1998 BMW M5 5.0 V8 Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
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BMW's 1999-on M5 was the car that started the horsepower war in Germany.
Before this super-saloon arrived, 400bhp was a virtually unheard of figure
for a sports-minded executive saloon to be developing. Once BMW had set the
new standard however, a host of imitators appeared with even more power.
But more power doesn't mean more desirable. Many still believe this M5 to
be the pick of like-minded cars in its sector. Here's our guide to finding
yourself the best one possible.
Late last century, performance enthusiasts intent on owning the world's
finest sports saloon had been waiting with bated breath for the men at
BMW's Dingolfing plant to unleash the latest red-hot M-Power version of the
5 Series, and in March 1999, the wait proved well worth it. With 400bhp and
a V8 engine, the M5 rewrote the rules on what defined a premier league
performance saloon. At a few pounds shy of £60,000 it certainly wasn't
cheap, but judged on any objective basis, the M5 was quite simply the best
car there was. Many would argue it still is.
BMW made a number of cosmetic changes for the 2001 model year. Pay
attention and you'd spot body-coloured rubbing strips, round fog lights and
a redesigned front spoiler. The headlights were now of the fashionable
clear lens variety and the indicator lamps became round. To help some of
the M5 magic trickle down through the rest of the range, that model's wider
chrome grille surround were found on all variants. The interior benefited
from a few tweaks as well. A revised range of options were also available,
including a Mini Disc system, a voice-controlled telephone and a larger
There aren't too many surprises with a 5 Series. You know it's going to be
beautifully built, great to drive, understated and well equipped -- and the
BMW M5 is no exception. Once upon a time, for supercar performance, you had
to buy a supercar. A cramped coupe in other words, with hardly enough space
for a change of clothes in the boot. Then along came the M5.
Launched in 1984, this was the first of a new breed of super saloon - the
ultimate 'Q Car'. No stripes or spoilers. In fact nothing to indicate that
this one and three quarter tonne family four-door could out-accelerate (and
arguably out-handle) a Porsche 911. Not surprisingly, the concept caught on
amongst the shy but successful. As sales increased, so did the power on
offer - from 286bhp to 315bhp and 340bhp by the time production stopped in
1995. After that, BMW abandoned the super-saloon market to Mercedes and
Jaguar, hoping that their V8-powered 540i would keep them in with a shout.
Which is why this M5 does the job properly. Under the bonnet lies one of
the most powerful engines ever to be fitted to a production car of any
kind. It's a 32-valve, quad overhead camshaft 5.0-litre V8 crafted from
Alusil - a lightweight aluminium-silicon alloy. The output is an awesome
400bhp - 40% more than the already rapid 540i.
Not that the neighbours would ever suspect. In true M5 tradition, the
current model is discreet to the point of anonymity. A subtle front airdam,
a tiny boot spoiler, gorgeous alloy wheels, clear indicator lenses, quad Exhaust pipes and a small boot badge are
the only giveaways. Inside, it's the same. You could be at the wheel of a
well-specified 530d were it not for the chrome surrounds of the instruments
with their red needles and little touches like the M gearknob which glows
red at night. There's even a tyre pressure monitor.
Prices for the M5 were hit by BMW's decision in late 2000 to cut many of
their prices, the M5 falling from £63,000 down to a bargain £55,000. As
such, early cars can be found for a scarcely credible £15,000 on a 1999 T
plate rising to around £29,900 for a 03-plated model. The M5 proposition
is otherwise refreshingly simple. No special edition models, no go-faster variants, no Touring estate version
and no flim-flam. Insurance is, predictably, Group 20.
Very little goes wrong with the M5. The oil temperature gauge incorporated
into the rev counter reminds users not to thrash the car from cold and most
who buy these cars are knowledgeable types in any case. The black chromed
alloy wheels are hideously prone to kerbing and it's worth taking a good
look at them for damage. When paying this sort of money you should expect
the best and negotiate big discounts for tired interiors or less than
cosmetically perfect bodywork. Avoid aftermarket accessories as these will
dent the resale value and check for crash damage and that it is clear of
Merts 2000 BMW E39 M5 [part 2]
Compilation of pics and vids of Mert's Widebody M5
Watch Part 1 if you havent done so yet!
WATCH THE 360 View of Merts M5!
"M5 BEAST" Official Movie Trailer
This is a teaser trailer for the up and coming release of the BMW short
film "M5 BEAST" starring Mamerto Contapay III's wide body E39 M5 from
Vallejo, CA. Costarring cast and bimmers from GarageWorks, and import
model Jaclyn Skinner. Official release TBA
Virtual Tuning M5 E39
Here's the new vid, haven't uploaded in ages!
Here I'm tuning a BMW M5 E39 in Photoshop.
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BMW Tuning e36,e30,e39,e46 usw.......
BMW E39 - The Ultimate Driving Machine - photos
Photos with 5-series and M5 E39 from BMW.
All pictures are from random websites.. i didn't make them! If you are an
M5 owner, visit m5board.com :)
The name of the song is David Deejay feat Dony - Sexy thing , copyright
E34 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJxwUGl1MUg
E36 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL3ormFc6t4
E30 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRHrBFCTP4g
E46 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mva3LvROtuY
Merts Widebody 2000 E39 BMW M5
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360View part 3!!!
Took first place at WekFest 10' (forgot which category)
The only wide body m5 in the country
Song: D-Lo - No Hoe (remix)