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  1. Nice car but is was it that good as an investment? Mine cost someone £72,000 when they bought it new from Park Lane BMW in 2002. If they had stored it for 16 years and was now sold for it for around £120k, it would not have been that good a return on the outlay (if that was the sole purpose of acquiring it in the first place).
  2. Brilliant, and amusing, write up! Wouldn't try this myself in a million years, but a really enjoyable read. The engineering of these cars never fails to impress. Thanks.
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    New wheels finally on.

    Lovely looking car. Wheel colour suits it.
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    Just ticked over the 100k mark. Bought in 2006 with around 33k on the clock. Thought about selling it many times as I hardly use it BUT cannot bring myself to do it. What would I buy to replace a car that has never missed a beat in 12 years and that I still enjoy driving as much as the day I picked it up from BMW Vines at Crawley for £23,000 more than a decade ago? Upgraded a few things over the years (TV and satnav) but it is pretty much as it left the factory. It still has an original Motorola phone, glove box torch and 1st Aid kit! Thanks to my gentle driving (most of the time!) it is still happily running on its original clutch and suspension and I have had no major mechanical issues. (Sod's law something will happen now!) The biggest expense over the years has been having the wheels refurbished at Lepsons (x3) as I am a bit of an anorak on that front. Got to have perfect wheels! Bodywork not so perfect but pretty good with no rust other than a few bubbles in the petrol filling area and they were there in 2006 and have not worsened over the years. Fixed the traditional missing dashboard pixel and dodgy rear view mirror issues and replaced quite a few suspension bushes, roll bars, hoses, MAFs, but nothing major. And thanks to people on this forum I learned recently that my M5 is unique - the only right hand drive individual black sapphire metallic car exported to the UK. Anyway, here's to the next 100k....or will I sell it now we have passed such a landmark mileage? Hmmm A couple of pix if anyone is remotely interested.....!
  5. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Agreed. I used drive quite a lot in France (wine tasting/buying). Showing my age here but at the time had a Renault Turbo 21 (great car for its day). The only problem I found was if you were doing 80mph you soon had some idiot up your bumper flashing their lights! Fortunately the Renault was very capable of leaving them trailing if I wanted. Just like the M5.
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    That's quite a journey in one day. I think my longest was Ivybridge in Devon to North Berwick in Scotland which is around 500 miles. The rarely-used seat massage option was utilised!
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    - wow. I hope you have/had the comfort seat option!
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    Thanks. I am impressed by the mileage. How many of those did you do? I will be pushing up daisies long before mine reaches that number, given the number of miles I drive a year! When I don't drive it for three or four days, I think: "Sell it". And then I go for a drive and think: "Keep it". Procrastination is the thief of time.....
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    FYP
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    Thanks, James.
  11. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Thanks. If/when/if/when/if....I sell the car, I will probably offer it up first through this forum. Not really sure what it is worth, prices seem all over the place.
  12. https://angliacarauctions.co.uk/classic/results/results-from-saturday-27th-january-2018/2000-bmw-e39-m5/ Neat, low-mileage M5 but I am a tad surprised such a low mileage car needed such a lot of work doing to it but good luck to whoever got £24k for it!
  13. gbrownings

    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Or in my case, before I have to pay the London Mayor's £10 Toxicity charge every time I leave my drive...!
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    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Good spot Mr Poirot! Nice mark-up...
  15. gbrownings

    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Yes, I presume agreeing the market value of a newer car is more clear cut. It seems the problem is with older, classic or modified cars.
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    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    My current insurance is with Aviva and is due for renewal but they refused to tell me their hypothetical write-off valuation unless, or until, I had made a claim.....Tesco, said it would be around £2,000! I suspect Aviva would use the same guide book - hence my decision to get insurance with an agreed valuation.
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    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    I recommend you check your insurance company's theoretical 'write off' value of your older cars. If the insurance seems cheap, there is usually a good reason for it (in their favour and not yours).
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    BMW M5 (E39): PH Heroes

    Nice write-up on the E39 M5 in Pistonheads today. Anyone here own the featured car? https://www.pistonheads.com/features/ph-features-heroes/bmw-m5-e39--ph-heroes/36958
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    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Sorted. Have agreed insurance valuation of £13,500 less excesses. Car may be worth more on the open market but this agreement is preferable to arguing with Tesco/Aviva etc it was worth more than £2,000 (their value) in the event of a write-off. Have had to send a load of photos etc to demonstrate its good condition and mileage etc Premium a tad over £500 via Adrian Flux but excesses are lower than Tesco and I dont mind paying a bit more for a sensible value on the car to insure against a worst case scenario.
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    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Yes going to try a few. Chris Knott helpful but unable to come up with anything remotely close to Tesco or with better write-off figures. Being an M5 and ungaraged the main issue.
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    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    I received a similar quote today but it turns out their maximum valuation for damage/write off is under £2,000. My '02 M5 with 98k on the clock is clearly 'worth' more than that. Seems this low valuation is common across the mainstream insurers but I am struggling to find anyone who will offer a more realistic market value.
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    100k mileage not far off....

    Approaching the 100k mileage landmark so decided to give the wheels a spruce up. I bought the car in 2006 with 32,000 on the clock and this is the third full wheel refurb (yes I am a bit anal over wheels!) This was my second visit to Lepsons in Gillingham who did a great job five years ago and I am very happy with their latest effort so happy to recommend them. IMG_20151024_124958.jpg - The mutt approved too....
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    100k mileage not far off....

    I have not used the courier service so cannot help you with the pricing. Lepsons' website says it used to be a free service but this is no longer possible as courier costs have increased significantly.
  24. gbrownings

    100k mileage not far off....

    They are certainly as close in colour to the wheels that were on the car when I bought it, so yes. Some shadow chrome wheels I have seen are very shiny - too much for me. I think Lepsons have it about right as I prefer the slightly darker colour they offer.
  25. gbrownings

    The old girl needs some tlc

    Great job. Car looks terrific! Are they new or refurbished headlight units?
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