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  • 02-06-2009, 07:11 PM
    Glen

    I say go for it!!!!

    I'm in the same boat. I would like to buy an 01-03, but from the research I've done so far it is quite true that you pay a premium for parts. When you look at what you can buy for very little money I can deal with the higher price of parts.
    I own an E39 528 and love the car but I can only imagine what an M5 performs like---I can hardly wait!!
    Good luck!!
  • 12-19-2008, 12:00 PM
    pmiranda

    Not even.

    If you grenade the engine, yeah, you'll be in trouble, but the rest of the parts are just as overpriced in a 540 :-)<img src="http://members.roadfly.org/pmiranda/TMCM_anim.gif">
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    02 LeMansBlue/Silverstone M5
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  • 11-07-2008, 11:12 AM
    adcampo

    Great daily driver. MPG's not the best.

  • 05-16-2008, 05:58 PM
    edjack

    6 speed only in the USA


    Ed in San Jose. BMW CCA member since 1980 (Nr. 62319). Golden Gate Chapter

    '97 540i 6 speed. Build Date 3/97. Aspensilber over Aubergine leather.
  • 05-16-2008, 05:57 PM
    edjack

    Bear in mind that this a race car with 4 doors...

    maintenance costs will be higher (price the BMW 10W60 oil), and when a unique part breaks, or wears out, the price will be 2-3X the 540 price.
    Ed in San Jose. BMW CCA member since 1980 (Nr. 62319). Golden Gate Chapter

    '97 540i 6 speed. Build Date 3/97. Aspensilber over Aubergine leather.
  • 04-29-2008, 05:50 PM
    Gom3

    Thanks for the info.

  • 04-26-2008, 11:06 AM
    KennygDownunder

    Re: Looking to purchase 01-03 M5 as a daily driver.

    As an owner for 6 months now of a 72k ( kilometres here ) Aug 1999 build I am in love !Seriously quick car regarded as the best "5" series made ( the E39). Very reliable. Stops like nothing else. Only gripe is I've gotten lazy in my old age and 6 speed is a bit of a pain in city traffic. I live in The Outback here so it is 3 minutes out of the city to open road. Has been totally reliable so far and very comfortable ( mines got the Heritage trim comfort pack ......Oxford green outside and Oxford green leather with black suede roof lining ) Good E39 M5 hunting. Can you get Steptronic in the USA ?
  • 04-18-2008, 02:03 PM
    Gom3

    Anyone?

  • 04-17-2008, 01:52 PM
    Gom3

    Looking to purchase 01-03 M5 as a daily driver.

    should i be aware of any problems with this car? Thanks for your input

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