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BMW M5 Saloon 1999‑2003

4.5
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BMW M5 Saloon 1999‑2003

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simonbradley

Possibly the best car BMW have ever made...

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 23rd July '14)

4.8

This is my second E39 M5, and between them I've done about 150,000 miles of V8 motoring in all conditions. I live just outside London so we get to enjoy heavy traffic, the M25 and all that. I also regularly go to Scotland, Germany and, on one occasion, Portugal and back in a weekend, so we get to stretch her legs slightly too.

Let's start off with equipment. Mine has satnav and a sunroof, both of which were factory options. I've added a removable towbar, bluetooth with voice control(both genuine BMW) and a DAB module through an aftermarket plugin box which allows me to use my iPod through t he standard stereo too. They all have heated electric memory seats, traction control, sport mode etc.

The satnav isn't as clever as the new ones and the interface may be a bit clunky for some. But it's reliable and it covers all of Europe on a single DVD. That's the only criticism.

Build quality is outstanding handling and performance are ridiculous and reliability is excellent. And, of course, it sounds great too.

Let's take an example. 4 of us in the car going to a wedding in Germany, I took advantage of the other 3 being asleep to cruise on the Autobahn at ###### for nearly half an hour. Not much traffic and it was legal, too. The point is, at that speed it was still quiet and refined enough not to wake anyone. Oh, and it's derestricted.

Another example. I drove from Faro in Portugal back to London in a single hit, and still felt fine. The car really is that good.

It'll turn in nice quick Nurburgring laps too :)

Bad things. It's a little thirsty, but I still get better than 20mpg on average. Tyres are expensive, but they last ages unless you drive like a tool. I get about 80,000 miles out of clutches. Insurance hurts. Sensors will break, but they are almost all easy to fix. And you can work on it yourself.

Bottom line? Its a fantastic car. Take your time, buy a good one and never look back...

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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huesey1974

Stunning piece of kit

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 3rd March '13)

4.5

Amazing machine, Fast, Comfortable, Well equipped and reliable.Had mine 4 years and sold her 4 years ago. I still miss her, best car ive had and ive owned, Merc clk320 BMW 745i, BMW 840Ci and a few others. Buy one you wont regret it.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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tomO

BMW M5 E39 2001

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 24th November '11)

4.3

Its a rare thing, i love my cars but rarely do I repeat purchase! This is my second 2001 M5, and Ive now done over 40k Miles in an M5. Its truely lovely, well built, very very fast but comfortable. On a cruise you can hear the radio at low volume, which in most modern cars is rare. The V8 is a delight and space is fab with a huge boot, I looked at E60's and the gearbox and the engine are just not right. This E39 has the perfect match, apart from the fuel at 20 mpg ave and 12 about town....still thats way the main car is a derv, so we can have a all rounder....rare to get these days a car thats fast and a crusier. Its starting to look classic now ...does that mean old, well a little but they are so well built they are brilliant. They wont build em like this any more. Grab one while you can. Parts and servicing you just need to be a bit savi..... Good luck.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jamieW

00' Bmw M5 Facelift Carbon Black metallic, Gunmetal Wheels

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 23rd March '11)

4.8

Hi welcome to my review,

Iv recently aquired my dream car since i realised what a car was.. The Bmw M5!

Its taken me a few years to save but worth it, my car has low mileage and fully stamped BMW servce history which is an essential if you want a good price when you come to selling,

My colour is Carbon black (navy blue purple in the sun) with black leather with grey inserts and gun metal wheels :)

These cars drive superb and are very reliable if looked after.

The fuel costs are high but this is a V8 and not a 1.9tdi.

Service costs are reasonable compared to any other dealer, a clutch with labour works out at £897 with the VAT, iv just had mine done.

Insurance can be high but depends on the circumstances really, im 22 and pay just under £1400 for the year with 1 no claims.

Performance speaks for its self really, a fast revving V8 that can propell 4 adults to 60mph in 4.3 seconds and to 100mph in 10.9 seconds, my cars being remapped, decat'd and X pipe with twin induction kits running 485bhp so my car is alot quicker!

Only cons on the car is the clutch and flywheel are weak and wont last 10000 miles if driven hard, however aftermarket clutch and flywheels for racing last the cars life in aspects and gains can be achieved due to faster revs throughout the range and dont cost the earth either.

Well i hope you enjoyed my review, i love my car to pieces and cant wait to afford the new M5.

Jamie G Webley

Birmingham

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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estherM

BMW TO DIE FOR

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 15th March '11)

4.8

Time for a change. Bought another car and can't afford to keep both.

It is a wonderfully smooth drive. Very fast not for the faint hearted.

Spacious enough for a family, and exciting enough for the driver.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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danielR

A very special family car

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 20th January '11)

4.3

We had a baby on the way, so we needed something more practical than an MX-5 or a Toyota Supra.

Once we'd discounted a 4x4 a 4 door family saloon seemed the only way to go.

As petrol heads, the wife and I wanted something more than the standard fare and with prices so low a V8 (e39) M5 came up as the best option.

The M5 is a wonderful family car... The largest boot I've ever seen on a saloon that can take a suit case, travel cot and buggy on holiday.

Lots of leg room in the back with wide opening doors, meaning access to the baby seat is easy and comfortable for us and the little man.

Memory seats - which includes the wing mirrors - are excellent for a car shared between a couple with such different driving positions.

Fuel is, obviously, quite expensive and the biggest cost difference over a diesel or 530i, but we don't actually do that many miles.

Used by the family as a daily driver for all holiday, shopping and family visit needs it's also a serious piece of performance kit that is immense fun when you're on your own with power in reserve in almost every situation on the road when engaging in spirited driving. And on track days with with DSC turned off it's amazingly light footed and sharp handling.

The V8 is the finest engine note any child can grow up with.

If you can afford the petrol, I'd recommend this to anyone with a family and a love of speed and power. The best of both worlds in one package.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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conorK

BMW M5 V8

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 13th January '11)

3.5

FANTASTICALLY COMFORTABLE FAST FAMILY SALOON. PLENTY OF ROOM AND LOTS OF SAFETY FEATURES INCLUDING ISOFIX FOR CHILD SEATS. GREAT CAR TO DRIVE DAILY - SUSPENSION SETTINGS JUDGED SUPERBLY BETWEEN SPORTY & COMFORT. HOWEVER IT WAS LET DOWN BY ELECTRICAL GREMLINS AND THE ENGINE SOMETIMES "WENT OFF" A CYLINDER. IT WAS ALSO VERY THIRSTY AT THE PUMPS AND EXPENSIVE TO SERVICE AND REPAIR, BUT OVERALL I LOVED DRIVING IT!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stevenW

E39 M5 2003

BMW M5 5.0 V8 4dr (Review date: 20th December '10)

4.5

Overall summary:

Incredible all rounder; the E39 M5 may be getting old but it is such an accomplished car. New they were around £60k and it shows, the quality of the interior, that amazing S62 4.9Ltr V8 engine and the subtlety of the overall package keeps this car under the radar of most people. Put your foot down and its like a rocket however still so easy to drive around town.

Running the M5:

You will only get 20mpg out of the 4.9Ltr and probably less if you have a heavy right foot. Servicing and consumables are not cheap you must keep up the BMW full SH to maintain the value.

Owning the M5:

The car stands proud on your driveway, most people dont understand its capabilities, but each time you go for a drive or take a passenger they start to understand, every journey is a treat the car feels very special.

I use this car 3-4 times a week, Im glad I bought a well optioned car, it has Sat Nav, sunroof, alacantara headlining, high grade sound system, through load system and sun protection glass and full history.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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