I wonder. If you look at e28 and e34 values, in the US at least, they seem to be holding ok.E39 MFIVE said:im just curious.
you know how certain cars eventually get to a
point where the value/price bottoms out.
Im wondering where the E39 would eventually end up.
I think 10year old 150k+ mile M5 could go for 15K
if well maintained. Whats your opinion?
There are a few issues with the e39, i think. First, the engine is not rebuildable. When the alusil bores wear out, you start shopping for a new engine, or perhaps consider sleeving the s62 like discovery auto did for the supercharged cars. Mabye by then bmw will have some deal on short or long blocks to make it feasable to replace an engine.
Then you have all of the electronics that will likely cause issues. Then you have the potential smog issues with all of this 'carbon build up' that is being discussed. For states where it's required anyway, these car will need to pass smog for many, many years to come. Most people who would be looking to spend 15k for an e39 M5 which might need an $8k head clean out job, or an eventual $20k engine, might rather choose to spend 15k for an e34 M5 without some of the issues, which could be rebuilt for $10k when it's needed.
Personally, i plan on keeping my e39 M5 forever, or until it starts to become a headache.