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Old 09-01-2004, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i posted several weeks ago about finally deciding to buy an 2000/2001/2002 M5. i am still currently looking around for quotes but it hit me all of a sudden.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE M5 ACUTALLY USE IT FOR EVERYDAY DRIVING?

Once I get my M5, it will HAVE to be my every day car since i CANT afford two cars. Is it smart to use the m5 as an everyday car.

Also, my job is moving in several months and it will basically be 80 miles roundtrip. Will that be good for my baby?

Any opinions are welcomed.
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I think you will be fine, the M5 is a fairly reliable car. Make sure you get a warranty. You may also want to consider getting some kind of beater for your work commute, I'm sure it would be worth $1k or so.
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Old 09-01-2004, 10:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd happily drive to work and back everyday in an M5 Bet it will cost a few $'s in petrol (Ahem Sorry Gas :lol: ) though.
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yeah dude the m5 will be fine, you will put miles on itfast which will be sad, but other than that..... although 80miles a day..... that is rather high! cough 88 civic si cough haha

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the ///m5 is super practical, goes fast, lasts, and it has 4 doors, plus you can beat up on ricers on the way too and from work, you might have to pay a little more for gas, but not that much, if you have to have repairs done, those might be pricey, but if you can afford an m5 they shouldn't be a problem for you
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I recently ended a lease on a 2002 M5 with 50K on it in 3 years. I went out to purchase another car and ended up buying a 2003 M5 with 7K. There is no better car on the planet. Porsche C4S might handle better but there are everyday sacrifices. The M5 is comfortable exciting behaved (if told to be) and best of all subtle (which can not be said for its competition. Try negotiating for a better price on anything while showing up in a C4S or DB7. As far as the cost of gas is concerned, it just shouold not be on the radar screen if one is considering any car in this class.
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Old 10-29-2004, 06:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I live in the northeast. I've had my '01' M5 for 12 months and feel that it's fine for year round use. However, you must have a second car for the days when there is snow on the ground. Between the power and the wide tires, it can hardly move in the snow.

Regarding the high mileage you're going to put on it, are you a short or long term player? If you put high miles on it for 2 or 3 years and sell it, you're going to take a big hit in resale value. But, if you put high miles on it for the next 10 years, it won't matter. Assuming you buy a 3 year old car with 40K miles, what difference does it make if 10 years from now it has 140K or 240K? At the age of 13 years it's value with be more tied to it's physical and mechanical condition, than what shows on the odometer.

I kept my previous car for winter and beater use when I got the M5. My '91' Ford Taurus SHO now has 234K miles on it and it still tows the snowmobile trailer in winter and boat during the summer.

Buy the M5, drive lots of miles, keep the car forever and savor the memories of being behind the wheel of an amazing car.
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I live in the northeast. I've had my '01' M5 for 12 months and feel that it's fine for year round use. However, you must have a second car for the days when there is snow on the ground. Between the power and the wide tires, it can hardly move in the snow.

Regarding the high mileage you're going to put on it, are you a short or long term player? If you put high miles on it for 2 or 3 years and sell it, you're going to take a big hit in resale value. But, if you put high miles on it for the next 10 years, it won't matter. Assuming you buy a 3 year old car with 40K miles, what difference does it make if 10 years from now it has 140K or 240K? At the age of 13 years it's value with be more tied to it's physical and mechanical condition, than what shows on the odometer.

I kept my previous car for winter and beater use when I got the M5. My '91' Ford Taurus SHO now has 234K miles on it and it still tows the snowmobile trailer in winter and boat during the summer.

Buy the M5, drive lots of miles, keep the car forever and savor the memories of being behind the wheel of an amazing car.

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You should be able to drive any car in the snow if you buy a good set of winter wheels and tires.

The whole concept behind the M5 is that it can be used as a daily driver, but it can perform at the level of a sports car. If you want a 'specialized' car to be used only for 'sports car' driving, then buy a Porsche. BMW has said some M5 drivers put 100,000 km on their car in a year! I plan on driving mine year round, as much as possible.
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wolverine,

I'm sure a set of winter tires and rims would provide a major improvement. However, for not much more than the cost of a set of tires and rims you can keep a beater car around for the nasty winter days, the nasty days following the snowstorm when there is a significant amount of sand being kicked by the car in front of you providing your car with a mild sand blasting, and how about the days when the snow is deeper than the height of the front spoiler.

As it is, I already get teased by by wife, brother and others for the things I do with my car. I regularly load debris or supplies from Home Depot in my car, but I won't strap sheets of plywood to the roof like I do my beater car.

When I was looking to buy an M5, I was shocked by the lousy cosmetic appearance of most of the cars I looked at. Three years old cars with more stone chips on the front end than my 14 year old Taurus SHO with 234K miles. Mostly cars that were leased where the owner took no pride in his car because it was going to be turned in at 36 months. I plan on keeping my car for 10 years or more and putting upwards of 200K miles on it. I want the car to look as good as it performs, at least while I own it.
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