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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:02 PM
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Downsizing from X5 to M5? Thoughts?

I love my X5 but it may be time to hand her over to a new owner.

2004 X5 3.0i Sport
Black on Black
Every Option (Sport/Cold/Nav/Panoramic Roof/etc.)
88k miles
Paid $18k in 2010 - 72k miles

The reason?

I simply don't use it as an SUV enough and we got another dog. We have an 05 545i too so being able to use the SUV for hardware store trips and such is great but other than that and skiing I don't really have any need for an SUV. I work from home most days and when the dogs do need to travel (65lb GSD + 110lb GSD), the back trunk goes unused as they're awkwardly laying on the back seat. Our larger GSD has trouble getting into the back as it is so going to a sedan might save him some miles on his hind legs.

In short, the X5 is fantastic but we don't really need it anymore.

What I want:

I've had my eye on an E39/E60 M5 or E66 750i/760i over the past few years. The newer models are stunning and although having an M3 is tempting, I know myself well enough that I'd only get into trouble in that small of a rocket ship. I got 6 tickets in my 350Z in the 1st year before turning over the keys. Not to mention the pups as well obviously. An M5 appears to be the best of both worlds (size and speed) and I still love the old E39 lines. Nostalgic but awesome. We love our E60. It has every option including the rare HUD.

Any thoughts or recommendations here?

I'm shopping around and there are some great examples of M5s/7s worth taking a look at with the packages I'd want (Black Ext./Black Int./Sport)

My History:
  1. 92 325i
  2. 94 530i
  3. 96 M3
  4. 97 328i Convertible
  5. 04 X5 3.0 Sport
  6. 05 545i Sport

All thoughts are appreciated
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:58 PM
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:13 PM
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The newer models are stunning and although having an M3 is tempting, I know myself well enough that I'd only get into trouble in that small of a rocket ship.
I'm not quite sure I understand. The M3 is not that small. It weighs over 3700lbs. Secondly, the E60 M5 is faster than a E9X M3 and E39 M5 by a very significant margin.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:59 PM
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Just don't expect the M5 to do as well off-road
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:39 PM
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saw this in my local CL.


2000 m5 with 64k for 16k. looks clean and crazy low miles

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/3587808760.html
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:36 AM
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Swap an M5 engine in a 540iT. Lots of room in the back.
There is one for sale.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:43 AM
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GSD=Giant spotted Dalmation??
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:17 AM
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Froma X5 3.0 liter I6 to ///M5 e39 v8 power it's a HUUUGE upsize.
You got the upsize/downsize very wrong my friend.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:27 AM
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GSD=Giant spotted Dalmation??
German Shepherd. Not sure why the D on the end but thats how they've always been abbreviated. Nothing against Dalmatians.

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I'm not quite sure I understand. The M3 is not that small. It weighs over 3700lbs. Secondly, the E60 M5 is faster than a E9X M3 and E39 M5 by a very significant margin.
Anything smaller than a 5 series is small for 180 lbs of dog. There is no way they'd fit in the back and messing with two doors would be impossible. We have an E60 545i, I think my nostalgia for the E39 is winning over having two E60s, even if one is an M5.

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Just don't expect the M5 to do as well off-road
I live in the city, this thing has been super babied. Spoiled even.

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saw this in my local CL.
2000 m5 with 64k for 16k. looks clean and crazy low miles
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/3587808760.html
Thanks a ton for this, I'm calling him now!

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Froma X5 3.0 liter I6 to ///M5 e39 v8 power it's a HUUUGE upsize.
You got the upsize/downsize very wrong my friend.
Size. Not speed.

Can't wait
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:22 PM
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Anything smaller than a 5 series is small for 180 lbs of dog. There is no way they'd fit in the back and messing with two doors would be impossible. We have an E60 545i, I think my nostalgia for the E39 is winning over having two E60s, even if one is an M5.


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I could be wrong, but if you get an M3 sedan, perhaps there is a fold-down seat option?
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:06 PM
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I could be wrong, but if you get an M3 sedan, perhaps there is a fold-down seat option?
I think there is but I'm still leaning more towards a 5 or 7 at this point.

My cousin has a 335i and it feels tiny compared to our 545i. I'm not sure if its really all that much bigger but sitting in the back seat it certainly felt like it
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:27 AM
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My 11 years old GSD cannot even get on sedan from the back door and I have to lift his rear legs to help him get on and once he is in, the back seat is too small and not comfortable for him to sit/lay down. You have two GSDs and the back seat of e39 is definitely not enough space for them. If I were you, I would keep the X5 and build a wood ramp for the dogs.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:05 PM
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ive been kicking around the idea of switching to an x5. im tall so itd be easier to get in/out of + live out in the country or if i want to go camping to the snow. and i like hte idea of my dog riding in the back and not effing my up leather seats.
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