Let me start by saying, I am not a fan of the most recent 5 series platform. The e60 is just plain ugly compared to the e39. I have no doubt the V10 featuring 500hp is nothing short of breathtaking, but when you’re prepared to put down nearly $90k for a brand new one, but not in love with the shape, what options are you left with? How about saving $40k and buying a nearly new M5 of the previous generation?
The ultimate expression of the ultimate driving machine. There isnâ€™t a magazine on the planet that didnâ€™t fall head over heels when the E39 debuted in 1998. the combination of power, handling, comfort, braking and overall drivability led to review after review naming the M5 the best car in the world at any price and a modern classic. Finding examples with well over 100,000 miles is commonplace; finding one with 3,059 miles like this one is a lot tougher. Who would own such a machine and not use it? BMW themselves, thatâ€™s whoâ€”the car sat garaged in the Greer, SC facility and was used by executives who flew over from Germany. Itâ€™s one of the lowest mileage M5â€™s on the planet, itâ€™s perfect and itâ€™s ready to roll.
We arenâ€™t kidding about the critical acclaim. Hereâ€™s a sampling of quotes:
The 2000 BMW M5 is the king of all performance sedans, a classic for the ages.
“The fastest production sedan on the planet.”
Road and Track, March 2000
“… The M5 is as close to faultless as any car I’ve driven. Set the bar as high as you like, this thing will clear it. Unbelievable!
Jeff Karr – Motor Trend
“… The best and most consistently enjoyable sport sedan the world has ever known.”
Motor Trend, March 2000
“On the track, the M5 is hunkered down and grips the asphalt with confidence and composure. The instant-on electronic throttle response and the precise manual gearbox will bring a smile to any driver.”
Road and Track, March 2000
“For people who love cars, the M5 is quite simply the most desirable sedan in the world at any price. What more can we say?”
Car and Driver, March 2000
“Without sounding like a broken record, this is the one car to beat, faster, sharper, not to mention safer, and more luxurious then anything on the market, the best sports sedan in the world then, the best sports sedan now, and maybe even forever.”
“The new BMW M5 is simply the best.”
European Car, June 2000
There are no blemishes anywhere on the exterior of the car, just as youâ€™d expect a garaged 2,700 mile car to appear. Tire tread is better than 90% and the wheels are perfect. There are no needs, no problems and no shortcomings as you do a walk around. The car is perfect.
The same goes for the interior. The leather seats are immaculate with virtually no evidence of wear, and theyâ€™re the only parts that show any use at all. The stereo is loud and crisp, the multifunction display in the dash, the gauges, all lights and all switchgear work exactly as new.
I’m just saying, if my lotto ticked gets punched this week, I’d take this over the newest version. If I remain mortal without the winnings, I might still think a well looked after used e39 M5 might be in the cards considering they now hover in the low 20’s for asking price.