2006 BMW M5 Saloon SMG 5.0 V10


The best thing in the world to see is a 911 Turbo in the rear view mirror of your saloon


The gearbox keeps having problems after heavy use. It cost me £2000 to fix. The dealer service was good and was later fixed free of charge.

General Comments:

I didn't buy the M5 to thrash metal on the Nordschlieffe or to impress my friends that I have a £60k plus car. I bought it to embarrass Porsches, Lambos and Ferraris on the M25.

Imagine a 4 door saloon the size (and weight) of the M5 pacing your quarter of a million pound Ferrari or Lambo. I only got to once though. There was a 996 Turbo on the M4, and, surprisingly, very few cars there. I rolled down my window and asked him to race and first he laughed, but said OK. I gave him a head-start because he has Turbo Lag and that is just not fair.

I put my foot down and saw him in my rear view mirror. The best thing in the world to see is a 911 Turbo in the rear view mirror of your saloon. There is no finer sight.

Anyway, to the car. It's well made and even in 400bhp mode good to drive, although it is a bit on the slow side I must admit. And the gearbox is both jerky and unreliable. The suspension's not so good either.

You know, apart from the high running costs, these are the only problems. Those and the (by my standards) tiny boot space. On the motorway however, it is amazing, though because of the large engine, the fuel (and therefore touring) range is limited.

But just take one out for a drive and you will want, need love and hopefully have it. Get it in blue with M6 alloys. It looks really cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2007

25th Sep 2007, 15:21

Whilst I don't own a Porsche, and the M5 E39 is a car I like a lot (I used to own a 540i) the Porsche 996 turbo is clearly a faster car - it is wrong to insinuate anything else. But as a man once told me: "When you've got over 200bhp it usually just comes down to who has more bottle."

1995 BMW M5 3.8 straight 6


Probably the best car I have ever owned... apart from the niggles!


Broken throttle cable

Clutch release bearing

A/C compressor seized

Cam chain tensioner failed

Electrical fault with instrument lights

Occasional hesitation under acceleration.

General Comments:

Overall, a great car.

Comfortable on a long journey yet quick enough to give anything a run for it's money on the A-roads.

I had one of the last of the run, one of 25 metallic green paint / petrol blue leather interior.

Luckily, I was working away and only used it on my vacation time however, there were several faults during my possession of the car which were pretty major although all were covered by the excellent BMW warranty.

The dealers were slow to change the clutch bearing after I suggested it in the very beginning and in the end, fiddled the warranty by me paying for the clutch parts and them replacing the input shaft bearing and paying the labour.

Servicing was very regular, about every 7500 miles from the indicator and a set of front tyres were needed pretty much each service (Bridgestone SO-2), the backs lasting about another 3000 miles.

The servicing was, I thought, expensive - 850GBP for an inspection II. I believe the next generation were a bit more reasonable on this count.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2006

2001 BMW M5 5.0 V8


A very beautiful frustration..


A lot of niggling problems generally have blighted what is otherwise a stunning car.

Most problems have been quality/build related.

July 2003 - Had to have boot-lid and 2 offside doors replaced under corrosion warranty.

July 2003 - Navigation unit lost sound, needed replacement navigation module.

June 2003 - Television stopped working. Replaced Video module.

June 2003 - Tire pressure control function (TPC) constantly blinked up "Tire Defect". Had to have fault codes reset.

June 2003 - Rear tires rubbed arches, damaging both inner and outer arches and scoring tyre walls down to wire!! Again replaced rear springs as they had become "compressed" thus meaning car was 14mm lower at rear then factory spec.

June 2003 - Radio lost all reception. Had new Ariel booster.

May 2003 - Oil leak from nearside rocker cover.

May 2003 - Battery drain, this was traced to wiring fault with Traffic Master.

May 2003 - Alternator packed up on a wet worning!!... it actually broke down this time!!

April 2003 - Air conditioning/heater system went haywire. It would only blow hot air to the windscreen only!!

December 2002 to April 2003 - various gremlins with electrics and fittings.

General Comments:

If it was reliable it would be the best value £30k car in the world...

However its been a constant battle with a difficult dealer who has to see the car in on average 2/3 times to repair the same fault. Servicing and other costs have been very good, it even is fairly economical considering its engine. With better build quality it would be an amazing car rather than a very beautiful frustration that it has become.

I would buy another because my daily driver (E38, 740) really does show that BMW can build a solid car and does feel like it is carved out of a solid lump of stone, its just a pity this E39 suffers from sloppy workmanship.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th July, 2003

20th Mar 2005, 19:33

Good to see an honest review on a doubtless fantastic car. I really do not understand why BMW cars have such a reputation for amazing build quality etc, from what I have seen, they cost just as much to keep on the road as an Alfa once out of warranty.

You need to be brave and be prepared to shell out a small fortune every year to run a car of this class without a comprehensive warranty... it might not happen, but often does.