Friday, July 22, 2016

2000 BMW M5

On January 1st, 2000, folks cautiously opened their front doors and found that society hadn't collapsed, the mortgage was still in force and life continued.  Except for people in the automotive industry, because they were insane.  Apparently cars from the 1990s were great, reliable, & fun...but just not fast enough.  The years of horsepower wars not seen since the late 1960s were upon us...which is great for used car buyers over a decade later.  Find this 2000 BMW M5 offered for $16,500 in Orange County, CA. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!

A new M5 is certainly faster than the E39 M5...sticks better on the skid pad, has more electronical gadgets, but is it truly a better car?   Certainly people pay more for new M5s, but is 400 horsepower from the 4.9 liter V8 in the E39 M5 enough or do we need to drag race Charger Hellcats on the way to work?  Maybe?

See a better way to celebrate the 21st Century?


  1. A memorable drive even today. Quality on E39's is well earned legendary status. A big car that feels small when pounding around curvy roads. It was the first car I owned where it felt almost telepathic. Think it and lay in some small, precise input and this car will never put a wheel in the wrong place. I want another.

  2. As I noted to Vince the other night, there's no other car you could possibly slot into the Y2K spot - and that's not just because I own one.

    It completely redefined the baseline for its segment and if we look today at 550, 600, 700HP you have to remember how big a leap 400HP (okay, 394 SAE) was at the time.

    And, given the nonqual money floating around the dotcom world at the time, most of the first couple years of US sales went out the door at substantially over sticker.

  3. Love mine. Been a bunch of work bringing it back from neglect, but it came out very well.


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