2000 E39 M5

£6,450 SOLD – Please note this car is no longer for sale

Here is my 2000 e39 M5 for sale. I bought the car in September 2008, at which time it had 113,000 miles on the clock. Since then I’ve done 11,000 miles, I’ve replaced the clutch, propshaft bearing and serviced the LSD. I’ve changed the oil for TWS 10W60 every few thousand miles in addition to its usual schedule. It has had a full Inspection II with fluid changes at BMW Vines of Guildford, and emerged with a clean bill of health. The alloy wheels have been recently refurbished to original standard specification and are unmarked.

This car has a great specification, is in good condition, and has the best looking grey and black leather interior.

I’ve owned BMW M cars for nearly a decade now, and this car has been a much loved project upon which I’ve spared no expense. I will list, honestly, all known issues, but first let’s cover the basics:


  • 4941cc V8 S62 engine: 400bhp, 500Nm
  • 6 gears (manual)
  • LSD – RWD
  • Build date: 2000
  • Registered: June 2000
  • Black metallic paint
  • Black & grey leather
  • HPI clear
Options & features:

  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Electric heated, adjustable and folding wing mirrors
  • Electric windows (all four)
  • Electrically adjusted (with memory) & heated front sports seats
  • Remote central locking
  • On board computer (OBC)
  • BMW satellite navigation (DVD – Mk IV)
  • Widescreen TV
  • Angel-eye xenon headlamps
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Auto dip rear view mirror
  • Climate controlled air conditioning (blows ice cold)

  • 124,000 miles
  • Everything works as it should
  • Kept in garage
  • Not used for commuting, this is a weekend car
  • Five previous owners
  • Five green service segments remain until next oil service (approx 11,000 miles)
  • MOT until May 2012
  • Both original remote keys present and correct
Maintenance during my ownership:

So – no worthwhile advert isn’t full of high-res pictures; click twice on these for the higher quality efforts. Here’s a walk around the car:

Now, let’s get underneath the car and under the bonnet. This was taken when I recently cleaned the brake and fuel lines.

And now, the interior. There are currently quite a few otherwise nice M5s on the market with horrific interiors! This was the colour combo I was looking for in 2008 and I still believe it’s the best out there.

So, now to cover what’s wrong with it:


I’ve made sure that all the electrical items work as they should.


This car has no known mechanical issues. There are no leaks, clunks or bangs. The Vanos does chatter a little, but no more than most e39 M5s I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot!).


This car has suffered a little from surface corrosion. I recently (May 2011) had the boot lip and the bottom of the driver’s door repaired at a body shop. I also had the alloy wheels refurbished to original standard specification at the same time. The car does carry the signs of 11 years and 120,000 odd miles of service – I don’t present it as being in ‘mint’ condition or any other often overused and unjustified term. There are a few scuffs on the bumpers, and light scratches around the bodywork. There’s nothing horrific or obvious though as you can see from the pictures above!

When I purchased the car in September 2008 I found the usual rust around the filler flap and had this repaired. Since then the paint has begun to crack a little, but it’s still in pretty good nick:

The left wing mirror has lost a little paint where I’ve parked a little too close to our wheely-bins on occasion:

There’s a little corrosion on three of the doors under the black gloss shadowline. Here’s the rear left door:

Rear right door:

And right at the front of the driver’s door:

There’s also a little corrosion on the leading edge of the bonnet above the near-side headlamp:

Some paint is starting to flake off along the driver’s side roof edge trim:

And on the passenger side, one of the roof rack connector cover flaps has also lost some of its paint:

Please do bear in mind the scale on these photos – as you can tell from the main photos of the car these are the kind of blemishes that only a caring owner tends to notice when cleaning the car. It doesn’t look run down (and indeed it isn’t!) – I’m just doing my best to present an entirely honest advert. I had planned on slowly having these items addressed, but the reality is that a car without Isofix points for child seats and a boot for the dog just isn’t much use around here any more!

As a final note on the ‘issues’ list, the rear tyres are legal but a bit low. The front wheels have plenty of tread left on their Goodyear Eagle F1s.

So, to finish the advert, here are a few commonly asked questions:

Why are you selling?

I’ve had the car for nearly three years now. I rarely keep cars that long, and while I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s time for me to move on – especially as we’ve got a baby on the way!

Is the car modified in any way?

This car has black kidney grilles and wheel centre caps. Otherwise, this car is completely standard.

I’ve got some more questions…

No problem. You can call (or SMS) on 07958 xxxxxx or email me to request more information or a call. I’m more than willing to take specific photos of requested features.

It sounds great. Can I come and see it?

Of course. The car is at my house in Woking, Surrey, and can be viewed most weekends and evenings.

There are other e39 M5s on the market – why should I buy yours?

I’m not trying to compete with any low-mileage, warranty-covered M5s – as the price clearly indicates. I think that if you’re buying one of these cars out of warranty, you need to know as much as you can about its history. The last 3 years of this car’s history are documented in detail on this website – just view the e39 M5 category. In addition to this, my car has a great specification and the interior is in a fantastic colour and good condition; I really don’t think you’ll find a better value for money e39 M5 out there.

Will you take an offer?

Near offers will be considered, but I think that a viewing will prove that the asking price is good value!

2 comments so far

  1. Jason Lander on September 30th, 2010 03:22

    Hi there,

    I found your website by chance as I was searching for some other E39 related stuff. Given my history with Beemers, couldn’t help but read through some of your archives ;)

    Which led me to your blog about the M5. Now, I live in NZ so not interested in buying, but, I am interested in your thoughts on the Falken FK452’s (which I saw you had on the M5). I have a 540i M-Sport (not quite an M5 but close enough for me) and need new tyres soon. I’ve been contemplating the FK452 after my Dad (who owns a 02 Z3M) recommended them.

    Would be great to hear your opinion (particularly in wet weather etc).



  2. Neil Mukerji on October 4th, 2010 15:42

    Hello Jason, good to know you’re reading! If I’m honest I’ve had better tyres. They’re pretty good when they’ve got plenty of tread left and it’s dry; once they’re worn and it’s cold and wet they’re not especially good news.



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