I just got back from my Saturday drive date with my M5. I was very intregued by what this 530 owner did.. .
Frequently, I notice Hondas and Acura owners try to convert their base model car to higher one by replacing with stickers/wheels/engines/body kits/badges, whatever. Like my cousinewho bought an "New" Integra LS and trying to swap the LS engine with VTEC GS-R engine? WHY? just buy a GS-R and forget about it. When he done with upgrade, he spent just as much as would buy GS-R. Forgive me, he is 17 and I'm having a long talk with him soon...
Having say that, Here my story...
I saw a black M5 in my rear view mirror today. (Here in Jacksonville, I rarely see another M5 and according to my Dealership, only hand full of M5 are in town) So I was very excited when i saw M5 on my rearview mirror. As I slow down to let him pull next to me, (took him for ever to pull next to me) lI notice something different about his beast. First of all, he didn't look at me at all, he was looking straight forward like I wasn't there. Even i honked and gave him the friendly waves.
And then it hit me... As I check out his M5
1. M5 Front bumper with fog light. He had them on during sunny day. - I didn't get that? why?
2. side markers are yellow. (huh??? is this 2002 model??)
3. OMG, 530 badge with no quad-exhausts!!! OE 530 rear bumper.
4. But he did have clear rear lights.
5. Same size rear and front tires on M5 wheels
Maybe he was too embarrased to look at me?
He almost had me fooled. If I only saw the front, I will be easily mistaken as another m5. Maybe that's why he didnt' want to pass me..
Good lord, why? Maybe there is cost issue here. New M5 could easily cost over 80K with tax and whatever. New 530 + M5 wheels + M5 front bumper = $$$??? If this was on going project then, trying to conver 530 to M5 could add serious $$$$.
I know that's his car and he is title to do whatever to it but maybe I'm missing a point here. Why? If you want M5 that bad, why just buy a used one? I know I wouldn't buy 530 and dress it up to be M5. People would know it's fake.
Anyone can slap me silly with knowledge?