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post #1 of 78 Old 25th May 2018, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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After 14+ years...my LMB M5 is soon departing my care

Itís hard to imagine not seeing it in its private spot in the garage with the LMB paint shining so lustrously, but itís time for someone else to take over ownership here at 66k miles. If it sells next month, it will exactly tie my longest term BMW ownership at 14 years, 4 months that my 1972 Bavaria has held (bought from my father in May 1980, sold in Sept 1994). Just like the E3, Iím sure Iíll regret selling this incredible car. Hopefully, its future fate will not become what happened to my poor Bav which I found 11 years later, and it had been left to rot under a tree. Fortunately for the Bavaria, a classic BMW shop in Knoxville, Kadunza, purchased it and has plans to restore it.

This M5 has been an incredible experience all these years starting with picking it up in Denver, at 2 years of age and 12k miles, after board member LSU1981 inspected it for me back in Feb 2004. The trip back to Raleigh was amazing, and I was super lucky for great weather and clear roads during the last week of February. One of the most memorable spots was leaving Coby Kansas at 5am on day 2, getting onto I-70, and not seeing another car or truck (going either direction) for almost 10 miles. Needless to say, the S62, with the V1 on the lookout, got a healthy workout that morning in rural KS.

Iíve spent a fair amount of $ and time getting the car ready for its next owner. In the past 1k miles:
1) Michelin PS4S tires in OE sizes
2) clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, fork, spring, pin, and guide bush
3) brake rotors and Centric ceramic pads all around, ATE 200 fluid flush
4) front thrust arms
5) oil and filter, Castol TWS 10W60, Blackstone Labs report
6) fuel filter and oil filler cap
7) upper and lower rear control arms
8) hood and trunk struts
9) coolant expansion tank, coolant flush with BMW OE Coolant/distilled H2O
10) return and supply power steering lines, PS fluid flush
11) kidney grills
12) Bosch battery
13) alignment
14) PPI performed, only item found was intensive wash pump leak Ė Bimmer Performance Center noted car was ďextremely clean both mechanically and cosmeticallyĒ
15) intensive wash tank, pump and filter

It should be a 100% turn-key no issues car for its next owner as neither I nor BPC can find any issues with it currently; however, like any almost 17 year old car, the on-going maintenance and upkeep is subject to older parts, thermo-oxidative aged plastic parts, etc. Itís been garaged 24/7, so itís never been subjected to sitting in the sun during the day; rarely ever in rain, never in snow, never a daily driver, and my crazy car ocd has had me always opening the hood every time itís returned to the garage so as not to heat soak the engine compartment (given the blast furnace that is called the engine compartment of an E39 M5).

The M5board has been a huge part of its life through the years, and sharing all those special times through the years was wonderful as we all discovered/uncovered and shared new things about the E39 M5. Gustav started this board centered on the E39 M5, and created a great environment for everyone to gather, share, and enjoy while moderating it just right. BMW had to come after him to claim m5.com -- what a mess that was! Who can forget the ďGustav tours AmericaĒ trips from back then? Great times! This board has been home to some of the most kind, knowledgeable, sharing car enthusiasts one can hope for in a forum, and it's been a wonderful experience enjoying the M5 with everyone else so enchanted by the beast. Thank you M5board members!

Redshift sold his M5 last October at 62k miles, and now itís time for mine at 66k miles. Brian and I met through the M5board just after buying our M5s in early 2004, and heís been like a much younger brother ever since. He claims not to regret it (yet) given he has his custom built M5 touring and M3 touring to enjoy, but weíll see. I started hunting my Bavaria after about 9 years, so maybe it will take a while.

Coming to BAT soonÖ2001 LMB/Silverstone.

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2007 328i wagon Silver/gray: Eibach 28mm front swaybar, E93 M3 rear swaybar, 219M M3 wheels, Michelin PSAS3+
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Of course I knew this was coming, but still...I'm sure it will fetch a nice price!

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Of course I knew this was coming, but still...I'm sure it will fetch a nice price!
I hope so, but more so I hope the next owner really continues to care for this car carefully...lots of special memories are attached to the M5. It's such an iconic car that I put right next to the E30 M3 in that regard. Ten or fifteen years from now imagine trying to find a low mileage super-well-cared-for E39 M5! While the E30 M3 had a great racing pedigree, having been involved with BMWs since 1971, I don't recall any other model except the E39 M5 to have such an emotional excitement and reaction surrounding its release (not to mention the massive markups some dealers charged (non-existent for E30 M3) and the very long waiting lists until well into 2003 at most all dealers).

These are going to be very special cars well into the future...and here I go fretting over the decision already!

Current stable:

2019 M2 Competition 6MT LBB, slicktop
2011.5 M3 sedan 6MT Silverstone, slicktop: Dinan front swaybar, Eibach rear swaybar, pins-out-max-camber-up-front, Dinan exhaust, Michelin PS4S, Apex EC-7 9.5/10.5x19
2007 328i wagon Silver/gray: Eibach 28mm front swaybar, E93 M3 rear swaybar, 219M M3 wheels, Michelin PSAS3+
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I hope so, but more so I hope the next owner really continues to care for this car carefully...lots of special memories are attached to the M5. It's such an iconic car that I put right next to the E30 M3 in that regard. Ten or fifteen years from now imagine trying to find a low mileage super-well-cared-for E39 M5! While the E30 M3 had a great racing pedigree, having been involved with BMWs since 1971, I don't recall any other model except the E39 M5 to have such an emotional excitement and reaction surrounding its release (not to mention the massive markups some dealers charged (non-existent for E30 M3) and the very long waiting lists until well into 2003 at most all dealers).

These are going to be very special cars well into the future...and here I go fretting over the decision already!
Hell, I'd buy your car if I had more garage space. Mine is hooked up to a battery tender 95% of the time, but I can't bring myself to sell it, and every time I drive it I remember why.

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Not sure if I should be happy or sad here... mostly sad. Please stay around m5b... I learned a ton from you, whether you know it or not. If you have a price in mind, PM me. I might have a local buyer, and would love to see this lovely one in the Bay Area
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Wow I wish I could snag this car off BaT, what a nice example. I think I'd be too afraid to own one this nice honestly.

I am sure your car will perform just as strong as Redshift's car on BaT, and logic would dictate for the price it sells for, it should go to a good home. I don't think your car falls anywhere near the "vape naysh rachet s**t" pricing territory like the higher mile clapped out cars do.

I'm on BaT every day so I'll be keeping an eye out when for when it goes live. Best of luck!


PS: As I said on mye28 many months ago, I still think you're crazy for selling this!

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Not sure if I should be happy or sad here... mostly sad. Please stay around m5b... I learned a ton from you, whether you know it or not. If you have a price in mind, PM me. I might have a local buyer, and would love to see this lovely one in the Bay Area
Thanks! It's too late to sell as the BAT entry is finalized and going live Tuesday. I thought about selling it privately, but letting it go to BAT and whatever happens there, high or low, seemed to be the most fitting way to say goodbye. This car has been like a family member except of course it wasn't allowed to go places the rest of the family went....like the mall.

Current stable:

2019 M2 Competition 6MT LBB, slicktop
2011.5 M3 sedan 6MT Silverstone, slicktop: Dinan front swaybar, Eibach rear swaybar, pins-out-max-camber-up-front, Dinan exhaust, Michelin PS4S, Apex EC-7 9.5/10.5x19
2007 328i wagon Silver/gray: Eibach 28mm front swaybar, E93 M3 rear swaybar, 219M M3 wheels, Michelin PSAS3+
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Wow I wish I could snag this car off BaT, what a nice example. I think I'd be too afraid to own one this nice honestly.

I am sure your car will perform just as strong as Redshift's car on BaT, and logic would dictate for the price it sells for, it should go to a good home. I don't think your car falls anywhere near the "vape naysh rachet s**t" pricing territory like the higher mile clapped out cars do.

I'm on BaT every day so I'll be keeping an eye out when for when it goes live. Best of luck!


PS: As I said on mye28 many months ago, I still think you're crazy for selling this!
Dangit, now look what you did! E28 regret begins to bubble for yet another one from the past...my wife's 1985 E28 535i 5MT/LSD Arctic Blue/Pearl. We bought it in 1986 and sold it in 1997. Both kids came home from the hospital in that car in the 80s. Although my wife used it as her daily driver, it was of course garaged and well cared for too...even if it did enjoy swallowing brake accumulators like M&Ms.

When my daughter was 6, I strapped her into the passenger seat of the E28, plopped on a helmet, and took her on an autocross run at a BMWCCA event -- starting her down the enthusiast path. Fast forward to 2008, and she was learning the art of deft throttle management in the M5 on an autox course! After two years of her autocrossing a ZHP, the M5 was a whole different beast to tackle at the time. Fun times!




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Wow, yet another amazing memory many years ago was when we went to a private track rental at NCCAR, and I was driving her ZHP (she still has the car and can't think of anything she'd rather own) and she was driving the M5. I was doing my best to stay with her on track, and seeing the Dinan lowered M5 with the Dinan exhaust wailing as it left me behind on corner exit onto the main straight was a spine tingling experience. I had thoughts that day about how it hadn't been "that long" since she was 6 and riding along and here she was expertly piloting this beast of an M5 that I can't catch!

I have to keep remind myself why I'm selling this car and stick to the plan!

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2019 M2 Competition 6MT LBB, slicktop
2011.5 M3 sedan 6MT Silverstone, slicktop: Dinan front swaybar, Eibach rear swaybar, pins-out-max-camber-up-front, Dinan exhaust, Michelin PS4S, Apex EC-7 9.5/10.5x19
2007 328i wagon Silver/gray: Eibach 28mm front swaybar, E93 M3 rear swaybar, 219M M3 wheels, Michelin PSAS3+
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Sorry to see another NC M5 go. I've had mine since 2005 and have had no thoughts of selling yet. Good luck with the auction! That is a beautiful car. LMB is so nice

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