2006 BMW M5 Review

2006 BMW M5 Saloon SMG 5.0 V10 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.0 V10 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles
Previous carBMW Z3 Roadster

Summary:

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

Faults:

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."

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review