The E39 is a classic, handsome car that may well go down in history as the quintessential 5-series. The wagon was merely an extension of the good looks and capability, multiplied when they saw fit to drop the smooth M62 4.4 liter V8 in it. Manuals were available but extremely hard to come by, and while that would certainly be preferable, an automatic is well-suited for highway and family-hauling duty. With just 84k miles, this luxury wagon is roughly the same price as a VW Jetta TDI wagon of similar vintage. If you’re not too worried about gas mileage, I know for certain which one brings more comfort and speed for the money.
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The low mileage E28 BMW M5 that Nate wrote up last week got me thinking again about what kind of cars would fill out my collection if I struck it rich. Certainly it would be an M5, but which one? As sharp as the original M5 is, I’m still distracted every time I come across an E39 M5 in my travels. Much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this is the sports saloon that is just right for me. It straddles the line nicely between modern and classic, packs a punch with the V8/6-speed manual combination and has just the right amount of aggression in an almost perfect sized package. Apparently I’m not the only one who finds this car to be “just right” given the values we’ve seen for these Munich monsters.
Both E39 M5s we’ll look at today are 2003 examples, the first being this sinister looking black example for sale in Maryland with just under 30,000 miles on the clock.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW M5 on eBay
The Euro’d E28 M5 with just 62k miles Carter wrote up last week went for a reasonable $21k, showing that the market for M5s is strong but not skyrocketing. Extra-low mileage examples are few and far between, and today’s 28k-mile example is being sold by the notoriously high-pricing Enthusiast Auto Group. Forum guesses put the price as high as $80k, which may be what EAG is asking but is not what they’re going to get. While it certainly looks like a sheltered, sub-30k mile creampuff, the door-card speakers are a strikingly bad choice. Low mileage is great, but without full originality I don’t see the point.
Click for details: 1988 BMW M5 for sale at Enthusiast Auto Group
How much rarer can an E34 get? As I’ve dug deeper into E36 ownership, I’m amazed at the variety of colors and options BMW’s Individual series made possible. This Avus Blue 540i was already a desirable 6-speed, V8-equipped car before the highly-desirable exterior color was added to the mix, along with a Buffalo Leather interior that appears flawless. If the seller’s claims that this was originally a BMW promotional vehicle are true – well, this would be the one to own if an M5 is out of the question. And given the lower operating costs of a 540, this car is almost more appealing than an E34 M5 given it can go toe-to-toe in the rarity department. Avus Blue is one of the most popular colors of the E36 M3 lineup, and if I owned one in that shade, I might give serious consideration to having the ultimate combination of highway cruiser and weekend warrior.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW 540i 6-Speed Individual on eBay
The E28 M5 is seemingly following in the E30 M3’s footsteps as the next hot commodity in the semi-vintage BMW game. If you want a lot of the M5 look at a discount, a 535i such as this is the next best thing. We featured this car back in November of last year and it is back up for sale at no reserve with a few hundred miles more on the clock.