1999 E39 M5
When the e39 M5 was announced late in 1998, it was considered the hottest sedan ever to be produced by BMW. Maybe even the hottest sedan in modern history. The car wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t super expensive either. However, there were stories in 2000 where the car was selling for $25k OVER list – because it had created such a frenzy. Buying a used e39 1999 e39 M5 is probably one of the best excuses for not buying a new car.
Let’s face it, you get four hundred horsepower, xenon lights and impressive zero to 60 times – somewhere around four seconds. The 1999 model year has the same tire footprint that all other model years have: 18 inches in the back…per side.
Keeping those steamrollers on the pavement is also another m5 engineering marvel: BMW’s DSC or Dynamic Stability control software. As soon as it detects a slide, the throttle is retarded by some very aware and sensitive software.
Many drivers have said that the DSC feature in all model years is too sensitive and it should have increments from super safe to off. In later model years (2000 and up) BMW M5 engineers included the ability for DSC to also provide braking input in the event of a more serious slide. Either way you cut it, the e39 m5 has terrific handling characteristcs with or without the DSC button on.
For a real blast however, turn it off and go play with the M5 to really feel what those four hundred horses are all about.
Some have said on forums that the e39 is the strongest M5 ever built by BMW. Better than the current design for its ‘hot-rod’ like qualities and manual shifting.
One of the greatest joys in buying and owning a used e39 1999 bmw m5 is the ability to manually transfer and control all that power with a clutch and stick. There’s something primal about driving this highly refined car with complete manual control.
However, be forewarned, replacing a clutch in this car is not cheap. At this point an e39 m5 clutch job will run you about $3,000 because you are replacing both flywheels.
Yes, this car is strong, but if you beat on it, it’s not going to be cheap to fix. Front brakes on the e39 m5 require new rotors – thus creating a bill of around $800 or more if you get it serviced by BMW – which we wholeheartedly recommend.
Having said all this, it’s worth the cash it takes to keep these cars on the road. Doing so will provide you a tremendous driving experience that can only be rivalled by cars costing many times more.
Buying a used e39 m5 is a totally smart investment – these cars definitely hold their value better than comparable units from other German car makers.
The list of 1999 features in the m5 is impressive. Electric steering column adjustments, a BMW Mobility tire repair kit and a luxury package that included fluted leather and walnut trim. You’ll see lots of these with walnut trim.
Seat warmers were standard as were one of the best wheel designs BMW ever made for its performance M Powered cars.
Expect fuel economy somewhere around 20 miles to the gallon (combined city and highway) unless you drive it like you stole it – which is what usually happens in the first year. In that case, fuel economy in the e39 m5 is usually somewhere around 5 miles to the gallon. And worth every gallon.
With a top speed of about 155 miles per hour (electronically limited), you can get into all sorts of trouble. But with the money you’ll save if you buy a used e39 1999 bmw m5, you can afford a few speeding tickets.