Formidable Four Door: 2003 BMW M5 E39

This next car comes as a tip from MikeB who writes: For those of us who are a certain age, the E39 M5 will always be the “adult dream car” (unlike our childhood dream cars like the 911, IROC, Esprit, etc.). This car appears to be in excellent condition and the list of recent maintenance reads like a wish list of things I’d like to do to our recently acquired ’99 540i . . . over the next 5 years. Plus the undercarriage on this car is cleaner than my living room. Good seller, bucket list car, trip to Chicagoland — what’s not to love? Find this 2003 BMW M5 offered for $20,000 in Northwest Suburbs of Chicago via craigslist.

From the seller:

2003 BMW M5
VIN: WBSDE93413CF92142
condition: good
cryptocurrency ok
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 154000
paint color: black
title status: clean
transmission: manual
We are selling our meticulously maintained Carbon Black on Silverstone E39 M5. The car is accident free and comes with almost every option available during the last year of the E39 M5’s production run. Vehicle comes with all service records, a full maintenance log, and the original window sticker / keys / manuals.

These are some of the factory options and specs that it comes with:

5.0L V8 engine with 400hp

6-speed manual transmission

Front & Rear Park Distance Control sensors

Side and power Rear window shades

Heated memory M-Sport seats with power lumbar and headrest adjustment

Cold weather package (heated high-pressure windshield nozzles + headlight washers)

DSP premium audio with factory subwoofers and an in-trunk CD changer + AUX input in the dashboard


Xenon Projector self-leveling headlights

Front, side, curtain and knee airbags

DSC traction control + ABS

Fold down rear seats (rare option)

Power everything + sunroof

Black alcantara headliner

I have serviced the vehicle regularly and only using high quality parts and fluids. Here are some of the major work that has been done within the last 5K miles:

Replaced valve cover gaskets, grommets, washers on VANOS lines

Replaced the input and output shaft seals on the differential

Rebuilt ABS module (the Bosch 5.7 modules on these cars are a known issue and that has now been taken care of) and replaced the DSC pre-charge pump along with one ABS sensor

Brake system flush with Valvoline DOT4

Differential fluid – Royal Purple Max Gear

Transmission fluid – Royal Purple Synchromax

New drive belt, thermostat + o-rings

Rear sway bar links + front lower control arms

New “Sachs” clutch @ 140K miles by previous owner

All 4 tires replaced at 142K miles with Yokohama Advan Sports

Replaced the whift and e-brake books with new genuine Italian leather ones.

Additionally I have always replaced the engine oil using Liqui Moli 10W-60 every 6-9 months.

The car has a full stainless steel UUC catback exhaust system which sounds amazing and also increases the power slightly. It also comes with a UUC Evo3 shifter kit installed. The ECU has a mild tune which slightly improves throttle response and power. All of the wooden trim on the interior has been wrapped with 3M DI-NOC Carbon Fiber wrap.

The car runs and drives phenomenally, the interior is clean and the car feels very stable on the road. The engine is smooth and strong, transmission is crisp. Everything is properly sorted. Most importantly, the engine bay and the car underneath is bone dry – I sorted the only oil seep it had by replacing the valve cover gaskets.

With 154K miles, this is clearly a car that was driven. It’s had its share of highway driving, so all of the flaws on the vehicle are cosmetic – some rock chips in the front, a crack on the front bumper cover from someone backing into it while parked, and some other minor imperfections in the body.

It has never been smoked in and has always been garage stored. I’ve had it for the last 3.5 years and have put on about 8K miles, driving it mostly on weekends when the weather is nice. I have all of the maintenance records of the vehicle since new, as well as an Excel spreadsheet that the first owner started that details all of the work performed throughout the years, as a supplement to the invoices. The car comes with a clean IL title registered to me and my wife’s name that is ready to be signed over. The car also comes with the original window sticker, owner manuals, three keys, even the original engine break-in procedure sticker is still on the front windshield. The tool kit in the trunk is also complete, and the tire inflation kit in the trunk is also present.

The price is $20,000, and I will also accept payment in the equivalent in various cryptocurrencies. I have posted the VIN so you are welcome to run your own Carfax if you wish. We are located near the Woodfield area close to Algonquin and Rte 53. Email or call with any questions, the vehicle is available to be seen throughout the week.

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