For many, the third-generation of BMW’s M5 is the greatest of all of the M5s. The E39, as it’s known, was built from 1998-2003, and it bridged the gap between the inline-six powered first two cars and the overly-teched monsters that arrived with the fourth. The thing is, like any driver’s car, there aren’t many left that haven’t been driven. Here’s one that hasn’t been driven much in the last two decades. And it’s still with its first owner.
The E39 M5 traded the sweet-singing 3.5 and 3.6L inline sixes of the first two cars for a 4.9L V8. The S62 engine was designed by BMW’s M division and it was a heck of a motor. 394 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It could zip all the way to 7,000 rpm. It was also the first BMW V8 to get double-VANOS. Meaning it could vary lift on the intake and exhaust camshafts.
Some of the differences between that engine and the M62 from the standard car were the eight individual throttle bodies, a two-row timing chain, higher compression, and a semi-dry dump oiling system.
It got loads of suspension changes, as well. Quicker steering with speed-sensitive power assist, larger brake rotors, lower ride height, thicker roll bars, and special shocks.
The best part: the only gearbox is a six-speed manual.
But the newest of these cars was built in 2003. And like most BMWs of the 1990s, the interiors wore out like, well, like mid ’90s BMWs. Combine that with a relatively affordable price, especially used, and finding a nice M5 can be a very difficult task.
It just so happens we seem to have found one here.
It’s on Bring a Trailer, and it’s a very shiny example of a 2000 BMW M5.
Purchased new in Washington State by the driver who still owns it today. In the 19 years since then, it’s turned just 15,000 miles. Which means that if you look inside it looks like new. Well, except for the 2000-vintage nav system.
It’s finished in Silverstone Metallic, which is a stunning blueish silver, and the seller says only 318 cars were sent to the US in that shade. Even more impressively, the cluster shows Check Control OK (BMW owners will understand) and all of the pixels seem to work.
It doesn’t even fall into the trap of rarely-driven cars. The tires don’t just look new, they are mostly new. 2016 date codes, not 2000.
So if you’re looking for a nearly-new M5 that’s still more analogue than digital, here’s your ticket.
Source: Bring a Trailer