Please note that I will be taking more pics next weekend, especially of the interior, once the car is detailed. Please email me for specific pic requests. I will be opening this ebay listing as a nationwide auction if she does not sell this week locally.
2003 BMW e39 M5 6-spd Sedan Sterling Grey/Black Heritage Interior with Ti Trim 88k mi
Kelleners, Stoptech Big Brake Kit, Strongstrut Brace, Koni, Navigation, Loaded, Inspected
It pains me to put my prized possession, and my favorite car to date, up for sale, but it is time for this beast to move on to a new, deserving owner. A West Coast (California) car by origin, I chose this particular M5 after an extensive search, purchasing her less than two years ago and driving her back cross-country to New York.
As such, she’s only experienced two New York winters, and for each, she was stored indoors during inclement weather or outside covered with a BMW Noah car cover when not in use. I will include the Noah BMW Cover free of charge in this sale. Between her prior owner and myself, ALL necessary repairs and kinks have been worked out, which I will describe below, putting her in excellent condition!
A fellow M5Board member owned this car before me, and I flew all the way out to LA from NY to test-drive her. I test drove six other e39 M5s before settling on this one, and if you’ve had the pleasure of doing likewise, you’ll already know that every pre-owned M5 feels different once you take the wheel in the driver’s seat. Some feel beat up, run-down and sluggish, while others, like this one, feel ROCK-SOLID, TIGHT and responsive. After only a couple miles in her, I was sold, and I drove her back cross-country soon after, becoming acquainted quickly over our first 3500mi together! She ran like a dream on that first trip, and has been super-reliable ever since.
With the e39 M5 you get so much car for the money it’s silly! An $80,000 400bhp top-of-the-line monster for the price of a Volkswagen is laughable, and only in the good ol’ US of A do such deals exist, so let us all count our blessings! Plus, with the tasteful and functional modifications I have made, running me upwards of another $10,000, this particular M5 will easily out-perform a stock model.
One of the things you have to think about when calculating a realistic car budget is the insurance rate. I’ve dived into purchases in the past before really checking, and the insurance company raped me before I realized what I had done! Prior to this M5, I owned an e46 M3 with competition package and an e36 M3 Sedan, and believe it or not, the running costs of the M5 were the lowest of the three, when you factor in insurance, which for the M5 is a pittance, plus the monthly nut!
Voted by Evo Magazine as their favorite M5, choosing it even over the later e60, the e39 is the M5 Evo would take home! Allow me to quote the magazine directly:
“Considerable V8 potency nestles beneath the plain but still pretty wrapper – 4.9 liters, 48 valves, 400bhp, 7000rpm red line, 369lb ft of torque at 3800rpm, slick six-speed manual and the early stirrings of the configurable electronics that will inform the communicative abilities of future M5s. The button labeled Sport triggers sharper drive-by-wire throttle response and a little more steering weight. And, as with so much else about this E39, it’s very nicely judged… A paradigm shift in design towards much rounder forms, the E39 has a much snugger-feeling cabin to go with a lower, more muscular stance and bulging arches amply stuffed with 245/40 18s at the front and 275/35 18s at the rear. This is also the first appearance of the M5’s now signature quad tailpipes, too.”
I want to add in here that on this particular M5, I completed several modifications to reduce the renowned understeer, which was engineered into the car for safety reasons. The skill level of most drivers simply cannot contend with 400 rampaging horses, and correctly dialed-in, understeer provides appropriate feedback, clueing the less experienced driver in, so that they can ‘back-off’ once the vehicle starts ‘pushing’ in corners. I replaced the stock front wheels with stock rear wheels and 275-width tires, replacing the stock 245s. H&R lowering springs brought the front end down about an inch and removed the unsightly wheel-well gap. Along with the deep-dish rims up front, the stance and suspension changes are subtle, but noticeably more aggressive to the trained eye.
Rogue Engineering Front Camber Plates brought the front camber to about -1. No undue tire wear has resulted. A Strongstrut Shock Tower Brace was added to tighten up the front end. H&R 5mm hubcentric spacers were also added to widen the stance and really fill out the front fenders. No rubbing occurs, and this as about as extreme as you can get up front with suspension geometry and tire size while avoiding rubbing! Beastpower rear sway brackets and a Dinan sway bar were added in the rear. Common weak points in the e39 were these rear sway brackets, which have a tendency to snap.
All of this eliminates understeer, and allows you to use more throttle in ‘rotating’ through turns. Turn-in is crisp, and the ‘push’ common to e39’s is all but gone! Along with the awesome Koni Yellows the last owner installed, these modifications mean flatter cornering, while retaining the famous BMW compliance over bumps and ruts.
Evo Magazine continues: “You seem to sit much deeper in the car and the seats are softer, more form-contoured and electrically adjustable. The dials in the instrument display have shrunk by several sizes but are supplemented by a centre console display. Easily the quickest M5 so far (0-100kph in 4.8sec) with a wonderfully smooth and free-revving V8 – if a muted and slightly distant-sounding soundtrack – the E39 is even more memorable for a chassis that combines great comfort with almost absurdly exploitable driftability (once you’ve switched off the traction control), ensuring that driver and passengers are kept equally happy, though not necessarily at the same time. Evo Rating: 5 stars”
Allow me to comment here on the soundtrack of this particular M5. The very first thing I changed was the exhaust, as I firmly believe that a V8 should be allowed to breathe properly and be heard! I researched the best exhaust on the market, and ordered a Kelleners directly from Eisenmann in Germany. Nobody in the US stocks this exhaust, as it’s meant only for racing, so I had to wait 8 weeks for it to be assembled and arrive. I also replaced the resonator section aft of the cats with a Supersprint X-pipe, but one that had straight resonators custom-welded in. The X-pipe modification alone has a tendency to develop drone at certain RPM ranges, and I didn’t want to hear any low-quality noise in the cabin. But at the same time, the straight resonators are free-flowing.
The result of the Kelleners cans plus the X-pipe was incredible, and I immediately fell in love with the sound – one of my reasons in fact for moving up to the M5 from the M3. Any car enthusiast who has had the pleasure of hearing this beast’s throttle open is shocked as the quality and depth of the throaty V8 rumble. You can recognize the race-bred staccato of this big-bore engine when she revs, but she is completely docile and livable when you’re not ‘on it’!
Evo Magazine goes on to discuss the e60 M5: “The E60 also possesses by far the best brakes of any M5. Traction-control-off drifting requires a little more throttle and commitment than in an E39 but is similarly exploitable. But while the E60 is the fastest and most impressive M5, it isn’t the most likeable. It lacks the easygoing simplicity of the E28 and E34 and the perfectly blended attributes of the one I’d want to drive home from the Ring: the E39. Evo Rating: 4.5 stars”
It’s a well-known fact that the e39 brakes are a weak point. Not any more! I replaced the stock calipers, rotors, and pads with a high-performance Big Brake Kit by Stoptech. Designed specifically for the e39, this SLOTTED ST-40 / ST-22 BBK is awesome! To reign in the power and torque this beast produces, you MUST have good stopping power, and short of Brembo, these Stoptechs are the best money can buy. Not only do they perform, but they also look the part, and really complete the aesthetics of the M5. Don’t allow lesser M5s to get anywhere near your driveway! This one stops on a dime! I added the Euro brake ducting and Euro lower mesh front grill to ensure adequate cooling of the BBK, and it was silly of BMW USA to close up those ducts in the first place!! WTF?!
Another reason I moved up to the M5, from the e46 M3 is the useable torque. If you’re like me, most of your time is spent sub-3500rpm on the tach. The M5 peaks at 369 Foot-Pounds of Torque at 3800rpm, and there is a huge flat torque-band from 1500rpm, meaning she’ll pull hard in just about any gear. M3s, including the latest e92, all have torque figures south of 300!! Meaning you have to rev the crap outta them (and attract the police) to get anywhere quickly. Personally, I prefer to stay low profile, and ride the waves of torque from light to light or from corner to corner, and the M5 has GOBS of torque on which to ride! In the real world, 0-60 times don’t really matter as much as roll-on starts and passing power. On the highway, the M5 is king, and again, its laughable to depress the accelerator and squirt from 40 to 80mph in the blink of an eye, something not to easy to do in a lower-torque car. There’s no replacement for displacement, and no need to worry about being off-boost, as you would in a low-displacement turbo-charged car.
Now that I’ve mentioned the police, it brings me to another of my reasons for choosing the M5. She is an absolute SLEEPER, even after the modifications, and I love her for it! I have yet to be pulled over once, whereas, in prior cars, BELOW the speed limit, the cops would seem to look for a reason to pull me over! I guess a grey mid-sized 4-door ‘family sedan’ just seems more docile! Little do they know what lies beneath!
Which brings me to the Valentine One! What an amazing radar / laser detector. I’ve owned several, but this one sees the cops even AROUND turns and over hills! It is simply amazing, and 100% accurate. Coupled with the Stealth One concealment unit, which places the read-out of the radar detector right in front of you in the dash, you know at all times where the police are hiding. Not that you’d be doing anything illegal!
The funny thing is, I actually rarely surpass the speed limit these days. Seriously. Something about knowing that you have 400 horses beneath your right foot, to use at will, actually has a calming effect. You no longer have something to prove. Knowing that you’re cruising comfortably in a top-of-the-line muscle-sedan is enough to keeps the grin on your mug regardless of whether you’re doing single, double or triple-digit velocities. This car FEELS fast at any speed.
This M5 is practical. Huge trunk, plenty of rear passenger legroom – actually, more legroom than most SUVs I’ve sat in. Two adults and a child booster seat comfortably occupy the rear. On trips upstate I get 24.5 MPG. Around town in mixed driving and even in heavy traffic I average around 19 MPG. For a 4.8sec 0-60 F-1-bred sports car with 400bhp, this is PHENOMENAL! I typically get upwards of 400 miles from a full tank of 93-octane gas!
Nowadays I use her mostly for visits to the in-laws upstate, and for weekend trips out to see the folks. So if I suddenly sell her and have no wheels, the frequency of my visits decreasing will have to be forgiven. I’ve only put 20k responsible miles on her, including the trip cross-country, and I’ve maintained her religiously. So rest assured, this M5 has not been worn out as a daily commuter or abused by a boy racer like other used M5s.
Maintenance is the #1 cost factor in all BMW's not under warranty, especially pre-owned performance models, like the M cars. Rest assured, buying a cheaper M5, an older one, or an example which hasn’t been maintained as well as mine will cost you more in repairs within a few short months, and tons more over a couple years, even though you think you’re getting a great deal up front. So be aware. I learned that lesson the hard way when I owned my e36 M3 a couple years ago. She cost me over $6000.00 the first year alone in necessary repairs! Never again will I own a BMW that hasn’t been fully sorted out beforehand, and mine is as sorted as they come – a couple pre-owned BMW-certified M5s that I test-drove before deciding on this one, weren’t even in such perfect condition.
At BMW of Manhattan, where I routinely have her detailed – the service technicians were amazed at the condition she’s in! And if you’re worried about wear and tear, please know that the Inspection II (the big one!) was completed last year, and an Inspection I (the smaller one) is not due for another 10k miles, or about a year from now! I have the oil changed with BMW fully synthetic every 5k miles. Oil changes can be done more frequently, depending on your driving habits, but are not mandatory according to BMW.
Even though I do not have the complete service history, I do have receipts for every penny I’ve spent, plus the receipts from the previous owner for most of the work that he completed. This included a new OEM windshield, new OEM clutch, new Koni yellow shocks, a new OEM euro center console arm-rest (to get rid of that stupid cellular phone slot, and to add some storage capacity), new OEM steering wheel (which still shows NO WEAR!), four new OEM wheels, a rear OEM automatic folding sun-shade, and the Valentine One / Stealth One Combo!
I replaced the tires with Michelin Pilot Sports only last year, and am religious about checking tire pressure every week, not to mention the oil levels, which have not changed since I’ve owned her. Many M5s you will encounter are thirsty for oil, and an example like this – that burns NONE – is hard to come by in the pre-owned market!
I had the wheels powder-coated gloss black for aesthetics, and I think the black with grey color combo looks terrific! The headlights are covered with a protective yellow Lamin-X film, but it is removable. I think is looks sinister, while being functional against rock-chipping, but will understand if it’s not to your liking! Do keep in mind that yellow eyes are historically a symbol of evil, and subconsciously drivers on the freeway move out of the way when they see these jaundiced headlights approaching from behind! I also replaced the OEM Angel Eyes with Angel iBrights v3.0 and they are much brighter and whiter than stock. I replaced the OEM kidney grills with black units from Umnitza to complement the black wheels.
I replaced the wood-grain interior trim with titanium trim, and it completely transformed and ’updated’ the interior. She now feels much more sporty, while retaining the more durable leather of the HERITAGE interior. If you’ve sat in e39s with both Sport and Heritage interiors, you’ll notice that the sport interiors show a lot more wear and tear over time, due to the type of leather used! The heritage leather is tougher, and retains in shape and sheen for many years, whereas the softer sport interior leather dulls, cracks, and creases much more rapidly. Frequent Armorall treatments aids the longevity. The leather sport seats are not ripped or marked. They have a minimal amount of wear. These are some of the most comfortable seats in any car. They are fully adjustable and supportive, so you can drive all day in comfort. The dash and center console are spotless. The carpets are clean and it is smoke-free.
I replaced the worn floor mats with purpose-built all weather units.
All front steering and suspension components have been recently replaced with new OEM parts. Some minor dents in the body paneling have been removed (paintless). I replaced the hood entirely last year at BMW of Manhattan after a ball landed on it and dented it.
Drawbacks: The front passenger side wheel recently received a small scratch when I parked too close to a curb, but it is barely noticeable and nothing to be alarmed by. The curbing is repairable, but BMW of Manhattan said to not even bother, as it is just a slight aesthetic nuisance for only the biggest stickler. There is an ever-so-slight vibration through the steering wheel around 49mph, but this is only noticeable to the most fiendish and anal types - namely yours truly! Honestly, you probably wouldn't even notice unless I said something, and even still you may not notice at all! I have asked service technicians what they thought about it, and they all said not to worry about it, it's common in the e39 for some reason. Two of them came back after a test drive, and thought I was crazy because they themselves couldn't even get it to happen. But I want to disclose every possible detail to you regardless. Two more items might possible need attention: the exterior thermometer mount cracked so I just pushed it up into the fender, but it's still functional. This has no effect on anything and the outside temp is still reading fine in the dash readout. Also, the common cluster pixelation failure is finally starting to happen. The cluster was actually also replaced by the immediately pervious owner, and unfortunately on these cars it just needs replacing every 3-4 years. Most of the time, all pixels are still visible, but from time to time, a couple of them may disappear. Everything is still readable regardless.
Otherwise, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this M5 - she drives straight as an arrow and stops on a dime. No wrecks, no dings, no dents, no paintwork, no squeaks, no rattles, no engine clatter or vibrations - no surprises, no worries! Just a solid piece of German-engineered machinery. Since I’ve owned her, she’s been parked off-street in Queens or in a parking garage in Manhattan when used into the city, or in the farthest reaches of supermarket and shopping mall parking lots to avoid annoying door dingers. She has no rust. There are a couple small scratches on the rear bumper (which I have touched up with a touch-up kit purchased from BMW), as is to be expected on any car with original paint, but they’re small and didn’t bother me enough to warrant repainting the bumper.
The clutch engages smoothly and progressively, and it feels as strong and as buttery as new – she is a pleasure to shift each and every time, and the feel of the shifter must be experienced to be appreciated. A custom clutch stop (which does not interfere with ignition) and a Shorty Weighted ZHP Shift Knob ensure consistent shifting each and every time! For TRUE DRIVING ENTHUSIASTS, there is no substitute for a good old manual tranny – come on; prove you’ve got some skills!!
Everything else checks out A-OK, nothing otherwise worn, or in need of replacement. She has been hand-washed at least every other week, or when dirty. I’ve had her computer aligned twice now to ensure proper wear and tracking.
The title is clean and there is no salvage history or flooding to worry about. Again, there is no catch - this is simply the nicest, cleanest, best-modified E39 M5 you will find at this price point, period. Steer clear of any of that nonsense out there with modified engines!!
I’ve rarely revved the engine past 5k rpm, which is where it really comes alive, save for the occasional sprint through the Battery Tunnel or Broad Channel, and 2 HPDE events last year (NJMP). Running at full-bore is what this machine is designed for, and unless you exercise the engine every so often, she'll actually not function optimally. Again, even though her legs were stretched, this car was not raced or abused, nor driven recklessly. Smoothness is key on the track, and she has proven herself to be rock-solid and reliable. The oil color didn't even change one shade!
The engine sound must be experienced to be believed. Race-cars perform better at higher RPMs, and BMW’s M5 engine is no exception. Redline is 7500rpm on this mechanical wonder, if you dare to take her there. The exotic European growl from the famous (and now out-of production) S62 4.9L 90-degree V8 is euphoric, and it doesn’t even demand irrational speeds to be enjoyed! Speed comes on linearly as revs build, and the car reacts telepathically to every steering input you make, or think about making! Folks, this is one of the BEST chassis designs, period, and one of the best-ever engines, period, of ANY road-going vehicle ever produced. If I had the means, I’d sure as hell keep her as a collectible – and that was my original plan!
Again, this M5 feels stronger than other e39 M5s I’ve driven (including the other six I drove before deciding on this one), and WAY stronger than my e36 M3 and e46 M3. I also tested the 335i beforehand, but I opted for the racier top-of-the-line vehicle, with racing pedigree, and no issues with oil-cooling and complicated turbos. And the 550i? Yawn! Not to mention the Fugly-Factor! Maybe it’s just me, but the newer BMWs seem to have lost that racy edge, and the interior is boring… no longer driver-oriented, no longer the nice cockpit feel that you get in this M5! The e39 has the best blend of primal power and practical features, along with the lowest running costs and insurance rates. She feels more ‘solid’, more ‘racy’, more ‘raw’ - and the controls, especially the throttle, feel much more responsive in this car than the 550i.
Call me crazy, but when deciding between owning a 550i and owning an e39 M5 – there’s just no doubt in my mind about which is the better deal! Here, you have a chance here to own a piece of motorsport history! And at a fraction of the cost of the newest soon-to-be released overweight BMW! You will quickly agree that newer is not always better! But newer is always more expensive and you EAT the depreciation!
This M5 was simply the best choice when I decided on a car, and she would still be my first choice if I were to do it over again. Straight from a dealer, any certified pre-owned BMW you encounter, you won’t find one that has all the wrinkles ironed out like this has. No Squeaks, no rattles, no worries, no surprises!!
If you’re serious about purchasing this car, you are welcome to come over for a test drive, but no joy rides please. I baby her, and I hope to pass her along to somebody who’ll treat her equally as well! I personally have never bought sight-unseen, but with this vehicle you can trust that it is as I have described. I sold my 2002 Firehawk, my 1998 e36 M3, and my 2005 e46 M3 all through Ebay with no hassles, and I have an excellent 100% positive feedback rating. I will work with you to arrange shipping, and I can also pick you up from JFK, LaGuardia or Newark if you want to fly in and drive her home.
As far as payment goes, I accept wire transfer, Certified/Bank check, or cash in person. Paypal can be used for a deposit to hold her. IMPORTANT: due to countless scammers out there now, we will have to wait until the funds clear on my end before I will release the keys.
This vehicle is being sold as is. I have made a diligent effort to accurately describe and photograph the vehicle.
Your key is waiting. Twist it and summon the roar from your new BMW M5! Rarely do such style, luxury, performance, prestige, utility, and affordability all come in one package – and rarely is such a classy-looking sleeper a simultaneous head-turner!
1. Inspection II complete: no worries, no surprises
2. California car, no rust or dents, minimal wear and tear
3. Family car – babied baby transporter
4. Plenty of life in Tires, strong clutch
5. Perfect blend of sport and practicality
6. Off-street private parking & garaged while in NYC
7. Reserved, mature, responsible driver – no silly tail-out antics
8. A pleasure to drive on a daily basis
9. Bullet-proof exotic and famous S62 V8 engine, does not burn oil
10. Exhaust note to die for!
11. Quiet idle and explosive acceleration
12. No hesitation or vibration
13. Ultra-smooth transmission
14. Sleeper with awesome radar detector
15. The boys at BMW of Manhattan remarked that it is in better condition than many new cars showing up to the shop!
16. Options include: heated seats, power rear sun shade, navigation, power windows, locks, and seats, air conditioning, sunroof
17. Will hold value well over time and is a TON of car for the money.
18. Clean title
19. Low insurance rates
20. Last model year of this hard-to-find racy-feeling ultimate driving machine!
Summary of Work Done:
• Powdercoat wheels gloss black
• Dents repaired and new hood installed (BMW Manhattan)
• Lamin-X Yellow for Headlights/Fogs
• Titanium Interior Trim to Replace wood-grain trim
• Angel iBrights Angel Eyes Upgrade
• Black Umnitza Kidney Grills
• Valentine One/Stealth One hard-wired in Ultrasonic Alarm Case in Roofliner
• French Fog bulbs – Nokya Yellow 9006
• Light Tints on side and rear windows
• iPod OEM Wire Adapter added in glove box
• Full detail semi-annually including engine bay
• Oil Change w/ BMW Synthetic (one recommended in Engine Bay)
• Steering center link replaced and front-end alignment
• Michelin Pilot Sports all 4 tires replacing Bridgestone Potenzas
• Alignment/Balance, Replaced Wheel Bearings, Thrust Arms, Control Arms
• Brake Ducting/Euro Grill
• Inspection II, Coolant, Differential Fluid, Tranny Oil, Air filters (engine/cabin), Plugs, E-Brake adjusted, Brake Fluid Flush / 2 Person-Bleed
• Replaced Wiper Blades annually
• Intensive washer reservoir pump was leaking – new pump/grommit installed
• Added Trunk Cargo Net,
• Replaced Velcro Mat Fastener in rear seat that was missing
• Replaced worn mats with custom all-weather mats
• Custom Leather Handbrake cover
• Ultrasonic Alarm Case plastic lower bracket (ordered from ECS) – fixed ultrasonic bracket
• Rear Passenger Side Cigarette compartment (ordered from ECS) – replaced (wasn’t closing)
• Cigarette Lighter (ordered from ECS) – was missing
• Oil Change/R Tie Rod/Brake Pads/ Emissions/Safety Inspection/Passenger Door Latch
• New Windshield
• New Steering Wheel
• New Wheels
• New Clutch
• OEM Rear Folding Shade Added
• Supersprint X-Pipe w/ Custom Resonators
• Kelleners Sport Exhaust
• Weighted ZHP Shift Knob
• Shorty Clutch Stop
• Rear wheels and 275 Michelin PS2 tires all around
• Rogue Engineering Front Camber Plates
• H&R Front Lowering Sport Springs
• StrongStrut Front Shock Tower Brace – Beastpower
• 5mm Hubcentric Aluminum Spacers on Front
• BBK – Stoptech ST-40 Front/ST-22 Rear
• Koni Adjustable Yellow Shocks
• Dinan Rear Sway Bar
• BeastPower Rear Sway Brackets
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Predecessor E34 M5
Successor E60 M5
4.94L 90° V8
2,830 mm (111.4 in)
Length 4,783 mm (188.3 in)
Width 1,801 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,412 mm (55.6 in)
1,826 kg (4,026 lb)
Unlike its predecessors, the E39 M5 was not handbuilt at the BMW M GmbH factory; in order to increase production, it was produced on the same assembly line as the normal E39 5-series at the Dingolfing factory in Germany. In fact, the E39 M5 was almost not built at all; BMW believed that the 210 kW (286 PS; 282 bhp) 540i was powerful enough, but when Jaguar released the 272 kW (370 PS; 365 bhp) XJR, and Mercedes-Benz introduced the W210 E55, which had over 260 kW (354 PS; 349 bhp) BMW responded to the competition with a 294 kW (400 PS; 394 bhp) M5.
Introduced in 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show, production did not begin until late October of that year. A total of 20,482 E39 M5s were made from 1999 to 2003. BMW M produced three versions of the E39 M5, the European LHD and RHD versions, and the North American specification version.
The E39 M5 had a highly tuned V8 engine based on the M62 engine called the S62, which displaced 4.9 litres and produced 294 kW (400 PS; 394 bhp). The engine featured a 7000 rpm redline, Double-VANOS, which varies the intake and exhaust valves for both cylinder banks, and individual throttle butterflies for each of the cylinders, allowing for a much faster engine response time.
All E39 M5s were equipped with a Getrag Type D six-speed manual transmission which provided the following gearing ratios:
1st gear: 4.23
2nd gear: 2.54
3rd gear: 1.62
4th gear: 1.23
5th gear: 1.00
6th gear: 0.83
It is the same transmission used in the E39 540i, but some changes were made to cope with the extra power the S62 engine produced. A reinforced clutch, rear differential utilising a shorter 3.15:1 ratio, and a limited slip differential with 25% maximum locking.
The E39 M5 suspension shared its basic aluminium-intensive MacPherson strut/multi-link design of the V8 engined E39 5 series. However, several changes were made by BMW M. Reduced spring height, 23 mm (0.9 in) lower. A specific shock valving, thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, polyurethane auxiliary springs, and steel balljoints.
Like all V8-powered E39 models, the E39 M5 was equipped with a recirculating ball steering system. Overall steering ratio was reduced to 14.7 from 17.9. It featured a Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist which provides two levels of resistance controlled via console mounted Sport button. The Sport button also adjusted the electronic throttle butterflies for faster throttle response. The E39 M5 is equipped with four-wheel vented disc brakes measuring 345 mm (13.58 in) in diameter in front and 328 mm (12.91 in) in diameter in the rear. On European-specification models, the rotors are of a "floating" two-piece design for reduced risk of cone distortion. Their lower unsprung weight improves ride quality and traction on bumpy surfaces as well. Anti-lock brakes were standard.
During its five years in production, there were some cosmetic changes in 2001 to include:
Revised headlight design incorporating illuminated "Angel Eyes" (incandescent plastic rings surrounding the headlights)
Jewel tone Celis tail light design
Park Distance Control sensors in the front bumper (previously in rear only)
Thicker three-spoke M steering wheel identical to the one fitted to the E46 M3
Grey instrument panel
Improved solar sensor for standard automatic climate control
Revised navigation/audio unit with larger (6.5-inch) monitor (Standard on US Spec 2001-2003)
Rear head protection airbags added
Second-generation M Mobility tyre repair system in place of earlier version
Available M Audio System with special tweeters, Kevlar/carbon coaxial speakers and two subwoofers behind the rear console
Alcantara headliner included with Extended Leather interior (previously only included with Complete Leather)
For the subsequent two model years, changes were limited to the addition of new exterior colors (from 9/01 production) and the upgrade to a DVD-based navigation system (from 9/02 production).
The official BMW of North America statement (mentioned in the 2003 brochure) for the acceleration time from 0-60 mph is 4.8s. Official statements from BMW are typically conservative and many reviewers claim to have achieved this under 4.5 seconds. It is electronically limited to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), making it the fastest 4-door saloon in the world at the time it was manufactured. Once delimited, top speeds of 301 km/h (187 mph) indicated and 290 km/h (180 mph) actual speed are possiblble.
Flexible Electronics Design
Since the start of production the entire in-car entertainment system (Radio Function, Navigation System, Television and Telecommunications systems) is based on a very flexile automotive computer system. As a result the E39 models can all be easily upgraded with the newest BMW technologies including BMW's Bluetooth System, the DVD based Navigation system, as well as BMW's CD changers that play MP3s
Listed locally for $24999
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2003 BMW e39 M5 6-spd Sedan Sterling Grey / Black Heritage Interior
I will be opening up to nationwide auction next weekend if she doesn't sell this week. Please no low-ballers or public comments on pricing. You can email me directly if you need to discuss. Thank you!