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.
The E39 generation BMW 5-series was one of the last designs from BMW to not be Banglized and overly complicated. Complicated…yes…but not overly..not many issues will need to be solved with a fancy computer talking to other computers…and most things will require a wrench and some RTV. Today’s example doesn’t have the screaming V8 you get in a 540i, but it does have the usability of a wagon and the silky smooth M52 inline-6 good for 190 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque pushed through a 5-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. Find this 2000 BMW 528iT Wagon E39 offered for $4200 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
The original BMW M5 was released in 1986 as an obsidian autobahn cruiser and it only got better with age. The next generation also featured another hot inline-6, but it wasn’t until the 1999 release of the E39 generation M5 that it got an appropriately menacing V8 to tear up the streets. This next example […]
Probably all DT readers would love to have the funds to buy high performance machine like a BMW M5, but this usually requires a serious sum of coin which everyone does not have. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled on a future classic E39 chassis BMW M5 for under $10K. On first glance, the car […]
This next car comes as a tip from Pushrod who writes: The owner has had this car posted for a while now. The price has come down once so far. Modifications appear very tasteful. Who doesn’t like tasteful mods — and a 6-speed late model BMW is just about perfect for daily driver use. Find this 1998 […]
Few cars offer as much value (pound for pound…or kilo for kilo) as the E39 generation BMW 540i (1994-2003) with 6-speed manual gearbox. It is the middleweight of sports sedans, and one minute it is a mild mannered scientists, but get it upset and the beast from within beats pavement and rear tires with equal […]
Nearly every car brand has a few independent tuners that work their magic modifying their cars. Dinan has carved out a strong reputation in the USA BMW universe. Today’s modified Dinan 540i poses a strong argument against BMW’s highest performing in house car the M5. With E39 M5 prices climbing by the day, the price […]
Cars costing five grand are the life blood of DT. It is a dicey price point that can lead to any number of potential outcomes: a slightly better than beater, money pit, the nickel and dimer, or the diamond in the rough . Craigslist searching skills, hard negotiating, and knowledge of a marque all go […]
The E39 generation BMW M5 is considered by many to be the pinnacle of BMW’s executive class cruisers. The older M5s (E28, E34) are cruder, slower, and less exotic, while the newer versions (E60, F10) are so thoroughly complex that you won’t want to be anywhere near the pink slip when they hit 150k miles. […]
On January 1st, 2000, folks cautiously opened their front doors and found that society hadn’t collapsed, the mortgage was still in force and life continued. Except for people in the automotive industry, because they were insane. Apparently cars from the 1990s were great, reliable, & fun…but just not fast enough. The years of horsepower wars […]