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
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.