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    End of an era....

    I have had the pleasure of owning an E39 M5 for five years or so and passed it on to it's new owner yesterday. It seems fitting to pass on my thoughts after 70,000 miles in the car. Contrary to what the internet would have you believe, running it did not bankrupt us and the inside of the engine only saw daylight during maintenance or services - not when the rod bearings failed catastrophically. To be fair, when I bought the car I did have Phil Crouch (CPCE) change these for peace of mind, along with the chain/guides and a bit of vanos work. The M5 was bought as a 'family' car when our first child arried. It's well worth mentioning that we ended up with it due to the brief inspired by our previous car, a Nissan 350Z which I rated highly. The fact that I still do after owning the M5 speaks volumes I think. It had RWD, a proper mechanical diff, characterful engine and great handling. If anything I preferred the driving interfaces in the Nissan, it didn't have the last word in precision but everything was a bit more heavily weighted. The E39 M5 is a consummate all-rounder and does everything so well, which is my only criticism - even though that sounds contradictory. It just feels a bit sterile. The excellent acoustic insulation in the M5 robs you of some of the engine/exhaust noise which of course is deliberate, being an executive supersaloon. I could never justify replacing the exhaust and never heard a 'muffler delete' that didn't sound a bit, well, chavvy although I appreciate this is down to the art of the fabricator. I really loved the repertoire of the M5, happy to potter or oversteer at will. In fact it has a more controllable back end than the 350Z due to the longer wheel base. I always said that the Nissan's 276bhp was the perfect amount for the road, you could enjoy all of it a lot of the time. Now of course I think that 400bhp is just about the right amount....a slippery slope that one! I'm going to miss The Beast and I'm not really sure yet what to replace it with. Probably something 911'ish in a year or so but for now a family estate car beckons....
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    Indeed, unfortunate that it had to go. ideally I would have kept it as a garage queen, spent a few hundred quid to make it pristine, kept the miles off it and perhaps enjoyed a decent return in 5 or 10 years. In reality we still have a house remodel (bottomless pit!) to fund and need to stick the cash from the car sale back into a family barge. It's been a difficult sale because people generally have a problem getting their head around a car with more than 150k on the clock - despite great service / maintenance history.
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    I'm pleased to say that the car has a nice new owner. Sad to see it go, now to find something that will go at least some way towards filling it's big boots!
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    I think the car will be sold by the time you are ready to buy Tonyboyo, thanks for the interest though. They are superb cars and a fantastic ownership proposition, hope you find a good'un!
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    Yes, a colleague sent it to me earlier, thanks Good exposure indeed! It does highlight the ridiculous chasm between 'normal' E39 M5's and those with low miles and high prices.
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    Me too, it's ok people fawning over it and commenting on how good value it is - someone needs to buy it! I'm getting a bit cheesed off with lowball offers and time wasters, I'm tempted to take it off the market and enjoy it a bit longer. I wonder if the cheap price is putting people off, it's in the 'dog-zone' and perhaps that's what people expect?
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    Indeed, you only live once! Still available Samm.
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    Sounds great but not for me, thanks Nomis.
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    If it's a 335i I could be tempted
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    You do!
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    The car is still available. I've decided that eBay is not the way forward to sell cars like this It seems like this forum attracts a far more realistic (and articulate) clientele!
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    I haven't found maintenance to be overly expensive as long as you keep on top of it. If you are savvy with sourcing parts most can be obtained independently from BMW, but if you do need to get parts from BMW and don't mind asking they will discount too. Servicing wise a good BMW independent will likely know these older cars better than BMW francises and be cheaper to boot.
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    The only thing I've ever wanted to do to it is fit a decent stainless cat-back exhaust but could never justify the cost. Muffler deletes can be ok but need to be done properly and every one I've heard just sounded a bit, well, cheap. I'm not a shouty exhaust type but think the standard one is too restrained - well actually the car's sound proofing is probably too good to be fair, but I'd like to enjoy the exhaust note as well as everybody else!! I think the power is perfect to be able to enjoy most of, most of the time. As a standard (big) car it ticks all the boxes, to my mind.
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    Thanks, eBay gets good exposure but lots of lowball offers from traders and wideboys,or offers to part exchange crap cars. Although sadly I had to turn down px's of an E46 M3 and 911 due to reasons of practicality! I haven't even had a viewing yet......
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    2001 E39 M5 - SOLD

    I'm just on the Newark side of Lincoln.
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