I'd looked at the M5 in '90, but passed it up in favor of the V8 in the 90 Q45. Well, 13 years later I snapped up the last of the E39 design. It is, in a word, the ultimate 4 door sedan. Styling is georgeous, power is phenomenal, handling is crisp and reassuring. I've still not explored the upper limits of handling, probably cannot really do it on an open road. Perhaps track time this spring? Interior comfort, fit and finish are outstanding- rich but sporty, not 'plush and tufted'. Radio is fantastic- better reception than my two other japanese radios. But who listens to radio? Just installed Sirius Sat Radio with BMW oem components (displays on the nav screen). Mine has the MAudio
POWER HANDLING Sirius 6 speed manual Power :)
Didn't like the sloppy stock shifter- upgraded to a UUC short shift NO DECENT CUP HOLDERS!!!!!!!!
I traded my 2002 M3 conv. for a 2003 M5
and I've never been happier! Why did I
do this - I don't like the new "5"
styling and I wanted to own one of the
last true great BMW's. What a car! I've
owned everything from Cobras, Shelby GT
500s, turbo Porsches, Corvettes
including the ZR-1 and other fine, go-
fast vehicles but quite honestly, this
is the best car I've ever owned!
Like everyone else, a little throatier
exhaust, but you must also understand
the M5 is also a "family car" so quiet
can be a good thing as well!