The 6MT E60s are very rare, so if you want one (and in still decent condition at a reasonable price), I'd buy one soon. They only imported a total of 1358 E60 M5s with a 6MT across model years 2007-2010. A 2010 6MT is *extremely* rare as very few 2010s overall were imported, I think the total was in the 2xx range for SMG + 6MT cars. If you ever want one, now is the time to jump. The S85 is an insane engine, but as you know in daily use has a poor torque curve below 5500rpms and just drinks (wastes) lots of fuel. Coupled with the smallish tank, and you're doing station visits often if you daily commute in traffic with one.
Here is the best example in the country (which means world since 6MT = North America only)
with only 11k miles, and a great warranty with many years left on it. If I was in the E60 market, I'd definitely jump all over this car; perhaps negotiate a bit given the cosmetic scratches that need repair, etc (too bad it's not Interlagos Blue though). The 2010 has all the latest updates for the S85, and this super low mileage means no rod bearing wear issues for ages. I think the actual number of 2010 6MT cars is less than 50 imported.
So maybe a super sweet 2010 6MT with a long warranty runs you 50k -- there is another E60 option to consider. Find a 2010 535i 6MT with sport package and low miles. Allocate a few $k for intake, downpipes, exhaust and tune (knocking on the door of 500ft-lbs) and another $2.5k for a build LSD. This car would come close to doubling the gas mileage in commuting of the M5 and likely be a good bit quicker off the line and especially from any rpm (as opposed to needing that S85 to be above 6krpms).
What is this Interlagos Blue 6MT you speak of...
Not to derail this thread too much, but you know much of my ///m5 history and s85 6MT history. I've dodged the snapping RDSways, overheating 6MTs at the track, and rod bearings, etc...
Outside of normal (normal as defined by OCD ///mthusiasts) maintenance, I couldn't be happier with my s85 6MT. It took me quite awhile to find "the right" 6MT. I'm glad I pulled the trigger a few years ago. Drive the s85 like an s38, you will be happy. Drive the s85 like an s62, you will be let down.
I'm a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE golfer, but the best example I can think of -- is trying to use your 3 iron (s62), like a driver (s85). You can do it, but you'll have mixed results.
Details of my s85 are in my signature.
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s85 + (afterthought) 6mt =158,000 miles with no RCOD and counting ...just saying...
2007 Dinan S2 e60 m5 6MT Interlagos Blue
; DINAN 3.91 Exploded @8x,xxx
; Performance Gearing 3.91 LSD 3 clutch, 30/50 ramps, R&P polished
; ClutchMasters FX350 clutch and LTW single mass FW @157,000 miles, RPi Oil Cooler/Scoops; DINAN High Flow Air Mass Meter/Intake, DINAN TBs, DINAN pulley, DINAN strut, DINAN Monoballs, FastAttack Tune, w/Kung Fu grip!
, Einhorn Industries Race Jedders, track pipe, and x-pipe;
DINAN Section 3, DINAN LTW 19x9 ET18, 19x10 ET25, Michelin PS4S 275/35/19 and 305/30/19, Macht Schnell 15mm spacers (front); FERODO FRP3000H race pads; StopTech BBK 6/4 380mm/35mm x 380mm/32mm w/SS lines; RDSport F/R sways; CKS coils w/swift springs, -2.0/-2.5 F/R camber; z3 1.9L SSK, with f10 shifter; F/R G1W-H; Uniden R1, remote ALP 2Rx:1Tx, F/R NetRadar DSP, w/GPS and BT. SprintBooster v3; Euro MDM and DSC off. Fluids: Motul 7100 4T 10w60, Redline ShockProof Lightweight 75w140, Castrol SRF, Unicorn Jizz and Wolfpack Blood; Rod bearings replaced at 84,000 and 150,000 miles!!!
1988 e28 m5 STROKER 420bhp 91 octane(Paul Burke s38b39)
; VAC LTW flywheel; MegaSquirt G2 DME; Euro RestoMod track car: caged, 6 point FIA harness, FIA Sabelt GT-160 seats...AC/heater, interior, sunroof, rear seat delete; Euro Headers, dump valve, and race cats; CAE Ultra shifter; custom Ground Control Coilovers/camber plates; Mason Engineering front/rear strut bars; Brembo 6/4 BBK; 17x8 BBS RK w/Dunlop StarSpec II; undergoing Euro restoration, building the e28 CSL ///Motorsport never built. 5.71lbs/hp
1996 FZJ 80
; LOCKED; Factory TRD Supercharger; Expo/Overland/Backcountry Rig; custom sleeper/drawer system, full rock armor, 33"s on 2.5" OME Heavy Lift; Rigid LEDs F/R; 231,000 miles and counting.
2008 Audi A3 S-Line Quattro w/flappy paddles
(Mammoth Mountain Commuter)
2000 e39 m5 TiAg (Gone, but not forgotten) sold 7/2014.
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