M5 sport seats and the M tricolour stitched wheel, is it worthy of a M badge?
A M5 manual is also on the must do list.

That is the question?

I have the M aero kit from factory but will upgrade later to M5 bumpers. My originals have seen better days.

Does this provide enough actual M5 DNA to justify the use of a 'M' badge?

My philosophy is use the best of the actual M division parts to build the car to my taste.

Similar to a 2003 e39 540/6 in idea.

I also note the last of the special e34 540 to come were the 540LE which were all individually numbered. They contained everything of a M5 six speed except had a M60 instead of s38.


The LE certainly deserves a M badge.


What do you guys think- what is the view out there?
 

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The White one does look great.

The blue one looks a beast except the wheels are a bit too much for me.

I have no problem with using the M bumpers etc, they look better and are still subtle.

Use of a 'M' badge to me is a lot different to using a 'M5' badge.

You can after all get M stuff as a option when new. Anything bar a actual M5 using the badge is sacrilege. And should be punished by the BMW gods.

As my car has full M5 suspension and front M5 sport seats and the M tricolour stitched wheel, is it worthy of a M badge?
A M5 manual is also on the must do list.

That is the question?

I have the M aero kit from factory but will upgrade later to M5 bumpers. My originals have seen better days.

Does this provide enough actual M5 DNA to justify the use of a 'M' badge?

My philosophy is use the best of the actual M division parts to build the car to my taste.

Similar to a 2003 e39 540/6 in idea.

I also note the last of the special e34 540 to come were the 540LE which were all individually numbered. They contained everything of a M5 six speed except had a M60 instead of s38.


The LE certainly deserves a M badge.


What do you guys think- what is the view out there?
Does the engine model start with an M or an S?

That should answer the question. ;)
 

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And it would if not for BMW Australia selling e39 540 with M sport kits and M but not M5 badged side moldings.


I really think there is a distinct difference between M and M5.


In years past I had a e28 1985 M528i. Was definitely badged M including wild M side stripes.

This was a Aussie market only model and I am sure it wasn't built in the M factory. Nor was a E39 M5.

Not all cars with a M in the badge had a 's' engine. Various markets around the world had different models.


Yes, M3 and M5 do but not the old M635i in some markets, or my above M528i or my brothers e28 M535 from 1987.

And what of the US e36 M3, sure its badged M3 and has a 'S' motor. But has no 6 throttle bodies.

Many times has BMW used the M in its badge for cars with M bits.

But I can clearly see where the M5 owners are.....If only I had a M5.
 

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And it would if not for BMW Australia selling e39 540 with M sport kits and M but not M5 badged side moldings.


I really think there is a distinct difference between M and M5.


In years past I had a e28 1985 M528i. Was definitely badged M including wild M side stripes.

This was a Aussie market only model and I am sure it wasn't built in the M factory. Nor was a E39 M5.

Not all cars with a M in the badge had a 's' engine. Various markets around the world had different models.


Yes, M3 and M5 do but not the old M635i in some markets, or my above M528i or my brothers e28 M535 from 1987.

And what of the US e36 M3, sure its badged M3 and has a 'S' motor. But has no 6 throttle bodies.

Many times has BMW used the M in its badge for cars with M bits.

But I can clearly see where the M5 owners are.....If only I had a M5.
Awesome reply! I did not see that coming.
You deserve to be driving an M5.
 

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The White one is the best clone I have ever seen only if they remove the badge on the back and do 18 inches instead of 19........
 
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