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Old 01-17-2013, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all:

New here, lurker for awhile...anyways, I'm looking at several models for my next vehicle, and one is a 2006 M5. I'm wondering if you have any advice about this particular model that I may not be considering.

It would be an every-day drive here in Indiana, and I get the need for all-weathers, etc. Is there anything about the 2006 that you'd say "wait a minute" for? Keep in mind, my price range dictates that if it's going to be an "M" it's going to likely be a 2006 or older with ~60k miles on it...so I get that the 2008's might be nicer, but I can't afford one...

Would you pull the trigger on a 2006 M5 with ~60k miles that would need to be an every day driver? Or would you consider something like a 550i or 535xi with less miles, and live to fight another day on the M?

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I would easily DD an M5 here in Canada. As I posted in your other thread, they are definitley worth the money. I would avoid the early E60's as several of them had issues with the iDrive system. It was an expensive fix as the iDrive controls most of the vehicles systems. I would stick with the E39 M5 any day. Well worth the money.
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Thanks for your response! We do get snow here, so the tires are something to consider. It's just kind of apples vs oranges in a lot of ways. The M5 is a different experience (and cost!) vs. a 535.
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Other then the inital cost of ownership, the actual long term costs arent more significant. Lots of people say parts for M cars are expensive, but it all depends on where you shop. Of course the dealer marks up M parts more then standard cars, even for something that doesnt say M on it, like brake pads.

The basic design of the car is identical minsus the specific M bits. The M engines do however use a different oil then the standard cars. This makes oil changes more expensive though.
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Other then the inital cost of ownership, the actual long term costs arent more significant. Lots of people say parts for M cars are expensive, but it all depends on where you shop. Of course the dealer marks up M parts more then standard cars, even for something that doesnt say M on it, like brake pads.

The basic design of the car is identical minsus the specific M bits. The M engines do however use a different oil then the standard cars. This makes oil changes more expensive though.
ive always loved the square body of the e39 my 2001 is a real joy to own, i do get many looks and folk give the thumbs up when they see the M badge
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