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2003 BMW M5

3The E39 M5 is an everyday supercar whose restrained exterior belies the power that comes from the monster lurking underneath its skin, a 4.9 liter V8 that makes 394 hp and will scream its way up to a 7,000 RPM redline. There’s something very pure and unadulterated about this car, and this gives it a special place in the heart of most M-enthusiasts. That purity comes from the application of a very simple (and by now seemingly old-fashioned) formula: take a big, naturally aspirated motor and add 3 pedals, 6 gears and only subtle exterior modifications to the already quite conservatively styled 5-series body shape. The product is a practical, four door sedan that you can use to pick up your groceries and drive your family to the mall. Or, blitz around the track.


1 Year: 2003
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 93,416 mi
Price: Reserve auction with $23,000 Buy it Now

This 2003 M5 is a non-smoker in excellent condition. It was not a daily driver, but has been driven long distances and frequently. I took meticulous care of this car inside and out. Oil changes consistently. I have all the maintenance records for work done on the car. It is completely original There is a very small dent in the rear driver side quarter panel as well as rear driver side door. There are the usual paint chips you would find on the hood/bumper of a mostly highway driven car. Driver side seat shows some wear, but kept well-conditioned. Please contact me for any further information or more pictures.

Split folding rear seats w/ski bag.
OEM rubber mats.
Tires changed 74k 10/13
Pulleys and belts changed at 77k 11/13
Brakes changed on all 4 corners.
Coolant and power steering fluids flushed.
New Bilstein shocks installed and suspension components updated.
New O2 sensors.
Dunlop SP Winter Sport OEM winter wheel/tire set.
OEM Spare Tire kit.
OEM Brake cooling ducts.
BMW Aux cable install.
Odometer cluster replaced by BMW under dead pixel TSB.
Latest MKIV NAV with the latest software installed.
35% Window film all around.


This particular example comes in a gorgeous color combination: LeMans Blue over a Caramel leather interior. Condition appears to be excellent, though the seller does note a few exterior imperfections that are not immediately apparent from looking at the pictures.

Miles are modest at 93k and some maintenance history is listed, though it doesn’t suggest that much by way of major work has yet been done (and might therefore be due in the near future). Potential buyers might want to take that into account: maintenance on these things can become staggeringly expensive very quickly. A $23k buy it now price seems a little high, but not by too much.

– Craig


  1. Bob
    Bob October 27, 2016

    Still think this is the high water mark for M5’s.

  2. Howard S
    Howard S October 28, 2016

    Nothing will top the e28 M5 for me but these cars are the best looking and most desirable of the modern M5’s if you asked me. This looks like a particularly nice example.

  3. Kurt
    Kurt October 28, 2016

    My ’01 was the best 4 door I’ve ever owned (so far), including RS6, e28 and e34 M5s. E39 was incredibly reliable, safe and fun. Design and build quality a BMW pinnacle too.

    Greatest critiques: 1) brakes underrated – rotors could warp when stomping hard from high speed, i.e. smokey spotted and we’re cruising 120, and 2) S62 engine doesn’t titillate & rev to heavens like the S38 before or S85 later. Indiv throttle bodies with light components are M engines in the true sense = exotic, special occasion, weekend cars.

    In trade for song the e39 gives torquey, usable power and good fuel economy. Finest DD I’ve ever had.

  4. Matt
    Matt October 31, 2016

    Perfect colour combination. If I were to ever hit an E39 M5, it’d have to be this exterior/interior colour combo

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