2002 BMW M5

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Ah, the E39 M5: the humble king of supersedans. Plenty of followers have come out with more tech, more power, and more luxury, but none have found the perfect balance that made the E39 M5 astonishing when it came out and still eminently desirable today. Its 394hp shocked when released, but it was backed up a chassis and 6-speed transmission equally ready to brawl. It’s a holistic package that gets blown away on paper by today’s sedans bordering on or exceeding 600hp and yet still represents the platonic ideal for many enthusiasts.

This example in Texas has a lot going for it. 75k miles is right in the middle of the 50-100k wheelhouse for these cars, enough to protect it from cream-puff prices but not too many as to worry about big maintenance. Le Mans Blue over Caramel is a lovely combination, but my association of this BMW interior with a friend’s E36 M3 would make me long for that car’s Estoril exterior as well. It looks to be in just about perfect shape inside and out, but even then the price looks a bit high.

Click for details: 2002 BMW M5 on Fall Creek Motorcars

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Honorable Mention Roundup

Time for another Honorable Mention Roundup of the cars we just didn’t have a chance to get to this week. We’ve got quite a few reader submissions in this edition, and by chance it ends up focusing on some super sedans which are all quite affordable in their own ways. Which is the one we should have spent more time on?

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Tuner Tuesday: 2000 BMW M5

I’ll start this post with the bad news; our reader Z sent in an awesome Dinan S3 spec E39 M5 that was supposed to run in this slot. Unfortunately, although the auction was slated to still be running it ended early, meaning we don’t get to look at that car. Now the good news; because Dinan is a factory-backed tuner and the M5 is one awfully popular machine, here’s another to fill the void! This particular example isn’t quite as wild – without the supercharger, you’ll have to make due with only around 450 horsepower from the naturally aspirated S62 with a host of Dinan upgrades:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 BMW M5 on eBay

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2001 BMW M5

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The E39 M5 is well known for being one of the wolfiest cars wearing sheeps’ clothing ever. Typically seen in silver or black, I grew up near an Imola Red version that draws a bit more attention. Today’s will draw the gaze of all who pass, including car lovers and cops. As much I love subdued performance machines, red is my favorite color and I actually love this hue on M5s. I might go without the bright chrome wheels, but hey, if you’re going to be blinding people, you might as well get some help from your wheels as well. With right around 100k miles and a Buy-It-Now of $16k, this is a great deal for a stunner in both aesthetics and performance.

Click for details: 2001 BMW M5 on eBay

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2002 BMW Z8

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The Z8 is a bit of a wallflower these days, its handsome looks appreciated by those who remember when it hit the roads but a less eye-grabbing than the ultra-faceted and streaked cars coming out 12 years later. Even to the trained eye, they don’t show up that often, and it seems like a lot of owners are hiding them away in the hopes of selling them for more later. I still get excited when they do come out of their garages, and the today’s silver example reminds me of the sunny afternoon drive 7 years ago that shifted my opinion on convertibles. Structural rigidity be damned, there’s nothing wrong with having your ears a few unobstructed feet from the S62’s rumble.

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Ex-Paul Walker 2000 BMW M5

For many, the Paul Walker story is one of tragedy and loss – it was a senseless death of a movie star and his friend, or if you’re quite cold it was a senseless death of a Carrera GT. But recently I was watching a Formula 1 documentary talking about Francois Cevert, killed in qualifying at Watkins Glen in 1973. One of the drivers mentioned how then team owner Bernie Ecclestone asked why he was upset, to which the driver replied that Cevert was dead, of course. Ecclestone’s reply was that Cevert, right up to the moment that he died, was doing exactly what he loved to do – as were Senna, McLaren, Clark – indeed, every driver that has died in racing was doing exactly what they loved to do at the moment they perished. If there can be any moment of solace in the feelings of loss, it is that. You could dislike Paul Walker’s movies, but you can’t deny that he was at heart a true automobile enthusiast. When the Fast and Furious franchise first started, initially I really disliked the movies. I didn’t feel as though they accurately portrayed…well, anything, really. But my initial feelings have softened over the years as I both realized the place of the movies in automobile entertainment; after all, they weren’t documentaries. Further, I have to say that if someone came to me and said I’d be in a series of semi-corny automobile movies for multiple millions of dollars so that I could pursue my interests, I’d be hard pressed to say no and take the moral “higher ground” on the basis that I didn’t like the artistic license of the movie series. Paul Walker ended up being one of the stars of the Fast series, and as a result assembled quite a collection of memorable automobiles – one of which is a German car favorite and for sale today:

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2001 BMW M5

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The 540i M-Sport we posted this week posed some interesting questions in regards to the E39s available on the market. The 540i has a good engine and lots of choice bits, but the E39 M5 has the engine and even more choice performance parts. I asked why you wouldn’t just spend a little more to get the Big Daddy, and today we have an example of just how attainable the E39 M5 is these days. Originally owned by the CEO of the Tire Rack, this M5 has just about everything you’d want when looking for a used car – huge Autocheck score, not that many miles (but enough to bring the price down a little), well-informed owners, and overall great condition. Is it worth $16,500? In my eyes, hell yes.

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V8 Week: 2003 BMW M5

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When I think about V8s I want to own, the E39 M5’s S62 is near the top of the list. 4.9 liters of fury make this one of the great super sedans, a delicious mix of V8 muscle and a very well-balanced chassis draped with four doors that could carry a family or roll up to a classy restaurant. Though just ten years have passed since the E39 last rolled off the line, I have a feeling the ubiquitous praise for these cars and immediate discussion of modern classic status will start pushing prices up for nice examples soon. For now, they remain one of the most desirable M cars and a ton of car for the money.

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Year: 2003
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 91,985 mi
Price: $21,575 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 2003 BMW M5 for sale on eBay

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I am pleased to offer this beautiful 2003 E39 BMW M5 in Carbon Black over Caramel leather. This M5 has been garage kept and all maintenance is up to date. The odometer shows just over 91k miles. Clean carfax and autocheck with no accident history etc. This M5 has been maintained properly since new and comes with fresh fluids that include:

1. Oil change (Fully Synthetic Lubro Moly 10w60)
3. New Thermostat and coolant flush
5. Brake Fluid Flush
6. Rear Differential and Manual Transmission Flush.

There is some normal wear and tear consistent with the age of the car.

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Sub-100k mile M5s are quickly going to become jewels hiding in garages, but for now they’re just normally owned cars that have been used conservatively. The RS6 is great, the E55 is cool, but if you want a turn-of-the-century V8 4-door monster, the E39 M5 is the one to have. With 91k miles and in black over the sumptuous caramel leather, this E39 may be priced slightly higher than some others, but I’d be hard pressed to say it’s not worth it.

-NR

V8 Week Motorsport Monday: Turner BMW/Riley M3 Race Car Pair

I have to admit, I got pretty excited when we first started talking about V8 week. There are so many different cars to choose from; but, it makes “Motorsport Monday” a bit more difficult. “Why”, you say? Well, it turns out that even though most of the marques we feature use V8s in their road cars, not that many of them use them to race with. Finding an Audi DTM V8 Quattro would have been my preferred method of solving this problem, but there just aren’t that many out there for sale. The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3s and Audi R8 GT ALMSs are still a bit too new to come up on the used market, and that really only leaves one option: The BMW M3 V8. Well, at least, that’s what you would think, though the reality is that calling these Turner M3s “M3” is a bit of a stretch. Tube frame, carbon fiber bodied, M5 powered race cars that look like M3s, sure, but the reality is that these cars share only some dimensions with your road going E9x. Still, since this isn’t “M3” week, but “V8” week, I think we’ll allow them – and besides, for the asking price, you get two!

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Year: 2011
Model: M3
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed semi-automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $450,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 E92 M3 Rolex GT Race Team at Turner Motorsports

FOR SALE: Turner Motorsport Riley Chassis GT Class M3s

The No. 93 and 94 Rolex GT M3 are for sale. Riley tube frame chassis / M3 carbon body race cars highly competitive (7 class victories) in the GT Rolex class and are legal (with a few modifications) to run in the Rolex GT-D cars in 2014. We have invested over 1.6 million into these cars over the last couple years. Priced to sell $450,000/both (with enough spares to run them for many races !)

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Car #93

Past Drivers / Alternates:
Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, Billy Johnson, Maxime Martin, Andy Priaulx, Dirk Werner, Dirk Müller, Jörg Müller, Pedro Lamy

Chassis/Body
Chassis: Riley Technologies Mk XVI GT tube-frame
Layout: front engine – rear wheel drive
Body: carbon fiber based on BMW E92 M3 with 1″ Fender flares all around
Weight: Aprox 2600lbs w/o ballast.

Drivetrain
Engine: BMW S62 V8
Engine Management Bosch Motorsport
Motech Dash
Emco Transaxel w/ Paddle shifters. No lift shift and Automatic blip on downshift.

Suspension
Front upper and lower wishbones
Penske coil over damper
driver-adjustable sway bar

Brakes
Front Alcon 4-piston calipers
380mm Rotors
Rear Alcon 4-piston calipers
330mm Rotors

Wheels & Tires
Front Forgeline 3-piece
Rear Forgeline 3-piece

Price: $450,000.00

Price includes both cars and all spares. Please email spassen@turnermotorsport.com for more information. Serious Inquiries only.

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If you’re a fan of Rolex GT or Continental Sports Car racing and a BMW fan, you’ve really enjoyed Turner’s fight against the seemingly overwhelming competition in BMW M3s. I believe I’m correct that these cars have been the most successful M3s over here since the days of the PTG E36 M3s. Tune in to any race they’ve been in and you’re guaranteed to see Auberlen sliding these cars around the way few can, pushing the limits of what he’s been given – and often ending up on the podium. But for Turner the times and rules have changed and they’re moving on, leaving us with not one, but two of their well developed Riley tube frame race cars to purchase. Turner claims 1.6 million invested, and watching the performance over the years, that number is pretty believable. Racing ain’t cheap. But, as we’ve seen in Motorsport Monday features, buying someone else’s old race cars can save you a bundle of money.

That’s not without it’s issues, as again if you’ve been following Turner’s races, you’ve witnessed these cars “trading paint” with some of their competitors, bounce through gravel traps, and fly through the air at inopportune and unexpected times. Despite this, they are simply the best developed “M3″s that you can buy right now. A veritable who’s who of sports car racing has piloted these two cars. They were no expense spared, best parts out there builds. The M5-derived S62 powerplant has proven reliable enough to run in the Daytona Prototype category. Brakes, suspension, wheels, aero, electronics and transmissions are all state of the art. It’s noted that these cars will be eligible for the new rule set with modification, but the future owner would also be able to qualify for other series as well – including BMWCCA racing, NASA, and in the future some vintage race events. Turner has given BMW fans, German car fans in general, and Motorsports fans something special with their run in these cars and watching them has truly been magic.

On a side note, I was also pretty excited as to how many categories these two race cars qualified for – at six individual categories, I may have just set a GCFSB.com record. I also have a special connection to Turner; when I was about 14 years old, Will gave me one of my first rides on the track way back when he was an instructor with the BMW club running a then not-very modified E30 M3. It’s really neat to see how far he’s been able to come! Now, grab your 1/2 million dollars and go set some records of your own by owning these great pieces of history!

-Carter

2003 BMW M5

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After a three year hiatus, the sport sedan market forced BMWs hand at putting out the E39 M5…and for that we thank you. Thought by many to be one of the greatest saloon cars ever produced, I’m inclined to agree. With the sound of a muscle car, handling of a Porsche, and the acceleration of a bullet, the M5 just plain did everything right. You may be thinking, how can thes cars still he so revered almost a decade later? The answer to that is an easy one…simplicity.

No, I’m not stuttering, it’s the simplicity of the E39 that makes it such a great car, allow me to explain. With each successive generation of M5, BMW is adding more and more personalization, technology, and gadgetry in order to tailor the car to the driver. However, in many ways these systems, and iDrive menus do the exact opposite, creating a buffer between the driver and the car. The E39 had two settings, M, and not M, that’s it. The beauty in this is, like previous M generations, you drove the car as it was…and isn’t that 99% of the fun?

This stunning one owner M5 for sale in New York is a great way to get back to basics.

Year: 2003
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 85,937 miles
Price: $18,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: One Owner 2003 BMW M5 on BMW CCA Classifieds

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I am the original owner of the vehicle and have the window sticker and all service records since new. The car is completely stock with no after-market modifications. Other than tires and replacement batteries, all service, maintenance and repairs have been performed by authorized BMW dealers (BMW of Greenwich Ct and BMW of Ridgefield CT). Oil and fluid changes as well as other maintenance items were performed under “Old School” guidelines more frequently than that prescribed by BMW. The “Service Engine Soon” light is currently illuminated. According to BMW of Ridgefield, the fault code is for carbon build up in the secondary air system. Although the car has some minor dings, blemishes and a crack in the chin spoiler, it has never had any paintwork (other than minor touch ups) or been in accident. The interior is in immaculate condition. Non-Smoker. Clean vehicle history report. Features include :Wide-screen MKIV DVD Navigation System with updated DVD Navigation Disc, 60/40 Split Fold Rear Seat with Ski Bag,  Park Distance Control, Heated Front Seats, Alcantara Headliner, Homelink Universal Garage Door Opener, Xenon Headlamps with Angel Eyes, Power Sliding Moon-roof.

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Finished in Silver over black, this meticulously maintained M5 is one of the nicest examples I’ve seen in a while. In true bimmer enthusiast fashion, this car was meticulously kept, and maintained over it’s 10 year life. Having only traveled 85K miles, this car still has a ton of life left in it. With an asking price of $18,900 this car is priced right where it should be, and well below other examples I’ve seen with similar history. I’m guessing that to the right buyer, the seller would let this beauty go for a song in the $17,500 area, and that’s a car well bought.

-Brian