So the 5 series fetish get's worse.
My E39 540i sport i've had >6 years is getting a bit leggy although i've really struggled to find anything that matches it in terms of looks, comfort, drive, space etc.
I don't commute by car so mainly need a 4 door weekend car that can get 4 adults to France / Belgium and back several times a year, but can still be fun on the 'Route Napoleon'.
I had basically settled on an M6 GC and looked at a few, but with Brexit, house prices down here have levelled off / dropped marginally, so my wife and i are had a rethink about whether to buy a larger house and take advantage of the low interest rates. That means i needed to hold back some $ for the stamp duty and so brought the budget down to sub £20k.
That put me into E60 territory, either an LCI 550i Sport or an M5. After seeing lot's of dogs and reading Angrydog's thread on Pistonheads about his E60 M5 ownership experience (worth a read!), i found a decent M5 for sale in Bedford. Excellently specced, All important rod bearings done at Reddish Motorsport recently and lot's of other history. The previous owner is a guy called Darren Rose, incase he's on this forum, i know he's now in a white F10 M5...
I picked it up yesterday evening and i'm pretty much blown away, it's a fantastic car an a huge step up from the E39 in terms of comfort and options (active seats, upgraded audio etc). Looks wise i'm not mad on the design but i can live with it, because this car's best card is the engine and the engine note which is fantastic. I need to sit down and RTFM as everything is electric and needs to be set up / personalised etc, but first impressions are superb value for money and a lovely car to drive.
Only thing i want to do on it is upgrade the Nav map to 2019 for the time being but i'll be sifting through the E60 section here that's for sure.
Don't plan to sell the E39 just yet as it has the all valuable tow bar and tbh i just can't let it go yet. Together with the E34 M5, the MX5 and my dad's old Peugeot 406 that i can't bring myself to sell (or scrap) i'm now using up every square inch of driveway that i have access to.
This is the only pic i have, off to Belgium in March so will update then.