I’m behind in my blogging, but what else is new?! The $32k challenge will have to continue this week so we can get a few more entries in here to contest the e30 M3.
When I first concocted this series, this car was the very first to come to mind. Two cars born of the same division, but yet are so different. A quick refresher of what makes the e39 M5 such a fantastic car:
– 400hp V8 attached to a six speed manual
– One of the most handsome BMW’s ever produced, though I’m a fan of all things 5 series.
Perhaps the best news is that with the new e60 M5’s out and raising the bar even higher, the e39 M5 has suddenly become much more affordable in the last 12 months. I had no problem finding these two examples within the challenge specs — in less than 20 minutes. I’m sure a dedicated search could find even better examples.
2000 BMW M5 on Autotrader:
Body Style: Sedan
Exterior Color: Imola Red
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
2000 BMW M5, 42500 mi, imola red, dinan upgrades, cold air intake, exhaust, comp work, susp, 6 spd, nav, sunshades, lthr int, w/alum trim, $31,500
It’s not clear if this is in fact a properly equipped Dinan M5 that has earned it’s badge, but this example in Imola Red would have me taking a close look for sure.
2001 BMW M5 on eBay
This is one of the nicest 2001 M5s you will find on the market. It has been meticulously maintained, with a mere 41,539 miles since new. The Titanium Silver paint is stunning, and the black interior is in showroom condition and appears as new. This powerful coupe has front & rear radar detection, navigation package and ski bag. If you have been looking for an exceptional, well cared for M5, this one is worth your consideration. Everything is in perfect operating condition right down to rotating rear view mirrors. The six speed transmission shifts smoothly, and the power just keeps on coming from its legendary motor. The brakes were just replaced at 40,000 miles. It is on its second set of tires, which have had little use.
I love the interior combination on this one!
I can simply not imagine that back to back drives in an e30 M3 and e39 M5 wouldn’t always result in the clear selection of the M5 as the superior car. I hope I get the opportunity to test the theory some day!
BMW e39 M5 Videos
Top Gear e39 M5 Review
Jeremey Clarkson w/ Sabine at the Nuremburgring (Google Ring Taxi, and most of these are ‘ring visitors with camcorders with Sabine at the wheel)
The Guy Ritchie, BMW Film, “Star”, featuring Clive Owen and Madonna.