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radelow 02-15-2012 04:52 PM

Anyone go from E60 M5 to 550i?
 
Currently drive a 2008 M5 with 38k miles. Absolutely love it but the warranty is coming up in 12 months and going to the gas station every 3 days is getting old. I absolutely love the car but I am thinking it is time to move. Thinking about ordering a 550i with the M-Sport package. M5 out of the running as it is out of my self-impose (okay wife-imposed) limit of $75k.

Anyone made the switch? Did you regret it? Are you glad you did it?

Oh and Dinan Stage 2 is a given :)

jagu 02-15-2012 04:56 PM

Gas consumption won't be much less in the 550i. Why don't you just get an extended warranty, if you like it that much? Have you also considered a used Panamera S?

radelow 02-15-2012 05:12 PM

I average 13mpg on the M5...its not the gas mileage so much but the constantly having to go to the gas station. I have a CPO warranty on the car and I am not sure I can extend that any more unless I go aftermarket which I would prefer not to. I don't like the Panamera at all.

Needsdecaf 02-15-2012 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by jagu (Post 6634806)
Gas consumption won't be much less in the 550i.?

Eh, WUT?

:eeps:

radelow 02-15-2012 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Needsdecaf (Post 6634867)
Eh, WUT?

:eeps:

I wasn't going to say anything...I guess 25% increase in mileage isn't a big deal ??? :eek:

jagu 02-15-2012 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by radelow (Post 6634892)
I wasn't going to say anything...I guess 25% increase in mileage isn't a big deal ??? :eek:

Not a big a deal enough to leave a 10cyl super car for a 550i, which is a good car in its own rights. I sold my v8 545i for the 335i and I wish I had bought a v8.

sdg1871 02-15-2012 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by radelow (Post 6634796)
Currently drive a 2008 M5 with 38k miles. Absolutely love it but the warranty is coming up in 12 months and going to the gas station every 3 days is getting old. I absolutely love the car but I am thinking it is time to move. Thinking about ordering a 550i with the M-Sport package. M5 out of the running as it is out of my self-impose (okay wife-imposed) limit of $75k.

Anyone made the switch? Did you regret it? Are you glad you did it?

Oh and Dinan Stage 2 is a given :)

I think if you go from the E60 M5 to the F10 550 you will see a dramatic change. The E60 M5 is basically a race car in the sedan body whereas the F10 550 is really a luxury car with a touch of sports thrown in. A Dinan stage II 550 will smoke your E60 M5 at lower speeds due to its unbelievably greater amount of torque especially at lower RPMs. But in the handling department, I think you will miss your M5 as well as in the engine noise department. The F10 550's TT V8 cannot compete with the naturally aspirated V 10 sound.

I also think the F10 is a dramatic upgrade in the quality of the interior from the E60

WB&BLUE5 02-16-2012 07:07 AM

I actually went to a 535. I'm happy.

Needsdecaf 02-16-2012 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by sdg1871 (Post 6635416)
I think if you go from the E60 M5 to the F10 550 you will see a dramatic change. The E60 M5 is basically a race car in the sedan body whereas the F10 550 is really a luxury car with a touch of sports thrown in. A Dinan stage II 550 will smoke your E60 M5 at lower speeds due to its unbelievably greater amount of torque especially at lower RPMs. But in the handling department, I think you will miss your M5 as well as in the engine noise department. The F10 550's TT V8 cannot compete with the naturally aspirated V 10 sound.

I also think the F10 is a dramatic upgrade in the quality of the interior from the E60

This about sums it up.

The E60 and the F10 are different enough. Going from an E60 M5 to ANY F10 is going to be different, even if you went to an F10 M5.

Needsdecaf 02-16-2012 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by jagu (Post 6634975)
Not a big a deal enough to leave a 10cyl super car for a 550i, which is a good car in its own rights. I sold my v8 545i for the 335i and I wish I had bought a v8.

Some people would like to go more than 180 miles before having to refill the tank.

jimefam 02-16-2012 07:34 AM

Talk to the wife again iirc the M5 will be mid 90k's so if your planning on modding your 550 even slightly your probably looking at 10-12k easy with minor bolt on's(dinan tune 3.5k, dinan exhaust 4k, springs 1.2k, wheels and tires 4k) that won't leave you close to the feel or performance of the M5. If you were saying your gonna leave it 100% stock then fine but if you like to tinker it makes sense to go a bit over budget now but get much more value. Hell you could do ED to get you even closer, don't regret it later.

highyo 02-16-2012 07:45 AM

the E60 M5 is haunted by the SMG. a terrible transmision. if you are going from an E60 m5 with manual to an F10 550i w/ manual you will likely be very disapointed. having driven the E60 M5 hard with SMG at the performance center, i FIRMLY believe the 550i in current firm is much better car througout. sure, the E60 m5 has a great suspension and that amazing engine, but the transmission really is that bad.

Alpine300ZHP 02-16-2012 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Needsdecaf (Post 6635847)
Some people would like to go more than 180 miles before having to refill the tank.

Ditto. I hate having to stop for gas. This is why I have a 335d and the 535. If mileage did not matter to me I would have sprung for the 550i as the price spread is not that much between the 535 and 550.

dunderhi 02-16-2012 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Alpine300ZHP (Post 6636112)
Ditto. I hate having to stop for gas. This is why I have a 335d and the 535. If mileage did not matter to me I would have sprung for the 550i as the price spread is not that much between the 535 and 550.

I know! This morning Mrs Dunderhi commented that she must have gotten some good diesel, because she's averaging over 38mpgs on this tank. I asked where did she get the diesel and she said it was so long ago - she forgot. :mad:


As far a comparing an F10 M5 to a performance modded F10 550, the only real advantage the 550 would have is if there was a need xDrive.

sdg1871 02-16-2012 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Needsdecaf (Post 6635846)
This about sums it up.

The E60 and the F10 are different enough. Going from an E60 M5 to ANY F10 is going to be different, even if you went to an F10 M5.

I would not want the E60 M5 as a daily driver in New York City due to the clunky SMG tranny and the total lack of low end torque. My ideal daily driver would be the M550d. If only they would bring it to the US

sdg1871 02-16-2012 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by dunderhi (Post 6636167)
I know! This morning Mrs Dunderhi commented that she must have gotten some good diesel, because she's averaging over 38mpgs on this tank. I asked where did she get the diesel and she said it was so long ago - she forgot. :mad:


As far a comparing an F10 M5 to a performance modded F10 550, the only real advantage the 550 would have is if there was a need xDrive.

I thought about extending my E60 550's lease to wait for the F10 M5. When the dealer told me what the lease payment were likely to be (on the order of $2k per month) I dropped that idea quickly

radelow 02-16-2012 01:14 PM

Thanks for the all input guys. My car does indeed have the SMG and I personally don't mind it. My wife on the other hand absolutely hates it. She drives the M about 20% of the time and just leaves it in auto mode. Anyway, I would not be heavily modifying the car besides the Dinan tune as would as least like the straighline performance to be on par. I understand the handling part will never be the same...

Guess I just need to go testdrive one.


Oh and my decision would be much simpler if BMW would just bring a diesel 5er over here...fat chance unfortunately.

jagu 02-16-2012 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by dunderhi (Post 6636167)
I know! This morning Mrs Dunderhi commented that she must have gotten some good diesel, because she's averaging over 38mpgs on this tank. I asked where did she get the diesel and she said it was so long ago - she forgot. :mad:


As far a comparing an F10 M5 to a performance modded F10 550, the only real advantage the 550 would have is if there was a need xDrive.

:rofl::rofl:

Stealth.Pilot 02-16-2012 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by dunderhi (Post 6636167)
I know! This morning Mrs Dunderhi commented that she must have gotten some good diesel, because she's averaging over 38mpgs on this tank. I asked where did she get the diesel and she said it was so long ago - she forgot. :mad:


As far a comparing an F10 M5 to a performance modded F10 550, the only real advantage the 550 would have is if there was a need xDrive.

Don't forget that cops hate M5 drivers.

chelseafc 02-17-2012 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by radelow (Post 6634796)
Currently drive a 2008 M5 with 38k miles. Absolutely love it but the warranty is coming up in 12 months and going to the gas station every 3 days is getting old. I absolutely love the car but I am thinking it is time to move. Thinking about ordering a 550i with the M-Sport package. M5 out of the running as it is out of my self-impose (okay wife-imposed) limit of $75k.

Anyone made the switch? Did you regret it? Are you glad you did it?

Oh and Dinan Stage 2 is a given :)

I did but it was to an E60 550i (see sig) and it was completely the right move. I will maintain that the 550i is a better overall car than the M5. From fuel mileage, to low end torque, to maintenance costs, to 375 miles per tank, to not being afraid to drive and park it, and no SMG (this trans sucks big time unless you're on the track). I am getting 18.2 mpg now driving it rather hard that would be about 10.5 in the M, which REALLY needs to be pushed to impress you.

While I loved the M5, it was just too impractical to live with on a daily basis.

And can we stop with the 'supercar' nomenclature? The M5 is not a super car. Supercars = Ferrari, Lambo, Audi R8, McClaren, etc. What was it Hammond said is the definition of a supercar? Two doors, engine in the middle, wild and shouty on the outside and completely impractical.

Stealth.Pilot 02-17-2012 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by chelseafc (Post 6638582)
I did but it was to an E60 550i (see sig) and it was completely the right move. I will maintain that the 550i is a better overall car than the M5. From fuel mileage, to low end torque, to maintenance costs, to 375 miles per tank, to not being afraid to drive and park it, and no SMG (this trans sucks big time unless you're on the track). I am getting 18.2 mpg now driving it rather hard that would be about 10.5 in the M, which REALLY needs to be pushed to impress you.

While I loved the M5, it was just too impractical to live with on a daily basis.

And can we stop with the 'supercar' nomenclature? The M5 is not a super car. Supercars = Ferrari, Lambo, Audi R8, McClaren, etc. What was it Hammond said is the definition of a supercar? Two doors, engine in the middle, wild and shouty on the outside and completely impractical.

I think you will find the f10 M5 is a different story. The engine has the low-end torque and driveability, the DCT is very smooth and can be driven in a way comparable to an auto. The suspension settings and steering in comfort mode feel same as 550i in comfort mode.

I bought a 550i because of day to day liveability, but when I drove the F10 M5 I was astonished by how it could be setup to match the 550i on Comfort, but then be turned into everything an M5 should be in M Mode.

chelseafc 02-17-2012 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Stealth.Pilot (Post 6638595)
I think you will find the f10 M5 is a different story. The engine has the low-end torque and driveability, the DCT is very smooth and can be driven in a way comparable to an auto. The suspension settings and steering in comfort mode feel same as 550i in comfort mode.

I bought a 550i because of day to day liveability, but when I drove the F10 M5 I was astonished by how it could be setup to match the 550i on Comfort, but then be turned into everything an M5 should be in M Mode.

Low end torque and DCT would be reason enough for me to give it a shot.

nhs156 02-19-2012 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by highyo (Post 6635893)
the E60 M5 is haunted by the SMG. a terrible transmision. if you are going from an E60 m5 with manual to an F10 550i w/ manual you will likely be very disapointed. having driven the E60 M5 hard with SMG at the performance center, i FIRMLY believe the 550i in current firm is much better car througout. sure, the E60 m5 has a great suspension and that amazing engine, but the transmission really is that bad.

I love my SMG!

nhs156 02-19-2012 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by radelow (Post 6634796)
Currently drive a 2008 M5 with 38k miles. Absolutely love it but the warranty is coming up in 12 months and going to the gas station every 3 days is getting old. I absolutely love the car but I am thinking it is time to move. Thinking about ordering a 550i with the M-Sport package. M5 out of the running as it is out of my self-impose (okay wife-imposed) limit of $75k.

Anyone made the switch? Did you regret it? Are you glad you did it?

Oh and Dinan Stage 2 is a given :)

As a fellow E60 M5 owner who contemplated an F10 550 (and test drove one): The 550 is much, much more of a luxury sedan vs a sport sedan (vs the M5 at least). It's not nearly as crisp, visceral or exciting. Biggest disappointment for me was the fact that it was eerily quiet to drive - could literally only hear the sound of the tires on the street, except when manhandling the throttle or upon acceleration (the 535, on the other hand, makes plenty of noise). Don't get me wrong, the 550 is a wonderful car - but don't get it for the gas mileage; it's not massively different. If you want a smoother, more relaxed and luxurious ride, then by all means go ahead - or if the (arguably) better interior/exterior design appeals. But it won't be nearly as much fun to drive.

radelow 02-19-2012 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by nhs156 (Post 6643223)
As a fellow E60 M5 owner who contemplated an F10 550 (and test drove one): The 550 is much, much more of a luxury sedan vs a sport sedan (vs the M5 at least). It's not nearly as crisp, visceral or exciting. Biggest disappointment for me was the fact that it was eerily quiet to drive - could literally only hear the sound of the tires on the street, except when manhandling the throttle or upon acceleration (the 535, on the other hand, makes plenty of noise). Don't get me wrong, the 550 is a wonderful car - but don't get it for the gas mileage; it's not massively different. If you want a smoother, more relaxed and luxurious ride, then by all means go ahead - or if the (arguably) better interior/exterior design appeals. But it won't be nearly as much fun to drive.

Thanks for the input. Frankly I would like to replace my M5 with a new M5 but right now that isn't really an option... in a year or two most definitely. I just want to maximize what resale value there is on the M5 and I think it occurs while there is still a warranty in place. In a year when the car has no warranty and 50k miles I think it really is going to take it in the shorts on resale... My plan was to lease something for 3 years and then buy a used CPO M5.


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