BaT Auction: 2002 BMW M5
This 2002 BMW M5 has 109k miles on the odometer, 34k miles of which were added by the seller since taking ownership of the vehicle in 2014. This car was originally sold at McKenna Motors in Norwalk, California. It has stayed in California ever since and the seller is the third owner of this LeMans Blue Metallic M5. Powered by a 4.9L V8 engine mated to a Getrag 6-speed manual, the M5 produced a factory rated 395 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque when new. This E39 M5 is now being offered with extensive service records, the factory manuals, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
According to the seller, modifications to this M5 include the addition of H&R performance coil springs, LED Angel Eyes, HID headlights, LED high beam lamps, and BBS forged RG-R Diamond Silver Finish staggered rims, 19×10 rear (295/30 ZR19) and 19×9 front (245/35 ZR19). Seller notes that the BBS rims do not have tire pressure sensors, so an error message comes up on the dash indicating that the tire control is inactive. Additional messages displaying “check license plate lamps” and “check high-beam lamps” also come up on the dash due to the upgrade to LED lights from the original incandescent bulbs, which worked with the CANBus (Controller Area Network) system in the car.
The seller states that the front and rear bumpers were replaced by the second owner of the car after his wife damaged them in a single-car parking lot incident. Both pieces were replaced with OEM components and painted to match. The seller also says that he recently had the front and rear bumpers resprayed due to rock chip damage, and also had the roof resprayed since the color had significantly faded.
The sport-package equipped interior on this M5 features Black Nappa leather, titanium accents, ostrich print inserts on the seats and door panels, and Alcantara suede on the headliner and pillars. The original CD based navigation system in the car has been upgraded to the Mark IV DVD based navigation system that came in the last year of the E39s and in the E60 models. An aftermarket backup camera has also been installed and is tied into the navigation display unit.
An oil and filter change was performed in April of this year and the seller has an extensive list of documented service and repair records on the car. Listed below are the parts that have been serviced or replaced:
- Valve cover and intake gaskets
- Water pump
- Power steering hoses, fittings and o-rings
- Rear main seal
- Input shaft seal
- Guide bushings
- Transmission mounts
- Front wheel bearings
- Rear brake rotors
- Slave cylinder
- Differential pinion seal
- Drive shaft seal
- Exhaust gaskets
- Drive belts and tensioner assemblies
- Fuel pump and filter
- Fuel tank pressure solenoid
- Throttle positioning sensors
- A/C final stage unit
- O2 sensors
- Both front seat cable track systems
Several shots of the undercarriage can be seen in the photo gallery. According to the seller, the front tires have roughly 80-85% tread-life left and the rear tires are brand new with less than 100 miles. This M5 was fitted with upgraded stainless steel DOT approved brake lines, and the seller also states that he fabricated and installed an aluminum heat shield to protect the ABS module from heat soak, which can be an issue in warmer climates.
This M5 comes with the original owner’s/service manuals as well as various related E39 pamphlets from the time of purchase.
Five folders of receipts and printouts documenting service, repairs, and upgrades come with this car, adding up to 41K since 2004, according to the seller.
The Carfax notes there is 1 open recall on this car, and the seller has set up an appointment to resolve this by the time the auction goes live.
A walk-around video with the engine running can be seen above.
A cold start and demonstration of the backup camera is shown above.
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October 13, 2018 at 08:27AM