i track mine as well, not as often as i used to, but it still gets out for a couple weekends per year. I've owned it from 38k to 99k today, 5 years, so what, maybe 25 weekends on the track. Bounced off the rev limiter more than a few times, also thinking about the rod bearing replacement.
Thats kind of where i am at. i am always bouncing off the limiter when i am sideways. i drive it hard and she seems to like it. I do not have any problem with it what so ever. No oil consumption either.
After all of these rod bearings threads i have thought about swapping them out since I have 73k on the S62. I am trying to see who tracks there car with over 75k and if they have had any problems. I really do not feel like throwing a rod. i still think everything will be fine but I just need some others experience to keep me sane
Did 4 track days last year at Mod-Ohio with about 46k on the car (mpg 7). No problems other than the cost of Brake Fluid, Brake Pads, Hotels etc...
Only hit 130mph on the back straight, probably due to my inexperiance . The M5, while not built for the track, holds its own very well. Changing to the Dinan suspension made a big difference as did opening up the brake ducts.Hard not to melt the brakes away, tracking a 4000+ lb car--especially at Mid Ohio where the E39 M5 probably hits 140+ mph going into the braking zone at the end of the back straight! Kudos to the big M5 if they can withstand track day punishment!!
I can't fathom what piloting an M5 through Mid O's twisties must be like--I imagine somewhat like navigating a naval destoyer versus a piloting a corvette (you know the real corvette--a small light, fast gunboat) LOL:haha:
The M5 is the ultimate sleeper, even more so than my '97 M3/4-door LOL. I've test-driven an E39 M5 around the burbs, but no track time--although as a former BMW CCA/PCA DE instructor I was offered to drive a student's but I refused (I usually refuse unless I'm really pressured by my students--ie, they really want to know what their cars can do at full speed on a track).Have you driven an E39 M5? If not try one, my guess is you will be surprised by its capabilities.