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I just realized something unimportant. The M5 doesn't have the leather smell as in regular 5 series. With my 528i at 80K miles, it still smelled new and distinctly BMW. When I sold it every buyer commented on the smell. Is it just my M5?
 

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BMW now treats leather so that it doesn't have that new car smell. Not sure what year they started doing this, but that could explain your differing experiences.
 

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Neither does mine. That distinct BMW new car smell is gone. I too often wondered if it was just mine. It does smell a bit of leather though. I was at the dealer a while back and sat in an M3 competition edition, just taking in the BMW new car smell. It is distinct from any other car I've ever smelled.
 

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Funny you should bring this up, I was just thinking about it today. I own both a 1999 528i and a 2000 M5. Starting with the 528, I wouldn't say it has a "new car" smell, but it definatly has a distinctive, leather smell that is as strong as the day I bought it, and that car had 2 years worth of smoking, I know.....:nono:

To the Beast; I can smell leather, but it seems less "musty" than the 528, not sure if thats the right word. The M5's leather smells much cleaner and not as strong.

I think there is a new car smell that goes away after about 6-8 months, but the leather takes over.

Just my 2 cents......later. :flag:
 

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the funny thing is ... I used to have a 1992 520 , no leather - it had the distinct BMW smell when it was 8 years old. My 2000 540 smells the same.
All the M5's I drove had a smell of an old car - a bit disappointing.
I thought it was me ....
 

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I've noticed that the M cars smell distinctly different than the regular BMW lineup.
 
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