Started on Oct. 14 by Keith Tanner

2002 BMW M5


A 540i Sport with the 6-speed is a good car. Quick, quiet, athletic. But what happens when the BMW engineers are told to turn it up to 11? The M5 happens. Four doors. Fine Germanic leather. Alcantara headliner. And, of course, 400 horsepower. It’s the Real Car of the family. Not some over-engined mutant or anorexic athlete. It’s low-key menace that coddles us in luxury and packs a mean right hook. I haven’t come up with this many transparent excuses to take a car for a ride in decades.

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April 18
Bushing time.

The M5 is a bit of a high maintenance car. I’ve spent quite a bit …

Oct. 20
A realization.

I have come to a realization. I’ve always felt the E39 was the best looking …

Aug. 10
Hack my ride!

The E39 M5 is a complicated car. In order to keep the wiring harness from …

Jan. 06
Bad ground?

The car has a few little electrical gremlins. I’m starting to think there’s a bad …

Nov. 23

No major news, just a cool picture. Life with the Beast is proving to be …

Oct. 29
Getting to know you.

Man, it’s hard to keep black cars clean. I swear this car causes dirt. We’re …

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Oct. 14, 2009, 8:09 p.m.

I know it's an overused phrase, but this car is best described as an iron fist in a velvet glove. Nice Bimmer!

Oct. 15, 2009, 12:18 a.m.

Cool. Perfect colour for it, too.

Nov. 4, 2009, 8:17 p.m.

So when are you starting the Targa Nfld transformation on it?

Nov. 5, 2009, 2:49 p.m.

whoah! why isn't it on your cars site? sweet ride :D

Nov. 5, 2009, 7:20 p.m.

It's not on my site yet because I'm keeping it a secret from my parents :) They're coming to visit in a few weeks, and I want to blow their minds. Then the documentation begins. I can't imagine hustling this guy through some of those narrow Targa stages...

April 13, 2010, 1:36 p.m.

Bought a miata in 2007 and found all the info I ever needed for it on your sites. Bought an e39 (wanted an M5 but had to settle for a 530i) in July 2009 and lo-and-behold guess who else I discover today has an e39? Those cars seem to complement one another's strong points and make good stable mates! Now I'm just waiting for you to release a shop manual for this one : )

April 14, 2010, 12:14 a.m.

One day I hope to own an E39 540i with a 6-spd. And the only gadgets I'll care about keeping alive are my ABS, A/C, power mirrors, windows, locks, sunroof, and radio. That will be my grown-up car for when I'm 40. You have a beautiful car.

March 7, 2013, 9:47 p.m.

In 2002, I was driving a Stealth RT/TT, and found myself on an on-ramp in front of a new M5 (in Le Mans Blue, if memory serves). Seizing the opportunity, I banged down a gear and planted the Go pedal, just to see if Mr. E39 could keep up. He did. He gained a little ground. I've been impressed with these cars ever since.

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