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Old 08-04-2005, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in the market for a new car. I love the M3 and the M5, but what year would be the best for the M5. I think that is the way I'm leaning. I would like the 4 doors and more room, and of course the V8. I really appreciate any and all help or guidance. Peace-N-God Bless!!!
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I'm in the market for a new car. I love the M3 and the M5, but what year would be the best for the M5. I think that is the way I'm leaning. I would like the 4 doors and more room, and of course the V8. I really appreciate any and all help or guidance. Peace-N-God Bless!!!
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Thanks Zach, I appreciate the info. Now I need to really decide between the M3 and the M5. Decisions! lol
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that should be a no brainer
m5 is better in everything than an m3
more power, faster, more room
it's a no brainer!
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I've owned both and prefer the M5 over the 3 primarially because of the space it provides. The 3 is more of a race-car feel but lacks some when it comes to the classy look and feel. The M5 power is awesome and the look grabs more eyes and stares than any M3. Additionally I can put passengers in the car *comfortably* unlike the crammed back seat of the M3. I reccomend an 02, or 03 M5....the seats were updated and the MK 3 or 4 navigation is a must. Good luck...

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My car's going to hate me for this, but...
The m5 is the only real winner here.
It's got everything the m3 has. Then it adds a touch of class and luxury that it somehow doesn't manage to scratch the performance. Amazingly enough, it still retains most of its sports car qualities. I've never driven an m5, but I'm sure that it retains at least a little of its road feel. The other numbers don't lie (slalom, skidpad, acceleration, braking).
The m5 is the perfect car. The perfect combination of sports and luxury. Able to hang with the big boys performance-wise, and at the same time coddle and pamper the driver as good as any luxury vehicle.
It's a win win situation.
But it's the cost that made me go for the "little brother" m3. Maybe one day I'll own the glorious e60. Just... before... I die...
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I love my M5 :-)

I rencently took it out to a driving event and had one of the instructors say to me "watching this car go through the turns is amazing, it looks more agile then the M3 and it's a bigger car!" Another instructor said to me, "you're out performing everybody and I love riding in your car cause it's 95 degrees outside and you have the A/C on while racing."

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My car's going to hate me for this, but...
The m5 is the only real winner here.
It's got everything the m3 has. Then it adds a touch of class and luxury that it somehow doesn't manage to scratch the performance. Amazingly enough, it still retains most of its sports car qualities. I've never driven an m5, but I'm sure that it retains at least a little of its road feel. The other numbers don't lie (slalom, skidpad, acceleration, braking).
The m5 is the perfect car. The perfect combination of sports and luxury. Able to hang with the big boys performance-wise, and at the same time coddle and pamper the driver as good as any luxury vehicle.
It's a win win situation.
But it's the cost that made me go for the "little brother" m3. Maybe one day I'll own the glorious e60. Just... before... I die...
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As with any car, i'd recomend you stay with the newer version of the chasis/model in order to avoid the previous problems that may have plagued the car. I dont know of any specific problems but the newer you get, the less liekly you are to get a car with a common problem when the car was first introduced.


I think my wording is a bit confusing, but hopefully you understand.


Also, i thought angel eyes were on ALL US Spec e39 M5's.
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I know most people disagree with me on this, but I prefer the m3. I admit that it isn't as luxurious as the m5, it's more of a race car. It's smaller, lighter, and its a coupe. It's slower, but just barely, I believe 0-60 and to 1/4 they are identical. Plus the e46 m3 came out in 2001, it's much newer and nicer, and the design is great. The e39 m5 came out in 1995, even if you get a 2003 its still a 10 year old model... lastly, when it comes to mods, the e46 has a lot more potential. If you go to e46fanatics.com and look at the galleries you can find some nice modded m3s that are just way better than any modded m5.. in my opinion.

Of course... if your talking about the e60 m5.. well that's a totally different story.
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You do realize that the e60 and e46 would be proper brethren, whereas the e39 should be paired with the e36?
(Shh. I know, that design wise, it's actually e60 to e90, and e39 to e46, and e34 to e36, but time wise, it tends to be what I previously stated as a closer comparison).
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not all m5s had angel eyes... eyes were introduced in 01 or 02... i've seen m5s without angels.

m5 is da greatest!
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M5 is by far the better car. Slightly more expensive to buy, but well worth it
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I can see your stipulation, however. I guess the question to ask yourself is: "how much is your comfort worth?" That's what you're going to get with the m5. The m3 will still be as break neck fun... it might not go as fast as the m5, but it can be more fun around the corners (even though the m5 is damn stable for a car of such bulk). You just lose a few bits of creature comfort. If those comforts are worth the extra $$$, then dish it out. If you'd rather spend the extra on upgrading your new m3... all the more power to you.
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if you go for the fastest 5, then i'd suggest an e39, if only because it is the only model sporting a V-8 (unless i'm grossly mistaken, previous models had a high-output I-6)
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