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2000 BMW M5

To this point, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the E39 M5 referred to as the “first of the robot-builts”. Sound ridiculous? So does dismissing a car because it was produced in mass quantities. While the original run of 4- and 6-cylinder M-cars got the trend rolling, there are quite a few who’d argue that the recipe of the super-saloon was better achieved in the third generation M5 rather than the first two. It was still very understated, yet with 400 horsepower and instant torque it was quite a bit faster than the prior generations had been. It retained the ability to demolish back roads, keep up with super cars, and bath its occupants in luxury. Despite not being assembled “by hand”, it was also the last of the “analogue” M5s, with limited computer intervention and interface. And, they only came as manuals. This certainly sounds like a recipe for success.

It was. BMW sold nearly 10,000 E39 M5s in North America – triple the combined total of the E28 and E34 models. So there should be a lot of really great examples out there to consider. Yet many are starting to come to market with upwards of 150,000 miles a a laundry list of maintenance to catch up on. Where does a low-mileage example fall these days? This beautiful Oxford Green Metallic one in Pennsylvania gives us a clue:


Year: 2000
Model: M5
VIN: WBSDE9344YBZ94733
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 30,000 mi
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price: $80,000 Buy It Now

Vehicle Description – Chassis # WBSDE9344YBZ94733 – Showing Just 33,000 Documented Miles From New – Finished In Oxford Green Over Caramel Leather Interior – Featuring All Original Paint And Single Family Ownership Until 2021 – A Highly Original And Very Well Maintained Example – Sale Include Original Owner’s Manuals, 3 Keys, Available Service Records, Stock Head Unit, Clean CARFAX, And More The BMW M5 has served as the German marque’s high-performance sports sedan since its introduction in 1984. The third generation of the M5, known internally as the E39, was introduced in 1998 and was the first to use a V8 engine rather than BMW’s usual I6 offerings. That 4.9 L S62 V8 increased power to 394 HP over the previous generation’s 311 HP and sent it through a Getrag 420G six-speed manual transmission. The E39 M5 received a facelift in September of 2000 that included halogen “corona rings” in the headlights, LED taillights, and a number of interior upgrades. 0-60 mph times are officially reported as being 4.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. An unrestricted version reached 186 mph, according to Auto Motor Sport. Only 20,482 examples of the E39 M5 were produced from 1999 to 2003. Throughout the years, the E39 generation has become a collectible for redefining what a sports sedan should look and perform like. With its large and very powerful V8 engine combined with a comfortable and spacious interior, it defined a new segment of vehicles that have become extremely popular in today’s automotive landscape. Average pricing on E39 M5 examples has seen a steady increase over the past 5 years, while more recently, prime, extremely low-mileage, collector-grade examples have sold as high as $130,000. We see a strong future potential for these vehicles, especially those finished in interesting colors with low mileage. These cars were built to be driven, and many of them have high miles and heavy maintenance needs so finding a low-miles example that has been properly maintained throughout the years is becoming increasingly difficult, but when you can find one, they are an excellent vehicle to buy, hold, and most importantly; enjoy. This particular example, Chassis # WBSDE9344YBZ94733, is an extremely original example, featuring all original paint, with just over 33,000 miles on the odometer and single-family ownership until 2021. It arrived in the US through New Jersey on December 7th, 1999, in gorgeous Oxford Green over contrasting Caramel leather interior with Walnut trim. It was purchased by its first owner from Competition & Sports Cars LTD in Greenwich, CT, a fact it wears proudly on its two original selling dealer key chains, license plate frame, and badge on the trunk. For the next six years, this M5 was enjoyed and always maintained at the BMW dealer in Mount Kisco, NY. In December of 2007, when the car had around 17,000 miles, the original owner reportedly transferred registration to their father-in-law and his wife. They continued driving the car until December 2011, when, with just over 20,000 miles on the odometer, they transferred the registration back to the first owner’s wife. The first service record on file starts in July of 2012, when BMW of Mt. Kisco with a new instrument cluster due to the common issue of dead pixels (as stated in a letter from the original owner), replacement spark plugs, new valve cover gaskets, fluids and filters, and an intake silencer. Note that while the new cluster caused a “Mileage Inconsistency” label on the Carfax, we believe it to be actually due to a clerical error at the BMW dealer, which we are working with Carfax to remedy. The M5 returned in August of 2013 to the same dealer for new thrust rod bushings, a right rear control arm, new rear differential seals, and new exhaust & transmission mounts. Fast forward to August of 2018, and the M5 found itself at BMW of Mt. Kisco again for an oil change and a general inspection. In February of 2019, German Ingenuity Auto Repair Inc. in Bedford Hills, NY, gave the car a thorough service that included fluids and filters, new mass air flow sensors, left rear upper control arm, drive + AC belt, ignition switch, oil separators, windshield molding, power steering hoses, and valve cover gaskets. In December of 2021, BMW of Darien, CT, took over for the fluid and filter change along with a new power steering return line from the cooler to the reservoir. After over 20 years of being loved and enjoyed by the same family, the car was sold through a broker to its second and current owner in December of 2021 with under 30,000 miles on the odometer. Shortly after purchase, the new owner had the entire car treated to full PPF coverage at a cost of $6,800. It is reported by the current owner to be all original paint under the PPF, but due to the nature of the coating we are unable to verify this fact. It was frequently serviced at Rennsport Automotive in Bedford Hills, NY, like in May of 2022, when a new immobilizer was installed and the keys were reprogrammed. At some point during this time, the stock head unit was replaced with a very OEM-looking Dynavin N7-E39 PRO radio navigation system, and the OEM unit was carefully placed in a box and kept with the car. The last service record on file dates to September of 2022, when the M5 received new tires and a right rear wheel repair at ACG Tuning in Stratford, CT, with 31,505 miles on the odometer. As it sits, this E39 M5 is an extremely low-mileage and well-maintained example finished in a desirable and uncommon color combination. While today’s traffic seems to be largely comprised of neutral colors, the new owner can rest assured knowing that this Oxford Green example will stand out in the same way it did when it rolled off the showroom floor. With a one-family ownership history until 2021, this car presents a unique opportunity to be one of the few caretakers of an appreciating modern classic. Upon purchase, the new owner will receive the service records on file, the owner’s booklets, the stock head unit, the original partial tool kit, and three keys with two original selling dealer key chains. Please visit for many more photos and details. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @LBILimited. Ride along on our classic car adventures by subscribing to LBI Limited on YouTube. #claimyourclassicâ„¢

Wow! What an example. Had you the money, is this how you’d spend it?



  1. Early8Q
    Early8Q October 22, 2023

    Wow, nice find! Although it’s not for me, it sure is a beauty!

  2. Ricky Weston
    Ricky Weston October 23, 2023

    I liked my E39 but I sold it for an E60. The E60 V10 is such an incredible engine compared to the V8 in the E39. And, the E60, while slightly more computerized, is still analogue compared to the lackluster F10.

  3. Blair
    Blair October 25, 2023

    having owned one, amazing cars, but a tough sell at 80K USD. That said, if you wanted one, the green on tan como and low miles are hard to beat. I would be confident this sells for asking.

  4. John
    John October 26, 2023

    Love the color combo!

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