2000 BMW M5 Consumer Review: A few issues with the M5

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A few issues with the M5
By Craig on


2000 BMW M5 4dr Sedan


Well, I got the M5 in 2009 on a dealer trade with 160k. The car runs a drives great. A few problems for future owners to look out for. Almost All E39 M5 have vanos knock. It sounds like "rattles in a can" on start up. BMW WANTED $4000 to change the VANOS units. Next, CARBON BUILD UP is a huge issue with this car. If the previous owners did not take care of the car, there will be carbon deposits in the engine with will lead to a secondary airflow low code. Sometimes the transmission would not shift into gears easily when it was colder outside. REAR LSD was also leaking. NOTE: Trans fluid and LSD fluid is not lifetime fluid like BMW claims. CHANGE the fluids out. Also car began to smoke

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People who know what an M5 is, always look at the car.

Worst Features

FIX THE VANOS PROBLEMS. FIX THE CARBON BUILD UP PROBLEMS. Also I am 6.6" and I barely fit. It would be nice if the seats went down further. Very limited trunk space, but who cares.
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