M5 Touring

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    I used the car a bit during lockdown and then when things got back to normal my use mage died off a little bit.

    Used it this week to do an 80 mile round trip to collect 6 bags of 12kg lumpwood for my big green egg bbq.

    Still absolutely love it. We are moving house and my wife is dropping hints about me selling some cars to pay for a new kitchen


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    Don't do it!
     
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    I very much doubt I will to be honest. This and the SL are my favourites. Nothing else is worth enough money to bother selling as it’s old and crusty


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    Don't do it, every time you open a kitchen cabinet you'll miss the roar of the V10

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    In the post lockdown remote working (if you're lucky enough to still be working) world, my X6M is even more of a trinket than it was when I pretended I needed it for business (when a 320 would do). Like your M5 Alex, it's not the sort of thing that comes into rational reasoning. If we were *that* rational we wouldn't own them to start with.

    My opening position would be a nice kettle if I keep my M Car. Obviously, I'd be prepared to up it a bit - but don't let on :)
     
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    Don’t let the kitchen take over.....I had to “pause” my car upgrade late 2019 as we had a lovely extension and kitchen fitted. The M car seems a million miles away now.....!
     
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    I sense a weakening of your position in those words - or are you quoting SWMBO? :D
     
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    It is lovely to be fair....however, it doesn’t have four wheels and a big shiny BMW badge.....

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    It does look lovely... however do you feel a sense of satisfaction every time you sit in one of the chairs or look over your shoulder at it whenever you leave the kitchen?

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    The well known phrase “a happy wife, a happy life...” springs to mind.
    However, we’ve had the discussion around 2021 being a “decent car” buying year. As I’m hitting a certain mid-century age I will clearly be needing to scratch the fast petrol itch.

    The M5 touring is epic. I’m seriously thinking of keeping the E92 320d as my everyday car and buying an older M model. Could work if I get my man maths right!
     
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    Or could turn into a wallet melting catastrophe.....
     
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    That is an understatement to say the least.
     
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    An older M model of what age? Another 5er of some sort? Without a warranty? Do you have a garage/space + the time and ability to 'spanner twirl' and or run diagnostics? Or wherewithal to pay a garage to carry out the almost inevitable works?
     
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    Interesting question. It would be a 3er, either an E46 or E92. Both quite different and both having their own foibles and issues. More than happy to wield a spanner etc, would need to buy a good ECU tool. But, and it’s a big but, would I then have two older cars (the 320d is already over 8 years old) that would be on the brink of imminent financial ruin? Possibly, or possibly not. The money I would save not buying a newer M car, such as a second hand but warrantied M4, could be used to repair and maintain.
    I’ve got several months to make my mind up..... The search/decision I’m earnest will begin in April next year. Linked to the freeing up of funds in the summer when my eldest finishes Uni.
     
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    The E46 M3 was a sweet spot which BMW have never revisited. If good ones are not already going up in value, they will be. The E92 is another milestone. An absolute monster, OTT in all areas and with an epic engine. Not as balanced and elegant as the E46 but huge thrills per pound.

    A warranty will be as essential as deep pockets for a regular punter like me. If you have the skills, experience and equipment to service and maintain one you are well ahead of the requirements.Alternatively, just the deep pockets will do. M Cars aren't like regular cars. The notion that something with a big engine and short suspension is practically its M equivalent is wrong.
     
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    As always Harry pretty much whacks the nail on the head.

    I have owned a few E46 M3s and they are a delight and I found mine were almost bullet proof. Granted mine were only a few years old back in the day but they were ragged around and all i had fail were front arm bushes and an alternator. Of course due to age they will not be as reliable but provided the boot floor RACP job has been done and as a precaution the shells then there would be no reason to not own one.

    I loved mine, it was one hell of a drivers car. Don't dismiss an E39 M5 either.

    Now Alex, don't flog the E60, you WILL regret it, I did - and my marriage still flushed down the bog lol, so bloomin keep it!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Apologies for setting this thread off on a tangent.....will start my own ASAP!

    Sounds like totally sound advice, will need to weigh up the options and do some decent research.
    Have already read about the boot floor and checks, running in service etc on the E46.
     
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    Don’t discount an e60/1 M5. I really love mine.

    Also e39 M5’s are great. I miss mine but miss it because it was a great car and I enjoyed the 6.25 years I owned it.

    I test drove an M3 CSL that was for sale for £24,000 after a ring trip and a trip to Spa. Think I should have bought it back then to be honest. Oh well.


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    Your E39 was simply the best I had seen and on those BBS LMs was just beautiful. If it hadn't been for the next person who test drove the CSL I had a go in crashing it I would have had one as well. If I remember it was a bog standard no aircon, radio or xenon version for £34k - I think that was around late 2005 :yikes:
     
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    I want some BBS LM’s for the e61 and the SL.

    Sadly BBS have/gone under through COVID last I heard about them.

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