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Hi guys new to the forum. Was curious how many people think I'm out of my mind for thinking of buying a high mileage 2000 M5.
It has 260k with no check engine light but the owner said they have no maintenance records. I am familiar with E39s as I've owned a manual 525i Sport and 2 530i Sports. I do also have some experience working on a similar engine in my 4.6iS. I'm sure the S62 in the E39 body is harder to work on but I think I can handle it. That being said I wonder what everyone thinks about me rolling the dice on this one. He is only asking 4 grand for it. Will keep you guys posted once he gives me more info on the vehicle. Looking forward to being a E39 M5 owner. Thanks!!!
 

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If you have a good relationship with a BMW dealer have him run the VIN to see what comes up.
Also Carfax might tell you something.
Otherwise it will be a crap shoot.
M5 parts are PRICEY.
 

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Hi,

You don't say which country you are in, so pointing you to various reputable, well known, well regarded specialists for the E39 M5 and all the specific issues/problems/things to watch out and fix/repair can't be done just yet.

Absolutely everything and more to do with the E39 M5 has been discussed many times over on the M5board - https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/

I'd suggest you begin to look there and ask questions. If you mention where you are, more specific recommendations will come back from forum members - I'm in the UK and not far from me is one of the very best M5/S62 specialists for instance.

Lastly, at 4 grand, I think in Pounds, Dollars or Euro's and any other currency, it's a cheap example but hopefully, is a solid and decent one with some issues that won't cost too much to resolve :)

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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Even though you do your own work, as do I, I would get a pre-purchase inspection from an Indy BMW mechanic familiar with M5s

I am a little bothered that the seller has NO maintenance records. I don't expect meticulously-kept records, but NOTHING?

If the car checked out, and if it was rust free from a dry state, I would take a flyer on an M5 with 260k
 

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Id buy it with out even seeing it..

Ive been looking for a high mileage M


its been maintained.. the owner is just sit of the upkeep..


click buy now
 

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I am a little bothered that the seller has NO maintenance records. I don't expect meticulously-kept records, but NOTHING?
i dont keep records anymore.. i have to many other things that i need to keep records of...

usually when we get in the car and im in the passenger side of the car.. and your test driving my car And i ramble off the last 5-10,000$ worth or upkeep.. all that noise flys out the window...


being that anal about records with old junky cars.. unless your going for some collector type atmosphere doesn't mean anything

your car fax, your dealers receipts, your tire and brake receipts doesnt mean anything to me ( look at the car.. and can see ) :dunno:
 

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why dont you give me the guys number and ill take a look at it and see if its worth it lol
 

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.....I do also have some experience working on a similar engine in my 4.6iS. ***8230;....
Careful there - the X5 4.6iS has M62 (M62B46) engine whereas the E39 M5 has the S62 engine (S62B50). The two engines are related but not the same and parts are priced way differently, the S62 being the high-performance variant of the M62. Just look at the noteworthy differences between the two engines:

1) The S62 engine power is 394hp, M62 370hp.
2) S62 has individual throttle bodies for each of the eight cylinders, which are electronically actuated and have driver-selectable "normal" and "sport" mode throttle response.
3) S62 has a double-row timing chain, compared with the single-row chain used by the M62.
4) S62 has hollow camshafts.
5) S62 Engine control unit is a Siemens MSS 52.
6) S62 Dual air intakes and MAFs.
7) S62 has a semi-dry sump oil system, consisting of two additional scavenging pumps which activates during hard cornering.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M62#S62
 

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I have a 540i Sport w/ a 6 speed. I bought it w/ 199,ooo miles, now it has 208. The guy had ll the records, it recently had all the hard stuff done guides, tensioners, valve cover gaskets VANOS, H2O parts... car is rock solid. My last 540i had 239 when I bought it..it ran killer until about 280 when it started to make some noise. SOld it. If the car is in good shape 4k is a decent deal. I paid $4700 for mine. even at 4k if it needs and engine you can do an LS swap for about $2500 and have a MONSTER car.
 

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Hi guys new to the forum. Was curious how many people think I'm out of my mind for thinking of buying a high mileage 2000 M5.
It has 260k with no check engine light but the owner said they have no maintenance records. I am familiar with E39s as I've owned a manual 525i Sport and 2 530i Sports. I do also have some experience working on a similar engine in my 4.6iS. I'm sure the S62 in the E39 body is harder to work on but I think I can handle it. That being said I wonder what everyone thinks about me rolling the dice on this one. He is only asking 4 grand for it. Will keep you guys posted once he gives me more info on the vehicle. Looking forward to being a E39 M5 owner. Thanks!!!
If it's that super rusty one... stay away. Once rust gets that bad on these cars it's not pretty underneath.
 

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Careful there - the X5 4.6iS has M62 (M62B46) engine whereas the E39 M5 has the S62 engine

1) The S62 engine power is 394hp, M62 370hp.

Musa, didn't the M62B46 have 340HP?
 
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