Representing the 3rd generation of BMW's legendary M5 sports sedan, the E39 is commonly regarded as one of the greatest BMWs of all time showcasing the revered S62 V8 engine, impressive performance capabilities, and a host of luxurious features within its understated bodywork. This 2002 example was factory optioned in Sterling Grey Metallic over a Black and Imola Red leather interior and equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Cared for by its second owner for over 15 years, this meticulously maintained M5 is now being offered for auction showing approximately 82k miles on the odometer.
This E39 was factory finished in Sterling Grey Metallic and rides on factory 18" Style 65 wheels dressed in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S mounted approximately 10k miles ago. M5-specific details include Shadowline trim and revised bumpers, side skirts, trunk lid spoiler, aerodynamic mirrors, and quad exhaust outlets. Additional features include xenon headlights with washers, fog lights, and M5 badging on the trunk lid and side moldings. The seller adds that a QTechniq ceramic coating has been applied with 4 years of warranty remaining, a set of matching OEM wheels in good condition will accompany the sale, and minor signs of road wear are noted along with a slight ding and scrapes to the underside of the side molding. A recent inspection report carried out by an authorized BMW dealer shows that an aftermarket driver's side rearview mirror has been fitted providing a distorted view, and the front bumper grille has minor damage which has not been attended to. The detailed report is provided in the gallery along with detailed images and a clean CARFAX report.
The cabin of this E39 is upholstered in Black and Imola Red leather and features M5-badged door sills, an M-branded gear shift lever, and an M Sport multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel. Amenities include power-adjustable and heated seats with memory function, automatic climate control, and a factory navigation system. The seller adds that an aftermarket shifter has been fitted, and the original shifter will accompany the sale.
The E39 M5 houses a 4.9-liter S62 V8 engine with double-VANOS variable valve timing, individual throttle bodies, hollow camshafts, and a quasi-dry-sump lubrication system. The S62 produced up to 394 HP and 369 lb.-ft of torque when new, and allowed the M5 to reach 60 MPH from a standstill in as little as 4.8 seconds with an electronically governed top speed of 155 MPH. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a Getrag 420G 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Compared to the standard 5-Series, the M5 also received revised spring rates, a lowered ride height, model-specific shock valving, thicker sway bars, Servotronic power steering, an upgraded clutch, heavy-duty rubber bushings, and upgraded front wheel bearings. The seller adds that the clutch pedal, bushings, master cylinder module, and adapter harness were replaced in 2010, and the brake master cylinder and disc were replaced in 2019. Service in 2020 included replacements to the valve cover gasket, input shaft seal, pinion shaft seal, and crankshaft oil seal. The seller also adds that an inspection report was carried out by an authorized BMW dealer in January 2023, and all mechanical areas of concern were met including the GIUBO/joint disc, muffler hanger, and battery cable bracket. The detailed inspection report is provided in the gallery.
This sale will include a clean title and an additional set of matching wheels. The CARFAX shows an erroneous mileage report in April of 2022 and a false miles-per-year recording during the latest ownership.
@Houle20 Yes, timing chain guides, too, appreciate it. Most do both jobs at same time. Seller garyb, please know I'm not trying to be negative. You have a beautiful BMW or I woudn't have bid. Just the bearings & other work etc can run $2 to 3k or more, and good to budget that into a purchase calculation. That being said, it certainly doesnt scare me off your gorgeous M5. Back to you soon maybe! Thanks for your prompt and courteous replies.
@garybahamas I am pretty sure its not done which I am OK with. I sign here just because of this car. I wish I am local or closer to you. I am in Illinois, might be nice trip there since I dont want to let it ship If I decide pull a teigger on it. I would really appreciate (and I guess its not just me) video with cold start, bunch iof photos or video with Coating Thickness Gauge to see if whole car is original paint. Also, I dont understand why they doesnt uninstall plastic bottom covers while it was on lift that time to see if its leaking/sipping. Wish I can talk to you over the phone.
@Houle20 Appreciate your thoughts. I will talk to the bmw dealer to see what they suggest. Probably talk to several of them Thanks
@Firewood No disrespect taken. I am not the most mechanically inclined person so i have always relied on my mechanic and BMW dealership for any mechanical issues/concerns. I will look into it further and figure out a solution if still interested. Thanks for ur input.
@Firewood I would care more for timing chain guides than on rod bearings. Yes I know, it's 80K mile car but its 20 years old plastic piece. Once new owner decide to do timing chain guides, its best time to do rod bearings, since its not that much extra work when you have all apart for guides. Its just my 2 cents here, I am sure you know all this stuff.
@garybahamas Thank you!
Sorry, and no disrespect, but that is totally wrong. I have owned many BMWs, incl other E39s, and the rod bearings are absolutely a very well-known issue. Whoever told you they weren't needs to get schooled. Look up the issue on google. Why some think it is an uber-critical concern, others think it less so. But all agree it is an issue. BMW even did a recall in the 2000s specifically on these rod bearings.
@Houle20 Not sure but let me check and get back to you tomorrow.
Thanks for you interest.
Morning, I am new here. Is here any way to contact seller over the phone/msg or its only right here in comments?
@Firewood Still interested? Anything else you need to know?
@garybahamas I confirmed that the rod bearings have never been replaced but also confirmed with my mechanics (BMW trained & experienced) as well as the local BMW dealership, that the rod bearings were never an issue on the E39 M5. They were an issue on the E60 M5 and a number of M3 models. Hope that helps with your concern.
@Firewood I don't recall but will ask my mechanic and get back to you shortly.
Hi. Still i tetested. Thinking of making an offer. But have the rod bearings ever been replaced? If not, has there been a recent oil analysis to estimate the condition of the bearings? Thanks much.
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@garybahamas Awesome, thank you - exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the quick response!
@MBLocal I added a few pictures as requested. Let me know if they are what you were looking for.
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@chujason1219 Agreed. I had a error on a carfax before and they were prompt to correct it. @chujason1219
@MBLocal Did you get a chance to view the u-tube inspection video? It was a good view of the passenger side skirt scuff. My car is located in my office garage so do not have quick access to it but can get a picture of that and the two other requested pictures tomorrow.
Thanks for your comment and interest.
Great looking car - any chance you could post a couple additional photos of the passenger’s side skirt scuff, the fuel filler area and the driver’s seat bolster?
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@chujason1219 I will - no idea how anyone could have come up with 801,000 miles on the car...
You should contact Coggin BMW to contact carfax and fix the odometer reading. They would be able to do that easily. GLWS!
Hi and welcome to the auction. Not much else I need to say about this car other than what is already in the listing. However, one of the attributes that I love most about this car is the way it sounds and feels when going through the gears. - can't show that in a picture and there is nothing else like it. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer as quickly as possible. Good luck and enjoy!