Allow me to introduce myself. I'm a long time 5 series fan. I started with a couple of E34s, then drove an E39 530i Sport for 14 years and have now graduated to an M5.
Buying an M5 wasn't really planned though. If I'm honest, I would have kept driving my 530 until the wheels came off. But corrosion was starting to get the best of it and
I was looking around for a replacement. That was a lot harder than I thought.
E90s were alright. But they had a bit of a detached feel about them (I'm talking 335i) and didn't really float my boat.
I couldn't find a decent E46 that wasn't as rusted as my E39. I was scared off a bit by quality issues with the E60, even
though I would have quite liked a 550i. I couldn't get on with the steering of fast Audis (S8, S6 and RS4).
Bottom line: it's really, really difficult to replace an E39.
My trusted mechanics then suggested to just go for another one then. And they just so happened to have an M5 for me.
It was the owner's own car that he wanted to bring back up to scratch himself. But time constraints meant it had to go, so I stepped in.
It's by no means a perfect car - cosmetically, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a bit of a banger. But it's very mechanically sound
and even though it's a 2000 car, it had a replacement engine in 2002 at 40k miles. So it benefits from all that incremental development, from
VANOS to the piston ring design, etc.
I quite like the fact that it's not cosmetically perfect, as I can park it where I want without worrying and most people mistake it for a run
of the mill old 5 series.
Thankfully, rust is not so bad on this one. I have already factored in a trip back to my specialists to address all the corrosion underneath,
bring the parts back to bare metal that need it, treat, seal and hopefully be happy.
Apart from that it's been a joy. It's like my old 530 on steroids. I adore it and I reckon it'll be a keeper.
It's a cliché, I know, but in terms of 'smiles per mile' it's hard to beat.
I'll post with my progress in terms of rustproofing and other work, but just wanted to say hi for now.
It even works well as a camera car: