1991 BMW M5 from Saudi Arabia
Transmission started to make noise. Dealer quoted 26,000 SR ($7,000) but suggested to run it till it dies, He claimed it will live another 5 years.
Considering the value of the car at that time, I sold the car as is for a cheap price to avoid repairing it. 15 days later the car was seen smashed badly after hitting a Palm Tree from the side.
I felt bad for the driver and the car as well. After all I enjoyed every moment driving the M5 especially when I drove it to Lebanon the summer of 1999. I like to change cars a lot sometimes twice a year. 90% of the time it is a BMW. Once a BMW driver always a BMW driver.
Looking forward to buy a 2000-02 M5 but difficult to find clean one now a days. I purchased one last month 2000 model and had to return it to the dealer after 15 minutes. The car was misfiring and the dealer could not figure out the problem for a complete month.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2005
27th May 2004, 17:03
My previous car was BMW M5 2000, and I must say it was a lemon! I taught it was the fastest car in our town, and then... a 45 year-old neighbor beat me on a drag race... with a station wagon by volvo (V70R 2004).
I was so in love with my BMW, that I was blinded by a dealer (the car was in a shop every second week)!
The car cost me $4800 for repairs in one half of the year and at 31.000 kilometers... and I was outacclerated by a VOLVO!
Then, in January 2004, I sold BMW and bought VOLVO S60R with 300 hp and I tuned it up to 340 hp. I had no problems with my car ever since!
I suggest that you think it over before purchasing... maybe I was just unlucky, but my friend had same problems with his M5.