BMW M5 E39, E60 and F10 in the used car check

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BMW M5 E39, E60 and F10
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S echs, eight, ten and eight again - It could be made that easy. For example, if you were a sober numbers person and only counted the cylinders of the BMW M5, from yesterday to today. Everything correct, but completely inappropriate for the occasion, after all, the BMW M5 is THE sports sedan from BMW M GmbH. M for engines! Nothing with bland mass production, everything specially developed for the M5 masterpieces. This is why the sports models have always had the M in their name. The appropriate number is glued to the rear, done. Everyone understands that.

BMW M5 has been making mouths watery since 1985

As the big brother of the M3, the sharp five-piece has been making watery mouths, twitching eyelids and sweaty hands continuously since 1985. Yes, exactly: in 1985, AMG was still a tuner, Audi only had the Quattro in its range and at Porsche they still believed that the 928 would one day replace the 911. So they, the Bavarians, are consistently influenced by motorsport. Although the BMW M5 did not leave any successful marks on the racetrack. Especially in comparison to the subscription winner M3.

M5 not only means a powerful engine, but also no all-wheel drive. People like to leave that to Audi, Porsche and, more recently, AMG. And the M5 as a station wagon? BMW launched an over-touring twice, as a six-cylinder E34 (1992 to 1995) and as an E61 (2007 to 2010). The numbers? Not worth mentioning, so the current F10 is again only available with a classic notchback.

The E39, our entry-level M5, was also not available as a craftsman, family or leisure variant. Isn't it true, you say, wasn't there something? Exactly: BMW once put a prototype on its wheels, but nothing more.

The M5 with 400 hp left the others behind

M5 E39: Debut 1998 in Geneva, in autumn at dealerships and already in spring 1999 at the sport auto supertest. Smooth 400 hp, naturally aspirated V8 engine with five liters displacement, six-speed manual gearbox, differential lock. A delicious mixture that made Audi and AMG look old.

Our conclusion at the time: 'The new BMW M5 is an automotive milestone that will be difficult to knock off its pedestal.' That makes you curious, so let's go into the network and off you go to search. Oh wonder, the sports equipment that used to cost 140,000 marks is now waiting for new owners for significantly less than 10,000 euros.

There are few carswe don't count 50 offers. 200,000 kilometers and more are not uncommon, the M5 is 15 years and older. If you are looking for a facelift model from autumn 2000 with the new lights and prefer a five-digit mileage, you have to be patient.

These rare specimens are usually over 20,000 euros. Our dark blue BMW M5 E39 is from August 1999 and is at Biberach. Owner Klaus Mischke: “First delivery in Holland, hence the orange rim rings. I have paid 11,250 euros for the car since April 2012 and at the time with the second owner. I've driven around 10,000 kilometers so far, now it's 200,000. ”In winter, the Swabian didn't move his sweetheart at all, smokers or pets on board were also taboo. The second owner from Stade near Hamburg had the facelift headlights rebuilt, as did the bonnet, which lacks the BMW logo. 'The repainting is not ideal,' says Mischke. Other ailments?

The five-liter V8 in the E39 is greedy on the gas

“Vanos causes problems, a typical ailment. It rattles while idling. When you turn the V8, there is enough oil pressure and the noises disappear. ”Yes, unfortunately the S62B50, which is also in the Z8, had its problems here. There is also more talk of defective cylinder head gaskets in the BMW forums.

At the last TÜV inspection in May 2015, the injection pump went over the Wupper. Otherwise the blue BMW M5 E39 looks good. New front tires, about 40 percent rear tires, no rust. The interior is quite neat, the full equipment is impressive. Only the radio doesn't work - cold solder joint, also a common defect. Anyway, that won't happen anyway, now the engine is making the music. First of all, warm up, that's also important with the S65, as is the oil quality, you shouldn't save money here.

The five-liter hangs greedily on the gas, sounds really good and pushes properly. High speeds? Yes, please, the V8 four-valve engine likes that. The sprint to 100 km /h took 5.4 seconds. Despite its heavy weight of over 1.8 tonnes, the four-door model lapped the Nordschleife in 8.28 minutes. With the short, six-speed gearbox, the engine can be kept in good spirits. The shift stick is illuminated, but darker and shorter would be better. Steering, chassis, brakes? The first impression on the short test lap is okay, but nobody should expect the precision of a new car. The heavily loaded clutch is inconspicuous. The hardy disk of the cardan shaft seems to be due for this, and the gear lever strikes when reversing. By the way: coupling rods and ball joints are generally not very durable on the E39 front axle.

BMW M5 E60 from around 15,000 euros

The displays in the cockpit like to show pixel errors, and the racks of the adjusting motors break with the xenon lights. What's up with the price? Mischke needs the money for oneother acquisition. His BMW M5 E39 can be parked online for VB 9,400 euros, “at 8,500 is the pain threshold”.

For 8,500 euros you can get the successor five. But of course only an eleven-year-old diesel station wagon with 300,000 kilometers from a fourth hand from the gravel pit. If it is an M5, almost double that is enough. It starts at around 15,000 euros. Our silver-gray photo model parks at the Thannhausen Motor Show near Günzburg for 24,490 euros - including on the gravel area.

But the setting is right: No rocky boxes, but precious goods such as M6, X6, AMG, RS 6 and other exotic cars group around the M5. 'Second hand, almost 100,000 kilometers, no defects, comes from Regensburg', says managing director Iven Wieland about the 2007 E60, which has been standing for four weeks and attracts many interested parties despite the cold season.

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The V10 engine: A little Formula 1 nostalgia simply resonates.

A little Formula 1 nostalgia just resonates with

Us too, especially because the ten-cylinder is now dull when idling humming and inviting you to take a test drive. The V10 engine: A little Formula 1 nostalgia simply resonates. The E60 made its debut in 2005, exactly in the year when Bavaria's marriage with the traditional British racing team Williams broke up. Not only that: The era of the V10 howler came to an end in 2005, because from 2006 only V8 engines were allowed.

The engine oil is warm, so DSC off, power button pressed, so that the full 507 horses can gallop instead of 400 hp. Not to forget: switching times clicked from comfortable to short. The country road is dry, even the sun is blinking, so full throttle. Yippie, now it's off.

The V10 sounds full-bodied, thanks to the throttle system, it reacts telepathically to the gas and spins up to over 8,000 tours as if unleashed. If you don't get goose bumps in view of the sawing V10 sound, you will probably find AC /DC too quiet. A snap of the right shift paddle and the automated seven-speed transmission reloads the next gear without humor and hard. Eleven years ago, our super tester with activated Launch Control roared to 100 km /h in 4.5 seconds. On the Nordschleife, he took full advantage of his predecessor15 seconds off.

It is better to plan a financial reserve for the BMW M5 E60

The chassis is fresh and precise, only a slight vibration of the tires shows that the BMW M5 has not moved for four weeks has been. After all: the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT still have a lot of profile, the image of the brake discs is also convincing - the rusty wheel bolts of the 19-inch model are less Curb marks. Light patina on the light-colored leather, that's it. What else speaks for the M5, Mr. Wieland? “On request, we can give you a top guarantee. One or two years with a maximum loss of 10,000 euros, that's nowhere else. ”What about the checkbook? “Got lost, but the previous owner did all the maintenance work at BMW.” Which Wieland also had the dealer verified.

So everything was wonderful? Unfortunately no, because the BMW M5 E60 also has a few stains on its white vest: the S85B50, which is fabulous for many BMW disciples, reveals several weaknesses. If it is not warmed up properly, the connecting rod bearings can break and clack. When the throttle actuators spin, the engine feels sluggish and weak. Defective idle actuators manifest themselves in fluctuating idle speed. And like the V8, the Vanos units can cause trouble.

Excessive use of the Launch Control is a lot of fun, but it damages the clutch. BMW workshops can read out how often the M5 was fired from a standing start. Axle joints and rubbers age in fast motion if you let the E60 fly properly more often. A healthy financial reserve does no harm in the used M5 with V10 engine.

M5 F10 with V8 biturbo

If you live on fruit boxes at home, candidate number three should also be eliminated. Nothing goes below 45,000 euros with the current M5 F10. The V8 biturbo has 560 hp and grows with 690 Nm.

In the competition model (from 10/2012), 15 hp are added. The special model 30 years M5 (since 5/2014) delivers a smooth 600 HP and 700 Nm. To the chagrin of many white and blue fans, BMW buried the long-established high-speed concept in the F10. Strictly speaking, the S63B44TÜ is no longer an exclusive M home grown. Rather, it is based on the N63, which also works in numerous more harmless cars from Munich.

There were still problems: Due to a faulty oil pump, BMW had to recall almost 2,000 M5 and M6 worldwide, which were between July and September 2012 ran off the line. Around 100 cars were also affected in Germany. So you should have the used car dealer confirm the successful exchange. Other weaknesses: The electronics of the F10 can always make a visit to the workshop necessary, regardless of whether it is a basic diesel or M5. The more electrical features there are on board, the greater the probability.

Our copy ofReich automobiles in Vöhringen will cost 49,800 euros. The dark blue stealth racer is “a three-year-old leasing car with 102,500 kilometers,” says Klaus Reich. Full equipment including Soft Close, M Driver's Package, memory seats and bright leather upholstery, the previous owner had a good time.

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The S63B44 is no longer an exclusive M power pack, it is derived from the series N63.

More charisma in the M5 E39 and E60

The biturbo M5 was in the supertest (9/2012) Equipped with similar pick-packs and weighed 1,963 kilos - that was over 100 kg more than its predecessor. The 8.05 minutes on the Nordschleife meant an improvement of eight seconds, which was mainly due to the 10 km /h higher Vmax on the Döttinger Höhe.

“An M5 like this gets up a little longer with me the farm ”, reports Klaus Reich. “The 535d, 740d or Diesel-X6 are gone faster.” Five minutes later, one wonders about the moderate interest shown by buyers. The latest M5 accelerates like the devil: the two turbos placed in the V of the cylinder push air into the combustion chambers without a trace.

After a jagged 4.3 seconds, 100 km /h was reached in the super test, and the sprint lasted only 13 seconds to the 200 mark. Responsiveness? Like a large naturally aspirated engine. The sound, on the other hand, remains somewhat non-binding: especially in the lower and middle speed range, the biturbo does not necessarily sound the way sporty drivers imagine a high-performance V8 whipped up with all the rules of the art. As in the M3, a seven-stage dual clutch transmission takes care of portioning the motor power.

Even if the F10 can be configured to the driver's preferences using various buttons, it leaves a somewhat distant impression. In other words: The bottom line was that the M5 variants E39 and E60 had more charisma, the F10 is almost too perfect.

Question of trust

A used BMW M5 costs between 8,500 and 45,000 euros - in the cheapest case. Depending on the condition and kilometers, the favored model can of course be significantly more expensive. TheBoth of the old models, the E39 and the E60, have numerous problem areas that can really cost money. If you can just afford the car, you could quickly lose interest in the M5 in the first technical emergency.

As with sports cars or vintage cars, the following applies here: it is better to invest a few euros more when buying and carefully review the history and all maintenance check. After all, normal upkeep requires a solid financial background. At the fuel pump, the high-revving V10 power pack is particularly out of the ordinary. Everything is possible between 15 and 27 liters. With all M5 variants, individual items on the list for spare and wear parts can certainly cause long faces. No-name tires from the discounter are forbidden by themselves, especially if you value performance and enjoy going to the racetrack. A set of 19-inch models from Michelin for the E60 costs over 1,000 euros without assembly. Since the insurance tariffs can also run into the money, a comparison makes sense before deciding on a specific insurance company.


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